Happy Aloha Friday. I figured that I would stop in today and share with you some info on a product I’ve been using over the last month. I don’t use heat on my hair often, well – honestly, it’s a rare occasion. But, I have been showering late at night lately since my schedule has me out later in the day and to keep from going to bed with wet hair, I have been using a dryer to help a sistah out a bit. Today, I’m going to be sharing with you the Conair Infiniti Pro 584NP-6 Hair Dryer, so let’s get started, shall we?
The Infinity PRO by Conair comes with Conair’s lightest weight professional AC motor. Retailing for just $59.99, it is a 1875 Watt hair dryer that offers you 3 heat settings and 2 speed settings for the perfect control over styling your hair. Ceramic technology provides infrared heat to protect your hair from heat damage and a true cold shot button to provide you with a burst of cold when you need it. With concentrator and diffuser attachments and a removable filter so you have all the tools on hand for your favorite hair styles and to dry your hair.
The hair dryer is quite lightweight and has been comfortable for me to hold in my hands, even with my carpal tunnel syndrome. I also have very long hair and love that my hands, arms and wrists don’t feel like they just had a workout after using the dryer. With it’s Ionic Technology – you will get up to 75% less frizz (compared to hair dryers with natural ion generation) and I love that it dryers my hair quickly, without causing my hair to feel dry or brittle.
The Infinity PRO by Conair is definitely powerful considering the weight of the dryer. My hair is long (as I mentioned previously), but below my waist, so drying my curly hair can be a pain in my behind. With this dryer I find that I am able to dry my hair quickly which is wonderful. Besides the Ionic Technology, the Infinity PRO also has Ceramic Technology to provide infrared heat to help protect your hair from heat damage. Since I have curls, I want to be able to dry my hair without the added frizz and without the damage, especially since my hair is so long. This dryer has definitely been a great addition to my hair game.
So – now that I gave you a bunch of the details on what it does to my hair and how it works, let’s talk about the gorgeous look of this hair dryer. The beautiful champagne color with rose gold accents makes a great addition to any beauty lovers vanity. I am loving how this looks and I was beyond impressed with the packaging overall. It’s also very durable considering how lightweight the dryer is. I have dropped this on my tile flooring at least 5 different times and it’s held up extremely well without breaking. Of course, I don’t suggest you doing that.
“Lightweight yet powerful, perfect for precision styling.”
While I’m not big on using heat on my hair often, when I do, I always want to make sure I’m using something that will not add any additional stress to my hair. Living in Hawaii in general already takes a toll on my hair because of the humidity and warmth, not to mention the fact that my hair is curly and long – all things that contribute to my hair being so finicky. A good styling tool is always a great thing to have in my beauty arsenal. Considering the cost of this dryer and how it easy it is to use and how it works, I definitely would recommend it to anyone. This dryer is definitely a spring and summer beauty hack – leaving you with dry and styled hair in shorter drying time. I definitely suggest anyone checking it out.
You can purchase this product and learn more about here.
So what about you? Can you see adding this hair dryer to your hair routine?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased – as with anything you read about here on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I know Spring has hit Hawaii when I drive around the up country area where I live and notice purple blossoms from the Jacaranda trees that line our streets here. But, that is not the only thing that reminds me of spring – besides the trees and of course the weather, my skin texture and need for certain products definitely changes. I’ve been using Rodial products for about a year now and I find that my skin really soaks up all the benefits of the products during the cool spring months. It’s that time of the year when we are starting to transition from colder months to warmer here in Hawaii. Today, I’m going to share with you some products I’ve been using the last month from Rodial so let’s get to it, shall we?
Rodial is a UK based brand that recently made it’s way into the United States, offering a variety of skin care and cosmetic products. I have tried several products from their Dragon’s Blood, Stem Cell Super-Food and Snake lines and for the most part, I’ve been quite impressed with the products I’ve tried so far. Today I’m going to be sharing with you 5 products that are “new to me” and recently added to the Rodial line up.
The first products are makeup types and include the Baking Powder ($48.00) and The Baking Brush ($46.00).
The Baking Powder (New Product) is a loose setting powder (I got the color 01) that helps you to achieve the perfect flawless base for your makeup. This setting powder is silky and quite smooth which is ideal for “baking” your makeup – a technique that has been used for years in the drag communities and by makeup artists, and has recently (over the last year) become a popular step in the beauty community and YouTubers alike. Baking your makeup is all about flawlessly setting your makeup without creasing or caking.
While you can pretty much “bake your face” with any loose translucent powder – I prefer when doing this method of makeup that the powder be smooth and lightweight. I also prefer a powder that will add a bit of brightness to the face effortlessly, without leaving a white cast behind when sweeping the powder away. I must say – I was quite impressed with the Rodial Baking Powder. It’s smooth to the touch and feels great on the skin. Once you sweep the powder away – you are left with a flawless makeup application.
