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As a local Maui native, born and raised on the island, I know all too well how expensive Maui life can be.  Between the cost of living, delicious dining venues and the awesome attractions, $20 does not get you very far, especially when you’re here on vacation.  That’s why I wanted to share with all of you my “top” budget-friendly activities that are perfect for your trip to the island while visiting or for the locals alike.  Maui offers so many great attractions or things to do that are not only affordable, many are free.  In this list, I will share with you some of my free favorites as well as a few that you will need to pay a little, but it’s worth it for sure.  With a little patience and planning, you and your family can have a blast.  Let’s chit chat about those options, shall we?
*Please note that this list is in no particular order.  I think all of my selections are fun and exciting and while visiting or looking to take part in a little Maui stay-cay (if you live here), these are all great options to check out.

#1 – The Maui Swap Meet

The Maui Swap Meet is a local favorite and one of the best places to try out a variety of Maui food flare or to pick up souvenirs.  Admission to the Swap Meet is just $0.50 a person (12 and older) and children 11 and under are free.  With free re-entry and free parking, it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.  There are usually over 200 vendors on any given day and you can find everything from fresh produce to local food, arts, and crafts, sweet treats like Hawaiian shaved ice and jewelry galore.  I also love that you can get handmade soaps and candles or a great 10 minute (or more massage).  If you want to try fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll get every type there – including delicious Maui Gold Pineapples.  My favorite to grab while at the swap meet is a fresh coconut with sweet coconut water and then coconut spoon meat after I’m done drinking.  If you are here on vacation, this is a great place to stop and pick up souvenirs for your family and friends.
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Maui Swap Meet
*What is spoon meat?  It’s when the coconut meat is so soft and tender that you can scoop it out of the coconut shell with a spoon.  It’s the best way to eat coconut in my opinion.
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Maui Swap Meet
A few notes for your day at the Maui Swap Meet – Be prepared with your own bag (recycle tote, etc.) to easily carry your purchased goods.  Since it’s often hot, make sure to have water or something to drink to keep hydrated while walking around.  Be prepared with cash as most vendors (vegetables and food especially) do not accept cards.  Many jewelry vendors do accept credit cards so it’s best to ask if they offer that option but be prepared with cash.  Most of the vendors are definitely willing to bargain on the cost of products, but I suggest looking around before buying since some of the vendors further away tend to be cheaper.

#2 – Experience Maui Food Fare at Local Food Trucks

Food Trucks are becoming all the rave around the world but they have been a popular thing here on Maui since I was a little girl.  I remember going to Makena Beach as a teen and eating from a few local food trucks back in the day.  Nowadays, you can find food trucks selling every type of food pretty much everywhere on Maui, stationed all over the island.
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Geste Shrimp Food Truck, Kahului Harbor
Food trucks are a great way to experience a variety of different local eats for half the price of most sit-down restaurants.  They are a great way to grab a quick bite to eat or stop and fuel up after a day playing in the ocean.  Some of the food trucks on the island have specific lots where they are located (Kahului Food Truck Lot across from Costco Gas Station) or you can find them in places like the Maui Swap Meet, along Kahului Beach Road at Kahului Harbor or different shopping centers.  You can easily spot a food truck everywhere on island, making it a go-to for locals and visitors alike.  And, did I mention the type of food you can find at these trucks?  Well, the options are endless but include Local Hawaii food and plate lunches, shrimp, Thai food, desserts and ice cream, hamburgers, tacos, Mediterranean food, poke or fish and so much more.
Some of our favorite food trucks are:
  • Thai Me Up – Kahului Food Truck Lot (across from Costco) and Up Country Kulamalu Shopping Center by Longs
  • Maui Freeze – Kahului Harbor
  • Geste Shrimp – Kahului Harbor
  • Mediterranean Grill – Haiku
  • Wraps To Go – Up Country Kulamalu Shopping Center by Longs
  • Dino’s Gourmet On-The-Go – Kahului Food Truck Lot (across from Costco)
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Dino’s Gourmet On-The-Go Food Truck, Kahului Food Truck Lot across from Costco Gas Station

