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So it's officially summer. Time to hit the beach and soak up the sun smartly. With that I meant carrying fully-downsized essentials, which for a beauty-obssesed gal like moi remains a tough challenge. So without dilly-dallying, here are my top five staples!

  • TheFabZilla: TheFabZilla shares tips to keep your lips in tip top condition all through summer.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Beauty Junkees 5-Piece Large Kabuki Brush Set is amazing quality at an affordable price, and they are offering a very special deal to Lola's Secret Beauty Blog readers that you don't want to miss!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Best eyeshadow palette for this summer - Too Faced Sugar Pop Eyeshadow collection
  • Painted Ladies: The ISSAâ„¢ By FOREO is the most high-tech toothbrush Sheila has ever used. Get the details on this new gadget!
  • I Know all the Words: Happy Hands head to The Face Shop for colour and care featureing Nail Packs & Gel Touch Nails
  • Color Me So Crazy : Do You Use a Pre-Cleanser? Check Out the Line From Borghese!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Check out this summery chevron manicure by Jessica!
  • Chameleon Stampede: Mandy tried a lipstick duo from Smashbox and ended up with a great color to keep and one to share.
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika talked Nail Butter in a rave review and shared some fun, coordinating nail art, too.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison discovered a fabulous and affordable coconut body butter now sold in the US from NSPA, the number 1 day spa in the UK
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    So let's talk about single eyeshadows. While I generally gravitate towards palette due to its convenience and shade variety, one can't simply undermine the power of single eyeshadow. One color, one sweep, and you're out the door.  You know, days when you just want to be the plain 'ol jane with semi-pizzaz, moments when critical thinking isn't required (makeup does that? c'mon?!), or you're just tired of the whole shenanigan. Makeup junkie like moi? then you know what I'm talking about.

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    TLC. Tender Loving Cuticles. Not. While I try my best to keep my nails in tip top shape, I am quick to admit that I don't possess enviable model-esque hands vis-a-vis nails. The likes of Lisa from Cosmetic Santuary and Jessica from Be Happy and Buy Polish embarrass my toddler-sized nails and stumpy fingers big time. So unsexy.

    This post is in partnership with gloprofessional. All opinions are my own.

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    So it's officially summer! More outdoor activities means more exposure to sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays. Be a skincare ninja! Drink water, moisturize, load up on sunscreen. And please, don't forget your precious puckers. Flaky and sunburned? double ouch! Here are some tips to keep your lips in tip top condition all through summer.

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: The Basic Five Regimen from ARCONA is the perfect way to achieve and maintain glowing, hydrated and youthful skin.
  • I Know all the Words: A little luxe lip is never a bad thng when it comes to Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crèmes.
  • TheFabZilla: Bronzed skin and fiery lips! Check out TheFabZilla's makeup game for the summer.
  • Color Me So Crazy: Lippys, Lippys Everywhere... Here's a Few You Must Check Out!
  • Painted Ladies: It's sandal season! Sheila shares 3 must have product for Summer smooth feet.
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Interested in those Pearl Crush nail polishes from Sally Hansen? Jessica gives 4 of them a review!
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika shares a soft, shimmery Summer eye look featuring the Sonia Kashuk Sahara Sunset Desert Escapes Eye Shadow Palette.
  • Chameleon Stampede: Mandy's mascara will never smudge again now that she's found bareMinerals locked and coated!
  • Beauty by Miss L: Leelo's new favorite eye makeup remover - Klorane soothing eye makeup remover
  • Never Say Die Beauty: With Paula's Choice Skincare, Allison has found a routine she could stick with for life!
  • The Feminine Files: Kristina created an easy and cruelty free makeup look using Pacifica Beauty Products (plus a fun giveaway!)
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    We're few days away from summer, my least favorite season. I can't get past the extreme humidity and relentless heat wave so if I'm bitchin' for no apparent reason, blame the climate not moi, haha! So how do you look your best if you're sweating like a pig? scroll down for zilla's suggestions.

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    Of all places, I found you. So while waiting for my turn at the ophthalmologist's clinic few months ago, my eyes wandered to your makeup display. Osmosis, totally unheard of. Then in true beauty blogger's fashion, I started swatching eye shadows while trying to talk myself out. C'mon, I was in for an eye check, not makeup spree. Long story short, I left the clinic with Rx on one hand and a new eye makeup remover, Osmosis Melt Away Gelee, because why not. My eyes were dilated so I needed a treat.

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    While summer is all about minimal coverage, it's also the time to rock bronzed skin and bright fiery lips. My game plan? keep eye makeup subdued and let skin and lips take the centerstage. I have the following suggestions!

