Not feeling it today. For one, I woke up with really bad leg cramps, I screamed for help! Good thing, HubZilla is home so he massaged my left leg until I was able to move it; our poor lil doggy freaked out. 

Add the totally uncooperative long hair. I tried a different style bun but I looked more haggard. Makeup-wise, I just wanted it simple. Result: too bland for Friday!

Quick solution? Big arse earrings. So bold let them do the talking gurl
Not bad for $2! 

What about you? how do you handle crappy mornings?


* yeah, only $2 at Icing's!*

Try and try, that's what I have been doing to keep my flat and lifeless lashes curled all day. After several attempts, I believe I got the formula right based on real-time results. So if you are facing the same dilemma, try this method and let me know if it helped you at all.

Okay heres' my naked eye. Boring at its finest *yawns*

It's all in the technique, I tell 'ya.

Things you'll need: Blackest black waterproof mascara, eyelash curler, swivel mirror, tissue.

(1) Imagine your lash to have 3 parts. From the root, middle, tip. Now instead of curling your lashes one time (which we are all accustomed to), curl them in section at 10 seconds each. Yes, literally count 1 to 10 starting from the root, then mid, finally tip.

(2) Now instead of facing your mirror straight (as you normally would), swing the mirror half way so you are looking down.

(3) Take your blackest black mascara and wipe the excess product with a piece of tissue. We don't need that much to achieve natural looking lashes.

(4) Looking down at the mirror, coat lashes from root to tip. I won't do more than 2 coats unless you're going for clumpy lashes.

Let's study the difference. New method was used for my right eye; traditional method (curl one time; from the tube; looking straight at the mirror) for left.

taken in the morning (natural light)

Traditional method (left side) has obvious clumps; they're up but not that curled.
New method (right side): hardly any clumps; more curled and more natural-looking

Several hours and a dinner after....

after 8 hours (flash)

Traditional method (left) looked weird and funny
New method (right): stayed curled and up!

Problem solve for moi.

'til next experiment,


I call this the art of giving. While I like the ease of holiday sets, nothing is more special than customizing your gifts. It's like opening a box full of chocolates- sweet, nutty, moist. Everything is an eye candy!

It all starts with a cute makeup bag. You can find inexpensive yet chic styles at Ross or Target, like this $6.99 bag from Sonia Kashuk

It's cold and dry skin is a common dilemma. I see you hoarded limited edition lotions and creams from Bath and Body Works. Throw in a hand cream por favor!

She's a makeup noob? Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette won't disappoint. Good thing, it won't break your pocket!

'Tis the season to shine. Highlight those luscious lips with a gloss. Nyx mega shine lip gloss is affordable with undeniable superb quality.

Spruce up the style babe. Give your bestie a pair of fabulous earrings. This dainty dangles from Forever 21 is only $7!

Mascaras have shorter shelf-life so probably it's about time to toss hers. Milani runway lashes is a good addition to her stash.

Party with sparkles! A new glitter nail polish is a no-brainer. Wet n Wild Fergie is worth a try!

Ready to wrap?



*Links for reference only. More gifting ideas next*

Purple glitter nails, of course! Purple glitter lips, why not? I'm all for fun for the holidays! So among the six shades from butter LONDON's holiday lips and tips combo ($25, Nordstrom), Shambolic was the obvious choice for this woman!

Oh la- love at two coats! Ignore the fugly nails and admire the beautiful fusion of purple microglitters, silver and pink hexagonal discs. I love me some night life, I lurve me some boogie!

The lip gloss isn't all that glittery as I initially thought. A blessing in disguise- meaning, I can wear it anytime! Unless someone is fetish about shiny lips, these purple microglitters in sheer eggplant finish are hardly visible from a distance. Like who else will walk up to you and study those lips. Ooops, I forgot the nosy friends *evil laugh*

So yes, this makes a lovely present for Christmas. That's one girl off the shopping list!

Do you own this or anything from butter LONDON's holiday collection?


