One great thing which I enjoy when it comes to blogging is the opportunity to discover new products that are far from being mainstream. Because let's face it, there's indeed a plethora of incredible  brands outside the walls of Sephora, Neiman Marcus and other retail giants. Brands that are affordable without compromising utmost quality. Brands that encourage community commerce. Brands that utilize natural ingredients. Brands exactly like Nubian Heritage.
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Nubian Heritage Patchouli & Buriti Body Souffle and Bath Bomb review, benefit patchouli oil, benefit buriti oil

How's your summer so far? planning on going somewhere to escape the sweltering heat and crazy humidity? If you recall, I had mini staycation few weeks ago frolicking at the beach, so much so that I tanned! And yeah, I love every bit of it. Now call it perfect timing because I really do plan to self-tan (& relive my everyday-beach-dont-care) so when I received Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse, you bet I was smiling ear to ear!
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Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse Review

How do you pack your makeup when you travel? I mean, do you carry copious amount or just stick with the basics? I'm all for keeping it light and simple, just like how the creators of Stowaway  Cosmetics conceptualized the brand. Scroll down for full details and swatches of the recently released The Essential Eye Palette and see if it deserves extra space in your purse.
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Stowaway Cosmetics The Essential Eye Palette

Utterly pigmented with commendable longevity, Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick certainly lived up to the hype. Love bold lips for summer? scroll down for full details and swatches of Thrill Seeker (red orange), Disorderly (deep brick red), and Drivers Seat (pink coral).
 Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick, Smashbox Liquid Lipstick Thrill Seeker,  Smashbox Liquid Lipstick Disorderly,  Smashbox Liquid Lipstick Drivers Seat

A recently-released eyeshadow palette, the Modern Renaissance from Anastasia Beverly Hills is an amalgamation of sultriness and high-voltage pigment with modern-day take on conservative neutral and berry tones. Read further for full details, swatches and one-brand look featuring Anastasia.
Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette, Review, Swatches

This is part 2 of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access recommendations but this time I'm focusing on style must-haves for Fall. Yes, you read that right because you are never too early to snag the best deals at Nordies. I call it strategic shopping, get the most bang for your buck!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Fall Style Must-Haves

What's on your wish list? enable me!

Yes it's a glowing review for a glow kit aptly named That Glow. How glowing can you get? Like this glowy you think? The newly-released Anastasia palette swept me off my feet and I think you will be too! Scroll further for complete details and swatches.
Anastasia Glow Kit That Glow Review Swatch, Smashbox Always Matte Liquid Lipstick Thrill Seeker swatch review

The most anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off today with early access to credit and debit card holders from July 14 to 21. Here are my top recommendations (specific reviews are linked as necessary):
Nordstrom Anniversary Early Access Sale, Nordstrom Promotions, Nordstrom Discount

Last week, I gave you a sneak peek of my mini-birthday haul and promised to do separate reviews of makeups you might be interested in. As mentioned, I was stoked to see Sulwhasoo counter in the newly-renovated Nordstrom at Ala Moana (Oahu, Hawai'i). Reason being, their much-hyped "original cushion foundation" has been on my wish list for eons so while I can certainly order it online, I'd rather see and swatch first. I also teased you in my previous post by asking if I made the right choice so after a week of wearing it and employing different techniques and whatnots, I can officially give you my thoughts and recommendation. But first, this photo.... it's a throwback of my staycation from last week, oh take me back to the beach! I was wearing Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion (which by the way has SPF 50), pair of Rayban sunnies, Smashbox Liquid Lipstick Drivers Seat (review and swatches soon) and Tory Burch rashguard.

As promised, here's a sneak peek of my little haul or shall I say part 1 because I celebrate my birthday month-long. With that said, expect part 2 and 3 in the coming posts. Don't judge, enablers unite, haha! I will be doing separate reviews once I get to road test these beauties for at least a week, ok?
 Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion, Anastasia Glow Kit, Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick, Bobbi Brown, Anastasia Liquid Lipstick, Stila Liquid Lipstick

How are you spending your summer so far? I've been hitting the beach lately, playing tourist and just enjoying my time off from work like a nomad.
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beach essentials, what's in my beach bag, summer beauty essentials

Poncho-style cover up (Hautelook, invite here)
Denim lace shorts (Target)
Leather choker with abalone pendant (made by me)
Ray-Ban mirrored sunglasses (Macys)
High-rise bikini bottom & top (Victoria's Secret)

Happy 4th of July to my American friends and subscribers! It coincides with my natal day (I turn 42, ssshh) so I always consider it a momentous event because I get to celebrate it with the entire nation. I haven't been blogging as frequent because I am enjoying my brief time off from work, beach-bummin', doing a little bit of shopping here and there but more importantly, spending time with family.

disney aulani, koolina lagoon
Moi at Koolina

I have been compiling my summer and beach essentials so definitely stay tuned for that. 

disney aulani, koolina lagoon
Disney Aulani 
longboards koolina
at Longboards Koolina
turtle bay resort hawaii
at Turtle Bay Resort
dole plantation hawaii
Dole Plantation
ala moana sephora
Ala Moana
New makeups in tow, how predictable, haha! I'll be sharing my haul sometime soon...

Have fun, stay safe and talk soon!
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