I will say however, that the amount of product you get – 4g / 0.14 oz Net. Wt. is not a lot considering the price tag. While a little goes a long way with the product, especially since it is such a finely milled powder, when using something like this specifically for baking, you will go through product quickly and I think at $48.00 – that’s quite a hefty cost to have to replenish the product when you need. The powder comes with a sifter which allows you to really get the right amount of product each time and hopefully eliminate an spill accident, but if you are someone who bakes your makeup often, you may need to buy a new one sooner.
If you are like me and rarely uses a technique like this, this product will last you a long time. It feels great on the skin, like silk and you’ll definitely enjoy it.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Talc, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Boron Nitride, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Phenoxyethanol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Aqua (Water), Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract May Contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)
Next is The Baking Brush (New Product). There’s not much to say about this brush except I really like it. This brush is perfect for removing powder or applying it to the under eye area because it is so so soft that it will not affect the under eyes with an pulling or tugging. This brush has been specifically designed with soft, dense hairs to allow for easy application of the loose powder as well as the perfect softness to remove the loose powder when your baking is done, leaving your skin looking flawless without “cake face”.
What I also love about this brush is that it is dense enough to pick up and apply any pressed powders and makes a wonderful bronzer brush for contouring or adding definition within the hollows of the cheek area and forehead. I found that I was able to get the perfect bronze with this brush because it blends the products effortlessly. The brush bristles are so soft. I’ve looked all over the website and couldn’t find information on the specific type of bristles the brush was made with, but have been advised by those that have used the brand that they are indeed synthetic brush hairs… which is awesome. It feels so good, you’ll definitely want to use this brush for everything and I have just about tried it on most of the my face products (with exception to foundation) and have enjoyed it. The ferule is very well made, tightly cinched in place and the handle, while it does have weight to it, is not overly heavy but balanced well in my hands. Yes, this brush is a bit costly, but considering the quality I’ve found it to have, I’m beyond impressed with it and I’ll definitely look into other brushes from the Rodial line.
Next in this line up I also tried a few more products from the Dragon’s Blood line. The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper was definitely something I was excited to try when I seen it in the box. It’s an interesting product and I do enjoy a good lip plumper so I opened this product first before any of the others.
The Dragon’s Blood XXL Lip Plumper retails for $30.00 and you 3mL / 0.1 fl.oz. of product. Not that much product if you ask me, considering the price point. This lip plumper was designed to nourish your lips while boosting the lips volume instantly. They call it a “moisture-rich plumping miracle worker.” It’s suggested to apply this product twice daily generously to the lips or as often as needed to provide an instant boost of moisture and plumping action. The site also says that you may experience slight tingling sensation on your lips upon your initial application.
So here’s the deal. While I was very excited to see this product in my box when it arrived, after trying this particular one, it’s not my favorite in the bunch. First, getting the product out of the tube took quite a while. To dispense the product, you click the back of the pen like packaging till the product dispenses through the brush tip. Let’s just say that it took me well over 90 presses to get that darn thing to come out. By the time it was slowly making it’s way to the applicator, my fingers and hand was already uncomfortable and tired.
The brush made the product easy to apply, and I really liked that the actual lip product had a tint of color. It’s the perfect type of shade for a natural, everyday glossy look and the product, while just a bit sticky, applied pretty easily. I didn’t find any weird residue left on my lips through out the day and it wasn’t so sticky that I couldn’t purse my lips together after applied. I did find minimum stinging and tingling which was great (considering they use chilli extract as their ingredient for the plumping) and the smell was almost minty and kind of pleasant for me. I will say however, do not taste the stuff, it has an odd taste that really didn’t sit well for me… I’m not sure what it is, but I didn’t like it. It’s not chemical, but a weird mint and herb taste, if that makes any sense. The plumping was definitely instant after application but not abnormal. My lips seemed a fuller without looking weird and the effect was nice. This gloss like plumper does not last a long time, so you may need to reapply after it comes off for optimal effect.
Ingredients: Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides, Olus Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax/Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Candelilla Cera, Parfum (Fragrance), Mica, Capsicum Annum Resin/Capsicum Frutescens Resin, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Isostearate, Glycerin, Aqua (Water), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Trihydroxystearin, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Geraniol, Linalool, Sucrose Cocoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limonene, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Glucomannan, Citric Acid, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 15850 (Red 7), CI 75470 (Carmine).
Cautions: Contains chilli extract. In case of discomfort, discontinue use. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, rinse well with water.
The Dragon’s Blood Velvet Cream was another product I got to test out. Retailing at $85.00 for 50mL / 1.7 fl.oz. worth of product, you get a good size tub of product for the price point. While it is expensive, considering the brand and their products, it’s something you can definitely expect. There’s one thing for sure with Rodial, their product packaging always goes with the particular product line, which I like and the packaging is nice and definitely well made.
