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The boys and I have been enjoying our summer months together since my husband is usually working on the weekdays.  Come on now, we live on Maui, which has been rated the number 1 Vacation Destination by Conde Nast many years in a row, so we do have a plethora of sites to see and lots of fun to be had.  While we live on the mountain, we experience really hot days so I decided to pack the boys up into the car and take a drive up to Kula to cool down – since the air is much cooler there.  Our journey led us to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, a place we have visited many times before – but it’s been years since I bought the twins here, so I decided it would be a perfect place to venture.

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The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located on the slopes of Haleakala and overlooks some of the most beautiful views on the South side of the island.  It is a 25-30 minute drive away from the Kahului Airport (the main airport into Maui) and a popular spot for visitors to stop at and have lunch after watching the sunrise at Haleakala or hiking the crater.  At one time, it used to be free to enter the Lavender farm, so I was surprised to see a guard house at the entry (it was not there my last visit a few years ago) and entry for adults is $2.00.  It’s well worth the cost however.  You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic or hike the grounds for a great adventure.  The air is so cool up there, it was a perfect place for the boys and I to getaway to beat the heat.

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There is a little shop that sells tasty delectables featuring the fresh picked lavender, but the boys and I decided that we would just take in the sites and cool down and head home to eat lunch instead.  We walked around the gardens and admired the fragrant lavender as we took in the sites.

It was a short little adventure, but a beautiful day out so I took this opportunity to take some shots of the boys and my eldest son Kevin helped take a few photos of my casual outfit I wore.

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The best part about our little drive and excursion today was that I was able to spend it with the boys.  They go back to school in about 2 1/2 weeks and this summer break flew by too quickly.  The twins are off to 1st Grade and Kevin is off to 7th Grade.  With Football season starting for all three boys August 1st – I know that times like these will be few in between, so I’m glad we made great use out of our Summer break.

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Kimono Cover up – Forever 21 Plus

Ribbed Tank – Old Navy

Linen Shorts with pockets in black – Torrid.com

Flip flops – Guess Jeweled Slip ons

Watch – Invicta Angel

Sunglasses – Maui Jim Maui (style no longer available)

Nail Polish – Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection in Kozy

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My embedded video above also showcases our dinner for that evening… I made my homemade poor man’s rissotto (recipe coming soon) and we watched a beautiful sunset from our porch to end a wonderful day.  If you’re not following me on Snapchat – my code is in my side bar, come and follow me on my daily journey.  What about you, are you enjoying the summer months?  I’m thankful to live in Hawaii and blessed to have a lifestyle where every day is an adventure and a vacation.

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Since my DSLR hasn’t been working, it’s been really nice to find reasons to take my phone out to practice shooting with it… all the images that you see in this post were taken with my Samsung Note 4.

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Have you ever tried a Peel Off Mask before?  I remember as a kid, my mom and dad used to use these masks for their weekly facials and both parents used to enjoy them.  Now a days, you can find a plethora of masks for all kinds of treatment, and I was ecstatic to try this one from 7th Heaven because it reminded me so much of my childhood.   Summer can do a double take on my skin sometimes, leaving my face especially dull and lack luster.  Because of this, I tend to use masks a lot in the summer to help hydrate, soothe and brighten my skin.  Recently I was given the opportunity to try the 7th Heaven Cucumber Peel Off Mask and today I’m sharing my thoughts with you.  This is an affordable way to treat your skin this summer so I highly suggest checking it out.

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Now, I know what you’re saying… with so many masks on the market, how can you tell if one is really worth the try?  Well, I whole-heartily think that trying a fun mask packet that you can find at your local store for just about two bucks is a steal.  I love passing the end caps of my local stores like Walmart and Target to find these little packet of treasures.  I haven’t tried anything from 7th Heaven, so something that is affordable and that you can use one or two times (depending on how much you use) is a steal for me.  All 7th Heaven products are all-natural and the company is a member of BUAV/Leaping Bunny and PETA which make it ideal for anyone to use.

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The Cucumber Peel Off Masks are fun, even if it was a little messy to use.  The mask is available in different types, but I tried the Cucumber one.  Application is as easy… simply take the gel like product that is in the packet and apply to your face evenly.  You want to make sure you get an even coat and layer so that it is easy to peel off once it dries.

A little note – stay away from applying it to your hair.  A few times using the mask, I had placed it over my baby hairs while in a rush and… let’s just say, OUCH!  It does pull, so I learned to take a little cool water and use that to remove the residue from my hair instead of continuing to pull it off.

