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Who's ready for the weekend? I know I am! So moi and hub were talking the other day how we anticipate Fridays back when we were in our 20s. Friday= clubbing!  Now, I look forward to just chillin' with the fam! Oh energy where art thou?


Today I'm introducing a new segment to TheFabZilla, let's call it #FaceFriday . The idea behind is to show you how I use/ wear all the products I have reviewed in the past. It's more like Face of the Day reborn with a fancy name, haha!



For this Wearable Smokey a.k.a office-friendly makeup, I used the following products (full reviews are linked in case you're interested):


Nars Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (Betrayal on lid, Rewind on crease, Habit on brow arch)
Clinique High Impact Mascara

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (Liar)



What makeup are you wearing today?


Kathryne




Hello intelligent 'zillas, welcome to another week of insightful chit-chat! If you're new to TheFabZilla, weekly chit-chat is where you and I temporarily depart from makeup reviews and whatnot. In here, we speak our minds, no holds-barred, utterly devoid of pretense. It's like talking to your girlfriend over a cup of cappuccino or bowl of pho.


So let's talk about outfit and makeup amongst people past their prime. First, waddafuq is past their prime? Generally speaking, when you are in your 20s to 30s, people say that you are at your prime. It's when you graduate from college, land a decent job, purchase a car or home, or start a family. In short, it's when great things happen. But isn't that bull-of-a-shit stereotyping? You can be in your late 60s and still at your prime or it could be the opposite- you can be in your 20s but haven't reached prime. Look! I am few months shy from the big 4-0, you mean I'm going downhill?

You know I love me some bold bright lippies, does it mean I can no longer wear fuchsia, burgundy, fiery red and all that jazz?


Laid-back glam. When I'm out and about, chances are, you will see me wearing shorts, maxis, wedges, or anything a twenty or thirty-something-year-old woman would normally wear. Does it mean I should start dressing conservatively to fit in the "older" crowd? Tell me, am I too old to be even instagramming my #OOTD?

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Hollywood glitz. Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry. These women redefined 40s. Truth: I watch American Idol primarily to see J Lo's outfit and makeup. I admire Halle Berry's uber fit bod. I drool over Jennifer Aniston's chic style. Our first Lady Michelle O just turned 50, gosh! those biceps are prime! But see they are celebrities, of course they can afford to look fab past their prime.

I beg to disagree. I know some women in their 70s who still enjoy makeup and dressing up. One time I complimented a woman in her 80s with great-looking nail art and another one in her late 60s with very cute hot pink highlights. It's not clinging to bygone youth or desperately seeking attention. Honestly, age is just a number fellas. Feel young, look young. Feel fab, look fab. It's all in the attitude. Grow old but don't wilt.

Embracing wrinkles and weak knees. Much as I march to my own drumbeat, I know in time my makeup and outfit preference will change, but not because society dictates it. Let's be real, moi can't be wearing 4-inch wedges with a cane in tow or rocking metallic eyeshadow to my colonoscopy procedure or sashaying in shorts with full view of my varicosities. But even then, who cares?!

You heard (read) me loud and clear. It's your turn. Are there rules in makeup or outfit for women in every stage and age?

Kathryne


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Shhhh, can I share a 'lil secret? I don't smoke and drink. I eat everything but in moderation. I try to exercise at least three times a week. I take multivitamins and Vitamin E daily. I chug water. And yeah, I never leave home without sunscreen. While I don't profess to have great-looking skin (hello open pores and acne marks, duh?!) but at not-so-tender age of 39, I'm glad that I don't have turkey neck and prominent wrinkles yet. Not just yet. So I guess my so-called boring lifestyle and being a beauty blogger on the side have benefits ha? I said it before and I'll say it again, aging is inevitable. It's only a matter of time. But if you take good care of your skin vis-a-vis health, then supple skin can be yours for a while.

I'm not new to dietary supplements so when PR folks from Neocell approached me to do a review and giveaway for my readers, I said bring it on! But before we get into the nitty-gritty, let me just mention that my views and experience should not supersede what your doctor or nutritionist tells you. Remember, if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition, it's best to ask your physician first. Practice common sense, oki?