This cream is interesting. It’s a rich cream with a texture that kind of reminds me of a whipped body butter. It applies smoothly and evenly and I love how nicely it blends and rubs into the skin. Rodial says that this cream offers a multi-dimensional hydration that leaves the skin feeling deeply nourished and I can definitely agree with that. After apply to my face I felt like my skin got a boost of moisture and I really love the fact that it doesn’t feel heavy and my skin just drinks it in. If you have dry skin like I do, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this cream. I found that using it at night has been best for me my skin feels soft and smooth the next morning. You can definitely use it morning or night – but for me the night use is best, but I have enjoyed using it during the day as well. It doesn’t have a bad scent, but smells oddly like a weird herbal citrus, I can’t quite figure it out. This product is expensive however, so I say if you can splurge, great – you’re skin will surely enjoy it. I also really like the fact that ingredients like Squalane are included so I can eliminate a few other products in my routine when using this cream.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Isoamyl Laurate, Glycerin, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Seed Extract, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol, Citral, Citronelloe
The Rodial Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water is the last product that I got to try out this time around. Retailing for $36.00 the water includes 200 mL / 6.8 fl.oz. worth of product. The Cleansing Water was designed to remove all traces of makeup and give your skin a burst of freshness while hydrating and soothing your skin. This cleansing water can be used on both the face and the eyes and is formulated with rose water.
Honestly, I have been using cleansing and micellar waters on my eye area now for over a year. I know you shouldn’t but, I do and found that this particular one was quite gentle in that area. My eyes didn’t burn or feel irritated which I liked. Since this is a no-rinse formula, it was perfect to use for cleansing in the morning as well. With ingredients like rose water, vitamin B3 and the Dragon’s Blood – this product is said to soothe sensitive and stressed skin while illuminating and brightening the skin and evening out the skin tone. With some of my favorite ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin B3, I definitely am liking the results of this product. This particular product is perfect on days when it’s hot and my skin feels parched and I love that I can use it day or night and all over my face without any sensitivities or issues. It’s not a sticky liquid, but leaves my skin feeling hydrated so if I had to skip moisturizing for any reason, I know my skin will not be left overly dry after use.
Oh – did I mention how it removed my makeup? My waterproof mascara or brow pencils come off without any issue and I like that my eyes don’t burn at all, of course, if I got the product directly into my eye area – that may be a different story. This is a product I know I’ll for sure continue to buy and use – I could stock up on it because it truly is my favorite out of all the ones I wrote about in this post. I have very sensitive eyes and to find a product that doesn’t burn them, at all – well, yes… I must stock pile that like it’s the zombie apocalypse and I need them all.
Rosa Damascena Flower Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/ Capric Glycerides, Niacinamide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Geraniol, Citronellol.
Cautions: Avoid getting product directly in the eyes. If direct contact occurs rinse well with water.
Of course, each person’s skin and skin care routine differ and what may work for you – may not necessarily work for me and vice versa. Ultimately, I enjoyed most of the products I tried that I discussed in this post. I have used several products from Rodial over the last year and have enjoyed “most” of them. I do think some of the products can be a bit overpriced, but considering the brand name, you often pay for the brand name and reputation. Many of the ingredients in these products are really nice for the skin. I’ve been using these products now for about a month and I haven’t noticed any sensitivities (I do have sensitive skin) and I can’t say that I’ve experienced any weird breakouts. If I had to suggest at least one product from the five I talked about here today, I definitely think trying the Dragon’s Blood Cleansing Water would be a good one to start with.
So – while this post was a bit “long winded” I wanted to make sure to be able to provide you with as much information that I could so you could decide if this brand or these products would work for you. As I mentioned before, I do have other products that I’ve shared on social media but didn’t quite write about here, and I plan to over the next few weeks (so stay tuned). You can purchase these products at: http://www.rodial.co.uk/us/ – I love that they are available in the US now.
What about you? Have you tried any products from Rodial or any of them that I’ve discussed in this post? Are there any products that you tried that I must get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Free products, press samples or sponsored posts do not warrant an automatic “positive review” at any time. Affiliate links are posted throughout.
I am totally looking forward to the summer months here on Maui. Summer months here mean spending most of my days lounging on the sand and enjoying the beautiful beaches that Maui has to offer. It also means that the sun is up longer during the day and that leaves more time for walks and working out later in the afternoon. But, due to a condition I’ve been dealing with lately – I’ve gained some weight and I have been covering up my body a little more than usual. Working out or hitting the beach for a plus sized gal can definitely be a challenge when you need to find clothes that fit. And, many women are too modest to wear a tankini or show too much skin. That’s where HydroChic comes in. This awesome company offers versatility in their active wear while giving you the option of covering up a little or just being comfortable. Being plus sized can be a challenge to find swim and active wear that fits and still looks good so today, I’m going to share this awesome brand with you to get you “Summer Ready”.
