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If there is one makeup item which is quite discriminatory in my opinion, it has to be the flamboyant highlighter. Got face craters, acne, oily skin, and obvious pores made worse by aging? Now before you quit and ban the existence of such in your beauty trove, hear me out first. Applied correctly and worn sparingly, there is hope in highlighter ladies! And yes, I speak from experience.

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There's a plethora of amazing neutral palettes lately; question is, which one inevitably lands in one's cart? Still part of my Sephora VIB Rouge haul, Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette features 12 eyeshadows in neutral, cool and warm shades arranged in quads for quick application guide.

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When these Tom Ford lipsticks were restocked at Neiman Marcus last month, I know I have to have 'em, much to my pucker's delight! As a matte lover, First Time (pink-peach) needs to be in my collection. As a berry hoarder, Moroccan Rouge (plum) needs to be in my collection. Okay that's redundant. Lipstick junkie like moi? then you know prologue isn't necessary to establish a story, haha!

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While standing side by side with the hubs not too long ago, I quickly noticed my pale-looking gams compared to his. I definitely need some color! Call it perfect timing because I had the chance to try some goodies from Cocoa Brown, the #1 faux tanning brand in Ireland and UK which recently debuted in the US market via Ricky's in NYC, Miami and online.

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You may or may not know that I am 40, pushing 41 in a few months. I have mentioned my age few times on the blog but I try not to capitalize on it. After all, it's just a number. Look young, feel young. See I am not going to wear the archetypal preacher's hat i.e makeup when you're 40+, how to dress your age, etc. Either you do or don't. That's one great thing when you hit the big 4-0, you have mustered all the confidence (and hopefully smarts) to get you through the next chapters in your life.

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Last week, I gave you a preview of my Sephora VIB Rouge mini-haul. On top of my must-own is the newly-launched Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer. There are two shades available, Luminous Bronze Light (fair/light) and Radiant Bronze Light (medium/dark). I picked up the latter, which according to the website description, flatters medium to deep complexions. If you own any of the Ambient Lighting Blush (I reviewed Mood Exposure and Diffused Heat), you will notice stark similarity in the presentation. 

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But first coffee. Yes I am actually drinking coffee as I write this post, relying on caffeine to extract whatever creative juice left on my right brain. I guess it's one of those days, mental constipation that is! Let's see if eye shadows can render provisional remedy.

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Bronzer is a year-round staple for me. In fact I wear it more often than blush, not to contour but for everyday sun-kissed aura. Oh the irony of faux tan! I live in Hawaii, ten minutes from the beach for that matter, yet I hardly have time to soak up the sun. Now you understand this whole bronzer bias.

  • Endlessummer Blog: Every woman needs a Little Black Lash from ESQIDO
  • TheFabZilla: New from Dolce and Gabbana Beauty, Matte lipsticks you need to own right now!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Burt's Bees Sheer Body Lotion in Clementine & Calla Lily is a luxurious moisturizer that is lightweight, very moisturizing, smells delectable, and comes in a convenient spray bottle.
  • My Highest Self: Tina shares her recipe for DIY Almond Coffee Body Butter!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Part 2 of the new Lip Sticks from Eclissare Collection from Borghese. Enjoy!!
  • I Know all the Words: Help support the ever adorable puffin with Kiehl's Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
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    Been there, felt that. Growing up, I had my fair share of melodramatic moments, no thanks to acne. While my friends worried about prom dress, I was thinking how to cover up my despicable zits. Fast forward to adult years. Just when I thought I successfully conquered acne with various skincare products, they reappear like poltergeist every now and then. Though they're not as bad, this time thanks to hormonal shift a.k.a aging, I can say that I have mastered the art of putting my best face forward come hell or high water.

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    Yes I took advantage of Sephora's VIB Rouge 15% sale (10% for VIB) which runs from 4/12 to 4/21/15. Yes I'm a makeup junkie. Yes I am enabling you. I will do separate reviews in the coming days but offhand, these are the products I've been wanting to own.

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    I'm finally back to the groove, workout that is. After coming down with a cold two weeks ago, my immune system vis-a-vis energy level is up and pumpin'.

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    Some of the notable beauty trends for Spring include glowing skin, bright lips and brown eye makeup. While it's easy for you ladies with normal and flawless skin to rock the proverbial glow, I observe extra precaution because I don't want to accentuate le pores. But bright lips and neutral eyes? pretty much my everyday jam zilla!