#3 – First Fridays on Maui

A great way to experience Maui, in a nutshell, is to attend one of the First Fridays.  There is a town party each and every week of the month that is hosted in each town throughout the island.  Each town has their own type of celebration and you can expect to have a grand time no matter what First Friday you attend.  It’s a fun way to experience Maui nightlife without breaking the bank.
Maui First Fridays are free to attend and most of the parties offer free parking.  Bring your appetite and make sure you have cash on hand so you can experience local food and entertainment all in one place.  This is a great place to check out awesome vendors that sell everything from food to local crafts and artwork.  But, local stores and establishments also stay open and often times offer discounts for the festivities.  I love the entertainment that you can experience while walking around (many local artists perform during First Friday parties). This is a great way to experience local artisans, live music and a ton of food vendors.

A few notes if you’re planning to attend:  Like I said, it’s a great family event, but be prepared as it gets really busy.  Be sure to have a stroller or keep your children nearby as it can get so packed that children get lost easily.  I suggest to also have a bottle of water on you as there tends to be a lot of walking around and it’s a great way to stay hydrated.  
  • Wailuku 1st Fridays – Market Street, Wailuku – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Lahaina 2nd Fridays – Front Street, Lahaina – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Makawao 3rd Fridays – Makawao Town, Makawao – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Kihei 4th Fridays – Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
*For more information you can visit:  mauifridays.com

#4 – Whale Watching

A favorite thing for my family to do each year during our winter months is to watch the whales.  Maui is the winter home to thousands of whales that make the journey from Alaska to the Au’au Channel located in West Maui.  The humpback whales come to breed and nurse their young every year from December to May.  These beautiful creatures can be found swimming around and playing in our warm waters and it’s a beautiful experience to watch them while they’re in play.
Whale watching tours are actually reasonably priced considering you get a ride on a boat and get to experience our world’s wonders.  I would definitely search different companies to use and compare prices accordingly.  But, my family and I love watching whales at no cost from our favorite shorelines or lookouts.
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Taken from the Pacific Whale Foundation Boat off of Ma’alaea. View of the West Maui Mountains and Wind Farm.
Honoapi’ilani Highway, at the Pali Lookout, has a great scenic lookout area that you can pull over and park at to watch these whales at play.  My family and I also love to watch them from the shoreline at Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach fronting the Westin Maui resort.  You can stand on the shoreline and watch the whales play for hours.
One of our favorite whale watching companies is:  Pacific Whale Foundation – For more information visit:  Pacific Whale Foundation Tours
*A few tips – if you spot a whale at play while driving, please be sure to pull over off of the road safely.  Many visitors spot the whales while traveling along the Pali road and it is dangerous to stop in the middle of the road due to blind turns.  Pull off the road completely and do not block traffic.  
 

#5 – Snorkeling on Maui

I grew up with having Maui’s surrounding ocean as my playground so I just had to suggest this awesome activity. Snorkeling in our pristine waters and viewing all of the beautiful sea life is definitely something I suggest while visiting or even if you live here.  The waters are crystal clear most of the year so it makes for ideal viewing of turtles, eels, sea urchins and a ton of different species of fish.
You can easily rent snorkel gear from a local dive shop, but if you plan to spend more time in the water, I definitely suggest picking up your own snorkel set.  There are a ton of different stores that sell them locally and many of them affordable in cost:  ABC stores, Target and Walmart all have different styles.  But, our favorite place to pick up snorkel gear is at our local Costco in Kahului (near the airport) because you’ll get a really good one for an affordable cost point.  Make sure you grab a dry snorkel (that’s important) because it automatically closes when you go underwater so that you don’t have to worry about getting water down your snorkel.
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Ho’okipa
There are so many locations to view underwater life so we have listed a few favorites for all of you to check out:
  • Napili Bay
  • Ulua Beach
  • Black Rock – Kaanapali Beach (ocean side of Sheraton Maui resort)
  • Ho’ikipa Beach Park (check weather conditions are the waves can get really big here, especially during the winter months)
  • Kapalua Bay
  • Honolua Bay
*A few tips:  It is very important to remember that while you are snorkeling, do not step on the reef.  These rocks are living creatures and you can injure and harm the home of many living organisms.  Also, make sure that you are using an all natural sunscreen that is zinc-based to protect from sunburn but also to protect Maui’s very important ecosystem.  Make sure that if you are going to hang out at the beach after your snorkel that you take with you an rubbish or items that you brought.  This is the best way to keep our oceans and ocean friends safe and unharmed.

