One of my favorite "transitional fall" outfit is a cold shoulder top, whether in flowy blouse or knit sweater. In my opinion, it makes any woman of any shape look effortlessly sexy and chic. I love to pair it with black slacks and booties for work or ripped jeans and sneakers on weekends. For makeup, I am partial to plum lips, in particular my long-time love, the Tom Ford Matte in Black Dahlia. Again, the key to wearing dark shade like this is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Let the lips do the talking, babe!
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Just like wardrobe, makeups such as mascara do require change or "rotation" from time to time depending on personal preference. Case in point, sometimes I like very natural looking lashes, other times quite dramatic. It's a woman thing. No, it's a makeup junkie thing! Pixi Beauty creator Petra even recommends "mascara-layering for a bright-eyed effect".

With all the subscription boxes flooding the market, Popsugar Must-Have Box is pretty much consistent in curating products that get used, worn, and repurchased by every fashionista or beauty lover just like moi! The September edition features Fall-ready items, come take a closer look!
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For $39.95 a month (shipping included), you will receive beauty/food/lifestyle/fashion items with a combined value of over $100. For September, the following rang up over $145, great deal considering the quality of products included!

Liquid lipstick is one of my obsessions. To date, I still stand by Anastasia  (reviewed several shades here and here) and Smashbox (reviewed here and here) as benchmarks when it comes to unparalleled pigmentation and non-drying formula. Recently, Kat Von D released a limited-edition liquid lipstick called Project Chimps (20% of sales will go to this nonprofit organization to preserve the sanctuary of chimpanzees). To be honest, I find Kat Von D liquid lipstick a tad drying based from my previous experience with Lolita; however it's been years since I tried one from the brand so I thought the formula could be different this time so long story short, I gave it a go.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Project Chimps review swatch

A holiday limited edition, this new palette from Hourglass is receiving mixed reviews, I see why! Scroll down for my personal thoughts, photos and final verdict.
 Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal Light review swatch

What are your fall must-haves, style-wise? I love booties, oxfords, and sneaker wedges! My taste in fashion is latched on comfort, balance and basics. Anything that won't require me to overanalyze when it comes to pairing. Age did that me. Four-0 club, raise your hand! 
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Just because summer is over doesn't mean that you will intentionally disregard the use of sunscreen because truth is, even if there is overcast or you are walking amidst the beautiful melange of autumn  leaves, you are not spared from the harmful effects of sun's UV rays such as photaging, sunburn to some extent, and even worse, melanoma. Hence, sunscreen should be part of your beauty arsenal year-round, 365d.
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Hello ladies! We're half-way done with September, I can almost taste fall! Need beauty and style inspirations? I have been posting on Instagram My Story (not the regular feed) bits and pieces of outfits and makeups that's fall-ish appropriate so please follow me if you haven't yet.

For my petite ladies (I'm a tiny 5'1 humanoid), you know how difficult it is to find a pair of jeans that won't require hemming or folding. Well, you better rejoice because Mossimo got it right this time with these jeggings, they fit true to size and hit right at the ankle! I believe they are new releases for fall and had there been more colors, I would've hoarded. Look for mid-rise jeggings in camo (zipper pocket on the sides) and brown (zipper on the bottom) and pair them with fall's must-have white sneakers or booties, boyfriend shirt or cowl sweater for a chic yet laid-back vibe. I don't see them yet at Target online so you have to check 'em out in-store.
Tory Burch white sneakers (order half size down), Nike black sneakers, Burberry hobo/crossbody bag

Here's a typical Sunday afternoon scenario at TFZ (thefabzilla) cave: the dreaded 4pm, my least favorite time of the day! you know why? because Monday is few hours away, work work work! So madam decides to take it slow and pamper herself, beginning with hair mask, followed by face mask. Inhale, exhale. 1.5 hrs of bliss perfection. 