HydroChic is an athleisure wear line that is versatile and comfortable while offering gorgeous prints and colors for any style preference. HydroChic offers Mix-and-Match Swim and Active Wear that provides the wearer comfortable coverage with less skin, lots more style and UV Protection. For someone like me who lives in the sun most days (especially in the summer) whether it is for play or exercise, this line is absolutely perfect.
There are more than 100 slimming mix-n-match separates to choose from, regardless of your size – girls, missy, plus sized, you name – they have it. And, if you’re like me and want a little more coverage, they got your “covered” literally. HydroChic offers lightweight, chlorine-resistant and chlorine-proof stretch fabric that dries really quickly and provides you with UPF 50+ sun protection. It’s durable, yet super flexible and allows you to use it at the beach or pool or to the gym, yoga or whatever your heart desires. It’s designed so that it doesn’t constrict movement and is sporty and figure flattering. With a variety of shorts, pants, leggings, long, short and sleeveless tops (with several bra options) and versatile swim dress, skirts and skorts – you are completely covered.
I am using the Black Tribal Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top (retail $72.00) that came with a Swim/Sports BRA with cups which make it easy for me to use with a little bit of push-up.
Details of the Tidal Tank Sporty Sleeveless Swim n’ Gym Top: Back zippered pocket is perfect to securely stash keys, ID, money Chlorine resistant Fabric XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon Comes with a complimentary swim/sports bra Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-3X Quick drying UPF 50+ sun protection.
I am also using the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts (retail $58.00, not chlorine proof) which is available in sizes XS-XL in Missy and 0X-4x in Plus.
Details of the Diving Diva Black Swim and Bike Shorts. Mix and match them with any of our fitness tops. Covered elastic waistband, Plus Size has wider supportive waistband. Chlorine resistant. Fabric: XTRA LIFE LYCRA®/ Nylon. Available in Missy XS-XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-4X. Quick drying. UPF 50+ sun protection. Shorts are 19” long in a size Medium, inseam is 9”. The bottoms are designed to sit at the natural waist line.
Now, I’ve had my HydroChic set for just under a year and it’s been washed and worn many many times. I throw mine in the dryer on the low setting to dry – though I definitely suggest line drying to help keep your HydroChic wear in optimal condition. Even after almost a year – each piece looks brand new so I know it’s made with quality materials and craftsmanship.
I absolutely love how comfortable these all fit on my body, no weird bunching and funky cuts that make sitting or standing odd. The top is perfect for me when running, walking or working out because it helps to keep me cool and it’s not overly form fitting so it is easy for me to move in – whether swimming, jogging or any type of sports, it’s just easy to use.
HydroChic is available at select stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Israel, and online at www.hydrochic.com. Available in sizes Missy and Plus–4X. Prices range from $29.50 to $95.00.
About HydroChic – HydroChic, LLC. was co-founded by Daniella Teutsch and Sara Wolf, and launched in May, 2008. The idea came to them one day at the Jersey Shore as they watched women of all ages slather themselves with sunscreen and pull sloppy men’s t-shirts over their traditional bathing suits to protect their skin from sun damage. They knew that more fashionable coverage options were missing in the swimwear market. Only then did they realize how many other women were searching for the very same swimwear solutions. HydroChic is based in New Rochelle, NY.
With summer right around the bend, now is the perfect time to choose out a summer hit and I know HydroChic will be one you’ll enjoy. Back in my surfing days – I would have loved something like this because it would help to keep my “girls” in place without they bouncing around for everyone to see and I wouldn’t have to worry about my top or bottoms flying off after being tumbled in a wave. Any woman or girl who surfs, knows this dilemma and HydroChic would have made a great addition to my swim and surf wear back in the day. I’m glad I can utilize it now. The outfit is perfect for days when I take my sons to the beach or pool – because I don’t have to worry about one of them tugging on my top and it falling off revealing the girls… ya know?
HydroChic offers so many styles to choose from that I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy. Shipping is very quick and I enjoyed it so much I purchased several for my sisters since they like to be a little more covered up when hitting the sand too. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still rock a bikini or tankini but I love that I have an option if I’m just not feeling up to revealing some skin.
Check out all of their designs and full line of products available at: http://hydrochic.com/
So, are you a little more conservative when you hit the beach, pool or workout? If so, do you think that HydroChic would work for your style and comfort? Let me know in the comments below if you think they could be your next summer hit.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I am so excited that it’s getting warmer here in Hawaii. Well, don’t get me wrong… Winter is still my favorite time of year, but summer in Hawaii is like spending the season at the beach, literally. Because of the beautiful weather most of the spring and summer season, my family and I tend to hit the sand and the waves quite often between April and August. But, being “beach ready” isn’t no easy task. While many stress that a beach body is essential, for me, I like to make sure I got everything I need to feel good while enjoying myself. The last thing I want while sun bathing on the sand is to have my body hair stealing the show from me. So, getting beach ready for me means getting rid of the hair. Have you ever shaved the day before stepping into the ocean? Ouch!! It’s painful and burns so usually I have to make sure that I shave days before hitting the sand. But, with Emjoi’s Epi Slim+ e18, I don’t have to worry about any of that.
