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October 13, 2015

SkinInc Facial Treatment Update & Round Up

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Just thought that it is appropriate for me to give a quick update on two subsequent treatments which I got to try out after my first SkinInc facial three weeks ago.  

While I realise that it is not usual for anyone to go for these intensive treatments within such a short period of time - to be honest, my skin is still glowing and healthy from the previous treatment, so going for another treatment again seems to defeat the purpose. 
I can share with you my genuine experience, having tried a variety of their facials, and you can decide which piques your interest and address your area of concern though. 

The run-down of treatments I received:

Session One - OxyMiracle Peel & Infusion, followed by the Deepsea Hydrating Mask and the Optimiser treatment [detailed review in this entry]

Session Two - OxyMiracle Peel & Infusion, followed by the Brightening Mask, which I mentioned on my instagram, along with this picture of my face the following day:

The Brightening Mask is something which I am skeptical about.  No doubt it provides instant brightening and glow, I have always felt that it is a rather superficial effect, ie, the brightening effect is something which is almost cosmetic.. and I did share my doubts with the beauty therapist on the spot , she did recommend that for home use - you have to use the brightening mask for 3-4 days in a row, before going to a once weekly treatment to maintain the brightening effect. 

For me personally, I prefer the Hydrating mask treatment, but then again, it depends on your preference and what are your concerns though. 

Session Three - Customised Skin Infusion, followed by another Mask, I believe is also the Hydrating Mask, and this picture of my face the following day.

This Customised Skin Infusion is targeted more for mature skin that needs a more effective ingredient delivery.  The treatment consists of using an electric probe machine that sends current and in the process, the active ingredients in the customised cocktail serum right to your dermise layer.  This treats the skin problems head on, at the source.  Not suitable if you are pregrant or have a pacemaker in your body. There is no discomfort during the treatment, only a very slight vibration of the eletronic probe thingy and a tiny bit of prickly feeling when it goes over the bony areas of the face such as the forehead and chin.  The process takes about 20 minutes.  Besides the ultra effective delivery system/ infusion, there are other advantages for this process too, namely the fact that toxins are flushed from the lymphatic system, and you see instant results - which will last you a good week at least.  

Overall, I have enjoyed all three treatments - each left my skin smoother and clearer, I mean, I just can't help but look fresh the whole day without having to pile on face products when I go to work.  What you see on my face is what you get.  That said, I do a fair bit of home maintainence, my top shelf is jam packed with anti-aging face creams, serums, gadgets, and a whole load more products than usual.  Even the beauty therapists at SkinInc (and actually at most other places I go do my facial treatments) all commented that my skin is in really tip top condition - and I am saying this matter of factly (touch wood) I am not boosting, but at 36 years old, I have to say my skin is pretty darn good.  These treatments can only serve to enhance my skin condition, bringing out the natural clarity and radiance further - but I am in no way suggesting that they are miracle skin rescue for any sort of skin problem.  

I appreciate all your comments, and feedback, so do leave them below if you have any further queries! 

Once again, thank you for reading as always. 

p/s - first time customers get 50% off SkinInc treatments, so if you are interested to try out, this is a good opportunity.  No code necessary, you don't have to quote my name, just make your appointment with them if you are a first time customer and the discount will apply.  

September 28, 2015

The Custom SkinInc Facial Experience – Say Hi to Smooth & Glowy Skin


I was invited to try out a series of SkinInc facial treatments, and I shall share with you my experience as I go along.  If you want the short version, I am amazed again what wonders a good facial can do for your skin, even if you think you have already 'quite okay' skin.  Facials aren't always the cheapest beauty indulgences, but if you are looking into an efficient and safe way to boost your skin just before a special ocassion, whether you want to rejuvenate your skin, a good facial is the way to go.  If you want to read more, I have it all detailed below for your reading pleasure! 

The introduction

Upon arrival, I signed up for a SkinInc account (link here) and answered a brief questionnaire on my general skin concerns and lifestyle – I was quite surprised as I thought that a machine would be used to analyse my skin condition instead of a questionnaire.  So anyway, the results will then be used to create your daily dose of customised SkinInc serum.  According to the results, I have (or I should say, prone to) dehydrated skin, sensitive and irritated skin as well as pigmentation issues – of which I must agree with the pigmentation issue, but the rest are pretty much 'generic' concerns.

This will help my beauty therapist, Margaret to create my bespoke serum that targes my current, unique skin concerns.  Prior to this appointment, I have heard so much about the colourful SkinInc serums, but I always just thought that you have to mix and match 3 separate serums, but actually they are custom blended into one bottle for your easy usage.

Just to sum up, here are the three steps I went through:

1.       Discover my unique skin identity (by completing the questionnaire)
2.       Identify the three serums I need
3.       Combine it into a "My Daily Dose" Bottle

And this is the blend that will be used during my treatment that evening.

