Etat Libre D’Orange in Singapore!

As a perfume addict, I am very happy we are getting more niche brands here in Singapore. Especially for Etat Libre D’Orange – a brand I’ve seen in various magazines and have admired their fun, outrageous spirit.

Last week I attended an intimate launch party where I got to meet Etienne de Swardt, the founder of Etat Libre D’Orange.

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It was my first time testing out these perfumes and I have to say, it is definitely everything I imagined. The scents are the most unique, strange – strange is good in my world – scents I’ve ever tried. The inspiration behind each scent, too, is so refreshing. (I mean, how many times have you heard a perfume be “inspired by spring”? BORING.)  As Etienne told me, the brand explores “the risky side of perfume”, and is all about “sincerity, joyful attitude… and a whole lot of nonsense.”

I tested the whole range (or at least the ones that will be available here), and my first impressions are:

  • Putain des Places. This is a powdery, musky scent and a cult favorite; if you know French you can probably figure out why!
  • Like This. This has to be the strangest scent I’ve ever tested. Nicknamed “Immortal Ginger”, it is in collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton, so you can imagine it’s just like her: standout, quirky and out-of-this-world.
  • Tom of Finland. In collaboration with the late artist’s foundation, I really liked this scent – lots of suede and sure, very “manly” but I don’t see why women can’t wear it either!
  • My personal favorites were Fils de Dieu, Cologne, Archives 69 and…
  • DivinEnfant. I am OBSESSED with this smokey yet sweet scent. After being bored of the perfume I’ve been wearing the past 10 years, I finally found something to replace it – I’ve kinda been searching for my next “signature”, and I think this is it! I’ll buy a bottle for myself soon and write more about it later.

Etat Libre D’Orange is definitely a niche perfume brand to check out – I am sure you’ll find something you’ll love. You can find Etat Libre D’Orange in Singapore at Beautique at Takashimaya Level 3.

HD Powder Mishaps: How to Avoid (& Fix) It

In my last post, I got a question on how to avoid the dreaded flashback that can result from using HD translucent powders, especially the popular one by Make Up For Ever.

HD powder mishap
Photo: Allure

The powder – which is so fine you can’t see it on the skin – contains the ingredient silica, which reflects light, so with camera flashes you can get some pretty unfortunate photos. There have been a few of these mishaps on the red carpet in the recent years, like Angelina Jolie above.

We actually talked about this in great detail one day during my makeup course, so here are some options:

  • Don’t use a loose powder that contains silica. Go for talc instead. (However, when used correctly this HD powder is SO good, so I know many don’t want to not use it, so keep reading.)
  • Use very little product. What I do is I apply it with a big fluffy kabuki brush and hit the brush against the back of my hand so excess powder will fall off. So much so, it looks like my brush has no product on it (but trust me, it’s there!) Next, I apply it in circular motions all over the face; going over the same areas several times, “buffing” as much as I can.
  • Test it out first. Unsure? Always test and see how it looks by taking a photo with a flash on your cell phone.
  • If you’ve used too much powder… take a clean big fluffy brush (emphasis on clean – there must be NO product on it) and keep going over the area to try to diffuse and remove the powder, sweeping away the brush from your face.

Really, the only reason why these HD powder mishaps happen is because they used way too much product – so just don’t use too much!

Makeup, I Want My Make Up For Ever.

