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Motivational Tips for 2015, New Year, New You, Habits of Highly Effective People, New Beauty Trends 2015
View of Diamond Head atop Tantalus (Oahu, Hawaii)

Tell me you can relate. You log in to Facebook, only to read the same rants from the same people over and over and over and over again. That and the countless twerking, boob-popping, self-glorification of sorts that make me shake my head in disbelief, que horror! Oh well, to each his own but if you're looking for ways to welcome 2015 with a positive vibe, beautiful mind, and fabulous face, look no further because I have some tips for you. Let the countdown begin!

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As some of you know, I turned 40 last July (read 40 things about me). It's a milestone I have embraced with bursting confidence and graceful maturity. With age comes experience, with experience comes wisdom. I lost some battles but conquered a thousandth. Age won't slow me down, inactivity will. That's why I constantly motivate myself to push the envelope and defy age. After all, it's just a number. Look young, feel young.

#bettereveryday, defying age, murad rejuvenating aha hand cream, murad detoxifying white clay body cleanser

As a beauty blogger on the side, it's an open secret that I probably own more makeups compared to my next-door neighbors and friends. So much so that I needed a dedicated room for this passion to store my collections and write in seclusion. While there are things I still need to refurbish, build and update to convert it to my ultimate woman cave, I took the initiative to purge, throw, and declutter to welcome 2015 with a fresher perspective.

decluttering for a better life, decluttering 101
{still a work in progress}
dresser, table and chair procured from INspiration Interiors (Hawaii)



  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: If you only buy one foundation brush this year, then the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush should be it!
  • TheFabZilla: Kath from TheFabZilla shares her Fast and Fabulous New Year's Eve Look.
  • Painted Ladies: The Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush could be a dupe for the Urban Decay Good Karma Brush.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Simple Christmas manicure with Christmas themed water decals from Born Pretty Store.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Using Gray While Featuring Distressed Nails for the 52 Week Challenge.
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for a long-wearing, matte lipstick that doesn't leave your lips feeling parched? Gerard cosmetics lipstick is the perfect pick!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison test drives her New Year's Eve look with Mirabella's shimmery neutral Faerie Holiday Makeup Collection.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Haven't yet jumped on the Glow-In-The-Dark nail polish trend? You need to see the ones Jessica has on her blog this week!
  • press samples #MirabellaNYEBeauty #thebeautycouncil
    Whether you're heading out for New Year's Eve or the designated Hostess with the Mostest, looking fabulous should be effortless and fast. As we bid goodbye to 2014, select members of The Beauty Council collaborated to bring our best face forward in 2015 featuring Mirabella Faerie Collection

    Mirabella Faerie Collection, #MirabellaNYEBeauty, #thebeautycouncil, New Years Eve Makeup Tutorial

    To everyone who celebrate, Mele Kalikimaka (Merry Christmas) from my family to yours.


    Red is predictably the color of the season but you know what's quite a revelation? I realized I don't have any red dress and that I only own one red blouse. But show me any red purse or lipstick and I'll rock them at any given time.

    how to wear red, chloe party satchel red, review, purse
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    Last weekend, I posted an obligatory #beforephoto at the salon. In the interest of precision (I'm still struggling with selfie photos), I have waist-length, wavy, sometimes frizzy, self-dyed, demi-brown hair. As part of my staycation therapy (2 wks holiday vacation zillas!), I want to give my neglected mane a fresh start for the new year.

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    My stylist suggested that we do my hair transformation in two phases, which makes sense because I don't have the patience to sit in all of seven hours (3 hours last Saturday and 4 hours today Monday). Keep scrolling to understand the whole point of this ordeal #womenissues

    It's easy to get sidetracked this time of the year, fitness-wise. I have the ultimate sweet tooth and the innumerable cookies, belgian chocolates, truffles and pies are the hardest to resist. But see, it's mind over matter. After all, don't we want to ring in the new year with positive mindset and healthy lifestyle? I won't speak here as Auntie Debbie Downer but rather your Tita Healtsista! We're in it to win it, zillas!