[My bespoke cocktail serum ended up to be the following]

-          Hyaluronic Acid Serum – solves dehydrated or dry skin (I can always do with more hydration)

-          Licorice Serum – calms sensitive, irritated skin and pimples (I don't think this is entirely accurate, but never mind.. )

-          Chlorella Serum – solves pigmentation and brightens dull skin (anything that brightens my skin, I likey)

Actually Margaret further customised the mixture – she replaced the Licorice with the Collagen Serum during the treatment – as it will solve wrinkles, lines and aging skin.  I am all about the anti-aging stuff lately, so this sounded like a much better fit for my skin concern.

Then she briefly went through the treatment steps with me, and then we got started.

The Oxy Miracle Peel

This is done after makeup removal and cleansing.  Margaret told me to expect cooling sensations, and for the next 10 minutes, my skin was treated to cold misty jets of oxygen that 'brushes' the surface of my skin.  It felt very soothing (given how hot and hazy the weather has been lately) and she took extra care to cover the areas around my nose, which are prone to blackheads and open pores.  This 5-in-1 treat is supposed to deep cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, oxygenate and micro-circulate my skin for instant lift and radiance.   I think this is the crucial step that really made my skin feel super clean and smooth after the facial.

The Oxy Miracle Infusion

Next, she massaged my face with the bespoke serum (the three I mentioned earlier), the customised cocktail of active ingredients is delivered straight to the dermis layer of the skin - and she did apply this liberally during the treatment, and because my skin has just been so thoroughly exfoliated from the Oxy Miracle Peel – it was stimulated to absorb the ingredients efficiently.  This gives my skin the glowy healthy look post treatment.

She used the same 'oxy machine' again, this time a more gentle mist that contains Onsen water from Japan's thermal region.  This, together with the serum cocktail, was very relaxing and I almost fell asleep.  Yes, I can get used to the cooling moisture mist that floats around my skin, and I feel like my skin was being totally infused with the active ingredients.

The Optimiser Treatment

This is done as an additional step, as if the Oxy Miracle treatments aren't enough.  Margaret used the SkinInc Optimiser to enhance the effects of the skincare products – this is supposed to stimulate the skin cells and increase circulation through the LED Chromotherapy (in 3 colours – red to increase collagen, green to boost absorption of active ingredients, blue to renew and repair damaged skin cells) – she used the red light on me.  By speeding up the absorption of the ingredients, this means that the products used will work harder and also see results faster.

The Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask is used in this process – as in she applied the mask on my skin, and used the Optimiser to massage it into my skin – before leaving it there for about 20 minutes during which I fell asleep).   This is an award winning gel mask that contains nutrient rich Okinawa deep sea water, and the brightening and balancing effects of Soya Bean and Hyaluronic Acid.  Besides that, the mask also contains other essential trace elements such as zinc  and magnesium, which are good for repairing the skin's natural barrier.  Overall, the mask can be used daily and to plump and pamper the skin.

My thoughts

This is definitely an ingredients and technology packed treatment – good for instant results when you need them, for a special occasion, good for when you need to re-start your skin, good for those who have been neglecting their skin lately, and want to restore it back to 'square one'.  Of course it is not going to solve any acne or serious skin problems overnight or with one single session, but right afterwards, your skin is cleaner, clearer and glowy for the week at least. I don't have any visible skin issues at the moment, but even I can see and feel that my skin is totally rejuvenated post treatment.  When I got home, my mom and sis both commented on how bright and smooth my skin looks (they didn't know I came home post facial).  I examined my nose area, and the blackheads are 'flushed out' the overall skin texture is refined, and the overall luminosity is enhanced compared to pre-treatment.

The treatment itself is almost clinical; the room is fuss free, and the equipment and therapist efficient. Judging by the crowd in the store when I was there on a Monday evening, I think it is pretty clear that there is a strong following for this brand which I only recently started discovering.  I will leave you with a few mugshots of my skin post treatment, and hopefully you can see how awesome the skin looks. 

Definitely worth going in for a consultation, or check out their website for more information if you are keen. 

p/s - isn't it great when I finally found a bit of blogging mojo lately?  Hope you been enjoying the recent updates!

Thanks for reading!! 

September 27, 2015

The Nude Lipsticks Edit

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In this entry, I have a few nude lipsticks to share with you.  These are a staple in everyone's makeup collection - and there is always a nude colour to suit every skintone.  But these days, wearing a nude lipstick is not the same as, I would say, 5 years aho, when nude lipsticks are often little more than a shade of concealer pale hue on your lips...doing your makeup no justice at all.  Pale nudes only look good in editorial shoots, and seldom flattering in real life. 

Then we have the My Lips But Better nudes - these nudes mimic the natural colour of your lips, but perhaps a tad pinkier/ redder/ browner, and so in this way, I feel that such colours really match every eye makeup look that you do.  A neutral lipcolor will make you look refreshed without going the bold route like a red lip, it is easy to throw on, and you can easily collect a few in your makeup bag to rotate for the week. And a bonus?  I think they wear off quite well, since they sort of blend into your own lip color, so you don't end up with the awkward worn off lip look midway through lunch or drinks.  They just give your lips a healthy looking boost. 

