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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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.
Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush Palette swatch review

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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