You might have heard of Neocell at some point. It is the # 1 best-selling collagen brand worldwide and sold in most health food stores and vitamin shops. So without sounding like a sales representative, (hey I used to work for big pharma before, another reveal!) collagen helps give strength to various body structures including the skin. It's what makes the skin taut and supple. But as we age, collagen production slows down. Hence, our skin starts to sag and joints become stiff. Recently, Dr. Oz talked about collagen pills that can help you look younger. Intrigued? read further.




Neocell Collagen Beauty Builder ($19.99, 150 tablets, GNC) contains 19 amino acids that help sustain collagen levels in aging skin, hyaluronic acid that hydrates and promotes elasticity, alpha lipoic acid and biotin that enhance collagen formation, and silica which is a building block for strength and elasticity in skin.


So I've been taking this supplement religiously for over a month now. According to the label, you can take three tablets twice a day but I'm okay with two tablets in the morning (on an empty stomach for better absorption). If there is one significant improvement that I can totally vouch for, that would be stronger nails. This supplement came in such perfect timing! Months prior, my nails were breaking really bad, my left middle finger and right index finger to be more specific. In three weeks time, I noticed not a single breakage at all, no kidding. So if that equates to stronger nails, I couldn't be happier!





I have also tried Neocell Beauty Bursts Gourmet Collagen Soft Chews ($19.95, 60 pcs, GNC) and gurl, I love the chocolate minty flavor! I have sweet tooth so these came in handy especially when I'm at work! It's my in-between-meal candy albeit healthier. As of this writing, I'm down to one last piece so I'm definitely purchasing it!

In summary, having good skin entails a combination of healthy lifestyle and proper skincare. It's not either or and a question of which is which. So for to me to declare that supplements alone can do wonders to your skin is downright misleading. But I tell you what, I am happy and will continue to take collagen nutritional supplements. My choice, my skin.

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It's Lippy Monday Ladies! So here's the continuation of my mini-collection from Canadian brand Cargo Cosmetics. As previously mentioned, I'm glad to see Cargo products all over Macy's and Ulta again because this brand seriously deserves some hot luuuvin'. 

Today let me show you Punta Cana (hot pink) and Kyoto (baby pink) from the Essential Lip Color line.



Sold for $22 each (0.1oz / 2.8g) and available in twelve shades, this lip collection claims to drench lips with pigment power, creamy application, lightweight formula, hydration, and plump.

Ingredients:
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polyethylene, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Triisostearin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrated Silica, Squalane, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 21 (Ci 45380), Red 27 (Ci 45410), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 77360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Orange 5 (Ci 45370), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 45370), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090)

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The reveal. If you have been following this blog for a while now, you know for a fact that I am fond of bright bold lipstick. Like red, I can't get enough of pink. Who cares if this is my nth hot pink (easier to spell than fuchsia, haha!) or baby pink or light pink or pepto-bismol pink. If red makes me feel extra sexy, pink makes me feel young. Truth: you know you are lipstick-obsesssed if you begin to associate emotions with every shade.

If you adore pink just like me, then Punta Cana and Kyoto are right up your alley. Both have superb color payoff and wear time (six hours sans eating). Post-meal, it leaves a decent stain on the lips. Kyoto is indeed creamy but I find Punta Cana a tad drying so I recommend applying lip balm underneath. I didn't notice any plump effect or maybe I wasn't just paying attention. But see I'm not a great spokesperson when it comes to miraculous lip transformation because I don't have thin lips, if that makes sense.

For your visual appreciation, here's Punta Cana...


.... and Kyoto



Do you own any Cargo lippies?

Kathryne




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    Hi there blushing buddies! Today I'm sharing my 'lil blush/bronzer collection from Cargo. Makeup enthusiasts know that this Canadian brand has some of the best makeups around yet they remain under the radar. Why? I think it has something to do with their "now you see, now you don't" distribution setup. I was disappointed when Ulta and Macy's ceased carrying it for a while (wait, they're on board again as of this writing, yay!). Occasionally, they pop in at HauteLook so be on the lookout for steep discounts! Ready to sneak-a-peek?


    I lurve lurve the packaging! Housed and protected in tin cans, these blushes are travel-friendly! Sold in nine shades, I own three at the moment: The Big Easy (sheer pink with gold undertone), Mendocino (dark pink with gold sheen), and Catalina (matte cotton candy pink). The one and only bronzer in my stash is matte medium.


