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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013! The past year was filled with awesomeness and countless blessings. TheFabZilla grew in terms of readership and views (hugs to you my readers and friends); Moi landed a job that's super close to home; HubZilla had more sideline acting gigs; Save for some occasional headaches, I finished the year without getting sick! (I defeated the flu-like symptoms two nights ago!). Thank you God for everything you have blessed us with!

Trivial as it was, I decided to welcome 2013 with a new hairstyle. It was a big deal for me though (never had major haircut since 2006). Geez, I lost about six inches, had bangs, and changed my hair color! I told the stylist I wanted a JLo- shade albeit subtle. So after 3 hours of burning my butt in the salon chair and flipping gossip magazines...

1. Nervous as hell!
2. Bored but excited
3. Who knew Kate Middleton has cocker spaniel!
(mah baby furry is one!)
4. Tada!
{ new hair }

The other night, I showed HubZilla my resolutions in 2012 just to check if I have achieved them. Full details here.

1. Hmmm, almost made it to 365 posts this year! But hey 353 ain't bad considering that I have a day job. 
2. Thanks to blogging friends and networking, I was introduced to more natural and cruelty-free products in 2012. 
3. Guilty as charged. I failed this 3-days-a-week exercise. I started all hyped up during the first month and then pffft!
4. I have totally ignored these so-called user-friendly friends. Life without stress is sooo worth it!
5. I have managed to veer away from these melodramatic soap operas. Bravo!
6. Yeah I got the job baby!
7. I bought stuff which made me happy, sale or not sale- woot!

So do I need new resolutions in 2013? Nah, I think I'll recycle my 2012 list but scrap that 3x/week exercise and replace it with once weekly (that's more doable!); eat more healthy food (cut down fast food drive-thru's to once a month), strive for 365 blog posts (set up editorial calendar); continue to use natural skincare and cruelty-free makeups.

May 2013 bring forth more blessings to you! Happy New Year!!!!! Bwing it on coz I'm weady!


  • Be Beautilicious: A must have black eyeshadow Inglot AMC 62 to create smokey looks on night outs and parties. Check out the look I created
  • Blushing Noir: This EOTD of Le Metier de Beaute's Nouvelle Vague Kaleidoscope shows you have to keep your look edgy and classy.
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for an effective treatment for acne? Enter to Win CoralActives Acne Treatment Therapy System giveaway!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: The Zoya Lovely collection is full of fun, airy pastels! See Destany's swatches.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Lola's Secret Beauty Blog loves vbeauté Evidence Eraser Gentle Foaming Cleanser because it is gentle on the skin, cleans thoroughly, and leaves your skin glowing!
  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla shares how to glow without looking oily this holiday!
  • Beauty Info Zone: Have you picked a favorite subscription box? Marcia from Beauty Info Zone likes PopSugar Must Have since it's so different. Read about the latest box.
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design and makeup artist: I was chosen to receive the Influenster Holiday VoxBox!
  • Mama Fashionista: Quinn of Mama Fashionista invites you to shop with her, and build your winter wardrobe!
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog: Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shared her opinion of Anastasia Beverly Hills Hypercolor Brow and Hair Powder.
  • Portrait of Mai: For only $10, Bite Beauty's Luminous Creme Lipstick Palette is well worth it. Swatches and a review at Portrait of Mai

  • And then there were 12. Out of all the products I have discovered and tried in oh-twelve, these were the ones that swept me off my feet. Love 'to the pan, cherish to the last squeeze. Heart-a-flutter, Repurchase, fact-o-matter!

    { top 12 }
    click links for individual reviews

    1. Futurederm Time Release Retinol 0.5% is the mildest retinol brand I have tried. I use it nightly, after toning and before moisturizing. Can't stop aging but at least I can delay wrinkles.

    2. LORAC behind the scenes eye primer does better than Urban Decay primer potion. My eye makeup stays intact even under the hot Hawaiian sun.

    3. Immuno-viva renew anti-aging serum has certified organic oils (cranberry, raspberry, sunflower, etc) that help reduce wrinkles, dry skin and dark under eyes. I use it mostly to hydrate my eye area and dry hair ends.

    4. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation works perfectly well for my oily skin. It is long-wearing, lightweight and has SPF 15.

    5. MDSolarSciences Mineral Screen Tinted Gel SPF 30 works like a primer and sunscreen in one. It applies smoothly and fragrance-free.

    6. Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist has witch hazel, Vitamins E & C and lemon balm which help mattify and hydrate my face. I use this as a toner and makeup finishing spray.

    7. thebalm Nude'tude is my most used neutral palette in 2012. The eyeshadows are very pigmented, soft and easy to work with.

