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Wow, today's the last day of the year! How are you welcoming 2016? We're staying home per usual as it's going to be a night of barking and cuddling for the poor furry baby, who in her 6th year, isn't and will never get used to fireworks around the neighborhood. Anyways, let's go to my December empties, quite cathartic as it signals the end of 2015!
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If you're perennially following the "it color", then you know that come 2016, we will be greeted with tranquility of Serenity (pastel blue) and warmth of Rose Quartz (pastel rose). A melange of soft shades that embody one's quest for harmony and humanity. While this pantone can be interpreted in hundred and one ways, makeup being the closest to my heart takes the centerstage! Cruelty-free brand Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics sent me few items to share with you so let's get the ball rollin'...
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Most often than not, a mascara does not live up to its promise at first try, at least based from my experience. I don't know about you but there is something about air exposure that seems to alter the formula in one way or the other. I'll give it 3 days to a week before I can make a formal conclusion; for better or worse, that is the question. So I had the opportunity to try Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara via Influenster program, is it  yay or nay? scroll further for the great reveal!
marc jacobs velvet noir major volume mascara, review, before after photos

winter beauty guide
It's almost New Year! This year did fly lightning-fast so to welcome 2016 in full gear, your favorite bloggers from The Beauty Council collaborated to bring the latest buzz in makeup, skincare, hair and nail care.

This 48-page e-Book is packed with tutorials and tips (i.e (i.e NYE makeup/nail art, Winter skincare must-haves) and we are sharing it exclusively to our lovely subscribers so if you are not subscribed yet to TheFabZilla, I encourage you to sign up now to receive your exclusive access straight to your inbox!

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Happy New Year and All The Best!

  • TheFabZilla: Check out TheFabZilla's Holiday Makeup: Black Smokey Eyes and Luminous Berry Lips
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila has a rave review for the last Ipsy bag of 2015!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Luxury Holiday Gift Guide
  • Color Me So Crazy: I Have Help from Michael Todd for my Winter Lip Problems
  • I Know all the Words: Deep and gorgeous jewel tones for the perfet winter manicure from the Ceramic Glaze Fall/Holiday Collection
  • Beauty by Miss L: The worst beauty products I tried and reviewed in 2015.
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: What's new at the drugstore? Stop by to see what's hot now.
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    nike dunk sky high sneakerboot, burberry ledbury hobo
    nike dunk sky high sneakerboot, burberry ledbury hobo
    Merry Christmas to one and all. From my ohana to yours, I wish you a meaningful holiday celebration. 

    I haven't been posting regularly for the past days because I am relishing my time off from work to just chill and unwind from all the hustle and bustle. I have also used this little staycation to de-clutter, prune and toss anything I haven't touched or worn in a great while, it's been therapeutic I must say! So yeah, I'm still here, I haven't neglected this blog, I won't. 
    Outfit details (Burberry Ledbury Hobo is already sold out but I linked a similar style). Affiliate links are used. 


    Christmas is few days away, my oh my! Are you done with shopping yet? in case you need a hand, kindly check out my holiday gift ideas. Anyways, today's makeup is what I intend to do on the 25th, dark smokey eyes and luminous berry lips. With my new blacker than black mane, I feel like rocking dark looks recently. Plus it's winter, anyone can be forgiving, haha!
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    I admit, I don't contour and/or highlight on a daily basis but with the influx of holiday festivities, I do want to amp my makeup game. I had the opportunity to try Pur Cameo Contour, is it a game changer? scroll down for more details plus swatches of every shade!
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    pur cameo contour, review, swatch, how to contour and highlight
    Retailing for $39.50, this cream-based stick is dual-ended, highlighter on one side and contour on the other. It comes with a latex-free blending sponge, a value-added item I so appreciate! The stick's formula is oil-free with a velvety matte finish. But what makes this product extra special is the addition of Vitamin A and Sodium hyaluronate which renders a plumper, smoother and softer look and feel.

  • TheFabZilla: Hollaback Girl. Don't Speak. Luxurious. Oh yes, I got Gwen Stefani Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette. Full review on the blog!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: LORAC Pink Champagne Eye Shadow/Cheek Palette is a gorgeous must-have limited edition palette for only $19.00!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila has the scoop on the very first monthly brush subscription set from Morphe, #MorpheMe - you get over $30 worth of brushes for $20 a month!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Leelo from Beauty by Miss L loves Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner Duo!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison from Never Say Die Beauty shares some last minute small gift and stocking stuffer ideas
  • I Know all the Words: Press pause on the holiday crziness and take a moment for yourself.. Need inspiration? The Holiday Pamper includes my me time picks.
  • Still undecided as to what present to give to your beauty-loving sister, bestie, mom, auntie or anyone in between? why not tackle the hair category this time, come I have the goods for you!
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    I assume you have already read reviews and seen swatches of the most-anticipated eyeshadow from Urban Decay many times or better yet, you already own Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. Oh how I love to give you the latest scoop by purchasing it the moment it came out but blame the uber-slow shipping of Urban Decay because this beauty only arrived few days ago. But is it a yay as most makeup lovers say or nay? Scroll down for more photos, details and my overall thoughts.
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    urban decay gwen stefani eyeshadow palette, review, swatch