    How to beat the holiday bulge, fitness tips for the holidays
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  • TheFabZilla: Intrigued with the new Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil? I have the scoop for you!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Still looking for great gifts? Then check out this Barneys New York Gift Lust-List!
  • Painted Ladies: Need a last minute gift idea? You need to check out the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip collection which you might want to keep for yourself!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Take a peak at what was in my Birchbox UK box this month
  • Color Me So Crazy: Holiday Dots for The Nail Challenge Collaborative
  • Beauty on the Bayou: Protect Your Lips and Look Beautiful With Laura Geller's Color Brilliance Lipstick Trio
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shares ideas for affordable last minute holiday gifts: beauty and beyond
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Jessica has swatches of the new L'Oreal Dark Sides of Grey polish collection this week!
  • I'm very picky (and nitpicky) when it comes to eyeliners. If you wear contacts, I'm sure you understand when I say that I loathe it so much when the color migrates and clouds my vision. Secondly, it doesn't help to possess sensitive eyes because it kills the fun out of makeup *insert tears here, haha* But telenovela aside, today's post is a continuation of my VIB Rouge Sale haul so sit back, scroll down and decide if Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil is for you.

    Kat Von D Waterproof Autograph Pencil, Review, Swatch, Photos
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    I'm all buried under the sheets as I type this post. Windy and quite chilly at noon, it's the perfect bed weather for moi. While I extremely love this kind of siesta-inducing vibe, it does take a toll on my skin, particularly my legs and arms. Dry flaky skin, what a humbug! That's why I exfoliate more frequently this time of the year to help moisturizers sink in better. As an exfoliant junkie, I'm telling you pointblank that not all are created equal. Anything too coarse and scratchy isn't good for your skin, and anything that contains artificial microbeads isn't good for the environment.

    Teadora Rainforest At Dusk Body Polish, exfoliation, issue with microbeads
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    If you're a Sephora VIB and/or VIB Rouge member, I am more than certain that you have used your gift card the moment you received it from the mail or email. I almost didn't but I couldn't pass up the $25 off of $50 purchase. I got most of what I really needed and wanted from the VIB sale last month so I settled for only two items, a replenishment of my favorite liquid eyeliner from Kat Von D and the newly-launched Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil.

    Yves Saint Laurent Volupte Tint-In-Oil, 4 I Rose You, Review, Photos, Swatch
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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils are truly amazing, and Native and Rush are truly gorgeous!
  • TheFabZilla: So what made it to my Best in Beauty this year? Check out my picks: 14 in 2014!
  • Painted Ladies: Need to take your makeup from day to night in a snap? Sheila shares a few easy tips that include Violet Voss Golden Fairy Glitter.
  • Color Me So Crazy: How To: Glitzy Glam Makeup Using Q-Tips
  • Lipgloss Break: Men need beauty products too! Enter to win Neutrogena Men's Shaving Products & a Panasonic Shaver!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Do you need recommendations for holiday manicures? Jessica has a round up of BBC member recommendations!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison gives her impressions of Marsala, the Pantone Color of 2015

  • Products come and go but there are those that swept me off my feet, wowed me in mammoth proportion, and made me repurchase numerous times this year. I'm releasing my Annual Best in Beauty few weeks early because they are worth adding to your Holiday Gift Guide or Wish List. So ladies and zillas, here are my Top 14 in 2014 (reviews are linked for your reference) *drum roll please*

    Best in Beauty 2014, Best Beauty Products, Best Makeups, Best Skincare,product review, tom ford, givenchy, guerlain, hourglass, marc jacobs, murad, anastasia, nars, l'occitane
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    With Black Friday and Cyber Monday over, Broke Weekdays are here to stay, haha! But seriously, are you done with holiday shopping? Or better yet, do you have moolah left for stocking stuffers that won't crack the bank yet fabulous enough to wow THE beauty junkies in your life (show of hands please!)? I have suggestions for you girly

    Holiday Stocking Stuffers $25 and Under, Beauty, Skincare, Makeup
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    Bombarded with too many gift guides? Take the stress out from shopping because Mary Kay got us covered for the holidays! Buy one, buy all because yo momma, sissy, cuz, or even auntie will find these limited edition goodies such eye candies! Santa's rappin', gifts-o-wrappin', TheFabZilla's hiphopin'...

    I alternate between contacts and eyeglasses and whenever I wear the latter, chances are you will see me pared down, makeup-wise. Just a stroke of mascara, barely-these blush but rockin' bold in the lips department. Pretty much my signature look, you bet.