    8. I honestly felt sad when Tarina Tarantino left Sephora so I snagged Dollskin Cheek Palette for the last time. There are four shades (3 shimmery, 1 matte) that flatter every skin tone.

    9. Physician's Formula Organic Wear (Peachy Glow Bronze) is my go-to finishing powder whenever I want that sun-kissed glow, which is basically everyday!

    10. butter LONDON All Hail The Queen is my ultimate favorite neutral nail polish.

    11. Skinn Cosmetics James Dimitri Triple Wheel Concealer has the right amount of creaminess and coverage to hide my dark under eyes and blemishes.

    12. Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain is my best drugstore find in 2012. I like the idea of not retouching when I'm out and about.

    What about you? What's your top product discovery this year?


    Some of you have probably noticed my penchant for big earrings. Okay confession time- I own more than I can wear in a lifetime. But see I make jewelries so in my spare time (which is rare these days), I can bend and twist a pair of hoops whenever I feel like it. Then of course a trip to the mall is never complete without visiting the accessories section. Why this insane obsession over humongous earrings? Two things: they brighten a haggard-looking face and glam up a drab outfit.

    Oftentimes when I give my girlfriends some big earrings they'd ask "how do I wear these? will they look good on short hair? can I wear this at work? etc. I know it can get a little overwhelming, what with the countless styles and colors!

    So what are the rules in wearing these biggy earrings then? Honestly? None! Wear them to your heart's content. Biggy don't care. Alright, I take that back. I have a few but that's how I'd wear mine.

    1. Skip statement neckpiece/necklace when you're wearing big earrings. Let the ears do the talking. You can wear cuff or bangle if you want but stick to the minimum please.

    2. You can never go wrong with silver big hoops. Jeans or LBD, they look just as fab when paired with hoops.

    3. When  wearing busy or multi-colored earrings, wear a solid top that has at least one shade similar to your earrings.

    4. Consider the shape of your face and strive for balance. If you have round face, wear something that is long and angular; if you have square shape, opt for round and curves (hoops!). If you have heart shape, chandelier earrings is a great choice.

    Lastly, when buying earrings, pick the pair that made you smile. Trust me, you will look good with anything that makes you happy #positivevibes

    { some of my earrings, mostly handmade by me }

    Let the fun begin!


    My fascination with anything rose-scented lives on. From body butter, hand cream, mist, lip balm, perfume, can't stop sniffin' em. Today, I am adding two more to my rosy arsenal: Jurlique Rose Shower Gel and Rosewater Balancing Mist.

    { 300 ml, $22 }

    Jurlique Rose Shower Gel

    Ingredients: Aqua (Water); Sodium Laureth Sulfate; 

  • Decyl Polyglucoside;
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine;
  • Alcohol;
  • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate;
  • Quillaja saponaria (Soap Bark Tree) Bark Extract; 
  • Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract; 
  • Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract; 
  • Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Extract; 
  • Urtica dioica (Nettle) Extract;
  • Arctium lappa (Burdock) Root Extract; 
  • Chamomilla recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract; 
  • Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride; 
  • Macadamia ternifolia Seed Oil; 
  • Honey; 
  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein; 
  • Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil; 
  • Sodium Chloride; 
  • Glycerin; 
  • Lecithin; 
  • Fragrance (Parfum)*; 
  • Lactic Acid; 
  • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate; 
  • Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract; 
  • Geraniol*; 
  • Linalool*;
  • Citronellol*.
  • * From Natural Essential Oil

    I know what you're thinking. A shower gel does nothing but cleanse, so is the $22-tag worth it? Is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) any better than Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)? Well both are surfactants and used commonly in cosmetics because they are good cleansing agents. While there is no absolute proof that SLS can cause cancer (American Cancer Society), it is considered to be a skin irritant (European Journal of Dermatology). So to make it less irritating, ethylene oxide is added resulting to SLES. Which brings me to my next statement. If you have extremely sensitive skin or you have had rashes in the past related to the use of SLS or SLES, then you don't need this shower gel. But if you're like me who can tolerate SLES and you're looking for a luxurious bath brand with hydrating properties, I think you'll like this for the following reasons: it's very soothing, doesn't dry out skin, it has mild yet enticing scent.