Here I have a few to show you, missing a couple here and there because I can't gather them in time when I shoot these pics. 

I have been wearing such universally flattering nudes lately, and only reaching for my bold lippies on days that I felt like it.  Other than that, I just want to enhance my lip shape, and just keep the rest of the face quite clean. 

I also prefer to go for a more rosy brown shade of nude, as I think that is the closest to my own natural lip colour.  I tend to steer away from the very pinky or very peachy/ coral nudes. 

Some honorable mentions even though they are not pictured here are - either cos they are not currently in my recent rotation, or they are missing/ hiding in one of my makeup bags:

1. MAC Bora lipstick (from the Julia Petit collection, this is limited edition though)
2. NARS Audacious lipsticks in Anita and Anna 
3. Tarte Matte Tint in Exposed 

And the rest are pictured here: 

They come in a variety of finishes and formula, but one thing in common, they are all neutrals with shades of pink, brown and even a little bit of red thrown in.  
I tend to prefer the matte to satin finishes in these lipsticks, but if you like glossy ones, I think there's a lot out there too, or refer to the new Dior Addict lipsticks which I just featured - link here. 

1 - Stila Liquid Lipstick in Dolce dries matte, and has a terracota shade to it.  A warm brown that suits olive medium skin tone.  I kinda like this shade, but I need to have the mood for it.  The formula is good, it is quite creamy to apply and doesn't feel too drying. \

2 - Stila Vinyl lipgloss in terracota - which is redder and darker than Dolce, and it is the only glossy lippie featured in this entry.  It is quite pigmented, and I think it will go well if you line your lips, and go over with this intense gloss. 

3 - BM Pop of Passion in Pop Candy - this is a pinky one, quite neutral in tone, and the formula reminds me of a MAC cremesheen lipstick. Quite moisturising, and I think this comes in a quite a few other shades too.  I haven't used this enough to see if it's long lasting though. 

4 - Burts' Bees Lip Crayon Sedona Sands - like the Fresh lipbalm in Nude, this like a tinted balm, it is very lightweight, and not drying at all.  The colour payoff is not very intense, and I think it gives a natural sheer wash of colour on your lips. 

5 - MJ lipstick in Infamous - this is quite creamy and intense, and is a rather deep rosy and a little bit of brown shade.  I would describe this as a mature pink, though neutral enough to match with a smokey eye, or wear on its own with more neutral eyes. I think this is quite a universally flattering shade. 

6 - MJ Anais - This is one of the nude lipsticks that come in the recent new MJ nude lipsticks collection.  This is less intense compared to the formula of the existing MJ black lipsticks, and this is quite a beigey nude without being too pale.  

7 - Stila Color Balm in Isabelle - this has to be one of my faves along with the Tarte matte lip tint in Exposed. They both have that minty scent and sensation upon wearing, and super comfortable.  I really like this colour too and it is really comfortable to wear.  

A close up of the Stila Liquid Lipstick in Dolce.  Beautiful!!! 

And some of the neutral lippies as shown on a very bare face that I am prepping for another chatty entry, coming soon! 

All these lipsticks are available at all Sephora stores, in case you are wondering, and I hope this list of recommendations have been helpful.

p/s - these lipsticks and more have been given to me by Sephora Singapore to try out way back in June, and I am only picking the few that I have actually used and able to talk about in this entry.  

Thanks for reading!! 

September 25, 2015

LOTD & Make Up Store Fall Collections

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This entry will feature some of Make Up Store's new collections for this fall.  I got the chance to preview them, and took some pictures and swatches.  As you know, the brand is also revamping its entire range of makeup products, both in  terms of the packaging and the formulations.  The new eyeshadows, lipsticks and foundations are all improved and reformulated - you will still find your existing shades in the improved formula. 

I will bring you through some of the collections along with some information on their upcoming launch of the holiday collection called Shade - shown here with all the silver chrome skull motifs. 

First up we have ICON - which is currently available, and here are some of the products from the collection: 
As you can see the new packaging are all more angular, square and has this croc print accent on the packaging and the products themselves. 
The collection features deep rich shades, and the lipstick in ICON is really pretty.  I also love Catwalk eyeshadow.

Swatches - 
ICON lipstick is a sheer berry stain, and it is very wearable and autumnal. 
The eyeshadows are very finely milled and I find them very easy to blend and layer. 

Next, we have the Haute Couture collection which will be out late Oct.  You need to pick up Barbara eyeshadow!  It is the best matte orangey burnt brown I have come across, even better than my Inglot one... I have  been reach for this every often, and you might have seen a picture that I posted on Instagram in which I just wore this eyeshadow alone, without any other liner and falsies.  Fashion is a deep brown that is perfect for deepening any shade, and defining your eye look. 
Style is pretty pigmented, and can double up as a blush. 