I feel you! You want the best gift for your beauty junkie friend, sis or mom at a pretty reasonable price. You say $25 max? It's not a tall order! These gifts top the amazeballs category!

(1) For Andrea, your lacquer-lover bestie: This butter London holiday lips & tips combo is only $25. There are six shades to choose from, I'd say pick the one that reflects her personality. Neutral, bold, sweet? Either way it's a fabulous treat! I swatched Shambolic, take a look!

(2) For cousin Lori who's all about smelling good: This $20 gift set from The Body Shop is a holiday limited edition featuring cranberry! The set includes 250ml shower gel, 50ml body butter, 40g soap, and 75ml body scrub.

(3) For co-worker Michonne who's branching to cruelty-free brand: This $19 Beauty Editor Darlings set features some of Too Faced's best- selling products in deluxe sizes: shadow insurance primer, lashgasm mascara, lip insurance primer, smoothing face primer and volumizing lip gloss.

(4) For sissy Maggie who's a lippy junkie: Talk about lippy overload. For only $25, this "give me some lip" set, a Sephora exclusive, has 6 lip products in neutral and pink tones; these include 0.08 Fresh Sugar Rose tinted lip treatment (sheer berry), 0.12 oz Hourglass extreme sheen lip gloss (nude), 0.1 oz Bite beauty lip shine (mauve), 0.1 oz Laura Mercier lip glace baby doll (soft pink shimmer), 0.1 oz Tarte lipsurgennce hope (rose), 0.5 oz Sephora lipgloss (iridescent pink)

(5) For mom Carol who likes nothing but finer things in life: Known for its luxurious body care line, Mor Cosmetics has a holiday limited edition for only $25. This Basil Grape collection includes a triple- milled 170g soap bar, 250ml body butter and 80ml hand cream. Pure heaven they are!

(6) For niece Beth who's starting to like makeups: This 27-piece mini makeup collection from e.l.f  is exactly what a makeup noob needs. It has 9 eyeshadows, 1 cream eyeshadow, 1 blush, 1 bronzer, 10 lip gloss shades, 1 brow powder, 1 eyeliner, 1 face brush, a dual-ended applicator and lip brush.

P.S. Tell me you recognize the names I used! Tell me pwease! And yeah, stay tuned for the next holiday gift ideas.

your hardcore the walking dead fanatic,


*links for reference only*

After retracting its decision to sell to China few months back, Urban Decay's marketing saga ain't over. According to news, cosmetics giant L'Oreal bought Urban Decay for $250-300 million.

L'Oreal owns some of the biggest makeup and skincare brands i.e Garnier, Maybelline, Essie, Lancome, Kiehl's, Shu Uemura, Ralph Lauren, La Roche Posay, The Body Shop, and many more. 

The biggest question is, now that Urban Decay will be in the hands of a huge global marketer, will they finally give up their long debated cruelty-free stance? They've been itching to penetrate China remember? 

Is this news a shocker to you? Not to moi. I mean, companies bite the bullet to survive competition. And while I like Urban Decay, there are other indie brands that remain true to their 'against animal testing' policy. That's somehow decaying in UD's vocabulary. Oh well money makes the world go round. And flat. *smh*

Back to 'biz.


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  • Love For Lacquer : Feast your eyes on the new beautiful Behind Closed Doors collection from Cult Nails!
  • datyorkLOVES: Week Review Plus Mini Contest! If you are great at naming polishes this will totally be up your alley!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: OPI Schnapps Out Of It! is featured on Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom as part of Dealing With Your Family week :)
  • TheFabZilla: No time for hairstyling tools? Then a statement headpiece is the next best option to look fantabulous this holiday season. TheFabZilla shares a quick hairstyle for the hostess with the mostest!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog plays with color using the BareMinerals Eyeshadow 8.0 palette in The Cocktail Hour.
  • Beauty Info Zone: Senna Cosmetics has a nude kit you don't want to miss. Beauty Info Zone has all the details on this Sultry set.
  • InTrubeauty: Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that perfume lover on your list? Look no further than InTrubeauty's Review of Beyonce's Midnight Heat.
  • Mama Fashionista: Mama Fashionista did a "swap" with Cafe Fashionista! See what goodies her FIB sent her way!
  • The Advice Sisters: Archaeologists have found evidence that even “bronze-age” women used makeup such as a bright green paste of copper minerals. Millennia later, we still love it! The Advice Sisters recommend mineral makeup holiday gifts!
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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has a delightful array of must-have beauty picks from the Sephora V.I.B. sale!
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  • Mimi's Mani's: Mimi's Mani's shares a great holographic for the winter months
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila has her eyes on Make Up For Ever's All Eyes On You set for Holiday 2012.