    These blushes and bronzer have superb color payoff. Mendocino is very pigmented so you need a light hand when applying it. The wear time is also commendable, I say seven hours with very minimal fading.

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    The blush costs $26 each (net wt 0.31 oz/ 8.9g) and bronzer $29 (net wt 0.31 oz/ 8.5g). Both blushes and bronzers have swimmables or water-proof version. I haven't tried it yet because I don't pile a crap-load of makeup when I go to the beach, quite a revelation from a makeup-lover ha?

    So here's my FOTD featuring Cargo Mendocino blush, Matte medium bronzer and Essential Lip Color in Kyoto (separate review soon).

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    Do you own any Cargo makeup? which one is your favorite?


    Kathryne


    Welcome to another episode of weekly chit-chats! In case you don't know yet, chit-chat is our mid-week break from the monotony that is makeup. It's when you and I talk about something else- from the most mundane to downright idiotic, haha! In short, it's when you and I descend to planet earth and talk like normal human beings. But before anything else, let me just say that I am in cloud nine right now. Reason being, weekly chit-chat generated more traffic than I initially thought! Hugs to you ladies who comment, stumble, tweet, and share my posts. 

    So it's selfie time ladies and gents! If you have Instagram, you exactly know what I mean. No Instagram? who cares. Unless you live in the boondocks, selfie is the most used and abused word in recent times. Simply put, it's a photo of yourself taken by yourself, with the intent of sharing it in social media. Old- school instagrammers complain that what used to be a virtual platform for sharing breathtaking photos is now replaced with same-shit-different-day self-absorbed people. So is selfie akin to being selfish and narcissistic? While I certainly don't post pic after pic of the same angle of the same background, I like taking selfies and I enjoy looking at yours. But c'mon, let's be real. There are those that make me scream enough is enough! So in no random order, here are photos you need to stop posting or else...

    (1) Duck Face. It makes me cringe when I see your face duck after duck after duck, waddafuq. I get it, you have sexy lips and kissing me virtually fulfill your fantasy that  (1) I am your fan (2) you are cute. Enough of the fake kisses. I can tolerate one or two duck face and please roll it out in between ten photos or so. And by the way, in case you don't know yet, duck face is so passé.  Have you heard of sparrow? it's a new selfie craze in Japan. Just open your eyes wide and pucker your lips like a baby bird waiting to be fed. Okay, I had to practice several times but here's my wacky rendition nonetheless...

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    (2) OOTD a.k.a Outfit of the Day for every place and occasion.  Yikes, I'm guilty here! I wear scrubs everyday so every little chance I get to doll up sounds fun. Aim, click, upload. But see unless you run a fashion blog or a you're a model building your portfolio, I don't need to see every outfit you wear to every occasion you attend. Gurl are you serious? "see my church #ootd"; I tell you what, I'm sure God wouldn't  mind even if you wear your ugly reindeer sweater, duh?! And there are more.... what I wore to funeral #ootd",  "my water broke #ootd",  "I'm bored as hell #ootd , I'm at Walmart #ootd . With that said, I promise I won't annoy you with every frickin' OOTD post, with a few exceptions of course.



    (3) Bathroom selfies. Okay I laughed real hard when I saw this photo on Facebook. How can you not?


    Tell me, what's the fascination with bathroom selfies? great lighting? nice cubicle? This generation has gone overboard *smh*

    (4) Gym selfies. I don't go to the gym but occasionally I take selfies when I'm exercising, drenched in sweat.  Why? because it motivates me when I see myself from the mirror. Absurd I know but we have our own little ways when it comes to self-affirmation. But what I'm saying here is when you post your abs, biceps and butt excessively on Instagram, it becomes absolute annoyance. Like do you ever eat at all girl? Or better yet, do you have other things to do besides going to the gym?



    Now that you know what annoys me on Instagram and I know for a fact that you will continue to post whatever pleases you....Tell me, is selfie a bane to human existence? One thing for sure, if somebody irritates you to the bone, click unfollow. That's one less headache to deal with.

    It's your turn. What's your Instagram pet peeve?

