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Liquid lipstick has to be the most-hyped and widely-bought makeup in 2016; almost every brand, from indie to mainstream, drugstore to luxury, launched every shade there is to entice all liquid lipsticks aficionados, moi included. Marc Jacobs Beauty recently introduced its Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme collection with six shades in it. I have Hot Cocoa (warm peachy brown) and Truth or Bare (dusty rose pink), scroll down for the complete scoop!
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème truth or bare, Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème hot cocoa

Slightly fragrant (hint of vanilla) and presented in black and slender tube, these lippies have the standard doe foot applicator. I particularly like the circular "window" which allows you to see the color from the outside. Each retails for $28, definitely pricier than Anastasia Beverly Hills and Smasbox Always on Matte, which I have raved about endlessly on the blog.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème truth or bare, Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème hot cocoa

Liquid lipstick is instantaneously associated with matte formula so when I swatched these, I was surprised that they were not! Per website description, "a hydrating, eight-hour liquid lipstick in a range of bold, full-coverage nudes in satin finish". The luxurious liquid formula glides onto lips allowing it to look plump and full all day long". While the creamy formula isn't a letdown (think lipstick with lightweight feel of a gloss), the claim of eight-hour wear time vis-a-vis plump lips all day long is hyperbole. In my experience, the color is gone even after a very light meal. It also transfers on coffee mug/cup so treat the brand's statement with a grain of salt. If you enjoy neutral, want to branch out to liquid lipstick that isn't matte, and don't mind touchups after a meal or two, you may appreciate this more than I do. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème truth or bare, Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème hot cocoa swatch

Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème truth or bare, Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Liquid Lip Crème hot cocoa

Welcome 2017 with smashing red puckers! Ladies, give nude lips a brief break and wow everyone in your circle with the one and only red lipstick you need to have and wear with absolute confidence, regardless whether you are a beauty junkie or noob!
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Popsugar sealed 2016 with its December Must-Have Box. I mean the contents keep getting better and better month after month, take a look!
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I love Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Mood Exposure is my favorite, reviewed here) so when the brand released a limited edition palette called Strobe Ambient Lighting, I had to get it despite my lackluster experience with another palette, the Surreal Light (reviewed and inevitably returned to Sephora). So is it a win this time? scroll down for the complete scoop, swatches and a makeup look.
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Last Saturday, I officially embraced my holiday break with a much deserved and totally rejuvenating massage and spa at the recently opened Four Seasons Resort Naupaka Spa at Ko'olina. It's time to pamper the workaholic moi and what better way than to soak in all the goodness a spa could offer, right? And before you and I get carried away, make sure to sign up for Groupon because that's how I got this amazing deal (referral link). If you live in Oahu, Hawai'i, you can get 10% Kamaaina discount, just present your ID at the reception. So grab a drink, sit back and let me be your virtual tour guide for today!

You guys, I'm officially on my two-week holiday break! I'm so looking forward to this because work had been particularly hectic for me this year due to new job role and responsibility. But I'm not complaining because I enjoy every aspect of aesthetic medicine. 2017 is going to be a blast for sure! Now let's zero-in to this week's Makeup Wars feature post, the hugely popular Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics. I snagged this palette last month during the VIB Rouge sale. Initially, I wasn't keen on procuring it because I have eleventy-seven jillion nude eyeshadows already. But impulse is weaker than logic for this beauty junkie so babble aside, I ultimately caved in. But it was a good decision after all because I really love it! If you don't know yet, everything from this palette is matte in predominantly cool shades. Scroll down for more details, swatches, including a makeup look I wore to our clinic's Christmas dinner.
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Ever thought of giving mini's or deluxe-sized presents? mixed and matched, you can actually come up with a more personalized approach. Here are some suggestions in case you haven't finished holiday-shopping yet.