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Immediately after applying the mask – you will feel a bright cooling sensation.  If you have ever had a sunburn and applied fresh aloe vera to your skin – it will have a cooling feel… this is what this mask reminded me of once it was applied.  Since it has been so warm and hot this summer in Hawaii, these masks feel really good on the skin and offer a great treatment for those warm summer nights.  My skin immediately felt refreshed as the mask started to do its work.  While having the mask on, if I do talk or move my facial muscles a lot, I do notice that some parts of the mask may begin to peel, but it didn’t affect me at all.

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As the mask starts to dry, you can feel a tightening of the face.  It is not an uncomfortable feeling, but you can definitely notice it.  The mask will sit on your face for 15-25 minutes and what I love the most is while it’s drying and tightening and doing its magic, I can still walk around and carry on with my business without worrying about the mask dripping or falling on me.  Since I put this on prior to bed, it allows me to clean up around the house and tidy up before hitting the sheets and I love that.

Key Ingredients Include:  Cucumber, Lime Oil and Pressed Flowers

Removing the mask is super easy and quick.  It’s also painless if you do not get it near your hair – see my warning above!  But I simply started by grabbing a corner or edge of the mask and lightly pulled to lift from my face.  Since I apply it evenly coated, it was easy to remove and there were no parts left on my skin.  Immediately after the mask is removed, I’m left with what looks like a snake skin shed from my face, it’s fun – the boys found it hilarious as I pulled it off my face and after and my skin felt great.  After removing the mask, my skin felt so fresh and clean like it was literally cleansed of all dirt and debris.  But, what I love the most is that my skin did not feel dry and stripped of it’s natural oils.  My face felt so soft and looked so much brighter than before.  Not to mention, it felt rejuvenated and fresh like I had just had a facial but without the harshness that facials can sometimes give me.

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With sensitive skin, I’m always worried that certain masks will dry out my skin so much that it will cause my Eczema to flare up… or cause me to break out in some form or another.  But, this mask, while effective, really did a great job of cleansing my skin without any issues.  I’ve been able to use it once a week – once a week!  I normally can only use a mask once every two weeks before it starts to cause me any irritations so I noticed immediately how much this mask was a joy to use.

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After the Cucumber Peel Off Mask was removed

I absolutely love how my face feels after using this mask.  Clean – refreshed!  It’s fun to use (fun to freak out the boys with… lol) and I love that it is so affordable.  The fact that they come in the little packets make it easy to take when traveling and I love that it is easy to use each time.  It’s a tad bit messy when applying, so I need to find a way that I can work around that.  Maybe, if I stick one of my mask brushes inside, that will help some.  But, it dries quickly – so I need to move fast.  I have my eyes on the Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask next and a few others I want to buy.  Ranging from $2.99 – $6.00 for each mask – it’s an absolute steal.

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While there are so many other types of masks on the market, I can’t believe that I never tried this one before.  I’m enjoying it a lot and I’m glad I was able to share it with all of you.  Affordable, natural and cruelty-free, this mask is a good one to check out.  I know it’s available at places like Ulta, Walmart, Target and even Claire’s.
Have you tried anything from 7th Heaven before?  If so – which ones have you tried and what are your thoughts on them?  I would love to check out some of your suggestions.  These masks are perfect – especially the cucumber one, for summer!
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Almost two months ago, I posted about a set of matte liquid lipsticks on Snapchat and everyone was excited to hear about it.  It’s been a while since then and I have finally had the chance to get through the whole set of goodies to share with all of you.  Matte lipsticks are so popular now a days and there are so many types and colors from different brands.  Today I share with you these gorgeous lippies from BHüe Beauty.  BHüe is a line of crowd-sourced beauty products that are formulated to enhance your natural beauty so you can stand out in a room.  Let’s take a look at these gorgeous shades, shall we?

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BHüe offers Liquid Matte Lipsticks in 7 gorgeous shades to suit any skin tone or personality.  Each Matte Liquid Lipstick retails for $18.00 which is a pretty hefty cost in my opinion for the amount of product you receive in each tube of lipstick.  I was unable to find the actual amount per product, but each tube seems to be about 1/2 the amount of product than a regular liquid lipstick that you see on the market today.

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Each liquid lipstick comes with a doe foot applicator and I love the packaging.  It is simplistic but perfect for travel or tossing into your purse.  I also love the fact that each name is labeled at the bottom of the tube and these are really the type of liquid lipsticks that you can easily finish if you find a color you love.  I think that while they are a little high in cost for the amount, packaging and product quality would be worth the cost if there was a bit more product.

