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January 21, 2013

LOTD: Lancome Color Design Palette Bronze Armour

Hi hi!

Currently totally admiring and loving this metallic bronze eyeshadow palette which my gf Jolyn gifted me sometime ago.  Glad that I finally pulled it out to play with, the quality is simplying amazing, and I love all the shades in the palette, and how they work so well together. 

This is the Lancome Color Design Palette in Bronze Armour - which I believe is a US edition palette (shame, right?  Because I think our local editions of the Lancome eyeshadow palettes just somehow lack the pow-wow factor).  

In my LOTD, I used all the shadows as labelled in the following picture:

1 - The pale peachy shade all over my lids

2 - The warm amber shade on my lids 

3 - Medium bronze to blend into the crease 

4 - Pale champagne shade which I dabbed lightly just under my brow bone

5 - Dark brown which contains multi-color shimmer bits, it is brilliant and I used it to define my eyes 

A close up of the sparkly and metallic goodness - 

Swatches - no base - awesome, right??

A close up of the eye look, I didn't go crazy with the crease color and the outer darker corners - which I would have done if I wanted a more smokey look - but I was going out for a work meeting (on a Saturday! Horrors) and I didn't want to dazzle work people with my makeup..but hey, it's a Saturday!  I did apply a black liquid liner closer to the roots of my lashes, to help the falsies blend in. 

And the overall look - love the warm golden brown on the lids, and the colors all work so well together.  

All products used:

Face - Lancome Regenerie CC Cream, Lancome Teint Miracle Cream foundation, Lancome Teint Miracle Loose Powder

Concealer - Laura Mericer SC-03

Lips - Lancome L'Absolu Nu 311 (deep red, 2 layers and dabbed off excess)

Cheeks - MUFE Mat Bronzer, Lancome Blush Highlighter, MAC Cheeky Bronze MSF

Brows - Shu Uemura pencil, brow manicure

Eyes - NARS primer, Lancome Color Design Palette Bronze Amour 101 (color placement refer to pictures above, I followed the guide as shown) 

Lashes - Katy Perry Eyelure 'oh so honey' and Lancome Hynose Star mascara lower lashes

Thanks Jolyn for giving me the palette!  LOVES!! 

Thanks for reading!

January 20, 2013

Review & Application: Lancome Renergie Eclat Multi-Lift CC Cream

Hi hi!

This is my review of the new Lancome Renergie Eclat Multi-Lift CC Cream, which I have previously featured in this entry here.   I know there will be inevitable comparisons to the other CC creams out in the market, and several of you are also waiting for me to give a comparison of them, that will be coming, but give me a couple of weeks!  Need a bit of time to test out one last CC cream before I can give a complete overview. 

So anyway, this Lancome CC Cream is already available, and retails for $100 each.  It contains 40ml of product (made in Japan), which is 10ml more than the usual capacity of similar products.  The Lancome Renergie range is targetted towards lifting and firming one's complexion.  It is not the first BB cream type product that Lancome is releasing, and I did enjoy the UV Expert Shield BB Complete SPF50 which they launched last year.  

Let's start with the packaging: 

It comes in a purple tube (purple being the Renergie color), and the product comes out via a pump dispenser.  I am using the shade 01 (there is also a shade 02), and I think there is a total of 4 shades in the US market, but here in Singapore, we get 1 and 2. 


</strong>It doesn't have any particular scent,  and the CC cream looks slightly greyish (which is typical of bb creams) as opposed to beigey skintone shade.  The consistency is very smooth, and very emolient.  It spreads easily and blends into my skintone. 


(get ready for some up close macro shots, pores alert! Hahaha)

</strong>I enjoy using the CC cream with both my fingers and a buffing brush.  The results are the same.  
The consistency is a little on the thin side (and thin compared to your typical creamy thickish BB/ CC Creams) and allows me time to work it into my skin. 

Here you can see, the CC cream is applied over bare moisturised skin. 

After blending out, you can clearly see there is a radiance to my skintone. The coverage is very light, but it does visibly brightens up my skin.  I tried wearing this out on its own, set with some powder, and found that it didn't last me more than say, 5 hours.  After that, I think I start to look 'faded' and tired.  

The next day, I tried it as a correcting makeup base, and topped it off with a very thin layer of foundation.  That yielded much better results.  I looked fresh the whole day, and the fresh luminosity stayed throughout.  So even though it didn't have impressive lasting powder on its own, it does work very well as a makeup base that protects your skin and adds that natural radiance. 

I was using this for a whole week, and I do think that it does have great skincare properties - it has a light texture, and my skintone did look a little more even-ed out by the end of the week.

here's a quick demo - I layered a thin layer of foundation on top - of course, if you have very clear skin, and foundation usually lasts on your face, you can totally skip this step.  I am just sharing with you what works for me and my skin type.  I usually use my Teint Miracle liquid foundation, or the cream version - either one of them complements the CC cream flawlessly.  I love the end results - very brightening, and very natural. 