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After playing with makeup and secretly wanting to be a makeup artist since I was a teen, I finally did it – I just finished professional training at Make Up For Ever Academy! During that time, as you can imagine, I worked with a lot of Make Up For Ever (MUFE) products, so I thought I’d talk about them today:

HITS

  • HD High Definition Foundation. Is the HD foundation the best foundation ever made? I think so. They are not kidding with the “HD” name – it will make your skin look flawless not only in person, but also in photos – in fact, I think it looks even better in photos, so this is great for weddings, special events and wherever you will take a lot of pictures. A must-have. I also loved their HD Invisible Cover Concealer and HD High Definition Powder… honestly, the whole HD range is perfection (and makes you look it, too).
  • Instant Brush Cleanser. It will clean your brush in an instant. Enough said.
  • Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers. Excellent, excellent primers and color correctors. My favorites are the Nourishing Primer, the Mattifying Primer, and Redness Correcting Primer.
  • Aqua Cream. I loved working with these. Great waterproof cream eyeshadows that can be used alone, or as an eyeshadow base. I find it makes the powder eyeshadow I put on top more intense, and of course, makes it last super long.
  • Aqua Brow. Apply with a small slanted brush for eyebrows that look natural and stay put in rain, humidity, underwater, sweat – you name it.

MISSES

  • Aqua Black. Unless you’re an expert, you will probably make a few mistakes with this jet-black, quick-dry, super-waterproof gel eyeliner. (I know I have!) It’s very hard to remove, so “un-doing” those mistakes will be tough too. That being said, if you know what you’re doing and need some serious staying power, this eyeliner is incredible.
  • Cool Lotion. It’s a good make-up remover and does its job, but I much prefer micellar waters – I find once you try them, you never go back to regular makeup removers!

Honestly, it’s hard to find any misses with MUFE, they really are one of the best in the business. As far as everyday products to use, I thought every single lip product they made were fantastic and their eyeshadows were great; very pigmented, smooth and easy to blend.

P.S. You may have noticed Beautifille got a major make-under. My original idea was for an online magazine with less regular but more in-depth beauty posts, but I thought it would be better now as a normal makeup artist blog with a Singapore focus, since I’m based here. I hope you’ll still like it.

Smell Like A Macaron …Because Why Not

“Macaron”. Just one mention and mouths start to water and eye glisten with excitement – who can resist one of those sweet things? (By “one” I mean “twenty”.) And why not get that kind of reaction when you enter the room?

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Here are some of the best smelling sweet-treat inspired perfumes to make you smell as yummy as possible:

  • Britney Spears Fantasy. Cupcake in a bottle. Notes include cupcake accord, white chocolate… and I didn’t pay attention after that, they had me at “cupcake”.
  • Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake. This is the epitome of a macaron-in-a-bottle. Notes include sugar cane, coconut milk and vanilla orchid, so expect a VERY sweet scent.
  • Nina Ricci La Tentation de Nina. In collaboration between perfumer Olivier Cresp and Vincent Lemains, the master chef of the famous Parisian patisserie of Ladurée (aka Macaron Heaven), their goal was to make a scent that “makes you want to eat it”. Notes include (wait for it), macaron, strawberry and lemon.
  • LUSH Vanillary. Sometimes all you need is good old vanilla, and Vanillary is a simple, no fuss, sweet scent. If you’re looking for a cookies and creme kinda smell, try this.
  • Laura Mercier Eau Gourmand Creme Brule. The fact that the top note is “sugar” explains it all. Other notes include caramel, vanilla and white musk.
  • Dior Hypnotic Poison. This Oriental Vanilla fragrance is popular for being a classic “date night” perfumes (is that surprising with a name like that?). Other notes include sweet almond, coconut and rosewood.
  • Jessica Simpson Fancy. Fancy has gotta be one of the better celebrity fragrances out there. The strong, very sweet caramel note is “watered” down with notes of vanilla, sandalwood and pear, making this a mature sweet scent, if you will. Better grab this one fast though, I have a feeling it will be discounted.
  • Other sweet scents include Aqualina Pink Sugar, a cult favorite and deemed the most sweetest perfume on the market, Prada Candy, a “high fashion” candy scent if you will and Demeter Vanilla Cake Batter, the perfect capture of vanilla cake in a perfume.

Are BB Creams Bad For Your Skin?