  • think red is so predictable this holiday season? why not embrace your dark side.

    "Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody"- Mark Twain

    Apply eye primer as in usual
    1. Apply creep on eyelid. Build intensity if you must
    2. Blend and buff hustle onto crease
    3. Apply toasted on inner 1/3 of crease
    4. Blend with buffing brush for a smoother transition
    5. Apply sin on brow bone
    6. Smudge lower lash line with creep
    7. Line water line with black eye pencil
    8. Line and smudge upper lash line with black eye pencil.
    Curl lashes, apply 2 coats mascara; wear falsies (optional)

    Complete the look:
    Eyes: Kat Von D eye primer, Urban Decay Black eyeliner (zero), Milani runway lashes mascara
    Cheeks: Cargo blush (mendocino), jane cosmetics bronzer
    Face: stila foundation, skinn cosmetics concealer, Too Faced on the prowl (pink leopard) as highlighter
    Lips: Kate Moss 04 rimmel london

    "When it is dark enough, you can see the stars"- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    How was your Black Friday experience? Believe it or not, mine wasn't that crazy at all! I prepped for the worse you know, like I'm ready to kick some ass if you dare push me. But thank heavens, there was no traffic (a rarity in downtown Honolulu) and finding a parking space was a breeze. Or maybe fate intervened. 

    So in my usual laid-back glam style *ahem*, I opted to wear this off- shoulder LBD paired with my comfy black slippahs \m/

    wearing black for black friday. how predictable, lol
    owl necklace was part of my winnings from phyrra

    FOTD is rather neutral, I went for subtle smokey eyes and nude lips. Accessories were minimal, my style these days.

    Timing couldn't be more perfect. We arrived at Ala Moana few minutes before 10 am. While there was an unusually large crowd, it's not something that sent me to nausea department #claustrophobic

    Overall, I was happy with my purchases! I think I got 'em covered- gifts & whatnots. There are some cool gift ideas that I'll be sharing in my next posts.

    Now on to some exciting news you might have missed:
    • Win $100 VISA gift cards. 5 lucky subscribers, wherever part of the globe you are, will have the chance to bag this awesome holiday present from the Beauty Blogazons. Don't delay, enter now.
    • TheFabZilla Blog Giveaway is already closed, congrats to our winner Diana D! I enjoyed reading your beauty tips!! Thanks so much for participating... Stay tuned for the next giveaway *hints* 
    • Are you new to blogging or wishing to start a blog? Check out my post 'blogging on a budget', you may find a tip or two that can help you  jumpstart your passion without denting your pocket
    • Looking for a cheap yet impressive mascara? Read my review on Milani Runway Lashes ; incidentally I won Milani's twitter giveaway, yay!!!
    • I'm so into hairstyles for the holidays! I made a tutorial featuring this statement headpiece

    Join me for some coffee....

    Mounting created Bloggif

    Talk soon,


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  • datyorkLOVES: Week Review Plus Mini Contest! If you are great at naming polishes this will totally be up your alley!

  • Vicerimus: If you can't have a dessert - have it on your nails, like Vicerimus did!..and then just have it :)

  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Need some help dealing with your family during the holidays? Destany at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom is offering some aptly-named nail polishes for such a dillemma, starting with OPI Schnapps Out Of It!