    Tom Ford Lip Color Matte, Review, Swatch, Ruby Rush, Best Red Matte Lipstick
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  • TheFabZilla: Together let's unbox Popsugar Must-Have for December! It's all sorts of sparkle and cheer!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: The new Aftelier Perfumes Honeysuckle Face Elixir is unmitigated luxury face oil perfection, and a definite must-have!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila shares tips to stay confident through cold sores and gives you a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Beauty on the Bayou: How long can this keep your eyeshadow looking great? Find out here!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison has fallen for Bite Beauty holiday lip minis: Lip Duos and Best Bite Remix Mini-Pencils
  • Beauty by Miss L: Very simple Christmas tree nail art
  • Spontaneous Chick: Be sure to check out the MAC Objects of Affection Review and enter to win your own lip gloss set.
  • Set your alarm zillas at 12pm PST today, Friday 12/05/14 because POPSUGAR editors and celebrity guest Gabrielle Union will be showcasing this year's best of the best holiday gift ideas (click here for live streaming). Here's a sneak peek:




    Win fantabulous prizes! Tune in to win POPSUGAR Neiman Marcus Must Have Box Holiday Edition and 6 months free subscription to their monthly boxes

    Enjoy the show and happy shopping ladies!



    In time for the holidays (and gift-shopping), select members of The Beauty Blogazons teamed up for another giveaway! How does winning $350 Visa Giftcard sound to you? You have 44 chances, just enter using the widget below! Starts now- 12/15/14. Good luck ladies!

    Beauty Blogazons Holiday Giveaway

    How's December treating you so far? I am exceedingly busy at work but eagerly looking forward to my 2-week holiday break come December 22nd! 'Can't wait to recharge, relax and pamper myself. 

    Today's review is rather straightforward: short without compromising brevity, promise! Still part of my Sephora VIB Rouge haul, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Powder Foundation earned a coveted spot in my growing list of beauty faves! 

    Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Powder Foundation, Review, Swatch, Best Setting Powder
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    In a nutshell, it's a compact powder which mattifies and seals in moisture sans cakey, dry or splotchy look. I like to use it in combination with a BB Cream, in particular with Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Beauty Booster and Guerlain Super Aqua Serum BB Hydra+.

    Consistent to all Guerlain products, this powder foundation is luxuriously-presented, what with the hefty lacquer case, velvet pouch, decent-sized mirror, high quality sponge, and inviting fragrance!

    Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Powder Foundation, Review, Swatch, Best Setting Powder

    Available in four shades, I purchased 03 Beige Natural, a suitable fit for my medium skin tone. While it's marketed as a powder foundation, I don't think it's enough to use it on its own unless you don't need much coverage or you are photoshop-flawless! Seriously, I am nowhere near so this falls under a setting powder category. I use the accompanying sponge to set my under eye concealer and fluffy powder brush for the rest. It's finely-milled, very lightweight and looks natural. 

    Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Powder Foundation, Review, Swatch, Best Setting Powder

    Here's a little #FOTD wearing Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Powder Foundation over Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster. Excuse the grainy photo (I used iPhone 6 Plus).


    ... and a little #WhatIwore because #Imlamelikethat ... better yet #ootd #justbecause #ktnxbye

    LV Damier Ebene Speedy 25 // Top from Target (Merona) 
    // Sperry Topsider // Levi's 
    ... and a little dog who hates #selfies because she thinks she's so #royal like #lorde #englishcockerspaniel



    My Guerlain Faves:


    How can you say no to all pop-o-goodness for five bucks? How can you say no to all pop-o-colour for five bucks? Pop-a-cockatoo repeats five bucks. Yes, this lippie stix costs $5 a pop.

    Colourpop Lippie Stix, Review, Swatch, Holiday Gift Guide

    It's officially December! In time for the holidays, Popsugar Must Have Box dollies curated an amalgam of goodies which scream sparkle, glamour, party-ready,  indulgence, and yuletide cheers!

    Popsugar Must Have Box December 2014, Unboxing, Holiday Gift Guide
    Moi wearing Subtle Luxury Metallic Scarf, Sparklepop Sydney Necklace and Smashbox Lip Lacquer
    I received a complimentary Popsugar Must-Have Box. All opinions my own as per usual.