Swatches here: 

And here is a quick preview of the SHADE collection:

This collection features makeup brushes, two face highlighters, cream concealer palette, lipsticks and eyeshadows.  The packaging is pretty cool and edgy, and the colours are very user-friendly. 

More pictures: 

The SHADE collection information here:

Ending this entry with a LOTD that I did with the products I picked from the new collection: 

Swatches of the three eyeshadows I got: 

A few application pictures: 

The eyeshadows have no fallout-- but the powder do fly about in the pan, which makes them look a tad messy, but once you tap off your brush, and you apply and blend the eyeshadows, there's no fall down onto your eye area.  I would say a little product goes a long way, and it is easier to build up the colour then to start with too much product on your brush. 
These eyeshadows are really soft and smooth, and I enjoyed using them.

The cream foundation feels a little thin, I had expected it to be a little creamier, and building up the colour payoff I wanted was a little tricky.  I definitely need to try this out a few more times before I can give my final thoughts though. 

The complete look: 

All products used: 

base - Makeup Store cream to powder foundation in Almond, set with Ettusais Premium loose powder
concealers - Shiseido natural finish cream concealer in shade 2B, Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer in shade SX07
cheeks & contour - Makeup Forever Sculpting Kit in 02, Makeup Store Gleam Dream in Rose, MAC Blush in Breezy 

brows - ABH brow promade in Dark Brown, set with MAC browgel in Beguile

eyeshadows - Makeup Store eyeshadows in Barbara, Catwalk and Fashion
eyeliner - Tom Ford dual ended liquid liner
lashes - my own stack of demi wispies 

lips - Makeup Store sheer lipstick in Icon 

Brushes used -
Real techniques expert face brush for foundation
Real techniques stippling brush for Gleam Dream 
Real techniques blush brush for contour and blush
MAC 217 for eyeshadow
Inglot 4SS for blending 
MAC 212 for brows

Hope you enjoyed this entry, and thanks for reading! 

September 24, 2015

New Dior Addict Lipsticks

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Dior ushers in a new era in lip makeup with the breakthrough creation of a lipstick that boasts a hydra-gel core with a top coat effect for sensational mirror shine. 
Concentrated in the shape of a CD at the center, the ultra-moisturizing soft core runs the full length of the stick. Application after application, it works like a top coat, adding an extra dose of shine and colourfastness with unbelievable comfort. 

Applied with surprising ease, its glide-on texture blends seamlessly with the lips. The hydra-gel core melds with the colour to give the instant effect of a lipstick plus top coat.

The hydra-gel core is composed of three expert oils among the shiniest used in cosmetics.
The Sensorial oil delivers unprecedented fluidity and glide for a new generation of voluptuousness.
The Comfort oil improves moisturization of the lips, while the Shield oil ensures colour will adhere and last.

Glow shades with a subtle pearly shine blend tone-on-tone to naturally bathe the lips in light.
Bold and electric Flash tones dare to play with pure, accented colour on the lips.
<span>Glitter hues brimming with iridescent shimmer or glitter dramatically reflect the light.

<strong>My thoughts:

</strong>When I saw images of Jennifer Lawrence in the ad, I thought that these new collection would be a intense and glossy lipsticks, but they are mostly a variety of my lips but better sheer-ish lipsticks.  No doubt they are very moisturising, given the hydra-gel core, and I do feel like I am wearing a very hydrating lip balm when I apply these lipsticks.  They glide on smoothly, and with the exception of Be Dior, the other three shades I have are just a healthy dash of natural lip color on me - they  might not show up much at all if you have very pigmented natural lip color. 
Because of the light and balmy formula of these lipsticks, I don't find them to be long lasting, after a meal, the lipstick is pretty much gone.  But they are easy to re-apply.  The description also says extra dose of shine, but I don't find them to be extra shiny or glossy... they are just a nornal, non matte finish. 

To sum up, I think these are comfortable to wear, and good if you are prone to dry lips.  There is a huge range of colours, and I think that the bolder shades seem to have a lot more intense color payoff.  The rest are likely to be subtle variants of MLBB shades.  
And the packaging, while lovely, is confusing because the names and number is on the cap, but not on the actual bullet. As I was taking photos and swatching, I can't track back which cap goes to which lipstick.  And they all being mostly the same shade made it hard for me to track on the website.. but I think I managed to match everything back in its rightful place. It's not a big deal, but for my own stash archive purposes, can be a bit of a hassle. 


And on my face overall 

</strong>note on the face - this is my face after 10 hours, and I only applied some bronzer as eyeshadows on my eyes and applied falsies  I also lightly touched up my face with powder and bit of blusher.  Everything else was applied since 6:30am. <strong>

</strong>Hope you find my review helpful,  and thank you for reading!   