#6 – Experience Maui’s Beautiful Beaches

I guess you could say this goes along the line of snorkeling, but it’s definitely different.  Maui has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – if you don’t believe me, ask Conde Nast – lol.  The beach is one of the best things to do on Maui because it’s free and all beaches are open year round (weather permitting, of course).  Grab a beach mat or blanket and stop by a local store to grab some lunch and spend the day sunbathing or playing in the water.  Most of the year the water conditions are absolutely ideal for swimming.
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North Ka’anapali Beach
What’s great about our beaches is most of them are open to SUP or Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak or body boarding.  While those things all cost money (for rental or purchase), they are also other options for enjoying the beaches surrounding our beautiful island.
*A few tips for spending the day at the beach.  Don’t forget about that all natural sunscreen I mentioned earlier, but make sure you have it because a sunburn can be brutal.  Remember, anything you bring with you to the beach, take with you – like trash, etc.  Leaving it at the beach can cause issues with the sea life, but we also want to make sure we are taking care of our beaches so others can enjoy them.  Ask your concierge (if you’re a visitor) about beaches that they suggest for the type of activity you’d like to do.  And, don’t forget to check the weather, tide and water conditions before getting into the ocean.  A local saying here on island is – “When in doubt, don’t go out!”

#7 – Catch a Hula Show or Learn How to Dance Hula

Hula dancing is a huge part of the Hawaiian Culture and a beautiful art form of the Hawaiian people.  There are several hula shows on the island that you can attend and for those of you looking to try it out for yourself?  Well, you can also find free hula lessons as well.  Check with your concierge to see what is available or check out my list below for options that you can take part in.
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Image from: Lahaina Cannery Mall
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HULA SHOWS:
  • Keiki (children) Hula Show – Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm at Lahaina Cannery Mall.  (Free)
  • Free Hula Lessons – Thursdays at Lahaina Cannery Mall at 5 pm
  • Napili Kai Foundation’s Weekly Keiki Hula Show – Every Tuesday at 5:30 pm at Napili Kai Resort ($10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free).  Proceeds benefit the Napili Kai Foundation.
  • Tahitian Dance, Ukulele and More – throughout the month at Outlets of Maui in Lahaina (check the schedule of performances) http://www.outletsofmaui.com/calendar/
  • Polynesian Dance Show – Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm at The Shops at Wailea.  Free one-hour performance of Polynesian Dances and Hula.
*Check with your resort’s concierge to also see if your hotel/resort has hula lessons on property.  It may be complimentary or available for a small fee.