I’ve been a huge fan of Emjoi epilators this year because they have made things so convenient for me. While I did have IPL hair removal on my legs several years ago, I still have strays and I still have underarm hair that grows. The use of an epilator allows me to quickly and effectively remove my hair from my body (or my face) with little to no discomfort. I love that Emjoi literally has an epilation model for each and every woman’s needs and expectations.
The Epi Slim+ e18 (retails for $34.95) is a perfect on-the-go device. It’s ultra portable and compact, which makes it easy for me to reach areas like my underarm and bikini line (my most sensitive spots). The results can last up to 6 weeks time, I find I’m using it every 3 weeks (but my hair grows fast) and I think it’s great that it can remove that unwanted hair as short as 0.3mm from the root. With 18 patented 3-disc tweezers that remove the hair quickly and efficiently – leaving me without the hair and skin irritation.
The Epi Slim+ e18 is battery operated which makes using it very easy. I have an Emjoi that requires a plug in and this way – I can reach all my “hard to reach” areas without a cord tripping me up. With built-in Erase Glide Technology to glide your device back and forth or circular over your hair to leave you with smooth, hair free skin in a matter of just seconds.
The disc of the unit opens at an optimal 14mm and operates at 540 strokes per second so that these tweezers eliminate the majority of hair at the first pass and by lifting the hair and removing it quickly. It’s such a convenient little device because it allows me to remove my hair so easily. Honestly, I have never tried an epilator till this past year and I don’t know why it took me so long. My underarms would get so irritated from shaving and with the epilator, now I don’t have to worry about irritations because there are no razor cuts or burns.
Like I stated before, going into the ocean after shaving your legs can really burn your legs or leave them itchy. But I can use my Epi Slim+ e18 by Emjoi the day before or the day of and I won’t have any issues. My skin is smooth and hair removal is a breeze. I’m really enjoying this product and have already taken it on a short trip with me. It’s so convenient and worth every penny.
Emjoi was presented the Customer Choice Award from QVC, year after year.
You can learn more about the Epi Slim+ e18 and other Emjoi products at: www.emjoi.com
How about you? Have you tried an epilator before? Have you tried this one from Emjoi? What are your thoughts and how do you like it?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted through out.
Living on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean means that many times, we are last on the list to have any new stores or establishments open. So, because of this – I was quite excited to see that a new store made it’s way to the islands. BoxLunch (a pop culture gift store with a cause) will be opening its newest location today in Aiea, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, at the Pearlridge Shopping Center.
BoxLunch will celebrate their grand opening in-store on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd from 12pm to 4pm. BoxLunch offers a variety of thoughtfully curated selections of the world’s most popular licensed shirts, accessories, collectibles, beauty, home goods and gifts for everyone and anyone including the most dedicated fan to the more casual pop culture enthusiast.
What makes BoxLunch so awesome is the cause they work for. To fulfill its civic mission of “Get Some. Give Back”, BoxLunch will donate one meal to Feeding America for every $10 spent in-store or online. BoxLunch is proud to support national hunger-relief efforts as well as local efforts through Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, including the Hawaii Foodbank, Inc. which will directly receive a percentage of the donations raised at the Pearlridge Center BoxLunch Store. It is awesome that a store newly opened is giving back to its community – right here at home, in it’s own backyard.
“We are thrilled to open a BoxLunch in the Aiea community. Our mission is simple, sell the best product and use our business to inspire and implement solutions to help fight the hunger crisis on both a local and national level.” – Robert Thomsen, Vice President, General Manager of Merchandising and Marketing of BoxLunch.
BoxLunch retail storefronts across the country provide a way for the general public to be exposed to hunger relief and offer a means for their customers to easily give back through their purchases. The support has translated into more than two million meals donated to provide hope to families facing hunger in the United States.
I’m excited to stop in and check out the store the next time I’m on island. Sadly, I’m not located on Oahu, I’m on Maui – so I’ll need to wait till my next visit before checking it out. If you are on Oahu, I highly suggest stopping by Pearlridge Shopping Center and visiting the BoxLunch store. Whether you are a beauty lover or someone who loves anything fun, I’m sure you’ll find a plethora of products here for the pop culture obsesses to anyone who just loves to shop.