In time for the holidays, Pixi by Petra has fabulous gift sets for the makeup obsessed girl in your life! I have some suggestions below, scroll down for the scoop.
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Just like foundation, concealer isn't a one-glove-fits-all kind of thing. In fact, depending on the need or look you want to achieve, it is worth building a concealer wardrobe (discussed in detail here). For my ladies in the four-o (and above) club, concealing mature skin vis-a-vis under eyes call for some tricks and products that won't emphasize crease and dryness. I have narrowed down my top 3 favorites, here they are!
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Animal print is a quintessential fall/winter staple. For this week's style and makeup video, I am sharing my three favorite ways of wearing it. As always, these were all filmed few minutes before I leave for work. Mahalo for watching!



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Look 1 
Scarf: Betsey Johnson (similar)
Long-sleeved maroon shirt
Faux leather moto leggingsCole Haan booties
Anastasia Liquid Lipstick Vintage
Viseart Highlight and Contour Palette

Look 2:
Daniel Rainn animal print top
Bite Beauty Mauvember 2016

Look 3:
Minnetonka loafers
Givenchy Le Rouge Carmin Escarpin

So what's a great holiday present to give mom this year? how about a monthly subscription box from Popsugar Must Have? For $39.95/ month (free shipping included), imagine mom gleefully opening her "care package" from you every month, especially if you live in another state! Unlike other subscription boxes that carry beauty, snacks and whatnot, Popsugar is "lifestyle in a box". As a starter, you get to receive 5-6 well curated full-sized items ranging from beauty to home to food and anything in between. The combined retail value is always over $100, I have always liked what's inside, care to see what made it to November?
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Let the official holiday buying frenzy commence! Are you an early or last minute shopper? Do you prefer Black Friday, Cyber Monday or post-Holiday sale? To help you strategize, I will be posting gifting suggestions beginning today so sit back and relax! I believe shopping should not suck the life out of you, right? Here are few suggestions...
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Happy Thanksgiving my fabulous friends and readers. In between cooking, hosting, and feasting, I'd like to quickly check in with you and post additional Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Let's score some goodies!

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AG Jeans // 30% Off Sitewide and In Store, 11/22-11/28 CODE: BF16
Ann Taylor  // 50% off Sitewide and In Store, 11/23-11/25 CODE: celebrate
Ariel Gordon Jewelry // 30% off all orders over $150, 11/28 CODE: CHEERS30
ASOS // 20% off Sitewide and In Store CODE: GOGOGO // 30% off Sitewide and In Store CODE: THANKFUL30
Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide, 11/24-11/26 (online) 11/24-11/28 (in store) // 50% off Sitewide and In Store, 11/27-1/28
Barneys New York // 40% off Sitewide
Bergdorf Goodman // 40% off Sitewide
Bloomingdale’s // Extra 25% off a large selection of items Sitewide, 11/27-11/28 //  Take $25 off of every $200 you spend Sitewide + save up to 50% on select items // Loyalists get triple points when you use your Bloomingdale’s Credit Card online // Save 30% on select regular-price handbags, wallets, wristlets and more 
Calvin Klein // Extra 40% off Sitewide, 11/23-11/27 // Extra 50% off Sitewide, 11/27 -11/29
Coach // 30% Off select styles, Early Access; 11/19-11/27 CODE: THANKS2016 // 50% off the Edie handbag, DATE: 11/24 // Up to 50% off select styles & shop 125+ online sale exclusives
Cole Haan // 40% off Sitewide, 11/27-11/29
Dogeared // 25% off Sitewide, 11/23
eBags // Receive up to 85% off
Express // 50% off everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping, 11/22-11/25 // 50% off everything ONLINE ONLY + Free Shipping 
FORZIERI // 30% off all orders of $350+, 11/28-12/1 CODE: CYBERSTYLE30 // VIP 30% off orders of $500 or more and 25% OFF orders of $325 or more, 11/23-11/27 CODE: BSTYLE30BSTYLE25
French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping, 11/21-11/29 CODE: F40BLF
Gorjana // 30% off curated category, 11/21-11/27 CODE: STUFFED // Spend $100, Save $25, 11/28
Hollister Co. // Entire Store 50% Off Sitewide and In Store, 11/25 (online) 11/24-11/25 (in store) Free shipping on all orders 
INTERMIX  // Flash Sale: 40% Off Select Full Priced Items In Stores & Online, 11/21-11/22 // Extra 40% Off Sale, 11/23-12/7 // $150 off every $750 spent with code, 11/24-11/28 CODE: THANKS// Cyber Monday Sale: 30% off select full-priced items, 11/28 // Green Tuesday Sale: 40% off private label & exclusives, 11/29
Jewelry.com // Save up to 85% on select jewelry pieces, 11/14-11/27 CODE: SALE 
Jurlique // Up to 50% off selected items, 11/23-11/27 // $10 off orders over $50, $30 off orders over $100, 11/28-12/6 CODE: CYBER10, CYBER30 
LOFT // 40% off Sitwide CODE: THANKS 
Last Call // up to 80% off Sitewide and In Store 
Macy’s // 20% off Sitewide CODE: FEAST
Malin+Goetz // $75+ and receive a free hand cream and free shipping, 11/28 CODE:GREENSBURG
Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday, 11/23-11/27 CODE: BF2016 // 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts, 11/23-11/28 CODE: BF2017
Moda Operandi // Sale items up to 65% off, 11/21-11/28 CODE: EXTRA30
ModCloth // 20% off no thresh,  30% off $100+,  40% off $200+, 11/23-11/27 CODE: FRIDAY20, FRIDAY30, FRIDAY40 // 30% off site wide, 11/27-11/30 CODE: CYBER16
Molton Brown // 25% off Sitewide + Free shipping, 11/24 – 11/28
Neiman Marcus // Up to 40% off + free shipping