#8 – Tasting Maui Food Tours

When I travel, I love tasting foods that are locally grown or created in the place that I’m visiting.  So, I thought the best way to really get to know Maui is by tasting the food that was created here.  We have a list of some of our favorite places that are not only reasonably priced but definitely worth checking out.
Surfing Goat Dairy – Probably one of my favorite tours and most cost-efficient compared to the others.
  • Daily Casual Tour – $12/adults and $8/children.  Tours are run every hour from 10:00am to 3:00pm and 10:00am to 1:00pm on Sundays.  This casual 20-minute walking tour takes you through their working Dairy and Farm.  You can meet the working dairy goats, dogs, cats and their pot belly pig named Charlie.  You can view the modern milking machines and view the inside of the Dairy operations.  Some goats are able to be pet and of course, it’s an opportunity to take lots of photos and have fun.
  • Surfing Goat Dairy also offers their Evening Chores & Milking Tour which is $17 for adults and $14 for kids.
  • For more information – check out: Surfing Goat Dairy
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm – You can book the following:
  • Guided Walking Tour $12/person – reservation recommended.  Times are:  9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30pm daily and last about 30-40 minutes.
  • Guided Cart Tour $25/person – reservations are required.  Tour times are 10:30 am and 2:00 pm and last one hour.
  • Gourmet Picnic Lunch $26/person and includes a basket tailored to your liking with choice of chicken Ceasar wrap, ham & cheese wrap, Caprese sandwich, chicken bacon club, Italian sandwich or garden salad.  Lunch includes gourmet chips, a decadent lavender-infused dessert and your choice of beverage.  Reservations are required.
  • For more info and to book: Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
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Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Maui Pineapple Tours – You can book the following:
  • Maui Gold Pineapple Fields & Facility Tour plus lunch at Hali’imaile General Store ($90 / person).  This is probably one of my favorites out of all the tours offered as it provides lunch from one of my favorite restaurants – Hali’imaile General Store.  It’s the best selection for the money and I highly suggest it.  The tour includes a tour of the farm to experience a working pineapple field and operation.  You’ll learn about the growing cycle and cultivation techniques, tasting states as you learn about each of them.  You also get a Free Pineapple with every tour.
  • Pineapple Tour – $65/adult and $55/child.
  • Pineapple Tour & Distillery Tour – $75/adult
  • Pineapple Tour with Lunch + Distillery Tour – $100/adult
  • For more info and to book:  Maui Pineapple Tours
Maui Chocolate Tour & Workshop – $59/per adult and $25/per child 7-12.  This is a working farm and is not able to accommodate people with physical disability due to elevation and mobility.  Learn how the cacao grows and post-harvest practices to develop the flavor.  Join in on hands-on processes and a unique guided tasting.  *For more info: Maui Chocolate Tour

#9 – Tour a Brewery, Distillery or Winery

Many visitors don’t realize that we have several awesome distilleries, a few breweries and a winery on the island.  If you are visiting local stores like Whaler’s General or ABC Store, even Walmart or Target and Costco offer local favorites when it comes to wines and other beverages.  But, many of these options can be found where they are made and these places also offer tours.
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  • Maui Brewing Co – 605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei.  Tours offered at:  11:30am, 12:15am, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm and 3:15pm.  *Public Tours are $15 per person and a private tour is $300 (groups of 1-16 people)  For more information: Maui Brewing Company
  • Kohola Brewery – 910 Honoapiilani Highway, Ste. 55, Lahaina.  Tours are 30 minutes long.  *Tours are $10 per person – ages 21 & older only.  Tipping is recommended. For more information:  Kohola Brewery
  • Hali’imaile Distilling Company – 883 Hali’imaile Road, Haili’imaile.  Tours are $10 per person and children under 12 are free.  Reservations are required and tastings of products are available to guests 21 and over.  Each tour operates daily and lasts about 30-45 minutes.  Maximum reservation is for 20 people so if you have a larger group, contact the distilling company for options.  You can get more info or reserve your space online at: Hali’imaile Distilling Company
  • Ocean Organic Vodka – 4051 Omaopio Road, Kula.  Tours operate 7 days a week 9:30am to 4:00pm.  A gift shop is also open from 9:30am and closes at 5:00pm.  The tour is approximately 500+ yards so you must be mobile to be able to do the tour.  Sampling area is restricted for those age 21 and over.  Tours take place every half hour.  Cost is $12/person for those 21 years and older ($27 including a lunch meal – reservation required 24 hours in advance).  Includes a sampling with take-home souvenir Ocean Vodka shot glass.  Get all of the information for this tour: Ocean Vodka Tours
  • Maui Wine (formerly Tedeschi Vineyards) – 14815 Piilani Highway, Kula.  Tours are offered at:  10:30am and 1:30pm and are 30 minutes long.  No reservations are required for groups of less than 8.  Tastings are $12 – $17 per person for a flight of 5 wines.  Tours are complimentary.  There are several other tastings available, including the “Old Jail Tasting” which is my favorite.  It is a 40 minute experience and costs $35.00 per person.  For more info: Maui Wine Tasting Tours