98-1005 Moanalua Road
Aiea, HI 96701
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Hello party people. It seems like I’ve been a little MIA this week, but I promise I have good reason as to why. You see, all three of my boys are on Spring Break, so that basically means mommy is on break too so we’ve been busy spring cleaning the house, donating and having lots of fun. So, I’ve taken a little break from the blog a few days this week to play and have some fun with my family. Nonetheless though, I wanted to share with you some products I’ve been loving from Jordana Cosmetics. The Contour N’ Highlight Sticks are new to me, having just come across them about 2 weeks ago at my local drugstore, but the Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lipsticks are a formula I know about and I was so excited to get my hands on some shades that are wearable. (You can read about my review on these from last year, here)
Let’s talk about the Contour N’ Highlight Sticks. These retail for $4.99 each and you can select from the Jordana Sculpt N’ Go Creamy Contour Stick which offers three different contour shades (Light, Medium and Deep) and come in an easy to use stick form. The Contour sticks help you add shape and definition to your features in 30 seconds or less. What makes these so fun is that they are mistake-proof, blendable and matte with a buildable formula for soft to glam looks. I have it in the color Deep, which is actually darker than I had thought but it blends out so well, the darker color works for my skin tone.
I use the Contour stick and apply below my cheekbones, jawline, hairline and sides of my nose. While the tip of this stick is pointed for great precision, after lots of use I’m sure it will take away the point but applying the product is still easy. I have been loving how easy this product is to blend out and the way it feels on my skin is wonderful. It has a kind of cream to powder texture. After applying, I blend it out to a powder like finish so it doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on the skin and I don’t notice that it oxidizes or looks too heavy. I love how light weight it feels and I’m very amazed at how much I’m enjoying this stick. It’s perfect for daily use for light contouring or for a full blown glammed up look.
The Jordana Glow N’ Go Creamy Strobing Stick also comes in three shades – Pearl Glow, Champagne, and Gold. I have Champagne (Radiant Glow) and have really been loving this product as much as the contour stick. This product is the perfect creamy and blendable highlighter stick that melts flawlessly onto the skin for a mistake proof application. You can use this product to create the perfect strobe or for a light and subtle highlight for everyday use. Like the Contour Stick, the Creamy Strobing Stick is also creamy and blends out to a powder like finish.
This product can be applied above the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, center of the forehead and below and above lips to add glow where desired. It’s also easily blended with your fingers. It doesn’t feel heavy or too creamy and I haven’t noticed any creasing. It’s perfect to use on it’s own or set with a powder highlight.
Each product offers a Net Wt. of 0.23 oz / 6.5 g so for the price point you get a lot of product to use and it’s easy to repurchase when it’s used up.
Jordana is one of my favorite drugstore cosmetic brands and I thought these would be something fun to use, but I didn’t realize I would like it as much as I did. I’m really impressed – especially because of the price point and how well they performed considering its cost.
Now let’s talk about the Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Colors. These retail for $4.99 and as I mentioned previously, I actually have a review on my blog with a few of the shades. The bright pink, coral and purple shade I got last year are definitely not my daily wearers so I had been on a hunt now for a while in hopes of finding more neutral tones at my local stores to add to my collection.
I found four gorgeous shades that are wearable every day tones in nude pinks and browns that I just love. So, while I did provide a review for you on these lippies initially last year, today I’m sharing swatches of these colors. If you are looking for wearable shades that are comfortable on the lips – I definitely suggest picking these babies up.
I picked up the following colors: Rose Macaron, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu and Cinnamon Toast. Cinnamon Toast a new color added to the line not too long ago, but the other three were a part of the collection, though I just couldn’t get my hands on them. I had been on the hunt for Creme Brulee for months now and I’m so glad I found it at Walgreens a few weeks ago.
I love these shades because they are not only wearable but these matte lipsticks are one of my most comfortable to wear. They are creamy when applied and while they dry down to a matte finish, I find that my lips do not feel overly dry. They are creamy and feel almost whipped like when applying to the lips and I just love their longevity. Jordana has a variety of colors from bold and red to nudes and pinks so you really get a lot of lip colors to choose from. They also have the same type of doe foot applicator that the others I reviewed have and I enjoy them.
Net wt. 0.11 oz / 3 g in each tube of lipstick
These colors stay on for hours – they claim it’s a 16 Hour Wear time and I can get at least 10 hours without any budging. They are infused with Vitamin A, made in the USA and are water resistant. What I love is that you get 12 gorgeous shades for any and all skin tones.
The video below is my original review of the Jordana Sweet Creme Matte Liquid Lipsticks, but I thought I would include it anyway. My thoughts haven’t changed at all with these lippies.
You can purchase these products at: https://www.jordanacosmetics.com or at select drugstores that sell these products. I got mine at Walgreens.
So – what about you, have you tried any of these before? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them if you have or if not, do you think you’d get any use out of these beauties?
Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything found on this site. Affiliate links may be listed through out.