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    So my love affair with matte lipsticks lives on. Dolce and Gabbana is the latest to tap the ever expanding Matte Puckers Society. Okay I invented that. But if you adore designer matte lipsticks as much as I do, then prepare to sing in high note because D&G did not disappoint.

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    Since reviewing By Terry Baume de Rose set, I'm on a self-induced mission to further explore this cult favorite. Newly-launched Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream caught my attention multifold; curious? scroll down for more deets, swatch, plus before and after photos.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Tom Ford Spring 2015 Cream Color for Eyes paired with Tom Lip Color in Vanilla Suede is absolute rocker-chic perfection!
  • TheFabZilla: This week on TheFabZilla, Kathryne shares her smokey eye look using Tom Ford Titanium Smoke palette
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: If you need some new glitter nail polishes, Jessica has Barielle's Bling It On collection for you!
  • Painted Ladies: Enter to win a prize pack of Pacifica face & body wipes available exclusively at Ulta!
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  • Shear Glam Life: Co-washing just got better with Biolage!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison shows off her new Bite Beauty Vivid Creme Lipstick Duo in Tangerine and Lingonberry, brights for spring!
  • I Know all the Words: Win a Helen Ficalora sterling silver Mom necklace for he special mom in your life!

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    Brewing coffee from the bathroom. I kid you not. As a coffee lover, I am excited to have discovered Canadian brand Jealous Body Scrub which is made from unbrewed ground coffee, cold pressed coconut oil, sea salt, raw brown sugar, vitamin E and minerals. Intrigued? scroll down for some coffee-licious madness!

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    Today I'm sharing my weekend at-home spa, a ritual of pure self-pampering and uninterrupted bliss every Sundays. It's my me-time, and it's all about me because I love me.

    This head to toe self-indulgence is non-negotiable. Face mask takes the biggest chunk, I have quite a collection so choosing which one is always a fun experience. Recently I was introduced to Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask ($85, 1.76 oz), an anti-aging mask made from natural ingredients which are known to rejuvenate skin cells.

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    I love discovering new skincare brands especially those that are doctor-recommended and clinically tested. Formulated to treat extreme dryness, rash, itchiness, and dark under eyes amongst patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer therapies, Lindi Skin has touched many lives aesthetically and emotionally.

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    Gotta love a guy who speaks your beauty vernac and associates your makeup to a celebrity. So while watching American Idol last week, hub said "bey, J Lo has your smokey eyes". To which I laughed and responded "so she has my makeup and not the other way around ha?"

    Whenever we have relatives in town, we always go to Kualoa ranch for our ultimate bonding activity, a two-hour ATV ride exploring the valleys! In the following photos, you will see a different side of Oahu, Hawaii. No bikini-clad tourists and white sandy beach but majestic mountain and rich terrain, the site of many famous TV shows and Hollywood films i.e Hawaii Five-0, Lost, Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, 50 First Dates, among others.

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  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking for a gentle exfoliating cleanser to add to your beauty routine? Then say hello to Scalisi Skincare Cleanser and Exfoliator– it's truly amazing!
  • My Highest Self: Contributor Kristina shares her favorite pink lipsticks right now!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila's going Queen of Country to celebrate the Academy of Country Music Awards. Enter to win a Mary Kay Cosmetics prize pack!
  • TheFabZilla: Check out TheFabZilla's How to Loose Waves Video-torial!
  • Color Me So Crazy: I am Inspired by Fashion!! Check out my nails inspired by an eshakti.com dress
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  • Beauty by Miss L: Get your feet ready for sandal season!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison finally found a long wear lippie that delivers without drying her lips, Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lipgloss in Scarlet!
  • I Know all the Words: Parisienne chic scents from Laura Mercier with Eau Gourmande fragrances Vanille, Fresh Fig & Almond Coconut Milk

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    It's finally April, new month, new beginnings! But first, look who conquered the odds of finishing products down to the last drop? It may sound trivial to some but if you're a hoarder, more so a blogger, then you know #thestruggleisreal

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    I love smelling good, who doesn't? While I have my mainstays (check out my favorite fragrances post), I switch every now and then depending on my mood, the weather or season. It's a girl thing which demands no further justification, haha!

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    No one wakes up with perfect hair, I bet you not even J Lo and the Kardashians combined. If not for #teamglam they'd be roaming the streets with dry, frizzy and tangled hair like us. While I can hide bad hair days with a barrette bun (see video-torial here), some days I want to channel a diva-kinda aura. So how about some loose beach waves today? come get ready with me!

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