#10 – Take a Drive to…

Whether the road takes you on a journey to the west side of the island, the east side of the island or up a mountain, I definitely suggest spending a day exploring the island by car.  Whether it be driving the winding road to Hana and experiencing the lush landscapes along the way or traveling up to the Haleakala crater to experience the views (sunrise or sunset – both are awesome), you can easily experience Maui in all of its beauty without paying a dime, well – with exception to gas and the cost of your rental, of course.
A few of our favorite places to drive to and through and experience the beauty of Maui include:
  • The infamous windy road drive to Hana – be sure to stop along the way and take lots of photos.  Remember that the road is definitely narrow and winding, so be sure that if you stop, pull off the road and be cautious.  The road is dangerous so be mindful of the surroundings and where you are.
  • The road to Haleakala Crater – while the crater is definitely a must-see, the road leading up to the crater is definitely just as breathtaking.  A winding road the whole way up – there are definitely great places to stop along the way to experience the views from way up high.  I would use this opportunity to capture photos of the entire island from the skies, dance in the clouds and feel the cool air on your face.  Don’t forget to stop off at Kula Lodge or Ali’i Kula Lavender farm on your way down
  • Drive through Up Country Maui.  Whether your drive takes you through Kula to visit the beautiful Jacaranda trees in the Spring or through Pukalani and Makawao to visit the old Paniolo (Cowboy) town, you’ll surely find something beautiful in the cool crisp upcountry air.
  • Take a drive to the west side.  Watch the surfers hang ten or see the whales breach in the blue waters.  A drive around the west side of the island will open your eyes to a variety of water sports available on Maui.
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On the road to Hana

They say the best things in life are free.  I believe that it’s not the “free” aspect that makes it the best part, I believe it’s the memories you make while doing these things that make it the best.  I wanted to provide all of you a full list of things that you could do on Maui, most of these are free or definitely cheap, with a few options to upgrade your experience.  As a local girl, born and raised on Maui, I still love taking part in the island experience that Maui offers and I wanted to share these with all of you.

Don’t worry – this is just a small handful of things we love and enjoy here.  You can expect to see more posts like these that include favorites of a variety of Maui island things to do and experience.  Just remember to enjoy your time with whatever it is that you decide to do and don’t forget to have lots and lots of fun.


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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of FarmHouse Fresh and their awesome body and skin care products.  I’ve featured the brand several times here on the site and boy oh boy am I loving these two particular products, especially for summer.  Today I introduce you to the FarmHouse Fresh Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic and Three Milk Ageless Night Cream.  If you are anything like me and have dry skin year round, I think you’ll definitely want to tune into this post and read all about these beauties.

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The Vitamin Berry Facial Tonic is an Instant Pore-Refining Toner.  Retailing for $36.00.  The toner comes in a 3.5 oz glass bottle and it’s a product that I’ve been absolutely loving lately.  99% natural, vegan and gluten free, this product really leaves your skin feeling and looking flawless.  I’ve been loving how my complexion is looking lately and love this product more because it is alcohol-free.  This toner smooths the skin and helps to boost moisture.  Let’s face it, with my sensitive and dry skin, I need all the moisture I can get.

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This product provides vital nourishment from U.S. grown organic aronia berries which is said to be a miracle fruit with one of the highest antioxidant contents ever recorded.  It has a natural filter effect to help make pores appear as if they were never there.  It literally is a new favorite and I love how it makes my skin look and feel.  Since I don’t use foundation, this product really has helped my skin blossom the last month.

This toner delivers pristine rose water and a touch of a polyhydroxy acid to provide a light and long-term exfoliation.  The berry vitamins help to visibly reduce the look of fine lines and I love that it’s a product you can spritz for on-the-go hydration for instant refreshment whenever you need it.