I’m sure over the last couple of months you have seen the release of the It’s Judy Time Eye and Lip Palettes. I was definitely ecstatic to hear they were hitting stores and the site because It’s Judy Time or Judy Travis has been one of my long time favorite YouTubers. I remember when I first started YouTube 10 years ago and we had started our channels around the same time. She would do her videos from her little apartment, teaching subscribers how to do easy hair styles and makeup looks. This was before her and Benji even got married and definitely before they had their children – Juliana and the Twins. I love when I am able to watch the life of a YouTuber grow and I feel like our lives all have similarities, ya know. Anyway – I’m off on a tangent here, regardless of what and why – I was definitely excited to see that Pixi collaborated with such a beauty. Today I’m going to be sharing with you the Eye and Lip Palettes from the ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty Collaboration. I don’t have any looks to share but figured I could provide my overall thoughts on the palettes as well as swatches. I noticed that they are popping up at my local Target – so maybe you could use this post as a reference if it’s something you’re interested in getting.
ItsEyeTime palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty) consists of 12 gorgeously pigmented and silky eye shadows. Retailing for $24.00 I was definitely impressed by how soft and easy to blend these shades were. I’m a neutral girl at heart so a palette that allows me to take a look from day to night while still giving me shades that I can use for an all-over-the-lid look, it’s definitely a must have for me.
This palette was created so that the wearer could seemlessly transition their look from day to night and have a palette they could turn to for their every day looks. There are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades and a variety of neutral tones (both warm and cool) so that it would suit many skin tones.
This palette was created with the neutrals that you need in your everyday life and makes it simple and easy.
“The palettes I created with Pixi are straight to the point, simple. I like that it’s compact. If you’re a girl on the go – I like that you can just grab it and go. You can even just use your fingers.” – ItsJudyTime
As you can see from the swatches, this palette is gorgeous. I’ll be honest, I would have bought the palettes just because they were created by one of my favorite YouTubers, but I’m over the moon excited by the quality. Each shade really was smooth and creamy/buttery in texture. When I swatched each, they were swatched on my arm with no primer and really applied easily. Blending them was effortless and this would be a great palette for a beginner or pro. Highly pigmented and easy to use for anyone for sure. This palette has easily become one of my favorites in my collection and for someone who is a makeup collector, that says a lot.
Ingredients for eye shadow palette: “Snowflake/ Getaway/ Ping INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Bubbly INGREDIENTS: Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Itsmommyslife/ Good Morning/ Honey Bear/ Tu-Tu/ Dark Chocolate/ Aww Snap INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Brick INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).
Net. Wt. = 1.2g x 12
Next in the collaboration is the ItsLipTime Palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty). Also retailing for $24.00, the ItsLipTime palette features 12 lip cremes in an array of shades. You get wearable, super flattering colors that have all been mixed by Judy. Each lip color is hydrating and are easy to apply with your finger or a lip brush.
The colors were created in this lip palette so that you could wear them solo, mix or layer them to create a variety of endless shade options. The lip cremes have a soft fruit like fragrance (mainly because Judy wanted to have a scent since she enjoys smelling lipsticks – if you watch her vlogs, you know this), but definitely not an overpowering scent.
This lip palette will take you from day to night and all year round. The shades range from soft nudes to pinks and show stopping berry and red tones. You are getting a variety of blendable shades to create the looks for any day and time.
Now – I’m loving this palette and the wide range, but like with any lipstick palette, you definitely have to build the color up. Is that a bad thing? In my opinion, no. That really means you can custom make your own shades, and they are still all very pigmented colors which allow you to apply a wash of color on your lips or go full out glam – it’s truly up to you.
Over the last month or so I’ve been blending Juliana Bear and B Did It to create a very wearable and pouty pink for my everyday wear. I absolutely love the shades Judy selected in this palette and found that it’s becoming a staple in my makeup collection. I love that each shade is creamy and feels great on the lips. Moisturizing and soft without drying out my pout. Furthermore, I am so loving the fact that there is no shimmer in this palette – you get creamy lipsticks without the glitter, that makes me love it even more.
Ingredients of lip palette: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax (Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Cera), Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, BHT, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]
Net. Wt. = 0.76g x 12
Each of the palettes have the same type of packaging, which I love because it really makes them look like a set. While they do not have a mirror attached, each palette comes with a little sticky mirror which you can attach with the adhesive on the inside if you feel the need. I haven’t attached mine because I found I haven’t needed it. But, again – these palettes were made so that they could be used on the go as well. They are compact, while still offering sturdy packaging so they would be perfect for travel.
I absolutely love that the shades all have names – hallelujah, that’s such a big deal for me… because when I’m doing my makeup I like to reference the color choices. And, I love that each shade name is listed on the back of the palette for easy reference – no funky pieces of plastic to get tossed out later. One of my favorite things about this collaboration is that these products are available at Target stores. I’m so excited for Judy and love when I walk into my local Target and see the palette in display. It makes me excited and happy.
You see, I watched Judy grow over the years and watched her YouTube channel flourish into well over 1 million subscribers. She’s literally a household name and as a YouTube and blogger myself, I’m excited to see that this is happening for one of our own. One day, I can only hope that something like this would happen for me. I’m a dreamer, but I love seeing people succeed and Judy is one of my favorites so to watch this unfold, it’s definitely exciting.