Home spa, it's my mini-retreat to rejuvenate and relax; hence I surround myself with all sorts of high quality spa-like products to support my "me-time". Lather is one of them because their products are naturally-sourced, cruelty-free, paraben and sulfate-free and most of all, decently priced. I have tried so many from the brand and I don't mind adding more, just like this aromatic set called Lavender Retreat!
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It is cursed or what? first, these beauties were part of the batch of photos that got corrupted when my Mac Air crossed the underworld two weeks ago. I had to reshoot including moi wearing each shade. But guess what, while the product shots came out nice, the actual lip swatches emerged blurry! Oh well, scrap that and let's settle with arm swatches for the time being, otherwise these nude lippies from bareMinerals will be forever pushed to the backend. Things that happened behind the scene, I tell ya!
bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color swatch review, bareMinerals Buttercream Lip Gloss swatch review

Easing into fall, we're almost there ladies, my favorite season of all! I'm actually sipping pumpkin spice latte as I type this post, yeah amidst humidity and all, haha! By the way, are you on Instagram? like I mentioned last week, I am enjoying the My Story addition. It works like Snapchat, anything you post is viewable only in 24 hrs. I posted some berry shades suited for fall and some outfits, #streestyle.  But in case you missed, here's a roundup.
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roberto cavalli fringe bag

Quick post as Ulta's currently running a buy 1, get 1 50% off for OGX. Last month, I briefly featured Argan Oil of Morocco Miracle In-Shower Oil by OGX. Now half-consumed, I can officially say that this is the best $9 spent on haircare! Dirt-cheap but unparalleled performance in terms of taming my freeze vis-a-vis moisturizing my chemically treated long and wavy hair! The best part, it does not weigh my hair down or make it look greasy. Just shiny and silky, here's the proof (the morning after, natural hair, no styling tool used; for reference, I wash my hair 2-3x/ week).
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Back to my holy grail foundation. I know it's easy to get sidetracked when you own and test a host of products that will probably last you for ten or more years. But as the adage goes, why fix if it ain't broke so after I have returned another Estee Lauder foundation that didn't work for me, I switched back to what used to be my go-to foundation back in the day, the ever reliable Estee Lauder  Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup. But here's the catch ladies, I know it's supposed to stay matte all day but I notice slight dewiness on the 6th or 7th hour. Has there been a change in the formula? Not that I am complaining because I do love the dewy effect because it makes my skin look great under certain lighting conditions.
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estee lauder double wear stay in place tawny swatch review

Hello ladies! From September 8 to 18, Neiman Marcus is holding its much anticipated Beauty Event in stores and online. And for a minimum purchase of $125, you can snag this exclusive tote (gunmetal or black) with select samples inside. With fall almost upon us, I think this is the perfect chance for you to stock up on essentials or try new products. If you are shopping online (like I did), remember to use e-bates for cash back. As of this writing, it's 6% of your purchase, not bad! 
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Hello ladies, quick update! The Youtube bug bit me hard so I decided to resuscitate my channel which was dead silent for years. So what made me give it another shot in life then? well it's pretty straightforward: we, ladies in the big four-o club, are a minority in the online world which is largely dominated by millennials who possess a uniformed look of "perfection". I mean, just look at Instagram and you understand my point. Don't get me wrong, I did strive for "perfection" and sense of belongingness when I was in that age group. We need variety, this world is too vast to explore.

They say 40 is the new 30. That is, if you look the part! With kids all grown up, perhaps with a more stable career, whether you're attached or detached, the world is yours to keep and seize, unapologetically! While I am in no way a beauty expert, I believe that my lifelong passion in all things beauty, including my quest to slow down the dreaded clock, plus a profession in aesthetic medicine (Aesthetic RN), it is my goal to help you look your best, embrace imperfections (vertically-challenged and crooked teeth here!) while bringing forth your best assets. Yes, you and I will age gracefully but look fabulously all the way to our 90s. Because why not.

How Not To Look Old With Makeup, makeup for 40 years old

Hello ladies! Are you on Instagram? ever since it launched "My Story", it has become my favorite"hangout". I regularly post OOTDs, around Hawai'i happenings, product sneak peeks, including food finds and the like. Please follow moi if you haven't yet. TIA!

OOTDs: Even though it doesn't feel like we are almost into Fall season (it is hot as hell as of this writing), the quickest way to update your wardrobe is to incorporate white sneakers! This pair from Tory Burch is a staple (I match it with anything including LBD, little black dress). 
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Cruelty-free, FDA-compliant, dermatologically-tested and paraben-free, who doesn't love a good skincare brand? and oh! Made with world-famous Kona coffee beans (organically grown in the Big Island, Hawai'i), girl you know I'm hooked! Yes, I'm talking about another hit in my beauty book, ladies and gents, say aloha to Kaffe!
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