I apply this product after my morning skin care routine.  I apply a mist evenly to my face and neck and when I have a little extra time, I’ll apply to a cotton pad and smooth evenly over my skin.  This product should not be rinsed.  I apply it at night when I feel I need an extra boost of hydration or if my skin is looking dull.  I also love using this to help refresh my skin and cool me down since summer has already begun here in Hawaii and it’s hot.  I love the scent of this mist.  It reminds me of a light berry scent, though my husband says that he doesn’t smell berry, he smells a light sweet fragrance.  I think the smell is a great way to jump start your day.

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Now let’s chat about the Three Milk Ageless Night Cream.  Anything with the word “ageless” in its title has me absolutely amused and intrigued.  This night cream comes in a 1.7 oz glass jar and in a decorative box.  It retails for $45.00.  It is known as FarmHouse Fresh’s #1 selling face cream and boy can I agree because I think it’s wonderful.  This cream is said to literally transform your skin overnight and I’ve been loving it.  This “wonder milk” is uniquely rich and definitely hydrating.  It offers a time-release delivery system of pure form retinol.  Because so many retinol products can cause redness, irritation and dryness (I know this first hand), this product is definitely in a whole different leaque.  The slow-release system ensures it delivers softness, illumination and firmness as well as other awesome benefits, without the usual side effects that you would expect or may have experienced with pure form retinol.

I didn’t expect that this cream would not only be thick but definitely smooth.  But, you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully it blends into the skin and how well it works overnight.  In the mornings I find that my skin feels so smooth and looks bright.  After spending some time in the sun, I found that it’s been so beneficial in healing my skin and helping with my sunburn as well.  (Of course, I do not suggest putting it on any open wounds or sunburn)

This cream includes botanical milks and skin restoring peptides that is in FHF daily moisturizer plus the restorative retinol and proprietary blend of vitamin extracts, moisture boosting ingredients and a cool creamy texture.  I definitely think after the first use you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin’s texture and brightness as well as how fresh your skin looks.

A thin layer at night is all that is needed when using this product.  I apply it to my face, neck and near my crows feet (just a little) as my final step in my night-time skin care routine.  I have found over the last few weeks that it definitely has helped to hydrate my dry skin and revive my dull skin tone.  You may also notice a decrease in fine lines, wrinkles and a firmer complexion.  This product does have a fragrance, but it is light and quite nice.  I didn’t have any scent sensitivities while using this product.

If you’re interested in learning more about these products including their full list of ingredients, definitely head on over to FarmHouse Fresh’s Website.  Also, don’t forget to take a look at some of their other awesome products.  I have a bunch of my favorites listed here on my blog, so definitely do a search for FARMHOUSE FRESH and read my thoughts on some of these awesome fresh-baked goods.

Thank you FarmHouse Fresh for sharing these delights with me.  I am absolutely loving them and I know my readers will enjoy them too.


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My family and I found yourself dining in at Poi By The Pound restaurant the other day.  It had been almost a year since we last ate there, having eaten at this restaurant for the first time the night of my father’s funeral services.  It turns out we were back there again because we had scattered my dad’s ashes a day before and my cousin who was visiting for that event was craving some ‘ono (means delicious in Hawaiian) grinds.  I’ve eaten a few select things from Poi By The Pound before, but there was little on the menu I have tried, so I was eager to taste some of their popular menu items.  Most of the reviews on Yelp and Google were very positive so I decided I would order a few things I saw mentioned in those reviews and test them out for myself.

Poi By The Pound is just 5 short minutes away from the Kahului Airport so it’s perfect for stopping off when you land on Maui or on while on your way to your next destination.  They are open 7 days a week and they take walk-ins which is great.  If you have a party of 6 or more, I definitely suggest calling ahead to make a reservation.  Whether it is dine-in, take-out or catering, they have a variety of selections for you to choose from so that’s a great option for that party you’re planning or to grab a speedy bite to eat.