Bottomline - 

The Lancome Renergie Eclat Multi-Lift CC Cream is a good performer, I think it serves to complement the Renergie range, with the same skincare benefits (I have used both the eye & face creams before, great stuff!).  As a BB/CC cream, it really did brighten up my skintone, and bring some radiance to the skin.  I don't think it is super corrective though, you might be able to tell that my skin still looks a tad reddish, and that didn't get balanced out til I used the foundation (which is beigy-er).  

If you want a light texture skin protecting CC Cream, go for the Lancome Renergie Eclat Multi-Lift CC Cream, but if you need more coverage, and want something that lasts, you might not enjoy this product as much.  I do like it for its skincare benefits, and also as a great makeup base for everyday, and also to keep my skin firm and lifted (and at my age, I NEED!!!).  

Stay tuned for my comparison, and meanwhile I have two more BB creams reviews which will be coming your way soon!

Hope this has been helpful, and thanks for reading!

January 19, 2013

Shiseido Perfect Rouge & Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer [Photos & Swatches]

Hi everyone!

Last week, I had the chance to preview the new Shiseido products from their SS2013 collection, and really, the stars of the collection are the 2 new reformulated lipsticks.  You will go crazy at the amazing colors and incredible texture.  

It was hard for me to choose faves, but I will be sharing with you my top picks in the next entry, and also do some LOTDs with these yummy lipsticks. 

Here, you will get to see swatches of all the lipsticks: 

Shiseido Perfect Rouge

True to the description - the color is rich, vibrant and you get full intensity in just one coat.  The texture is very lustrous and very creamy.</p>

another shot

Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer

Just by the look of the lipsticks themselves, you can tell they are going to be super moisturising, and smooth.  Even though they are named 'sheer' I would say each of them still packs in decent color payoff, and you can see the differences in the shade range.  They remind me very much of the Maquillage true rouge series - but with more variety of color and bolder shades. 

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here we have the eyeshadow palettes - RD711 is gorgeous and my top pick.</p>

The colors are soft, and very pigmented.</p>

What's even more fun checking out new makeup is to oohhh and ahhhh over the colors and chat with my fellow makeup girlies!

Joey & Sarah

<p>Here we are all wearing the Perfect Rouge on our lips :)

That's all I have to share in this entry.  Thanks for looking!
January 19, 2013

Shiseido SS 2013: Perfect Rouge & Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer

This Spring & Summer, Shiseido is releasing 2 new ranges of lipsticks, the Perfect Rouge & Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer.  There are also a couple of other products due to launch, and I will be sharing everything with you in the next couple of entries. 


Rich, vibrant color envelops your lips with just one lustrous coat.  

Beneath the beauty of this creamy rouge, nurturing ingredients improve the lips' condition with regular use, and the color stays brilliant and true.  Satisfying in every way, from the feel of it in your hand, to the click of the case to the touch of it on your lips.   It is the perfect expression of a woman's beauty, NEW PERFECT ROUGE. 

Features - 

  • Vibrant color, Silky Luster, Plumpness and Moisture Lock effect.  Unique pigment, Red Illuminating Pearl, adds strength and vividness that creates truly brilliant color definition, and the instant you apply it, vibrant color blooms on the lips.  The ideally smooth finish brings a new experience of pure satisfaction.  The Voluminizing Oil refines the texture of the lips for a smooth, even finish. 

  • Perfect design - the package is designed to be the ideal shape and size for a woman's hand to hold.  It makes application easier and even greater pleasure.  The specially designed curved tip of the lipstick fits perfectly and naturally next to the lips.  At first touch, your lips feel comforted by its carefully sculpted shape and angle, designed to create a beautiful finish with just one stroke. 

  • Favourite shades and surprising new colors - Dick Page has earned the trust of countless fashion design luminaries, and his makeup artistry is in high demand backstage at the collecitons.  The makeup shades he creates are loved by women around the world.  Dick Page finds strong inspiration for his color creation from things that surround him in his own life.  He may be captivated by the colors of moss on stones he notices while walking his dog, or a sunset view from his window while on vacation.  He takes these sources of inspiration, reinterprets them in his own way, and expresses their beauty through the colors he creates. 


Next, we have the Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer, available in ten shades. 

The moist, radiant finish of Perfect Rouge Tender Sheer smooths your lips with beautiful color.  The chic, modern red package encases the color and expresses the unique signature of Shiseido.

Here's the fun part, several looks that Dick Page has created, and the products breakdown.  

The main visual

and 3 more looks: 

In my next follow up entry, I will be sharing with you SWATCHES of the lipsticks, and also my top picks!

Hope this sharing has been useful, and thanks for reading!

January 15, 2013

Spring 2013 Beauty Trends with Dick Page

The Spring 2013 New York Collections showcased American designers’ fascination with artistry and craftsmanship as they looked to embellishment and new technologies in textile development to dramatize their clothing and seduce the customer. Intriguing textures and hand work included perforation, raw edges, crochet, fringe, wood paillettes, jet and pearl beads and the popular choice of studs and grommets for a modern accent. Keeping the tailoring fairly simple for the warm months of spring and summer, silhouettes ranged from fit and flare to loose and unencumbered, with boxy jackets floating lightly over garments. Palettes spanned the color spectrum from pale beach tones to vivid hues. Leather was seen at most shows despite the sea- son, contrasted by transparent fabrics and delicate lace. Graphic motifs such as color blocking, patchwork, geometric shapes and spe- cifically stripes made a frequent appearance, often in black and white.