September 24, 2015

LOTD: Chanel Fall 2015

This entry will feature a few pieces I picked from the Chanel 2015 collection.  When I saw pictures of the eyeshadow palette, I knew I couldn't pass it up, and I wasn't disappointed.  The quality is impressive along with the actual colour payoff.  I like the range of colours in this palette, they pack a good range of pale to deep neutrals for you to create all sorts of neutral looks. 

I would totally recommend the eyeshadow palette, and also the Rouge Allure Velvet La Bouleversante - you can't go wrong with classics, and these two impress in terms of both the quality and colour. 
Entrelacs Palette

I have been reaching for the palette quite a lot lately, because it is so user friendly.  
I will start by applying the highlight shade lightly all over my eye lids as a base and subtle highlight - it has a golden glowy pearlised finish. 
This is followed by using the only matte mid brown shade in this palette on my lids to add a bit of dimension. 

I will then use the middle rich brown shade on my eyelids, as that will be my main eyelook colour.  The darkest brown is used for further definition.  I haven't used the peachy shade much though, because it blends pretty much into my own skin colour.  But all shades work beautifully together, and I highly recommend getting this palette, it has both collectors and actual practical value. 

Ecorce Sanguine (671)– brick red

I find that this gorgeous red applies very smoothly and is opaque in one coat.  I can't resist a good Chanel red, and this is no exception. 
swatches of the nail polish - link here from my instagram 

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet La Bouleversante (51) 
This is a smooth velvety red, not quite bright read like La Flamboyante, but holds up really well.  Very classy, and I love it.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Temeraire (112)
This is a jewel ruby red.  It is quite intense for a coco shine, but still has the slip and lightweight formula.  I like to wear this as a stain, and it is easy to reapply. 

I also picked out a couple of other Chanel goodies, would you like to see a follow up post? 

All products used

Base – Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Cream No20, set with Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in No10

Cheeks – Chanel Lumiere D Ete to warm up the complexion, Les Beiges Healthy Glow sheer color stick in No22

Lips – Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 51 La Bouleversante, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 112 Temeraire

Eyes – Chanel Entrelacs eyeshadow palette, Three eye pencil in 08

Brows – ABH promade in Ash Brown, set with Tarte brow gel in Rich Brown 

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thank you for reading!

August 29, 2015

Review & Application: Too Faced Born this Way Foundation

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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 16, 2015

LOTD: URBAN DECAY Naked Smoky Palette

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This entry will feature the new Urban Decay Smoky palette, which will be launched in Sephora Singapore this 20 August 2015-- SGD$83 each.  Before I go into the details, I have some exciting information for you to be invited to an exclusive event for Urban Decay Fall 2015. Details below:

Urban Decay Fall 2015
Naked Smoky, Matte Lipsticks, Brow Beaters, Brow Tamers.

Brand Ambassador Kim Bowers will show you the looks created with the latest fall collection. 
20 August 2015, Thursday

I have 3 invites to be given away, and if you are keen to attend, please drop me an email to themakeupblogette@gmail.com - title of email should be URBAN DECAY, and in the email, simply state your name and contact number and why you would like to attend this exclusive event.   I will pick the winners on the 18 Aug to confirm your attendance. 

Check out my review of the Urban Decay Matte Revolution lipsticks here. 

The story behind the Naked Smoky Palette 

There's more to the perfect smoky eye than a heap of dark shadows - the key to nailing the most sought- after and elusive eye look ever is the Naked Smoky - loaded with ALL the seentials for the perfect neuytral smoky eye.  We packed our newesr Naked palette with a dozen sultry, smokey, neutrals - nine never before seen shades and three exclusives.  Experiment with warm shades, dimensional grays, rich browns gorgeous taupes and deep black.  From mattes and satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all. 

The palette also comes with detail tutorials for you to coordinate the shadows together to create your perfect smoky eye look. 
The detailed look book included the palette break down - step by step looks. 
It also includes makeup artist's tips and tricks to create your own looks. The palette also come with a dual ended brush - Tapered Crease Brush and the Smoky Smudge Brush. 

The case and the brush feature a cool floating smoke effect - with NAKED Smoky in gunmetal foil.  It comes with a magnetic closure that prevent shadow mishaps in your bag, and the full sized mirror makes it easy to do your looks anywhere you are. 

I have created two looks for this palette -

The first look is somewhat more subtle in the eye department, I think I had blended the shadows all into each other, and then I added the black as a liner.  The end result is a rather washed out smoky eye look in my opinion - something I would totally wear out, but it's not really doing the shades in the palette any justice.  I paired the look with bold lip colors - also I was playing and swatching the Urban Decay matte revolution lipsticks. 

You can't really see anything when I pose with my eyes open, to be honest... cos I have such fatty eyelids.  Haha. 
But to give you an idea of what went on the eyelids, scroll down and see more pictures, and I would give you a quick rundown of what I used/ or what I did. 