    { 100 ml, $31 }

    Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist


    • Aqua (Water);
    • Alcohol;
    • Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract;
    • Rosa gallica (Rose) Flower Extract;
    • PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate;
    • Fragrance (Parfum)*;
    • Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate;
    • Lactic Acid;
    • Polysorbate-20;
    • Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract;
    • Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract;
    • Geraniol*;
    • Linalool*;
    • Citronellol*;
    • Eugenol*;
    • Benzyl Benzoate*.
    * From Natural Essential Oil (Rose - Rosa centifolia & Rosa damascena)
    I use this mist in 3 ways: as a toner (day & night),  makeup finishing spray, whenever I feel like it. I love the subtle rosy scent and it surely is invigorating. I didn't have any breakouts of sorts, thankfully.
    Where to buy: Online, Sephora
    Do you like rose scents as well?
    *Products sent for feature consideration; links for reference only*

    One week to go and it's 2013! My oh my, time flies so fast we can only look back with spread memories. Big thanks (and hugs) to all of you who read and support TheFabZilla blog. I have tallied the most-read posts (excluding giveaways) and here they are, your top 12 in oh-twelve!

    Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
    Romantic and Sweetheart Valentine
    Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation
    Victoria's Secret 
    Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation
    Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter
    Tutti Frutti and Creme Brulee
    MAC Mineralize Foundation/Loose
    LORAC Femme Fatale Eyeshadow Palette
    Adovia Dead Sea Mud
    Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil
    Dry Styling Oil
    tarte clean slate primers review
    OCC Lip Tar Anime & NSFW

    Vichy Normaderm Triple Action Anti-Acne



    { Dog Mama and Winkles }
    { Christmas Eve }
    For Christmas eve, I went for classic red lips, bronze/copper eyes and bouncy waves hairstyle. For Christmas Day, it's all about neutrals with demi-smokey eyes and high bun hairstyle. Winkles (my baby dog) likes to dress up and these two consecutive days were no exception. 

    { Christmas Day }
    Winkles waiting for her presents
    { Christmas Day }
    { makeups used for 2 days, except the red lipstick (not in photo) }
    Too Faced Primed and Poreless for sensitive skin, LORAC Breakthrough Performance Foundation,
    Tarina Tarantino blush, pur minerals pressed powder, The Body Shop bronzer, Cargo one base concealer,
    The Body Shop holiday limited edition palette, Milani mascara and eyeliner

    { #ootd Christmas }

    I hope you all had fun unwrapping presents, eating, and most of all spending this special day with your loved ones....


    { Merry Christmas Happy New Year }

    Happy Holidays to all who celebrate! Have a meaningful Christmas and prosperous 2013.



  • BlushingNoir: Is the MAC Taste Temptations Quad really so tempting? Check out the EOTD and see for yourself!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom: Destany showcases some Went Wild Wild Shine lipsticks!
  • datyorkLOVES: datyorkLOVES Weekly filled with nail art, current events, challenges and more!
  • Painted Ladies: Painted Ladies has partnered with Cetaphil and is giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card and has a $3 coupon, as well!
  • TheFabZilla: If you give love a bad name or you're livin' on a prayer , then you know why TheFabZilla snagged this palette. Bon Jovi fan? die hard here! So will she be laying down in a bed of roses with the Balm's Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette?
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: "New Year's Resolutions From 8 Beauty Experts" article by Katie Jones, from My Daily, Features Lola's Secret Beauty Blog!
  • Beauty Professor: Rouge Bunny Rouge has a new foundation, Skin Sanctuary, and the Beauty Professor has swatches of all shades!
  • Mama Fashionista: Got gift cards? Here are some awesome ways to treat your tips (and use that gifted plastic)!
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair and makeup: DIY Sugar Scrub- A great holiday gift!
  • Icy Nails: Erika got sidetracked from her polish obsession and reviewed the Too Faced Shadow Bon Bons Palette for Christmas/Holiday 2012.
  • BeautyJudy: BeautyJudy got the marriage proposal of a polish addict's dreams, complete with Nicole by OPI and "Unicorn Puke!"
  • Beauty Info Zone: Learning about a new cosmetic company is always fun for us at Beauty Info Zone. We are excited to share with you some Christina Choi cosmetics. You'll be impressed.
  • The Advice Sisters: Have you looked at Avon's holiday products? They're pretty amazing at an amazing price. The Advice Sisters highlight some of the best of Avon Holiday Beauty
  • BeautyTidbits: Still need to find that perfect gift for your loved ones? Check out the World Vision Gift Catalog for a selection gifts that give back this Christmas. Plus enter to win a Thai Silk Scarf!
  • Endless Summer: Elena reviews Russian monthly subscription beauty box - GlamBox.
  • Beauty by Miss L: This week Miss L created purple smokey eye look.
  • http://mimismanisandotherbeauty.blogspot.com/: Destany shows us some yummy looking nails
  • { under white lamp }
    { with flash }

    Red, gold, glitters, festive much? Few more days and it's officially Christmas!