Net-a-Porter // Up to 50% off


Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items, 11/24- 11/28 // Designer sale – 40% off

Otte NY // Extra 40% off all reduced-price merchandise, 11/18-11/27 CODE: MORETURKEY// 20% off Sitewide, 11/28
Paula’s Choice // 20% off + Free gift when you spend $65+, 11/28 CODE: DAILYGIFT7 *Free Shipping
Pura Vida // 50% Off Sitewide. Free shipping on US all orders, 11/24-11/28
River Island // Up to 50% off online and in store
Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off
SaturdaysNYC // 25% off SaturdaysNYC Items + free domestic shipping on orders $100+, 11/21 – 11/28 CODE: FRIENDS25
Show Me Your Mumu // 40% off dresses and rompers, 11/21-11/25
SkinStore // 25% off Sitewide, 11/25, 11/28- 11/29 CODE: CYBERWKND // 20% Sitewide + free make-up brush set, 11/26 – 11/27 CODE: CYBERWKND
Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories, 11/25-11/27 // 30% off Sitewide, 11/28

Steve Madden // 30% off + 30% off clearance, 11/26 CODE: BACKINBLACK// 35% off + 30% off clearance, 11/28 CODE: CYBER
Talbots // 50% off one item until noon // 40% off entire purchase until midnight, 11/25
The Outnet US // Up to 90% off your favorite designers including Stella McCartney, Balmain & more
TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items, 11/23-11/28
Tory Burch // 30% off any purchase of $250+, 11/28 CODE: THANKS
True Religion // 40% off + a free beanie with purchases of $250+, 11/27-11/30, Free Shipping
Ulta // New and Only at Ulta Beauty! BareMinerals Kits Make Them Stare Smoky Eye Trio OR Make It Glow $10 each ,$37-39 Value, 11/24 @6pm- 11/26 //  NYX 40% Off Eye Makeup, 11/28
Urban Outfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel, 11/23-11/25