  • Trouble-Maker On Heels: Trouble-Maker On Heels received her first MUA Cosmetics order.

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  • Sincerely Stephanie: Check out this multi finish colour blocking mani featuring some holographic goodness!

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  • Midnight Manicures: Check out Jeanie's review of the Swarovski Crystal embellished glass fashion items by Mont Bleu from the Czech Republic.

  • Aloha beauties! I hope you had a fabulous thanksgiving celebration. I am already winding down as I write this post. My day started rather early today with moi bathing my furry baby. After that, le cooking madness commenced! Of course, this chef wannabe had to look decent so here's my FOTD:

    I used the following for my face:

    In order of application:
    (4) laura geller blush-n-brighten apricot berry  (5) korres bronzing powder

    And these for my eyes and lips:

    Again in order of use:
    (1) lorac on screen duo (rich & famous) as base  (2) mattese nyc (fabulous) on lids  (3) laura geller
    eye rimz (bewitching bronze) on crease  (4) geo eyeliner for waterline  (5) milani eye tech liquid pencil (6) milani runway lashes mascara  (7) benefit 

    closer look

    So is it just me? After all these cooking, I feel stuffed to my neck in time for chow! But that custard pie was no match to this sweet-toothed monster!!!

    holiday decors are already up

    Tomorrow's Black Friday. HubZilla and I will attempt to wrestle thru the crowd. Ha? good luck!

    What about you?



    From my ohana to yours, Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
    Enjoy the food and festivities. Most of all, let's be thankful for this beautiful gift called LIFE.

    Mahalo for supporting TheFabZilla blog.

    TheFabZilla aka Dog Mama
    Winky Dog
    HubZilla aka Dog Dada who insists to remain anonymous ;-)

    Are you ready with your game plan? More beauty brands have very irresistible Black Friday deals. In fact, you can start shopping this early.

    Yes, 3 for $30 at The Body Shop. I tried it and it worked! Choose the pricier items so you get more value for your money. I bought my skincare staple Ionic Clay Mask & the rest were makeups I wanted to try.

    Ecotools is offering 50% off on their beauty recovery kit. Enter code BLACKFRIDAY.

    Ulta is having a 2 day- exclusive event in-stores (Friday/Saturday). Lorac palette is only $12 ($42 value) & Benefit kit retails for only $25 ($79 value).

    Over at Walmart, there are $5 makeup sets from Hard Candy.

    Online retailer Cherry Culture offers 20% off all products. Use code TKGS20.

    Macy's got some pretty sweet deals too! Snag Stila's mini smudge crayon set for only $10, free 4-pc gift from Cargo with $39 purchase, Clarins 7 pc- skincare set for $44 ($111 value).

    Nordstrom offers 2 + 1 deals (buy 2, get 1 free) from Deborah Lippman, butter LONDON and The New Black.

    Enjoy shopping beauties!


    *Links for reference only*

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    If you don't have time to use hair styling tools, then a statement headband is your next best option to look fantabulous this holiday season. Choose one that best suits your personality and keep your accessories to a minimum. Here's a a quick updo for the hostess with the mostest!

    1. Use dry shampoo to volumize second day hair (optional)
    2. Tease bangs, the higher the better
    3. Decide on the height of your poof 
    4. Use hairspray to hold your beehive
    5. Do a high ponytail; use bobby pins to secure poof
    6. Load up on hair spray to withstand a night of partying
    7. Hmmm, hair's boring
    8. Now we're talking!

    Intrigued by this headpiece? 

    It's from the Scala Collezione Collection by Dorfman Pacific, one of the largest headwear companies in the world. Depending on the intricacy and materials used, this statement headband retails anywhere from $30- $150. The style I own features sinamay and feathers, both meticulously secured in lightweight metal band.

    Well at least for a day, you and I can strut like Kate Middleton!


    You can find more styles at hartfordyork.com

    Have you seen my other holiday hair tutorial?


    *headpiece sent to moi without obligation to do this tutorial; I just felt like doing one because I got extra time today, woot! Link for reference only*
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