<span>Dick Page complemented the designer’s creative viewpoints with his own artistic expressions.

This season the face and lips were kept subdued in order to draw attention to the eyes. Narciso Rodriguez and Band of Outsiders eyes were subtle and natural; for the 80s-inspired Marc by Marc Jacobs collection Dick turned to earthy tones for eyes that were “a little bit funky and homemade.”

At Zero+Maria Cornejo, bold colors </span>and photo prints influenced Dick’s playful eye color choices of pink and purple and at Michael Kors, the collection’s primary colors and linear graphics were reflected in a modern interpretation of the 60s with bright green and turquoise arcs artfully drawn to float above the <span>lids.

Dick’s insight into the collections and his versatile use of products enabled him to develop diverse looks for the Spring 2013 season. 



<span>Preferring to let the youthful, healthy skin of the models shine through, Dick kept their faces simple and natural to support his philosophy of “just not getting in the way.”

At Band of Outsiders, Zero+Maria Corneo, Narciso Rodriguez and Marc by Marc Jacobs, he started with moisturizer and then sparingly applied foundation and concealer to correct imperfections. Dick incorporated Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Colors into his looks of the season; at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Zero+Maria Cornejo he added a light trace of Luminizing </span>Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to the upper cheek and <span>under the eye for a subtle highlight effect.

He opted to mix Soft Beam </span>Gold (BE206) with Bronzers at Narciso Rodriguez for a hint of color <span>added to the contour of the cheekbone in a circular, sweeping motion.

For Michael Kors he warmed the skin up a half tone and then </span>combined Soft Beam Gold (BE206) with High Beam White (WT905) for a dusting on the eyelid-upper cheekbone-under eye, creating a halo of lightness. At Band of Outsiders Dick added a bold brush- stroke “slash” of white (with a concealer lab sample) across the front of the cheeks in dramatic war paint fashion, referencing the Japanese futur- istic novel, Battle Royale, from which the collection drew inspiration. 


<span>The eyes were the headliners this season; the looks were inventive at Michael Kors and Zero+Maria Cornejo, muted at Marc by Marc Jacobs and subdued at Narciso Rodriguez and Band of Outsiders. Michael Kors’ nod to California architecture and vivid Palm Springs hues were expressed in his collection’s primary colors and geometric shapes.

</span>Dick created a floating line of color on the plane above the lid for a linear, modern nod to the 60s. Using a soft fluff brush, he drew an arc above the lid in kelly green for brunettes and turquoise blue for blondes and redheads. A “trace of white for contrast” was applied to the lid, <span>followed by Luminizing Satin Face Color in High Beam White (WT905) to stabilize the color. A light coat of Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) and added weight to the brows using Shimmering Cream Shadows finished the look.

The Zero+Maria Cornejo collection </span>boasted geometric photo prints and vibrant colors. Dick selected pink and purple tones found in the textiles and combined them with white to create a “halo” around the eyes. Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and High Beam White (WT905) were blended and applied along the upper cheek area and under the eye for an aura of light. Using a slightly damp fluff liner brush Dick applied the pink shade from the Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Tropicalia (YE406) along the upper lash line and halfway into the crease creating a “block” of color while leaving the inner eye area color free. Dick blended the pink shade with Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar (BK912) to create <span>a rich purple and applied it at the end of the upper lash line. The lower lash was lined with a white cream liner for an intentionally “imprecise” look.

The Narciso Rodriguez look conveyed simplicity and clarity to extend the collection’s message of purity. Dick Page kept the makeup </span>“clean,” with a defined eyebrow and a soft shine around the eye. Dick used concealer lightly under the eye and then with a damp sponge, applied loose powder combined with Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to softly highlight and brighten the under eye area. Dick applied a combination of Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable (BR709) and Caviar (BK912) to slightly darken brows and create natural weight and fullness. He used a small fluff brush to trace the upper and lower lash lines with Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment for a subtle sheen and then applied mascara densely to the upper lashes only. No make up was applied to the eyes at Band of Outsiders but weight was added to the brows.

Shimmering Cream Eye Colors were used on eyes and brows. To balance the color and pattern-filled Marc by Marc Jacobs collection that included bright head wraps, Dick created a muted, ”semi-punky” look that was “a little bit rough and a little bit fun.” Using a soft fluff brush, Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Shadow in Sable (BR709) was blended from lash line to crease and diffused. It was then added along the lower lash line, followed by a “scrubby” line of Caviar (BK912). Caviar (BK912) was added to the upper lash line with weight at the outer edge for a wash of “mucky” color. Dick completed the look with a heavy coat of black mascara applied to upper lashes, followed by Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment on the lid center and lower lash line for a glossy sheen. Dick favors a strong brow and used combinations of Shimmering Cream Shadows in Meadow (BE204), Caviar (BK912), Leather (BR306) and Sable (BR709) to create custom blends. He explained, “I like the way creams look in eyebrows; it looks more real to me.” 