Villeroy & Boch // 30% off Sitewide. free shipping on orders $75+, 11/23-11/29
Wanderlust + Co // 40% off Sitewide, 11/24-11/29 CODE: RSCYBER40
Yigal Azrouel // 40% off the fall collection, DATE: 11/28 CODE: CYBER40
Zimmermann // All Summer Swim 2016 will be marked 30-50% off all styles, 1/25 – 12/11

Another day, another installment of holiday gift ideas. This time around, I'm going to feature mostly natural beauty products that will surely delight any bella in your life. Scroll down for more details including where to buy and current deals!
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Shop wise, don't pick a fight! Relax, don't sweat. If you want to avoid the crowd, use e-bates when you shop online for cash back. During this frenzy period, most of the retailers offer double (or more) cash back, free shipping, freebies, and  hard-to-beat discounts. I have summarized the best beauty deals for you at Nordstrom (one of my favorite stores to shop) so bookmark this, click-a-link and ratata-ta!
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Paint your lips with some holiday gloss! Very season-appropriate, Osmosis presents their latest gluten-free lip gloss collection with 3D pigment thats helps your pout look fuller and sexier. Available in six stunning shades, I have three to share with you today! Scroll down for more details and swatches.
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Fun fact: do you know that there's a place in Hawai'i that snows? Let me quickly show you Mount Maunakea (White Mountain), a dormant volcano in The Big Island. Measuring 10,200 meters (from base to peak), it is touted to be the tallest mountain on earth. Yes, it's actually taller than Mt. Everest which only measures 8,848 meters (measured above sea level). Snow in the tropics, how cool is that?

For this week's video, I planned my outfits and makeup looks around white, a closet staple! Like black, everyone should own few basic white items, from tops to trousers to accessories, you'd be surprised how versatile white is.



Look 1:
White tee: 
Plaid blue shirt (similar)
Tory Burch white sneakers (currently on sale at Tory Burch)

Look 2
Black ballet flats

Look 3
White boyfriend shirt
Pearl necklace and earrings
Urban Decay Matte Stark Naked lipstick





Quick. Write a letter to Santa and include Viseart Highlight and Sculpt Palette to your holiday wish list. But seriously, if you haven't tried this brand yet, now is the time to snag it! I own several Viseart  products (matte eyeshadow palette, dark matte eyeshadow palette, bridal satin eyeshadow palette, all three theory palettes, blush palette) enough to form a conclusion that when it comes to quality, this brand is consistently exquisite across the board. 
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Hello my fabulous friends and readers! You may or may not know that I recently revived my dormant Youtube channel. So far I have posted style/makeup diaries and more recently, my Sephora VIB Rouge hauls. With a more predictable schedule plus better filming setup, I feel like I can produce more interesting contents to compliment this blog. With this move, I intend to diversify my reach vis-a-vis audience and hopefully take this endeavor to greater heights. With this "re-launch", I feel obligated to reintroduce myself to faithful subscribers as well as the new ones. Rather than doing the generic hi I'm Kathryne, blah-blah, why don't I answer some of your questions, anything-under-the-sun style. So ask away by leaving your comments below and I will attempt to answer your questions in my next video(s). 


Last week, I shared the first wave of my Sephora VIB Rouge haul via a video; As expected, this makeup junkie picked up some limited edition lipsticks to add to my diversified collection; Come check out the shades and buy 'em before they sell out! Drooling not prohibited, be my guest.
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A dear friend asked me not too long ago if I can recommend great makeup brushes that aren't crazy expensive; my top of mind response was Beauty Junkees as I've had positive experience with their kabuki set (reviewed here) and eye brush set (reviewed here). So when Julie (the brain behind the brand) asked me if I'm interested to try her newly released palette, the Powder Contour Kit, I said yes with much gusto!
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If you're into organic beauty, you are probably aware of ILIA, a brand hinged on creating the "purest products possible". With its sleek packaging and certified organic botanical ingredients, it has earned quite a cult following. If you're thinking of a nice gift to your eco-conscious friend or if you're like me who's expanding to include more organic beauty to your stash, the following eye candies are worth checking out!
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Fall is a great season to be in Hawai'i! Depending on where you live or stay, it can get cold and breezy; hence we locals get to cozy up, clothing-wise. Today's makeup and style post is a collaboration with my friend and fellow Hawaii-based beauty & lifestyle blogger, Honey from Honeygirlsworld. I invite you to check out her video and blog:


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Look 1:
Plaid scarf (similar) 
Tory Burch Perry Leather Tote 
Vince Camuto Booties (currently on sale at Nordstrom) 

Look 2:
Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick Thrillseeker 
Stripes Pullover (similar) 

Look 3
Mossimo Ripped Jeggings 
Nike Sneakers (several styles) 
Steve Madden top 
ILIA Lipgloss Gypsy 

I have mentioned in the past that I am going to share some aesthetic procedures I have done myself (check out my botox). In case you don't know, I work as Aesthetic Registered Nurse so aside from performing laser procedures, it goes without saying that I am also the "face" behind; hence, I voluntarily subject myself to various aesthetic procedures so I can truly relate to our patients, answer their concerns and most importantly, explain and level their expectations from a patient's standpoint. For today's post, I am sharing my Laser Skin Rejuvenation experience which is composed of non-ablative laser (indicated for textural issues such as wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, melasma) and intense pulse light therapy (indicated for vascular lesions/pigments, sun or age spots, unwanted hair, etc). In my case, I was particularly concerned with aging skin, minor acne scars, big pores and fine spider veins around my nose and left jawline. While skincare products and lifestyle choices can help prevent certain skin issues, laser technology is the answer if you want total skin rejuvenation or resurfacing. Laser works by targeting and repairing your skin below the surface. It stimulates collagen and elastin production and overtime, this process tightens the skin and fill in the wrinkles. Laser is a costly procedure depending on who does it and where it is done. A machine being used by a doctor in the suburb can cost three or four times more if you move it to Beverly Hills under the hands of a celebrity doctor. There are also two types of laser: ablative (less treatment required but significant social downtime involved, 7-10 days at the most) and non-ablative (more treatments required but less social downtime, few hours to to 2 days on average). I had a non-ablative treatment using Cynosure Icon, here's a video if you are interested to see how it's done in a clinic setting:

Grandmas are the best. Mama (as I lovingly called mine) was my first ever beauty influencer. I remember playing with her makeup stash in my pre-tween years (circa 80s). It is from her that I learned about dressing and looking presentable regardless where I was going. She attended every school function I had, so much so that she became sort of a "personality", everyone called her mama! She had a healing touch, every time I was sick, I only want her around me. Mama played a significant role in my life and I believe up to this point in my life, she's still watching over me. It has been 20 years since her passing but memories of her remain vivid in my heart. Quite a melancholic intro but I know that many of you can relate!
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Aloha my fabulous readers and friends! I'm back with another edition of Makeup and Style Diary. This time I'm showing you my favorite ways of rocking plaid, a fall staple. Personally, the key to wearing plaid effortlessly is to select one piece at a time and accessorize minimally. For this week's video, you will see how I matched my makeup using plaid as inspiration. Hit play and give thumbs up if you don't mind. Mahalo!


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As seen on TFZ:
Look 1:
Plaid headband (gifted by mom)
Smashbox Always on Matte Liquid Lipstick (Disorderly, reviewed here)
Sulwhasoo  Perfecting Cushion

Look 2:
Marc Jacobs Lipstick Magenta
Anastasia Beverly Hills Renaissance Palette (reviewed here)
Tory Burch Perry Leather Tote

Look 3:
Plaid scarf (gifted by mom)
Foxcroft white boyfriend shirt
Anastasia Beverly Hills Mario Palette (reviewed here)
MAC Liptensity Driftwood
Mac Lip Pencil Stripdown
Michael Kors watch (similar style in rose gold)
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