** This post was sponsored by Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture. Experience and opinion are my own **

If you've been dyeing your hair frequently, then you know that it's only a matter of time 'til it becomes fried, frizzy and weak. Unfortunately, it's a dilemma I'm trying to conquer by meticulously nourishing my hair with products intended to mend, moisturize and reanimate my once- crowning glory. I had the opportunity to try Madam C. J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Collection, scroll down to see how I incorporate their products in my weekly gotta-pamper-moi-routine.

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I've said this before: barring medical issues, anyone can be a mother but not everyone is fit to be one. That's why I salute all mothers who painstakingly support their children all through stages in life, come hell or high water. So for all the mothers in your life, make that one day special to her, whether spending some quiet time or painting the town red, what matters most is your presence. Now before this post becomes telenovela, let me share with you a few gift ideas your mom will surely treasure!
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Like liquid lipsticks, cream eyeshadows are my obsession. There's something about the formula and ease of use that make me want to hoard every collection there is. My latest discovery? the Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color. Sold in four stunning shades, I have Lagoon (holographic green) and Starfish (bronze maroon). Scroll down for more details, swatches and eye makeup photos.
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A recent addition to Chantecaille, these cream eyeshadows claim to be crease-proof and water-resistant. Retailing for $34 (4g /14 oz), it's in the same league as Chanel, Dior, and Burberry. Luxury, that's what it is. But is it as good if not better? Offhand, I'd say that the texture is similar to Burberry Eye Colour Cream but applies like Chanel Illusion D'Ombre. Worn over eye primer and un-set with eyeshadow, it wears past eight hours with very minimal creasing (given that I have oily lids).

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These potted cream eyeshadows are real eye candies. Both Lagoon and Starfish are holographic so depending on light exposure, they shift colors to your amazement. Lagoon tends to crumble when applied with flat eyeshadow brush so you may need to brush off some fallouts, not a big issue because the overall quality outweigh this minor flaw. 

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I mentioned ease of use because cream eyeshadows like these are great on their own. If you prefer simple monochromatic eye makeup, then these are you best bets for eye looks for under 2 minutes. 

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Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color, Lagoon, Starfish, Review Swatch, Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes

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Fall in love over and over and over again. I'm talking about the newest range of lipsticks from one of my favorite beauty brand, Burberry. Aptly named Full Kisses, these lip pen- style lippies deliver phenomenal coverage, brilliant pigmentation and superbly moisturizing formula. Scroll down for more information, photos, and swatches.
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  • Argan oil is one of the most in demand ingredient in the realm of natural and organic skincare. Exclusively sourced from Morocco, it offers a gamut of benefits due to its rich antioxidant, vitamin E, and fatty acids component. I had the opportunity to try some products from a new-to-me brand, Marie D'Argan Paris. Scroll down for more details and overall thoughts.
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    If you've been following this blog for a while, you are probably aware of my predilection towards matte lipsticks. I love them like my own babies, for real! When they were all the rage in the 90s, you bet this teenybopper back then was slayin' em. Fast-forward to present-day trend, my madness over matte-ness lingers and it has become my trivial mission to hunt for the next best matte lipstick. Will Youngblood Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick wow me enough? read further for the scoop and juice!
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    Youngblood Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick, review, swatch

    Oh color me Minnie! Unless you're living under the rock, our childhood icon Minnie is graciously entertaining Sephora's makeup hungry patrons for a limited time. For the ultimate Minnie fan, it's the collection of a lifetime, but for the curious majority, is it worth all the hype? Read further because mama got the highs and lows for you!
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    I ordered two items online during the VIB Rouge 15%-off event last week, the Minnie's World in Color Eyeshadow and Minnie's Perfect Red Lipstick. The boxes for both are well-thought-out, what with gold and black combo (not too girly, meaning mature enough for the oldies-but-goodies like me) and Minnie charm dangling on the lipstick box and clutch-type eyeshadow. For reference, the boxes look like these:

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  • When I went to Lather Spa inside The Modern Honolulu Hotel last week (read my experience), I got to take home some Lather products, much to my delight. It was love at first swipe, glide, shower, and smell so I decided to feature them on the blog today!
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    If there's one brand I stalk season after season, Tom Ford tops by a mile. I know it sounds anti-climactic to spring but the summer Soleil Collection this year is so beautiful I have to get my hands on two items right away. Well at least for now, while self-debate whether to purchase more or not is ongoing. Makeup junkie? you know what I mean!
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    A new-to-me-brand, Peeks Cosmetics, has launched exciting matte lipstick shades in time for spring! I have four to showcase today and just so you know, all Peeks Cosmetics products are gluten-free and cruelty-free. Ready for some eye candies? here you go...
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    With spring in full swing, bright and fun colors are here to reflect this cheery season! BeYu Cosmetics, a cruelty-free brand with dermatologically-approved products suited for sensitive skin, offers affordable and colorful options for us makeup aficionados! Scroll further for a bevy of photos, including swatches and makeup look inspired by their Honolulu Happiness collection!
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  • Never Say Die Beauty: Who doesn't need a little relaxation, pampering and serious cleansing? Allison from Never Say Die Beauty had her first HydraFacial at Boston's famed Bella Sante Day Spa. Check out the details on this amazing facial treatment.
  • Anti-aging skincare is something I'm passionate about aside from makeups and handbags. I don't deny that I have taken steps to up my game (more recently, skin resurfacing laser treatment) because vanity runs deep in my veins. But seriously, I'm a staunch believer of "prevention is better than cure", I fix even if it ain't broke. I started using anti-aging products in my late 20s and now at 41 years young, deep wrinkles and sagging skin are not my big concerns yet. Beauty blogging has also introduced me to a multitude of products, ingredients and innovations in the world of skincare. I have tried a gamut so I know first hand what works for me, and it spans from the time when my skin was still oily to sensitive to combination to maturing. Skin's life cycle. We're in it to win it!
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    Beauty blending sponge has to be the most used tool in makeup application next to brush. But when do you really use it? is there a huge difference at all? Scroll further for tips, tricks, and discount coupon code exclusively redeemable at beautyjunkees!
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    So let's do a little throwback. As some of you may recall, my hair underwent a rather radical transformation last December, I went blue black, the darkest I've been in eons! While I initially liked my demi-gothic aura, it dawned on me that this shade didn't seem to compliment my features. Unlike Courtney from Phyrra who can be a chameleon when it comes to hair color (yes, I'm looking atcha!), I seem to do really well with varying blondes. My aunt who's my numero uno ally yet doesn't mince words told me bluntly "Kathryne, you can do whatever you want with your hair but dark hair is not for you". So fast forward to mid-February, I went back to blonde gradually.
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    With my extremely busy work schedule, my definition of relaxation is pretty pathetic: getting extra hour of sleep on weekends or just lounging in my jammies without having to think about work. But last Saturday, I broke this monotony and accepted the invitation to try the services of LATHER Spa. Located on the second floor of The Modern Honolulu hotel, I had an hour of bliss all to myself! Keep scrolling for more details and photos...
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    Overlooking the marina and sunset pool from The Modern Honolulu terrace
    (Mahalo to Verley from Lather Spa for taking this photo)
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