I do think the afternoon sunlight did wash me out a little, but brought out the sun-kissed look in my skin, I am using the new cle de peau bronzer (which is divine, by the way).  
For this look, I used whiskey as a base up to the crease, and in the lids I mixed Smolder and Radar together. 
Finally, I used Black Market as a thick liner to further define the eyes. 
Falsies complete the look for me. 

In this second look - it is more intense, and I was more careful and deliberate in the color placement - 
I packed on Smolder on my eyelids, blending and smudging it very close to the lashline.  Then I used whiskey to define and deepen the outer corner.  I also dabbed Armor in the centre of my lids to create more dimension. 
In my application for this look, I took time to pack on the color, adding more and blending adding and blending.  

Looking mightly pleased with myself.. lol. 

I also added the aegyo-sal sparkly goodness on my lower lids to add more interest and brighten up the whole look. 

My overall thoughts on the palette - 

I think that the shadows are less pigmented when you actually use them.. so the best way to work the shadows is to slowly pack on the color, instead of just brushing them on.  I find myself gravitating more towards the middle portion of the palette, and also the darkest matte rich brown (whiskey).  Smolder is probably my fave shade in this palette, next to that is Whiskey.  The black is smooth and intense.  Radar was a little disappointing, I thought it would be richer and more metallic.  
If you are talking quality wise, I feel like the Naked 1 is still the best, those are creamy and intense shadows.  But if you want a wearable, user friendly neutral smoky palette, you will find enough shades in the Nake Smoky to create a variety of looks.  I definitely recommend that you use a eyeshadow base to hold the shadows up and to make them more intense though. And if you are a NAKED fan, well I am pretty sure this is one palette which you don't want to pass up.  They got it nailed with the packaging though.  It feels substantial and very chic looking. 

If you want to go to the exclusive party I mentioned earlier, remember to drop me an email! 

I hope that my overview helped, and thank you for reading!

August 13, 2015

Urban Decay Matte Revolution [Swatches & Review]

Hi hi
This entry will feature the new Urban Decay Matte Revolution Lipsticks - I will talk about the Naked Smoky Palette over the weekend, so do stay tuned for it.  
With this launch of the Matte Revolution, the whole 'Revolution' range seems complete, you have the original release which has a creamy satiny intense finish.  The next release, Sheer Revolution, is still quite creamy but has a balmy sheer payoff.  And now we have Matte Revolution - which is matte but really comfortable and wearable. I would say that 8 out of the 9 shades are creamy matte.  One of them might be a tad dry but everything else is really easy to go on. 

Fans of the limited edition Mrs Mia Wallace is also re-launched in this collection under a different name - Called Bad Blood. 
If you want a wearable fun brown, go for 1993.  And if you want a wild pop of colour, you would love Bittersweet and Blackmail. 
These lipsticks glide onto your lips and are quite long lasting. 

The packaging of the lipsticks are in a pearlescent black, and provides full coverage in a single swipe. The formula has insane pigmentation, and good colour dispersion.  A blend of avocado, olive and babassu oils nourish the lips while shea butter conditions.  

Shade description

Blackmail - matte deep berry wine
Bad Blood - matte deep red
Tilt - matte bright orange
Temper - matte bright orange red
After Dark - matte medium dark berry pink 
Menace - matte medium fuchsia pink 
Bittersweet - matte bright purple 
1993 - matte medium brown 
Stark Naked - matte light nude 

The Matte Revolution lipsticks retails for SG$33 at Sephora Singapore this 20 August. 

I picked three shades which really stood out to me in terms of what I would actually wear in real life, so here we go: 

swatches on my lips:

Applying the lipstick: 
The lipstick does deliver full color in one swipe. 




and here are pictures I took during a preview session - 

Overall, if you are a lippie lover, especially those creamy intense ones, you will love these.  I wish they have more shades though - especially the nude everyday shades-  both the nude shades in this range - the 1993 and Stark Naked didn't work too well on me.  Stark Naked was too beigy pale while 1993 is a brown that doesn't look very flattering on me. </p>

Which are your fave shades from this collection?

<p>I hope this entry has been useful, and thank you for reading! 
July 17, 2015

Skincare Empties & Currently Using [June-July 2015]

Hi hi!  Time for another skincare update entry.  I will be updating you on everything that I am currently using and rotating at the moment.  Usually I will be rotating a batch of products for 2 - 3 months before I accumulate another new batch to do one of these entries.  I believe in my past couple of entries, I have been saying that my routine is now a lot more varied, I don't really stick to one brand, and I venture out into a cocktail mix of what I think works for me.  Some of you might be wondering, how do I know what is working, when I am mixing everything up.. well, honestly, even I don't know myself.  But each time I introduce a new product into the mix, I will pay attention to how my skin behaves the next day.  If nothing crazy happens, okay, I will keep using it.. but once I notice a bump or some unusual reaction, I will pass on the product to my mom or sister who will use it.  And there are products which don't work on me.. I just don't mention them on  my blog that's all. 