  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Eve Lom Brightening Cream is all you need for perfected, even and luminous skin. It fades hyperpigmentation and leaves skin glowing and beautiful.

  • I Know all the Words: Give your signature scent a litle competition with the gorgeous Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black & White Pure Perfume Oils

  • Beauty by Miss L: Is L'Oreal Preference Mousse Absolue hair colour really as good as promised?

  • TheFabZilla: So you have barely five minutes to get ready and you're allowed to use only five items from your stash, what will you choose? Who's up for a beauty challenge?

  • Color Me So Crazy: I got to try the T3 Twirl 360 Curling Iron- See what I thought!

  • Painted Ladies: Find out why Jockey Skimmies are a must have for sundress season and enter to win a $100 Jockey.com gift card.

  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison is a big fan of Coui Skincare's new products & is got a giveaway going on for a tube of lightweight Coui UV Facial Sunscreen. Why not enter?!

  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Searching for a summer pedicure idea? Jessica has you covered!

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    Summer is around the corner so I'm doing a roundup of my beauty and style must-haves; these are products that I truly cherish and will continue to strut come summertime! 'kinda like the ultimate edit vis-a-vis creme de la creme from the gamut of products I have procured, featured for review, tested or otherwise. Come check out these eye candies!

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    Running late for work again? tell me about it. There is never enough time in the morning to enjoy my coffee and daze like a queen. Which leads me to my non-hypothetical question: if you have barely five minutes to prepare using only five items from your stash, what will they be? or better yet, what are your basic essentials you can't leave home without? Okay I'll start.

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    Anti-aging is a goldmine in the beauty industry. From peeling to filling, under the knife or topical, women will do everything come hell or high water to defy age. While I haven't subjected myself to any surgery or botox injection yet, I won't deny that I do take extra steps to preserve the elusive fountain of youth via  meticulous skincare. 

  • TheFabZilla: Are you ready for Summer? butterLondon says Shine Out Loud!
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Looking to go nude? Then look no further than Tom Ford Nude Vanilla Lip Color!
  • Be Happy And Buy Polish: Need some nail inspiration? How about a hot neon AND glow-in-the-dark manicure?
  • Beauty by Miss L: Does Yves Rocher Volume Vertige Mascara really give your lashes maximum volume?
  • The Feminine Files: Looking for a good foundation brush? I'll show you 2 of my favorites and let you know if you should SPLURGE or SAVE!
  • Color Me So Crazy: Fun and Easy Look ALL by Pacifica!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila shows you 3 ways to wear colorful eyeliner.
  • I Know all the Words: Need another reason to hit up Sephora? Treat your skin (and brows) with goodies from the Sephora Collection
  • Notes from My Dressing Table: Erika shared a beautiful Soufeel silver charm bracelet and a giveaway where you can win one, too.
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison's showing off the pretty Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush she got as a surprise gift. It's so cute!
  • Endlessummer Blog: National Cucumber Day is celebrated in the USA on the 13th of June, so here's a roundup of my favorite cucumber beauty products.
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    Yet another bronzer. I know it's getting predictable already but you can't blame moi, I am irreverently obsessed with it. Second to matte lipsticks, my bronzer collection is expanding exponentially. Summertime-induced? I don't think so because sun-kissed complexion is a beauty must-have for me 365d. The latest to join #teambronze is no other than Guerlain Terracota Summer Limited Edition Bronzing Powder. Available in two shells, I picked up Coral 03 Natural Brunettes (the other one being Turquoise 02 Natural Blondes).

    Aging won't slow me down, inactivity will. That has been my mantra since joining the big #club40 in 2014. I vow to defy age and savor the healthiest life possible. If you recall my mini-update, I ditched meat and seafood altogether and became 100% vegetarian last year (I shared how I transitioned here); I also gifted myself a treadmill to compliment my hula-hoop and hiphop exercise. But you know what remains to be the biggest hurdle? it's the motivation zillas! My so-called treadmill enthusiasm sort of fizzled along the way. Leaving early for work and coming home late dead tired left me no time to squeeze in an hour or two on weekdays to exercise. Twice a week (on weekends) ain't cutting it for me. 

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    This post is pretty straightforward, no staging or creative input background-wise; after all, we are talking about empty products waiting to be tossed the minute I finish writing this. So I better not dilly-dally, let's jump right into it ladies!

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    The past few days have been humid, so much so that I am starting to loathe everything summer has to offer. It's no joke getting sick (and rushed to ER once for heat exhaustion) I tell 'ya. On a brighter note, it's the umpteenth time to rock bold hues like nobody's biz. Now that's certainly music to my ear.

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