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<span>Lips played more of a supporting role this season. Crucial yet subtle, Dick used a light hand in application at all shows.

Dick wanted an invisible lip at Band of Outsiders and chose to mute natural lip color </span>with a hint of foundation. At Zero+Maria Cornejo Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Nymph (RD305) was gently diffused and at Narciso Rodriguez, Dick applied “a trace of color” with Lacquer Rouge in Camel (BE306) using a finger pressing technique followed by blotting and reapplication. Dick introduced two NEW colors: at Marc by Marc Jacobs “a touch” of Shiseido Perfect Rouge in Fantasia (RS745) was lightly tapped on by fingertip and for Michael Kors, Perfect Rouge in Vision (BE740) was applied with a soft fluff brush, blotted and then slightly diffused for “a little trace on the lips.” 

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And a recap:  HOW TO GET THE LOOK 



The Spring 2013 Boy by Band of Outsiders collection drew inspiration from Battle Royale, the Japanese futuristic novel of survival. Designer Scott Sternberg’s effortless, feminine collection subtly hinted at military and Japanese references. Dick kept the face natural with toned down lips and slight weight added to the brows. To illustrate the conflict and struggle that unfolds in the story, Dick drew a bold brushstroke “slash” of white across the front of the cheeks in dramatic war paint fashion (using a concealer lab sample).

The face was moisturized followed by a very light wash of foundation and a minimal amount of concealer to correct imperfections. No powder or cheek color was used. Dick added a wide stroke of white (with a concealer lab sample) horizontally across the front of the cheek, lifting the outer

edge slightly in line with the contour of the face. The edges retained the hand-drawn stroke lines for an impromptu effect.

Some weight was added to the brows with Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable (BR 709), Leather (BR 306) or Caviar (BK912) to enhance the models’ natural brow shades.

<span>Natural lip color was minimized with a touch of foundation, followed by a light application of Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment. 

The free-spirited, relaxed chic Zero+Maria Cornejo collection ranged from neutral monotones to colorful, bold graphic prints derived from the designer’s mobile phone photographs of agricultural crop circles. Drawing on some of the vivid tones found in the textiles, Dick incorporated pink and purple into his “imprecise” look that suggested a “halo” of color around the eyes.

After moisturizing the skin, a wash of foundation was added to correct imperfections followed by a light dusting of translucent powder. Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and High Beam White (WT905) were combined and applied along the upper cheek and under eye areas to create a halo of lightness. Darker skin tones received a bit more Soft Beam Gold (BE206). Asking models to smile, Dick applied Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) mixed with Tea Rose (RS302) below the apple of the cheek, blended in a gentle, downward motion.

Using a slightly damp fluff liner brush Dick applied the pink shade from Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Tropicalia (YE406) along the upper lash line and halfway into the crease creating a “block” of color. The inner eye area was kept free of color. Dick blended Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Caviar (BK912) with the pink shade to create a rich purple and applied it at the end of the upper lash line as a “lump of color.” A white cream liner applied along the lower lash and water lines brightened the eyes. Brows were kept natural.

Lips were treated with a touch of lip balm, followed by a diffused <span>application of Lacquer Rouge in Nymph (RD305). 



The Marc by Marc Jacobs collection embraced playful color and layered, mixed prints that extended to face-framing head wraps and scarves. Alluding to the 80s club scene that the collection was based on, Dick created a soft face and smudged “semi-punky” eyes that he wanted to “look a little bit rough and a little bit fun.”

Following moisturizer, a trace of foundation was applied with a soft fluff brush to correct imperfections. Dick added a light trace of Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to the upper cheek and under eye areas to create a subtle tone. To fair tone models High Beam White (WT905) was combined with Soft Beam Gold (BE206). No powder or blush was used.

Dick created “semi-punky tough eyes that he described as, “a little bit scruffy and homemade.” Using a soft fluff brush Dick applied the Shimmering Cream Shadow in Sable (BR709) from lash line to crease, then blended and diffused at the crease for an undefined line. Application continued along the entire lower lash line toward

the inner corner. Shimmering Cream Shadow in Caviar (BK912) was added deep into the upper lash line with denser weight at the outer end. Color continued close along the lower lash line in a scrubby line and toward the inner eye, blended and diffused into the Sable. Slightly more Caviar was added at the outer end, blended and diffused into the Sable on the lid to create a wash of tone for a “mucky” smudged look. A heavy coat of Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) was brushed onto upper lashes only. The look was finished with Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment on the center lid and along the lower lash line for a glossy sheen. Fair tone models received slightly more Caviar and dark tone models received a Leather (BR306) variation. Dick added subtle weight to the brows using custom blends of Shimmering Cream Eye Shadows in Meadow (BE204), Caviar (BK912), Leather (BR306) and Sable (BR709).