    Unconventional and filled with quality must-haves for the woman who seems to have everything, Popsugar Must Have is a monthly subscription box ($39.95 + free shipping) which covers wider range of products. From beauty to fashion to food to household item, every month is replete with surprises! 

    The total retail value for December goodies is $175... let's take a quick look...


  • TheFabZilla: Yay or nay? TheFabZilla reviews Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Beauty Booster.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: In the midst of all of the holiday wish-lists, here's a must-have on hand during the holidays list!
  • Painted Ladies: HSN has tons of beauty gifts - find out what Sheila likes and enter to win a $100 HSN gift card.
  • Beauty by Miss L: Very simple brush stroke nail art that is perfect for beginners!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shares the beauty product she's thankful for
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you need some fun and cozy striped nail art, Jessica has the post for you!
  • Black Friday + Cyber Monday = Poor Tuesday! 
    But seriously, are you ready with your game plan? Don't get lost with the labyrinth of too good to be true deals. Shop from legit stores, splurge on items you absolutely love and stick with your plan as much as possible. If all else fails, keep your receipts and return them nicely. Remember, shopping should be fun and not stressful. Words of wisdom from a mega-enabler, haha! 

    Hello zillas! I'm already winding down as I write this post. This is my first Thanksgiving as vegetarian so I had to prepare and cook double time: entirely meat-free for myself and meat-full for the carnivores, haha! I had vegetable pot pie and portobello mushroom pasta. This is also the second year I skipped roasting turkey but in lieu, I made herb chicken and baked cheese salmon as main course with roast potatoes, mashed and gravy on the side. For dessert, we had store-bought banana cream pie and assorted cheese cake. So in case you spot any typo and grammatical errors, note that I am in a state of food coma right now...

    thanksgiving meal, thanksgiving recipe


    'Tis the day to ponder how blessed we are and how we can be a blessing to others. Beyond sumptuous meals and festivities, I am thankful to be alive, healthy and surrounded by supportive loved ones!


    This week, select members of The Beauty Council collaborated to feature products we are thankful for. In my little black book of vanity, they are essentials (1) I can't live without (2) repurchased many times (3) used countless times. Life-saver, absolutely!

    Inspired by Audrey Hepburn's dewy skin and iconic cat eyes, Mary Kay Global Makeup Artist Luis Casco was at the forefront of Project Runway All Stars. Check out my own rendition using Mary Kay Gel Eye Liner in Jet Black and Mary Kay Highlighting Pen in Shade 2!

    Face of the Day,  Beautifully Unconventiona, Mary Kay Highlighting Pen, Mary Kay Gel Eye Liner, Project Runway All Stars
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    Fact of life: with cool weather comes dry skin. Either you prevent it or ignore this nuisance. But for the skincare and/or beauty-obsssessed, you and I know there is a solution. A plethora at that.

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    Now that I have streamlined my everyday makeup routine, multi-tasking products are my ultimate allies 365d. Anything that cuts laborious application, count moi in. I'm not a huge BB cream worshiper but so far I am pleased with some of the brands I have tried (Rodial BB Venom Skin Tint, YSL Top Secrets All-in-One BB Cream Skin Tone Perfector, Guerlain Super Aqua Serum BB Hydta+).

    Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Beauty Booster has been on my radar so I purchased it when Sephora had VIB sale not too long ago. After a week of road test utilizing different application techniques, I am ready to share my experience!

    Guerlain Lingerie De Peau BB Beauty Booster, Review, Swatch, Before/After Photos
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  • TheFabZilla: I sold my soul to these meteorites. Check out my review of Guerlain Holiday 2014 Meteorites Pearls d'Etoiles
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush in Earthy is the Perfect Contour and Bronzer for Cool-Toned Skin.
  • FutureDerm: Do Amino Acids Actually Do Anything in Skin Care?
  • beautyXposé: With holiday shopping in the full swing, it’s time to check out the makeup gift guide for the makeup maven in your life.
  • Painted Ladies: Take a closer look at ColourPop Sugar Shock Shadows in Queen For A Day and Empire!
  • BeautyTidbits: Looking for an oil-controlling CC Creme that's also gluten free? Check out the new Mirabella CC creme that provides full coverage and also keeps shine away all day!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Showing Off Two Colors from Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer
  • Beauty by Miss L: Simple effortless makeup look
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shares a pretty storage solution for her growing nail polish collection
  • Lipgloss Break: Check out my list of must have beauty products as new mommy.