  • Painted Ladies: If you love colorful eyeshadow, you will LOVE the Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette. Sheila has swatches and a review.
  • TheFabZilla: You can never have too many neutral palettes because Borghese got something truly irresistible!
  • I Know all the Words: Lacking stocking stuffer inspiration? This, That & Other Stuff Stocking Stuffer Edition will take your stocking game to the next level.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Green Beauty Skin, Body & Hair Care Gift Guide on a Budget
  • Beauty by Miss L: One of my this year's favorite product that works well for nourishing dry lips, sore nose area, cuticles, dry ends of my hair etc etc etc
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison managed to snag the Target Style Glitz & Glam Beauty Box. Check out what goodies she got for $10.
  • Color Me So Crazy: I have AMAZING Eye Dust from NYC New York Color for Your Holiday Parties... Check it Out....
  • Makeup Obsessed Mom: Need to buy stocking stuffers for the ladies in your house? Check out Stacie's post for ideas.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you're in need of some Christmas nail art inspiration, Jessica has you covered with this polka dot look!
  • Back to black. I mean blue black this time. I seriously got bored sporting blonde, bronde, caramel blonde hair, etc. for the last ten years I believe. So yes, this is the darkest I went. Or shall we say, welcome moi to the dark side, haha!
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    Before and After
    Why blue black you ask? To me it represents youth (something a 41 year old lady yearns). I also trimmed 3 inches off and had soft layers on the side. My hairstylist could've nailed it if she didn't cut my bangs disappointingly shorter than what I wanted. So while I grow 'em out, I have been experimenting ways to tame le bangs. Overall, I liked how my hair feels lighter, shinier, and more youthful...
    blue black hair, blue black hairstyle
    Let's see how I feel come spring or summertime. Maybe I'd stick with darker shades, explore colored tips or go back to blonde again. Women and their first-world issues, ugh!

    Done with holiday shopping? Have you covered your makeup-loving teenage daughter, niece, cousin or daughter's bestie yet? Here are some fabulous gift ideas for the tween and/or teen in your life. Even better, these are all Target beauty finds!
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    I know it's another neutral palette but in the eyes of a true-blue makeup aficionado, the more the merrier. At the end of the day, everything boils down to preference and quality, including brand loyalty. So if you are in search of another neutral palette to add to your expansive stash, Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow and Light Luminous Eye Palette got you covered. Scroll down for more photos and scoop!
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    Borghese Eclissare Color Eclipse Shadow and Light Luminous Eye Palette, review, daytime smokey eyes

    Occasional acne, combination skin, open pores, maturing skin. Skin facts right there. So how do I manage these nuisance? Fight or flight? With a gamut of skincare products I get to try, you bet I'm not walking out without a good fight. I had the opportunity to experience Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel ($38, 30ml), is it the answer to my dilemma? Read further for the scoop.
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    Shiseido Ibuki Multi Solution Gel, review, treatment for acne and aging skin


    I have teamed up with select beauty and lifestyle bloggers (35 of us) to win a few of our favorite things. It's a giveaway blog hop so I encourage you to visit everyone and win one if not all of 35; plus if you enter all giveaways, you have a chance to win additional $200 via Paypal or gift card of your choice.

    For my part, I am giving away this limited edition lipstick from YSL Rouge Pur Couture Kiss and Love in Le Nu (review and swatch here). It's the perfect nude to grace your stash and the embossed lip marks are way too cute! This giveaway is open international and runs 12/3/15 to 12/20/15. Just use the widget below to enter...

    A Few of Our Favorite Beauty Things // Holiday Giveaway // Blog Hop // #holidaygiveaway #giveaway
    Here's How it Works: Each of the 35 blogs participating in this blog hop are giving away their own bundle of beauty items on their blog. Yes, you heard that right -- 35 separate giveaways that you have a chance to win! So after you've entered my giveaway, make sure you hop to all the other blogs (linked below) for more beauty products that you could win!

    It Gets Better: As if that wasn't awesome enough...we've added a little something to make the giveaway even sweeter! For those gals who can't pass up on the chance to win beauty products...if you enter into all the giveaways in the blog hop than you're eligible to enter to win a $200 eGiftcard to Sephora or Ulta (winners choice!). If you live somewhere where Sephora or Ulta doesn't ship, no worries! You'll be given the $200 via PayPal to use at whatever beauty store you have in your country!

    International Readers: There are a few blogs who do not have their giveaway open worldwide, but you can still enter to win the grand prize giveaway! For all the blogs in this hop that do not have their giveaway open worldwide, all you have to do is check out their giveaway, complete the one required entry, and leave them a comment on their giveaway post letting them know you're international but still did the required entry so that you can have a chance to win the grand prize!

    You got all that? Any questions, just ask below! Let's get into this hop!



    In the event that you get an ERROR message when clicking on any of the links below, try clicking on the HOME page of that blog. Or come back later and try again. There are often hiccups that happen in thebeginning of a pre-scheduled blog hop such as this. Thank you for your patience!
















    urban decay gwen stefani palette, giveaway

    Hello ladies! Just a quick heads up that an epic Instagram giveaway is happening right now! Win the most anticipated makeup release of the year, Urban Decay's Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette. There will be 4 winners, thanks to the collaborative efforts and generosity of The Beauty Council Members. You can find the rules HERE. Spread the word! Runs 12/1-12/3/15 so don't dilly dally.

    It's that time again, the symbol of the month that was and the beginning of what will be. Idyllic as it sounds, I'm just pertaining to my monthly empties post, haha! Ready for the scoop? here you go...
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