    How-to: 2 coats of Milani (Signature Gold 12A), 2 coats of Victoria's Secret (To Die For) at the center, Random coats of LA Colors Art Deco Striper (Ice Breaker), Topcoat by butter LONDON. Easy peasy.

    By the way, I'm excited to share that moi was featured in 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic, an award-winning beauty blog founded by Christine, a PICU doctor in the Midwest!

    I was also featured this week in Cut Out + Keep, an online community for all crafts and DIY-related stuff. You can find my tutorials in the Beauty Section.

    Congrats to Julie, Quinn R and Joana for winning "Lessons from Madame Chic" Book Giveaway!

    This past week, I shared how to rock this season's glowy look without looking oily, a fast and easy makeup & bouncy waves video tutorial, my thoughts on thebalm Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette, my initial Clarisonic Mia 2 experience, and $10-under stocking stuffer ideas.

    Finally, from my ohana to yours.....

    "Merry Christmas"


    From gazillion miles away, I feel that most of you are still rushing to find the best beauty stocking stuffers. No more money? I hope ten bucks won't hurt honey! I scoured the best deals, take a look!

    1. Bodycology  ($4.99, Target). 
    3 Piece Gift Set in Cherry Blossom.

    2. Too Faced Hot Cocoa Collection ($10, Sephora). 
    Bronzer and bronze tint primer SPF20 in deluxe sizes.

    3. Stila Rockin' in Rio Travel Palette ($10, Sephora).
     5 eyeshadows + lipgloss that can take you
    from daytime to nightime wear.

    4) Burt's Bees lip shimmers ($10, most drugstores)
    2 varieties: champagne,  rhubarb and strawberry
    champagne, peony and plum.
    5) The New Black Glimmer Twins ($10, Sephora)
    Mini nail polish combo
    6) e.l.f. 10-pc brush set ($10, Target)
    7) The Body Shop Manicure Set ($8)
    Nyx trio eyeshadow ($7.99, Ulta) 

    Happy gift wrapping!

    *credit image to retailers; links for reference only*

    I feel you. The holiday season is unfair to genetically- greasy face gals like us! While some can rock glowy skin in shimmering splendid, here we are wishful thinking that we can wear this holiday trend just as good. Like who wants to accentuate those pores and oil? Certainly not moi!

    But it's all in the technique my sisters in greaseland! Here's how to glow without looking oily. Own the night, you party baby!

    1. Always start with a clean face. Needless to say, wash, tone and moisturize. Use oil-free and mattifying products if you must. Witch hazel and salicylic acid are known to control oil and shine. And in case you don't know yet, grease exaggerates pores.

    2. Use makeup primer before foundation. It will help your makeup stay in place the whole time you're partying.

    3. Use oil-free and matte foundation. My go-to includes Tarte 12 hr-Amazonian Clay and Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +.

    4. Seal foundation (and concealer) with finishing powder.

    The first 4 steps just made your face MATTE. Let's move to the glowy side of you.

    5. Use matte or sheen for your eye makeup, never metallic beauties! We want the focus on your face remember? Alright I hear you. You still want to go for gold and bronze. No problem, just use them sparingly, oki?

    6. Now decide- do you want glowing bronze ala JLo, glowing blush ala Taylor Swift or highlighted cheekbones ala Kate Moss? It can't be all of the above unless your goal is to be a disco ball.

    7. Oh you want to be J Lo! Then sweep the shimmer bronze on the side of your face like number 3 (side of forehead, side of cheeks, jawline). If you're showing off your neckline and shoulders, dust some over them too. Use matte blush on your cheeks (coral or barely-there pink). You may wear bronze or hot red lippy, whatever works for you honey!

    8. Hmmm you changed your mind and want to be the simple yet glowy Taylor Swift. Then use a baked blush or blush- on that has subtle shimmer. With emphasis on subtle ladies. Skip bronzer or contouring, you want to be that breath- of -fresh air amidst the sweaty hardrockin' party people!

    9. Fickle-minded as you are, you finally decided to be Kate Moss, what with her highlighted cheekbones! With your angled face brush, dust highlighter on your cheekbone in an upward stroke. Don't highlight your T-zone or where you grease the most. Again, use matte blush; you can contour this time but opt for matte bronzer.

    The last step is optional but if you want a smudge-free makeup whole day, mist your face with a makeup finishing spray like Skindinavia.

    So given all these techniques, what are some of my favorite luminizers? That's a hard question but here are my go to's lately:

    1. Too Faced Peach Leopard for glowing bronze
    2 Too Faced Pink Leopard for glowing cheekbones
    3. Milani Baked Blush (Luminoso 05) for glowing blush
    4.The Body Shop Dazzling Rocks shade 01 Golden Copper for glowing neckline/shoulder.

    How are you rockin' this glowy look?


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