Feeling the lip color “should look easy,” Dick added a touch of NEW Perfect Rouge in Fantasia (RS745) that was lightly “tapped” onto the lips by fingertip and diffused. 


</span>The Narciso Rodriguez aesthetic is one of chic simplicity expressed through effortless tailoring and flowing bias lines that convey an understated sensuality. Balancing a Spring 2013 collection filled with color, Dick expanded upon the concept of purity by keeping the makeup “just as simple as possible.” He focused on “real look- ing” skin and defined brows that were enhanced with soft shine around the eyes and subtle lips.

Dick moisturized the face and applied foundation “as lightly as possible” to correct imperfections and allow the skin to appear “as real as possible.” A light dusting of loose powder was added to the entire face minus the eye area for an effect that was “matte and soft but not powdery.” Dick used a damp sponge to lightly apply loose powder mixed with Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) under the eye to brighten yet not overpower. On fair tone models High Beam White (WT905) was used in place of Soft Beam Gold (BE206). Using a blush brush Dick selected Bronzers in Light (1), Medium (2) or Dark (3) to mix with Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and

added “a really soft contour under the cheekbone” in a circular, sweeping motion.

Dick used concealer lightly under the eye and then with a damp sponge, applied loose powder combined with Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) to delicately highlight and brighten the under eye area. He traced the upper and lower lash lines with Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment using a small, fluffy brush to add a subtle sheen and then applied Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) densely to the upper lashes only. Dick wanted the brows to “appear weighted, full, and slightly darker than the natural brow but not black or too dark.” He brushed the brows down to find the natural line, applied a combination of Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Sable (BR709) and Caviar (BK912) with a small stiff brush and then brushed the brows back up.

Once lips were moisturized, Dick applied Lacquer Rouge in Camel (BE306) with a finger-pressing technique, then blotted and reapplied for a naturally textured finish. 

<span>MICHAEL KORS    


For Spring 2013, Michael Kors referenced California’s mid-century architecture and Palm Springs hues in his palette of bold primary colors and graphic motifs expressed in stripes and color blocking. Dick carried through the collection’s modern spin on the 60s with playfully artistic lines of bright blue and green positioned to float dramatically above the lids.

Faces were moisturized and warmed up a half tone from the models’ natural shades. The skin was kept very matte, especially under the cheekbone and under eye areas.

The lids were “blanked out” with foundation and then transluscent powder was dusted on to set. Dick then applied a combination of Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color in Soft Beam Gold (BE206) and High Beam White (WT905) to create lightness on the eyelid, upper cheekbone and under eye areas and to stabi-

lize the lids for the cream color. Using a soft fluff brush Dick drew a decorative “floating” graphic arc on the plane above the lids in custom colors: turquoise blue for blondes and redheads and kelly green for brunettes. Shiseido product options are Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Punky Blues (BL310) and Jungle (GR305). A “trace of white for contrast” was applied and diffused along the upper lash line followed by a touch of Lu- minizing Satin Face Color in High Beam White (WT905) to stabilize the color. A light coat of Perfect Mascara Full Definition in Black (BK901) went on upper lashes and brows received added weight with Shimmering Cream Eye Colors.

Dick used a soft fluff brush to apply NEW Perfect Rouge in Vision (BE740), “a soft beigey mauve,” which was then blotted and slightly diffused for lips that had just “a trace of color.” 

Which is your fave Spring 2013 trend look? I think I am loving the Marc by Marc Jacobs look, it is so fresh and the eyes look so effortless chic.  I also love the strong clean looks at Narciso Rodriguez.

Hope this sharing has been useful and get you ready for Spring makeup! 

Thanks for reading!

January 05, 2013

Dior Spring 2013: Nail Polishes in Gris Trianon, Rosy Bow & Tutu


As you have read from my earlier entry, the only items I picked up from the Dior Cherie Bow spring collection are the nail polishes.  I can't resist - the names and the cute pretty shades draw me in immediately when I first saw the collection.  (collection information here)

Gris Trianon is described as a soft grey, Tutu is a delicate pink, and Rosy Bow is brighter pink with a hint of coral.
Honestly, all three shades are not unique, if you own enough OPIs and Essies, you would have some of these shades in your stash.  Especially Gris Trianon (the Germany and Holland collection feature some grey-nude shades which are definitely in the same family, though not dupes).  Tutu is a dead ringer for OPI Mod about You.  Rosy Bow is a med-toned pink which if you are a pink lover, you would have some variants in your collection.  But I sort of collect the pretty ones, and this trio is superbly pretty...so I must have them! 

It is also interesting to note that Dior has know printed the names and numbers of the polishes on the front of the bottle instead of the bottom (just like Chanel does).  I much prefer this way of labelling. 

All swatches here are done with Nail Tek II base coat, and Seche Vite topcoat, and 2 coats of polish.   I had a quick look at the Dior counter just to make sure that the polishes are not of the streaky kind - they look thick and creamy in the bottle, and I am glad to confirm that fact with my swatches here.  All three are opaque in 2 coats - but do apply the two coats evenly, or else you might end up with some unevenness. 

