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!

#bettereveryday, press samples
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...
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