I don’t think I even need to introduce BB Creams – they are a very big deal in cosmetics today, so it’s no surprise that I’ve been asked time and time again about BB creams. Many of you mentioned that you heard it was bad for your skin, especially those with acne prone skin, and honestly… I think it must be the foundation companies who started that rumour, ha!

Here’s the thing: As much as I love BB creams and use them, in my opinion are just glorified foundations with a little bit of extra skin benefits.

If your skin tends to break out from foundation… then your skin would probably not like BB creams – but I think it’s more your skin type that is the problem (or a certain ingredient) rather than BB creams as a whole. If your skin is prone to blemishes and your pores get clogged up easily (and therefore gets pimples), then look for BB Creams that are oil-free, labeled “non-comedogenic” and made for acne prone skin.

If you usually don’t break out from foundation… then I don’t think BB creams will be a problem for you. I’ve had no problems with any BB creams so far – some just made me look grey, some were thick and felt awful on my skin; so but so far, I haven’t had any breakouts from BB creams (let’s hope this luck continues).

Basically, just treat BB creams like you would regular foundations. That being said – I do think BB Creams are better than regular foundations; just because they have added ingredients and they usually always have a high SPF, which is really important.

Perfume… Like A French Girl

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My first beauty love, as far I can tell, has always been perfume. My mother only wore perfume when going out with my dad at night, and as a child, I would grab her leg and inhale it as we hugged to say goodbye – and so, I always thought perfume was a part of “romance”.

And when someone thinks “French beauty” today, they also think perfume – France and fragrance are deeply connected, with most of the most iconic perfumes of all time were created in France, and the perfume “capital” of the world is Grasse, a town in the French Riveria. As the saying goes, “French women know one can go far with a great haircut, a bottle of champagne and a divine perfume”, and so, here are my French girl-inspired perfume “rules”…

  • Know the real reason why you’re wearing it. To me, perfume expresses who you are without the other person seeing it (like in your fashion choices) or even hearing it (like the way you speak)… it’s an invisible accessory; a glimpse into your personality – after all, the scent you choose tells a lot about yourself. I believe perfume is an amazing thing, that magical “invisible” accessory.
  • Know where to apply it. Coco Chanel herself probably gave one of the best perfume quotes: “Apply perfume where you want to be kissed.”
  • Do not wear the same thing as your mother. Back when our mothers were young, in the 80s, most French perfumes (actually all of them, really) were very strong; definitely not like the stuff today. Today, those scents will probably instead repel people!
  • Keep it mysterious. I once read that French girls never reveal their perfume. I say good call, because even though a perfume will smell different on you and another friend, it’s still so personal. Perfume should be about getting one that describes you, not to copy someone else – plus, what might work on you might not work on someone else!
  • Lastly, never leave home without it. For me, perfume “completes” my outfit, and since I’ve been wearing them for years and years, I cannot leave the house without it. In fact, if I leave the house without perfume I feel strangely naked, and neither does the French girl.

P.S. Looking for some great perfumes? Check out Top 10 Best French Perfumes for Women.

French Beauty Secrets from a French Model

Hopefully it’s clear by now (or else I’d have to work on my branding!), but a big part of this blog is French beauty.

Photo: Instagram/Constance Jablonski
Photo: Instagram/Constance Jablonski

And if there is one woman who knows all about that, it has to be Constance Jablonski, a French model who you undoubtedly recognize as the face for Estee Lauder. Being the face of one of the largest cosmetics brands, as you can imagine, over the years she has given a lot of beauty tips. Here they are:

Moisturizing is Key. “I apply moisturizer before flying and during the flight if it’s a long trip, because the cabin pressure dehydrates your skin. Also, good sleep is essential for beauty, so I always bring a comfortable eye mask,” she told Style.com.

In fact, she recently told Glamour magazine that “I abuse moisturizer” and her favorite is “Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Moisture Cream”, which she applies at night as well as “Vaseline on my lips before I go to bed – always.” She also tells Style.com that she puts pure argan oil all over her body.

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