Gris Trianon - grey nude, neutral toned grey.  I don't have something like this from Dior... and last year's nude releases are nowhere near.  The nudes were truly skintone nudes, in various shades of beiges and tans.  But this is a grey, yet not a black and white grey like Illamasqua DWS (that's my idea of the perfect shade of grey). 

Tutu - baby pink!!  Milky, white pastel pink.  This applies smoothly, and makes my skin look tanner than it really is.  If you have OPI Mod about You, you don't need this.   Very opaque like a ballerina's leotard, I would imagine. 

Rosy Bow - a bright warm-ish pink, totally reminds me of OPI's Pink Friday.  Formula is great on this too, and I think this is a very flattering pink for light to medium skintones.  I think I will start wearing this first. 

A quick comparison of Gris Trianon - just by looking, you can tell which family of nude it falls into. 

I found it to be very similar in the undertone to Chanel Frenzy & Deborah Lippmann Waking up in Vegas, so I am showing them side by side. 

Not the same for sure.  Frenzy is much lighter, and Waking up in Vegas is also slightly lighter but very similar. 

I think I might even do a alternate manicure with all three shades this week.  

What are you planning to get from Dior's Spring collection?  Please share! 

Hope these swatches have been helpful, and thanks for reading!

January 05, 2013

Dior Spring 2013: Nail Glow

Hi hi!

I purchased the new Dior Nail Glow yesterday - this retails for $37 and I think it is limited edition.  I am not sure why I got this, but the appeal of rosy tinted bare nails appeal to me somewhat.  On the box, the label reads 'Instant French Manicure Whitening Nail Care', and it contains 10ml of product. 

Description of the Nail Glow -  click here to read the collection information.

Who has never dreamed of a nail varnish that reveals the nails’ natural beauty and gives a colour-free boost to their glow? Dior invents Nail glowan all-in-one nailcare, varnish and glow that reveals an instant French manicure effect in one stroke.

I had painted two coats in this set of swatches - and it dries pretty quickly.  My nails are a little yellow at the moment, so you might see some yellow action going on at the tips of my nails.   Two coats give the nails a faint slightly reddish pink tint, and definitely can tell that you are wearing some form of a pink clear coat on your nails.  This is unlike the Ettusais pink gel coat, which is a pastel milky pink which doesn't translate into much color at all once applied.

I love the rosy pink tint, and I think when I don't feel like any color on my nails, this is certainly something I can try out. 

and a quick side by side with the Ettusais pink gel topcoat.


Hope this entry has been useful, and thanks for looking!

December 16, 2012

Travel Skincare Faves (Dec 2012)

Hi hi!

Just checking in to rave about some of my recent skincare faves.  I usually pack a bunch of samples and mini tubs in my travel bag, so I can use up the stuff in my samples drawer - and also keeping a few trusted staples of products which I know work for me. I also like to pack a couple of extra nourishing creams in my bag, in case of dry skin conditions etc when I am away, especially with the cooler weather here in HK. 

Let's start with some kind of order in which the products I use ---

but do note that even as I pack multiple of each category of product I only use one each morning/ night, never BOTH at the same time. 

I always try to start my skincare routine with eye care - and here we have 

Clarins Defining Eye Lift - great light cream for daytime and de-puffs my morning eyes

Kenzoki Relaxing Eye Whipped Cream - night eye cream, richer moussey texture very moisturising 

Then I have these serums and night cream - they smell lovely and so relaxing to use after a long day of walking about. 

I am currently using the Kenzoki Relaxant day and night creams at home--- so I brought along my deluxe sample tubs along to continue with these staples.  They keep my face soft and well moisturised the next morning. 

Each of these tubs are 15ml.  The Creamy White Day Cream has a gel-like springy texture which sort of bursts and glides onto your skin, and quickly absorbed.  It feels rich but not heavy.  
The Cosmic Cosmetic Cream is a gentle night repair cream, very smooth smells just like the rest of the Kenzoki products - very floral very unique scent - is one of my most fave face creams.  

And for extra treat, I would use the following:

So far I have only used the Lancome Absolue L'Extrait cream once during this trip.  It is a 15ml tub which is a very generous size, that I use at home, I brought it to Beijing, and there's still a good half left.  It smells so awesome, and feels super nourishing on your skin.  

All these might sound like a ton of products - but I really believe in cleansing and a good skincare routine - it's a good way to relax and end the day, and also to prep your skin - when the skin is firm and smooth, makeup goes on easily too. 

Have a few entries coming up soon, stay tuned! 

November 30, 2012

NEW Dior Spring 2013: The Cherie Bow Collection [Photos & Information]


Available in Singapore 2013</strong></em>

In a flush of freedom, as though flaunting an irrepressible desire to seduce, the Spring 2013 makeup look by Tyen creates a uniquely fresh fusion of the House of Dior’s iconic codes.