    Kathryne

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    It must be hormonal or the cold weather, but lately my usually greasy face (read: oil machinery) has been patchy and somewhat dry. While my Josie Maran face mist is a life-saver by mid-day, Ms. Common Sense says I need more hydration. Maybe BB has the answer? But see I'm not big on BB or beauty balm because I detest adding more shine, at least based on my previous experiences. Yo  mama so ooompa loompa, she gonna look o'wange like no otha! 

    Oh well I'm a trooper so while browsing Sephora few weeks ago, I decided to give YSL Top Secrets All-in-One BB Cream Skintone Perfector ($50, 1.3 fl oz/ 40ml) a much- coveted chance of a lifetime. 


    Available in only three shades (that's one of the downside), I picked up medium. 

    What the website says: "This intensely hydrating complex deeply moisturizes skin all day and corrects the appearance of uneven skintone and imperfections instantly. It contains vitamin C to correct discoloration and rose de mai extract to soften texture. The complex primes and unifies skin, creating a perfect canvas for foundation application".


    Okay let me preface that as I write this post, I am sick with cough and cold. I had flu shot last month but being exposed to sick patients day in and out, it's no surprise that I contracted upper respiratory infection. Yep, despite my OCD handwashing and sanitizing!!!

    Any- hachoo! here's a before and after comparison. Obviously, "before" is my sick face without makeup (except for groomed brows & clear gloss; but if you're damn curious to see moi with sparse and uneven brows, I invite you to see the monster here); "after" is still me, duh?! wearing YSL Top Secrets BB Cream in medium.


    So for the nth time, say hi to my unedited open pores, acne scars and redness. It takes bajillion guts to expose my undone face but hey, how are you going to appreciate my review if you only see the finished look?

    Let's get down to 'biz. Point-blank, this BB cream is another glorified tinted moisturizer but three points better. First, it is lightweight and very easy to blend. I like to apply it using Real Techniques buffing brush (I squeeze the product directly on the bristles and then blend and buff onto my face in circular motions). It's light coverage, and as you can see from the photo, it camouflaged some redness.  Since it's on the dewy side, one round is enough for me. You can see from the "after" photo that it gave my forehead and nose some shine. To reduce the dewiness, I gently dab tissue over my face to absorb the extra moisture then seal with a setting powder.

    To those still unfamiliar with the "wonders of BB cream", it's supposed to do all these nice things (1) sun protection (2) prevent wrinkles (3) reduce lines and pore size (4) prime the face. Oftentimes, these companies will lure you with highfalutin jargons, i.e. BustWrinkle Technology, patented-PoreReduce, pending trademark FerfectFace, etc. But come to think of it, it's just a repetition or replication of benefits albeit worded differently. So in reference to my "before and after" photo, you and I can see that my dreaded pores were slightly reduced. Dimethicone is a popular cosmetic ingredient, and it's supposed to do just that, including priming the face and filling lines. Here's a complete ingredient list of YSL BB cream, don't blink because dimethicone is present.

    Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Octyldodecanol, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Palmitic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Talc, Dimethicone, Silica, Fragrance, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Methylparaben, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Ethylparaben, Aluminum Hydroxide, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid,Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Disodium Edta, Adenosine, Alumia, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Benzyl Alchol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Isoeugenol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Carmine.

    Like I said, BB cream is touted to be an all-in-one makeup so I purposely skipped my skincare regimen in the morning (serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, priming) to test the longevity, hydration, and even oxidation properties of YSL Top Secrets BB Cream.

    The reveal. It did oxidize after five hours minus the oompa loompa scare. As to be expected, my face felt hydrated but I had to blot three times throughout the day.  One thing worth-mentioning though, I'm not sure if it's across the board but my face felt cool for few seconds after applying this BB. Lastly, you know that I advocate sun protection so having SPF 25 is a bonus! As to the promise of youth? C'mon, don't tell me you still fall for it! Aging is inevitable, and it's only a matter of time. But if you take good care of your skin i.e. avoiding too much sun/ tanning bed, moisturizing daily, you don't smoke, then chances are, supple skin can be yours for a while. Overall, this is a good BB cream; it's something I will wear when dry skin continue to be a pressing concern or in days when I feel like less is more. 

    Ladies and gals, in between the sniffling and coughing, here's the finished look, a.k.a Face of the Day.




    Have you tried this BB? if not, what's your favorite BB cream?