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Left to Right: Natural Nude, Pink Rose, Berry Fuchsia, Pretty Penny, Poppy Red, True Red, Metal Diva

These liquid lipsticks are very pigmented and offer bright and bold colors on the lips with one swipe.  They apply like a liquid cream lipstick or lip cream so they feel comfortable on the lips.  While they do not completely set down (they are not tacky but do not dry down to a harsh dry finish), they are long lasting and water-resistant.  I especially just love the fact that I can wear them with hours without my lips feeling cracked or so dry that they hurt.  I remove them with a makeup remover wipe or with a little coconut oil and they come off easily.  There is slight transfer when eating and drinking – but still last and offer a moisturizing feel on the lips without my lips hurting.

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Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Natural Nude, Pink Rose, Berry Fuchsia, Pretty Penny, Poppy Red, True Red, Metal Diva & Chameleon Pink Tinted Lip Balm

The liquid lipstick formula is infused with Vitamin E to ensure your lips will feel moisturized all day – no matter the color you choose.  I highly suggest you line your lips with a transparent lip liner or one that is similar in shade to the liquid lipstick you have, but it is not necessary or required – I’m just a creature of habit.

Ingredient Listing: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica Silylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mica, Flavor, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultra Marine (CI 77007), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide (CI 77861)

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I also got to try BHüe’s Tinted Lip Balm in Chameleon Pink which retails for $17.  This fun lip balm comes in a slider rectangular tin and is strawberry scented.  It’s a completely clear jelly lip balm that leaves my lips moisturized and gradually creates a soft rosy pink sheen on the lips giving me a fresh-faced look, perfect for summer.  You can apply it to your lips with your fingers or use the travel lip brush that’s included for precise application.  I love this thing… it has made my June favorites because it leaves my lips moisturized and creates a pretty hue for me to rock out this summer.

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Oh – a little tip, the more you press and smack your lips, the more pink the formula becomes.  I tend to press my lips together a lot, so sometimes my lips can turn to a really bright pink where as other times, well – they will just be a soft “your lips but better” kind of pink.

The tinted lip balm contains avocado and macadamia oil that will keep your lips hydrated. Once in contact with your lips, the formula will change from clear to pink.  My lips feel hydrated and moisturized all day long when I wear this tinted lip balm on its own.  Packaging makes it easy to apply and I love that it includes a little lip brush for application.  I do not suggest using this lip balm on your lips prior to applying the matte liquid lipsticks without blotting your lips first, otherwise the lipsticks will move all over on your lips and create a mess.

Ingredient listing: Diisostearyl Malate Polyisobutene Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate Silica Dimethyl Silylate Hydroxystearic Acid Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil Fragrance May Contain Red 27

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BHüe is a cosmetic brand for those who blend their makeup – but refuse to blend into the crowd.  They offer cool products for those who want to compliment being their best with looking best.  They say… “It’s not about contouring, but about confidence.”

“BHüe’s manifesto is to be fearless. Be bold. Be the best version of yourself. BHüe.”

I’ve absolutely enjoyed trying out these lip products over the last two months and have really enjoyed mixing them with my eye looks and creating fun and bold lips for summer.  I love that the range of shades they have available make great ones for any time of the year and they will certainly go well for any skin tone.  I do enjoy a great liquid lipstick, but I think what I love the most about these is that they are so comfortable on the lips – that I can wear them all day, remove them and my lips still feel soft.  They can leave behind a bit of a stain with some of the shades, but overall – I’m impressed.  I mentioned the price being a bit high for my liking, but considering it is a crowd-sourced brand, I understand the reasoning behind the cost.  I can’t say I would purchase these at full price, but I can’t say I wouldn’t either.  The colors are gorgeous, super pigmented and I do enjoy them and those that know me or read this blog, know that if I really enjoy something – I may change my mind and purchase it later even if I said I wouldn’t.

The lip balm – definitely a favorite of mine and one I enjoy.  I have gotten a lot of use out of this product and I know it’s something I would buy again, knowing how great my lips feel and how cool the colors change on my lips.  This lip balm is functional for me, especially during the summer when I don’t use much but makeup and lip balm anyway.  It keeps my lips soft and moisturized all day long with is a HUGE plus in my book.

BHüe is a small company and I haven’t seen a huge buzz around the brand or their products as of yet, but I do think that they have a great product that will turn heads.  The quality of these lip products definitely warrant the price tag and my lips just absolutely enjoy how they feel on.  Have you heard of BHüe before?  If so, what are your thoughts on the company?  If not, do you think this is something you would want to check out?  What do you think about the price?  Comment below and let me know.

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