As always, I will focus on mentioning stuff that I am using, give you a quick overview of whether I like it or not.  Right now, my skin is pretty much stable, clear, firm. I don't have much noticeable lines on my face, I don't have dark eye circles.. I can also go out of the house without any makeup if I wanted to.. but I love makeup, and I love applying makeup on my face, so I rarely ever leave the house bare faced.  My only problem is that I notice that my eye lids have been drooooooping.. or like my upper eyelids are getting quite fatty?  Not attractive.. and maybe it is something that only I noticed.. but I recognise that age is catching up.. while overall I think I look pretty young for someone my age (and I do mean it matter of fact - I am not boasting, but I do think I try to take very good care of my skin) there are little details that betray my real age.  I would definitely consider doing something to depuff my eyes - surgery wise.  Perhaps in a year's time, or even sooner.. so I can enjoy improved/ enhanced features more.. you know what I mean? 

The Cleansers 
1. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam 
2. IOPE Ideal Cleansing Foam Whipping Brightener 
3. Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion Cleanser
4. Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser 
5. GlamGlow PowerCleanse Daily Dual Cleanser Mud Oil to Foam 
6. GlamGlow YouthCleanse Daily Exfoliating Cleanser mud to foam 
7. Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil 

The lowdown - 
The innisfree and IOPE cleansers are very very similar.  I love that we have innisfree stores in Singapore, and you get to try out the products.  I don't really care for the actual skincare products, but I am always suckered by Korean foamy cleansers.  They clean so well, and so brightening.  So if you can't get your hands on the IOPE one.. try this innisfree jeju cleanser - this is a bumper tube at 300ml and for only $20.  It will literally last me for more than half a year.  
The Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion cleanser is very pearlised foamy.. it comes out from a tiny opening, which makes squeezing out the product quite a chore.. but this is one of the better foamy dense cleansers I have used.  
I also love the Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser - the scent is just amazing, and don't let the 'gentle' fool you - this is a very cleansing foamy wash. 

And we have the new GLAMGLOW cleansers - I got the Youthmud cleanser during their launch, and it smells and feels exactly like the mask itself.  I recently picked up the Dual Cleanser.. it feels good, clean but not stripping.  For both cleansers, you should work it into your skin and massage on your dry skin before introducing some water slowly to lather up everything.  I recommend both.. they clean well, and after a long day of wearing makeup.. using one of these to clean your face feels really good.  But, if you really have to pick one, I think go for the Youthmud cleanser - it seems like a better all round performer. 

I am currently removing my makeup with the Shiseido Cleansing Oil - it emulsifies really well, and cleans off your makeup thoroughly.  There is no oily residue.. and your skin feels almost kinda squeaky clean afterwards. 

Here are a some pics of the GlamGlow cleansers in action 

That dual cleansing one is kinda strange-- it has two dispensers, one for the oil part and the other for the mud..  You have to press each of them seperately to dispense the product. 

The waters and skin prep:

1. Kiehl's Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence 
2. La Roche-Posay Serozinc Zinc Sulphate Solution - Cleansing, Soothing
3. La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster 
4. Albion Skin Conditioner in a mini mist spray bottle 

The lowdown - 
This is one step in my routine which is most neglected.  I would say that I only do the toning part 2-3 times a week.  
Albion Skin Conditioner now comes in this facial mist version - you can always decant your Skin Conditioner into a mist can and spray it which is so much easier in terms of application.  I like the Skin Conditioner, it really softens your skin and preps it for serums and face creams. 
Another item which is highly raved is the La Roche-Posay Serozinc - I am not sure why or what is the hype.  I got this while I was in Paris cos I want to see what the hype is all about.  And to me... so far, it feels just like my regular facial mist spray.  But it contains zinc sulphate, which is supposedly good at keeping spots at bay?  Not too sure.. sometimes I even use this as a makeup setting spray.  Haha. 

The next product is the La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is one of the new stuff I am testing out.  It costs a whopping SG$450.. which is really pricey for a pre-serum product.  It has a rich gel cream texture, and I have used it for almost a week.. I like how it feels on my face.. and I know it is good stuff.  But I am not exactly sure what it is supposed to do. 

Kiehl's Iris Extract Essence is very soothing.  I only use this once a week - so it will take me forever to get through the bottle. It reminds me of the Biotherm Plankton essence, SKII FTE.. that sort of skin treatment essence water.  I am thinking of leaving this in the fridge, or transfer it to a mist spray bottle so I can spritz it on my skin whenver I feel like it. 

The Serums
1. NARS Skin optimal brightening concentrate
2. Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Tonal V Concentrate serum
3. Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate
4. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion 
5. DiorSnow White Perfect Anti-Spot and Transparency Brightening Serum

The lowdown - 
I have these serums opened right now.. and honestly the most frequently used ones are the Clarins products and the FRESH Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion.  I am all about the glow these days, so any brightening, glow enhancing products are right up my alley.  I am getting back into using the Clarins Shaping Facial Lift in a bid to banish any water retention I might have on my face, though I don't exactly follow the massage method for application.