    Kathryne


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    Happy Monday Lippy Lovers! Say Aloha to a brand that you may have heard from a friend or read from another blog. 

    Rodial is a popular anti-aging skincare company with attention-grabbing brand names. Ready to feed your skin with Dragon's blood serum or Glamoxy snake mask? I think I will pass, haha! But see I vaguely knew Rodial has makeups so when Planet Beauty (a California-based upscale retailer with 30+ branches across CA) reached out to me, my no-brainer choice was of course *drum roll*... lipstick!

    Rodial Glamstick SPF 15 ($27.95, 4g/ 0.1 oz) is a tinted lip butter that comes in nine shades. I chose Blow, (pink-lilac) because it's the closest to radiant orchid, 2014 Pantone color!

    What the website says: "Rodial’s Glamstick is a nourishing tinted lip butter enriched with Vitamin E and Cocoa Butter to hydrate and protect. Glamsticks contain hyaluronic filling spheres to inject volume, plump lips and smooth lines for a flawless look. Infused with a light coconut flavour for beautifully scented lips with an irresistible sheen".

    Let's start with the packaging. It is a twist-up type housed in acrylic tube with see-thru top. I like that it has SPF 15. In case you don't know yet, our lips need sun protection too.






    The skinny. If you like coconut-scented products then right off the bat, you will enjoy Glamstick. It's tropical and fresh! But I've only tried Blow so I don't know if it's the same with the other shades (cross fingers it is!). This lip butter is very moisturizing and as you can see from the swatch, it is pigmented. It renders a demi-shine finish without the tacky feel. Sans eating, the wear time is four hours at the most. When I read that it's supposed to inject volume and plump lips, I thought "shoot, is it going to sting big time?". Thankfully, I had none of that crazy sensation. But did it miraculously convert my lips to Angelina Jolie magnitude? you guys, they're the same size before and after! Plump is nothing but optical illusion. Trust me, shine makes lips stand out. But other than that, I truly enjoyed this lip butter!


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    What's your dream destination? Me, I want to visit France and Thailand again! Both boast of rich culture, mega gastronomic delight, panoramic vistas and ultimate shopping experience. But if there's one place which remains in my bucket list, that would be Tuscany. Diane Lane lured me more. Have you watched her movie Under the Tuscan Sun? It's one of my all-time favorites. Aside from breathtaking views of the countryside, it also conveys hope, faith and finding love in a foreign country. I highly recommend it if you want a feel-good movie this weekend!


    So how is my dream destination connected to thebalm Balm Voyage? It doesn't take a genius to decode eh?

    Italy, Manila, Australia, Turkey, Balm Voyage! When it comes to packaging, theBalm always amuses me. Fun, chic, practical, portable, it's the palette you want to bring anywhere anytime. Just so you know, I purchased Balm Voyage when it was featured on Hautelook last December (actual retail price is $42.50, thebalm.com)


    It's a large palette, about twice the size of Meet Matte Nude. It has 16 eyeshadows and 3 cheek/lip tints. As you can see from the photo, it has mirror that resembles a passport. There's a flip board at the bottom to separate the tints from eyeshadows. Once again, theBalm won in the clever marketing category. Everything was cohesive, from the photos to labels, they all scream all aboard!


    Aisle or window? I always choose window seats! Look, theBalm omitted fancy names and went with seat arrangements, cool ha?

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    Ready to meet your dashing crew? Oh my, I blushed.



    The nitty-gritty. Just when you thought your flight was fine and dandy, here come the air pockets! Sadly, so much creativity went into packaging that it compromised the meat of the palette. I was disappointed with the sub-par quality of some of the eyeshadows. B1 (matte flesh) is so powdery that it transfers to cheek tints; A2 (purple) and C2 (green) were not vibrant enough; C4 had fallout issues; D4 (holo army green) fades after four hours despite using eye primer underneath; those with matte finishes are harder to blend. The cheek tints on the other hand are quite a revelation. All three are pigmented and you need a light hand when applying and buffing it onto your cheeks.

    The verdict? No big deal if you miss the Balm Voyage flight but if you want a great quality palette from thebalm, try their nude'tude!

    "All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go". Moi wearing Captain on cheeks and lips; A2,B2,C2,B1,B3 on eyes.


    Have you tried this palette? Where's your dream vacay?


    Kathryne
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