You can purchase these palettes at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store where available.
Have you tried any of these palettes from Pixi Beauty and ItsJudyTime yet? If not, do you have your sites set on any of them? Comment below and let me know.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. I hope you’re all enjoying your day and gearing up for a great weekend. I’m super excited because my three boys have officially started their Spring Break, so that means I get to sleep in an extra hour and have a full day to have lots of fun with them. Today, I wanted to share with you another Maui Eats food establishment that I’ve been loving lately. When it comes to Food Trucks, Maui seems to be seeing a huge increase of them around the island. I think Food trucks are not only fun and unique, but give a chef a chance to create delicious food while still offering it at a reasonable cost to consumers like myself. A month or so ago I found myself journeying over to the Food Truck site off of Old Haleakala Highway (across from Costco’s Gas Station) and I have found these places to be some of my favorites to eat at. Today, I’ll be sharing with you Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat Food Truck and my thoughts on the grinds I had a chance to try there.
Wayne’s Sushi used to be in Haiku and off of Honoapi’ilani Highway previously, but has since moved to the Food Truck Lot across from Costco’s Gas Station. What is so cool about this food truck is it utilizes a boat, a real boat – named Fresh Off The Boat. The boat is sitting on a boat trailer and has been repurposed into a food truck. Owned and operated by Wayne Miyahira, this food truck is becoming one of my favorite spots to grab a bite to eat.
It’s pretty obvious that when it comes to seafood, my family and I love to eat it and we want it as fresh as we can possibly get it. I’ll be honest, when I heard some of the raves for this little food truck, I thought to myself – hmmm… how could a food truck offer fresh fish? This certainly couldn’t be, in my humble opinion. Then, I found myself at the food truck location and decided I would give it a try.
With selections like Shrimp Tempura, Steak and Shrimp plate, King Salmon, Grilled Shrimp Salad and fresh Ahi, Mahimahi and Hamachi, I was definitely excited to try the various selections of seafood. I tried the Nigiri Sushi (pictured above) which my sons loved and the fish was fresh, tasty and definitely worth the try. One of my favorites is the Hawaii Goes Fishing roll (pictured with the nigiri above) which is a soft shelled crab and spicy tuna roll that is topped with spicy crab, cajun escolar and avocado. It’s served with a creamy eel sauce ($16.00).
Out of all the sushi rolls, I think the Itsy Bitsy Spider Roll is my favorite. If you are a fan of soft shell crab, you’ll absolutely love this roll. The soft shell crab fills the entire roll and it’s beautifully created. Lots of flavor, a ton of seafood and stuffed to perfection. It’s probably my favorite that I’ve eaten out of the sushi rolls I’ve tried.
We also tried the tempura spicy tuna roll (which my sons loved and devoured). This sushi is a spicy tuna and cucumber roll that is prepared tempura style, sliced and served. ($10.00)
Sushi is not the only thing that Fresh Off the Boat offers. They have a wide range of fish plates that I had the opportunity to try as well. If you are a fan of fresh Ahi – you’ll surely enjoy the Ahi Belly Plate ($12.00). The plate comes with several pieces of Ahi belly, rice, spring greens with their sesame dressing and seasoned cucumbers.
But, one of my favorite plates is the Go Fish Combo ($16.00) which offers you ahi belly, miso walu and tempura mahimahi served with rice, their spring salad mix and sesame dressing as well as the seasoned cucumbers. It’s delicious and you get a lot of food for the price.
Whether you are looking for fresh seafood, delicious fish and sushi or steak – Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat has you covered. Since they are located in the Food Truck Lot across from the Costco Gas Station, there really is a lot of parking. You are looking at about a 10 – 20 minute wait depending on the number of people ahead of you, but keep in mind that everything is made to order – including your sushi. You get it fresh, so the wait is well worth it.
The Food Truck Lot offers seating as well as other trucks that you can choose from (I’ll be featuring more here in the next few weeks) and you can always call ahead to place your order from Wayne’s Sushi if you can’t wait. What’s so great about this location and the fact that you’re eating at a food truck, is that it’s casual dining. You could be dressed up or wearing a bikini and can still enjoy a great meal.
I have had nothing but great service at Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat. I’m always greeted by name and the food I get is consistently delicious, fresh and presented well. Wayne aims to avoid the same old sushi that other bars make and recreate them, taking the flavors and the look to another level. I’m definitely impressed and always look forward to ordering my next meal at this truck.
Did I mention that this cool truck is shaped like a boat? A very cool fishing boat turned food truck with a fun design and I just love the overall appeal of it all. The ingredients and quality of seafood is always on par and if you are looking for casual dining – this is definitely someplace you should check out.
Note that this is not fine dining – it is a food truck after all. Call ahead at: 808-281-8810
Check out Wayne’s Sushi on Facebook to get details on their closures and updates.
I hope you enjoyed this post and my Maui Eats series. I’ll have more posted soon.