  • Love watching makeup tutorials or reading product reviews? Quick! Download Bellashoot's app and learn the latest beauty trends at your fingertips.

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    It's easy to navigate, what with the clean and user-friendly layout. Interact with your favorite beauty blogger/ vlogger or connect with fellow makeup enthusiasts. Got something to contribute? upload your photo or tutorial and share it via social media. 'Coz you know, beauty knows no boundaries!

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    You can find me at Bellashoot (TheFabZilla). Say hi, I don't bite... except when I'm #hangry , LOL!

    She runs. She does yoga. She swims. She goes to the gym. She works out at home. She can be your sister, friend, colleague, mom, wife, partner or YOU. Treat the fitnessista in your life with wondrous and practical gift this holiday season!

    Holiday Gift Guide, Fitness Essentials
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    Let's face it, skincare is a touchy subject when it comes to gift-giving. Unless you know the person by heart, you don't want to give something which may potentially offend the recipient. Anything that connotes criticism is a big no-no to moi (anti-perspirant, anti-acne, anti-dandruff, anti-fungal). But this minor setback shouldn't hinder you from shopping because nothing beats radiant and clear skin this time of the year! So sit back, sip your pumpkin spice latte and scroll down for my suggestions...

    Sephora VIB Rouge Haul, Hourglass, Guerlain, Kat Von D, Bite Beauty, Beauty Blender, Lit Holographic, Bite Beauty, Review, Swatch, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Powder Foundation, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster, Bite Beauty High Intensity Lip Pigment, Kat Von D Autograph Liner Set, Hourglass Film Noir Mascara
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    After two emails and a phone call to Sephora to follow up on my order, my VIB Rouge online haul came to fruition. With box ripped on the side aggravated by some lousy packaging, I immediately unboxed to see if my items arrived intact. Thankfully, they were! Now my semi-rant... I cannot fathom how a global company like Sephora, year after year, fail to manage deluge of consumers during their VIB sale! I gave up on the first day because the website was totally unaccessible. I was lucky enough on the second day because immediately after I checked out, the website crashed again.  If you are following the debacle on their Facebook page, horde of irate bellas accused Sephora of profiling for allegedly suspending accounts with Asian domain and/or email. Whether it's true or not, I am overall disappointed with the way this annual sale was handled. And yes, I am here to prove that VIB Rouge does not make anyone extra special: it's just a fancy title that enables to you buy, ouch! 

    Despite my devotion for all-things Guerlain, those cult-classic meteorites failed to persuade me. Well never say never because this holiday season, I sold my soul to these petite bellas.

    Guerlain Holiday 2014 Meteorites Pearls d'Etoiles, Review, Photos, FOTD, how to have glowing skin
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    Weak in the knees. From the eclectic golden metal packaging to its resplendent multi-colored pearls,  my new beauty kryptonite was unleashed.



  • TheFabZilla: This week I'm sharing makeup techniques I don't do anymore. Why? the answers are here.


  • Painted Ladies: Sheila shares an easy eyebrow grooming tutorial and video featuring Paula Dorf 2 + 1 Brows.


  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: African Botanics Pure Marula Oil is a poetic and delectable nectar of the gods! Learn why!


  • I Know all the Words: Forget looking for the perfect concealer- Find the perfect Concealer Dream Team!


  • Beauty by Miss L: Simple elegant manicure


  • Color Me So Crazy: Come view the 2014 Jetsetter Collection from Barielle with me as we float into the fall.


  • beautyXposé: COVERGIRL knows that #GirlsCan do just about anything. Read on to hear about their new campaign and see a FOTD.


  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shares her tried & true makeup picks for holiday 2014 gift ideas


  • Makeup Life and Love: Tis' the season to be giving. It is that time of year again my friends, and Jamie has a AWESOME gift guide for every budget in store.


  • Beauty on the Bayou: Can ELF Dupe the competition with this Blush and Bronzer?


  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you're looking for a knock-out of a fall nail polish collection, Jessica at Be Happy And Buy Polish shows you the Barielle Jetsetter collection.


  • BeautyTidbits: Going Gray? Check out 7 Tips to cover up & prevent gray hair!

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