Dressed with the bow that Christian Dior adored a throwback to games of love and chance, feminine avatar of the bow tie and an homage to the ribbons worn by the Duchesse de Fontanges, the Chérie Bow collection unfurls...pretty as pink. The couturier found pink to be “the softest of colours”, the colour “of happiness and femininity”. <span>He continually reinvented its hues, from tender ballerina to hot and shocking. Pink received its first couture initials: CD.


Chérie bow: the quintessence of Dior fashion. 



<span style="color: #ff99cc; font-size: medium;"><strong>Spring essentials.


<span>Camille Miceli, Creative Director of Dior accessories, reinterprets the Fontanges bow, named after Louis XIV’s favourite, who made history wearing her ribbons in her hair.
In the elegance of Versailles, it’s cheeky and utterly 2013.


The star palette hides colours created by Tyen: a trio of velvety eyeshadows available in two harmonies, one around vintage powder pink, contrasting with grey and anthracite, the other in poppy pinks frosted with luminous white.
black <span>eyeliner and a fresh pink gloss complete this pop-up edition that sets the season’s tone. 


With Chérie Bow, pink flirts with smoky black and anthracite grey...
Pink, black, grey... The palette glows, the harmonies contrast against the skin... Sometimes demure and well-bred, often sizzling and glamorous, always cult, pink has never been this

The ultimate Dior signature houndstooth makes its mark on the eyeshadows, turning these beauty accessories into the couture must-haves of the season. 

EYES bubbly, enhanced with thick liner, or smoky and mock ingénue. 

The it-pen.

Inspired by backstage makeup artists, who apply a grease shadow set with powder for a long-lasting effect, the new Twin Set eyeshadow pen is the must-have for eyes. At one end, a smooth texture spreads a lush satin or pearly veil. At the other, a sponge-pad dusted with shiny powder brings a mirrored sheen. One shade and twin effects for a twin-set makeup that beholds endless possibilities...

Illuminated, smoky or sophisticated to the hilt, the eyes recover the twinkle of spring. 

Powders and houndstooth.

A first for makeup. The legendary houndstooth <span>that Christian Dior adored appears in eyeshadow palettes for the very first time. The 5 Couleurs and 3 Couleurs Smoky palettes revisit a play on grey and pink for the eyes. Variations on shadows and light, playing on textures and consistencies.


THE COMPLEXION glows, “In the Pink”.    

The “fresh air” effect.

Diorblush also adopts a houndstooth attire. Beneath the puff, two original harmonies peach and “real” pink give the complexion a burst of freshness. Pink flushes to the cheeks, for an instant “fresh air” look. 

LIPS Delicate freshness and sheen.    



Customised glow.

For those who love a discreet rosy effect, an expert innovation for the lips: the gloss Dior Addict Lip Glow. It reacts to the level of humidity in the lips to diffuse its active colour effect and reveal their glow. Plumped with nourishing oils, it deeply hydrates the lips and transforms the smile with glistening sex appeal.

Who has never dreamed of a nail varnish that reveals the nails’ natural beauty and gives a colour-free boost to their glow? Dior invents Nail glow, <span>an all-in-one nailcare, varnish and glow that reveals an instant French manicure effect in one stroke.


Like gossamer silk on the lips, Dior Addict Lipstick shapes the smile with light. Its four lush new shades for Spring 2013 reveal an implacable sensuality, shimmering between attitude and grace. 

Rouge Serum.

A fountain of youth for the lips, a glamour elixir, Rouge Sérum reveals two brand new shades. On the one hand, a delicate candy pink. On the other, a cheeky coral subtly flushed with pearly gold. 

NAILS so “Chérie”, are dressed in natural poppy pink or soft grey. 

Nails signed CD.

In soft pale pink, Dior Vernis Tutu evokes the delicacy of a ballerina. Brighter and spiked with coral, the Rosy Bow shade celebrates spring and glowing seduction. Lastly, the Gris Trianon shade styles the nails with soft grey,
a timeless code in the chromatic world of Dior. 



<span>Dior Chérie Bow $105    

Dior Twin Set Eyeshadow Pens $51    

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow $98    

Dior 3 Couleurs Eyeshadow $72    

Diorblush $68    

Dior Addict Lip Glow $44    

Dior Addict Nail Glow $37    

Dior Addict Lipstick $45    

Dior Rogue Serum $50    
<strong>Dior Vernis $37

All products will be available island-wide from January 2013.    






November 19, 2012

Meeting Francois Nars: Interview Highlights & The Party


Right after I returned from my trip, I found myself really busy, and seriously spoiled by all the NARS festivities.  On the 14 November, a small group of us had the chance to meet with Mr Francois Nars in person, at his MBS suite, and had a one hour chat with him. It is an understatement to say that I was nervous meeting the creator of the brand which I have been raving about for years and years in this space.  However, all the nerves was put to rest when he greeted each of us, and seemed quite amiable. He spoke candidly, and came across really warm and friendly.  From discussing his inspiration to giving beauty advice, you can't help but be in awe of him.  So humble, and yet so great at the same time. This will go down as one of the highest points of my blogging adventure!

I shall now share with you some highlights of the interview/ chat.  