The DiorSnow white perfect brightening serum is nice.. but I didn't notice any significant effects.
The NARS Skin brightening concentrate is nice, and I only use it when I am using the NARS night treatment cream.  It is very lightweight, and easily absorbed into the skin. 

Both the Clarins products are nothing new to me, the Double Serum has a oil and serum two in one combo.  It hydrates and nourishes your skin, and now that I start using it again, I am falling in love with the Double Serum again.  I think this is a very good all round anti-aging serum, it doesn't break the bank in terms of price point, and I think will suit everyone looking for a effective serum. The shaping facial lift is great for depuffing your face, and for me, I will make it a point to massage the product into my skin, pressing on the accu points on my face to sort of minimise the water retention on my cheeks. This is the newly formulated one, more powerful, and same great functions. 

The Eye Creams & Serum 
1. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream
2. Clarins Defining Eye Lift 
3. Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate

The lowdown - 
I have only started using the Shiseido Ultimune Eye Concentrate - it is a quite a rich gel cream texture, and I will report back on this eye product soon.  I have used the Shiseido Ultimune for face before and I do like that, so I am looking forward to trying this out. 
I also started using the Clarins Defining Eye Lift, this is probably my 3 or 4th bottle of it.  It is a lightweight eye serum, you pat it onto your eyelids, and like the Shaping Facial Lift.. I hope that this will help to depuff my eyes over time.
And finally, I have been enjoying the Fresh Lotus eye cream - it is creamy, lightweight and hydrating.  I have been using this eye cream for the past month, and I really like it. 

The Face Creams
1. Clarins White Plus Brightening Night Cream
2. Skin Inc Skin Revival Infusion Cream
3. NARS Skin Restorative Night Treatment 
4. Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask 
5. The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser 
6. Fresh Creme Ancienne Soft Cream 

The lowdown - 
Right now, I am missing a night cream.  All my night creams are the rich overnight treatments--- and they don't go well with the serums I am using.  Got to dig around in my stash for a night cream (I think I have a couple of the Crabtree & Evelyn Dermarose night creams to use).  
So anyway, the highlights - the absolute must haves for me are - and they are empty now::: 

--- The Skin Inc Skin Revival  Infusion cream is a great one.  I finished this super quickly cos I was slapping it on day and night.  It works well under my makeup, and it also protects my skin at night.  I think during the period of time I was using this cream my skin is always clear and smooth, and bright. 
--- I also love the Clarins White Plus night cream - this, I really only use at night.  It smells great, and complements all the other brightening products I use in my stash. 

Other creams that I am still using are the Fresh Creme Ancienne - this is a soft cream that has been compared to La Mer - I haven't used La Mer, but this Creme Ancienne is really comforting on my skin, and it works well in cold, dry weather.  This is the only one cream I brought along with me for my recent Europe trip, I used it night and day, and it makes my skin feel and look good while I was away.  This is pricey, but I think one product that is worth the price tag. I hope I don't run out of my small tub soon. 

On lazy nights, I slap on a night treatment and go to bed.  My one product wonders at the moment are the Black Tea Overnight Firming Treatment, it is very thick and rich - I might have mentioned this in my previous skincare entry.  It is a huge tub and will last you for ages.  I use this twice a week.  And it is really good stuff. 
Another product which I love - tthe texture is completely different - is the NARS night concentrate - this is like a cream to oil formula - it breaks into a oily texture the more you massage the product into your skin.  The scent is a little overpowering but I soon got used to it (think of NARS Oran candle) and this is one product which is fab for dry skin.  It is very rich and moisturising.  I love love love this face treatment for nighttime. 

My current day cream - and this is a surprising discovery.  The Body Shop Vitamin C glow boosting cream is a gel like texture- I use this only in the day time, under my makeup.  It keeps my face hydrated the whole day, I am not too sure if it is that much of a glow boosting effect though - it comes with a glow boosting concentrate, but I don't think I would use that.  But the face cream itself is a great basic face cream for day.  I highly recommend this face cream, particularly if you are looking for something not too complicated, it is a solid Vitamin C enriched gel crean, great for our crazy weather and yet hydrating enough.  Really highly recommend this. 

A close up of my current fave creams - 

and these are my empties! 

I hope that this has been a comprehension rundown of what I am using at the moment, I try not to include repeat of products that I am still using, such as cleansers which I have already mentioned in previous entries.. and I find that whenever I do such entries, I realise that they all somehow have a unifying theme - such as in this case, a lot of focus on anti-aging and brightening.  If you have any further questions about any of the items I mentioned here, leave them in the comments below. 

Hope this entry has been helpful, and thank you so much 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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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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