Is there any product or innovation that you are especially proud of: 

The new Tinted Moisturiser is really incredible, it took us many years to perfect the formula and the shades, I am very happy with it.  It is doing incredibly well in America and many other places, and also in Asia. I am also really happy with the new skincare, we have work many years on the new formula and packaging, and I am really happy with the new technology and the products.  So those two products, for makeup, the Tinted Moisturiser Pure Radiance, and the new skincare of course. 

If there was a product that could instantly make us look made up, what would it be? 

You need a good makeup artist, that could help!  To look instantly made up, I would say, a great lipstick.  Even if you don't wear any makeup, the first lipstick you pick, makes you look made up right away.  It is so easy to use, and gives you an instant makeover.  And you can use it as a blusher too, if you need a little colour. 

How do you stay so fresh looking without any signs of aging?

I definitely try to take care of myself. I work out, I eat very healthy, I am more or less a vegetarian, but I eat fish and sometimes chicken, lots of vegetables and fresh fruits.  In general I don't drink much alcohol, unless for special events.  I use and love skincare.  So that's very important to take care of your skin.  I take multi-vitamins.  I drink (everyday in NY) wheatgrass juice.  It is a great detoxifier and great for the skin.  Drink lots of water.  

How do you stay creative and inspired over the years? 

You know, I have three million eyes, so I try to stay open, always stay fresh, and I am never 100% satisfied with what I do.  I always feel we can make better, we can do it better, we can improve, I can take better pictures, do better products... there is always this 5% that we can always make better.  So that's a drive, that keeps me going.  Always keep your eyes open to the places you travel, wherever in the world, find inspiration in the places you go, anywhere that I am (in NY, Tahiti, Singapore, etc) Going to the museum, theatra, opera, walking down the street, looking at people... nature is also a key ingredient in the research that I do. Everything inspires me. I love Asia, I love coming to Asia, I love the culture, lifestyle, nature and everything here.  So I hope I am going back to NY with all these inspiration.

Which are your 5 must have skincare items?

I love the Aqua gel, I use it in the plane.  The water content is so high, it really hydrates your skin.  I discovered that I love the Tiger Balm in Singapore, it is great for the lower back, neck, anywhere you experience pain.  I love the new face mask, it has a nice cleansing effect. It is great to have after travelling.  A great fragrance, I can't live without having a great fragrance on me. it makes you feel fresh, I love Hermes fragrance and Diptyque fragrance a lot.  Coming next year, we will have the first new NARS fragrance.  And lastly, I love the regular chapsticks.  A great simple lipbalm. 

<strong>Photoshop is so pravalent probably overused.  It sets up unattainable expectations for women. What are your thoughts on Photoshop?

</strong>Photoshop, unfortunately, sometimes is needed.  I think it is almost like plastic surgery, it needs to be used very carefully, and not overused.  In photography, sometimes you have to retouch because there is skin imperfection, sometimes you have a red eye, a blood vessel, little things like that need to be re-touched. I try as much as possible not to over re-touch, in the early years, we have done campaigns, we show the freckles, I would love to do that again, because I like to show things that are very rarely shown on cosmetic campaigns.  I think there are many lies in the industry, I get shocked when I see mascara ads.  We never re-touch lashes in our campaigns.  You have to be as true as possible.  You want to keep it as real as possible.  Otherwise you are lying to the consumer.  

What is the most important beauty advice you can give to women? 

I have probably said it a couple of times before, the best beauty advice is to be loved.  For a woman, if you are in love, you always look more beautiful.  But if you are not in love, there are great products to use...there is always NARS..(everyone laughed).  Happiness makes you look more beautiful. 

At the end of the interview, we left the suite, and I felt a little surreal at the fact that I had just met Francois Nars, not even the breathtaking view of the 53th storey suite could distract me from my happiness! </p> <p>As if all that wasn't enough, that same evening, we were invited to the cocktail party hosted by NARS at 28th Fevrier, a artsy house which couldn't have been more appropriate for the special event.  It was a people watching, who's who kind of party, and I chatted with my pals there, and also observe the happenings around me. 

thanks Pei Xian for sharing this pic! </p> <p>From L to R
Pei Xian (Ms Glitzy), Joey, Mag, and myself.

Here are all the NARS goodies I received that day, and as I am typing this entry right now, the white candle (Oran) is burnning in my room.  I will go through these products in a later entry. 

I will also be sharing the NARS counter launch in a separate entry, and perhaps do a quick haul entry of the MASSIVE amount of stuff I bought during the media priority shopping they arranged for us on the morning of 15 Nov before the counter opened to the public.

Once again, I would like to thank everyone at NARS, especially Candice and Charmine from Shiseido, who took really good care of us, and so thoughtful and giving us the chance to be part of these special journey to launch NARS in Singapore.  I am sure by now, many of you have visited the TANGS counter, admired and hauled your NARS goodies home.  Be sure to let me know what you bought, and what are your fave NARS items! 

Hope you enjoyed reading this entry as much as I have recounting it!  :) 

Thank you very much for reading! 

p/s all pics here taken with my iphone5...awesome much!

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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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