Poi By The Pound started as a small little restaurant in the industrial area of Kahului and now reside in the old Denny’s Restaurant location.  I haven’t eaten or dined in at their Kahului Industrial location, but I think the old Denny’s location is perfect for them.  During our two visits (last year and the other day), the restaurant was packed, so you know it’s a local favorite here on Maui.  Through their love of Hawaiian food, Poi By The Pound is now a popular eatery here on the island.

So, I know you’re waiting to find out about the dishes we tried out, right?  Let’s dive into those, shall we?

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I wanted to start off with the Deep Fried Lau Lau.  Yes, I said deep fried.  I didn’t see this on the menu, but since reading the reviews on Yelp, I knew about it.  I was so interested in trying it out so I had to order it (even if I didn’t eat it all).

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The deep friend lau lau is basically a lau lau (pork wrapped in taro leaves and lightly flavored with Hawaiian salt.  It is slowly steamed to absolute perfection) that is breaded/battered with panko breadcrumbs and deep fried.  Considering it was deep fried, it was not as heavy as you would have thought it would be.  Honestly, lau lau is really heavy on its own and I felt that the breading didn’t make it too overwhelming.  If you like lau lau, you definitely have to check it out and see for yourself.

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A definite favorite for any local here is a Hawaii staple known as the Loco Moco.  Poi By The Pound’s Loco Moco includes three homemade patties grilled with onions and served with rice and macaroni salad (you can choose green salad if you prefer that instead).  The patties are topped with 2 eggs cooked in the style of your choosing (we always get over easy – because a runny egg mixed with all of it, is well… the best) and a generous pour of brown gravy.  If you’ve never had a Loco Moco before, you must try it, it’s definitely a go-to here.  The patties were filled with flavor, the gravy was great and the egg, well – as soon as you brook the yolk, it spread all over the dish which is what we liked.  Served hot and delicious.

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A mix on the Loco Moco is their Chicken Katsu Moco.  I LOVE a great Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco (one of my favorite food choices anywhere) and I was so excited to try this one from Poi By The Pound.  I requested Pork Gravy instead of their standard brown gravy and of course got my eggs over-easy.  The chicken was cooked well and I loved the flavor of everything.  Of course, since I don’t eat rice anymore, I opted for green salad as my side.  I definitely was happy with this meal, even if I didn’t eat all of it.  Did I mention their portion sizes were huge?  The Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco is not on the menu, so be sure to ask for it personally if you want to give it a try.

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I did mention that Poi By The Pound is known as the “Authentic Hawaiian Food Restaurant” and while some may think the other foods I mentioned were “authentic”, they are really just local favorites that you can get here in Hawaii.  So, I just had to share the beautiful display of Hawaiian food you can get with the Hawaiian Plate combo.  My gosh, it includes so much food, you will surely be full before you leave.  And, if you have never tried any Hawaiian food before, this would be a great way to check it out.  Included in this combo is:  Kalua pork, pork lau lau, chicken long rice (which is like a soup with chicken and rice noodles), lomi salmon (which is salmon, tomatoes and onion mixed together.  Lomi in Hawaiian basically means to massage.  Therefore, it is the salmon and other ingredients massaged together so the flavors mesh), poi, rice and mac salad.  On the bottom, you see a green baby food like consistency which is the squid luau.  That is one of my favorite dishes here.  It’s basically squid and taro leaf simmered in coconut milk and brown sugar.

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The Poke Bowl is a popular choice here in Hawaii and many locals will grab it and go.  Poi By The Pound has their own version of a Poke Bowl which includes your choice of shoyu or spicy poke (or combination of both) and served over steaming white rice with a sprinkle of furikake (seaweed and sesame seasoning).  Fresh ahi poke is definitely something that you must try and this one was delish.

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You didn’t think we left out dessert, did you?  Well, considering the portion sizes you get from this eatery, you could easily skip dessert and be extremely full.  But we packed up our leftovers and ordered some popular yummies.  The boys shared the Mud Pie (it was so big all three of them ate it together).  The mud pie consists of a Kona Mud pie ice cream bedded on an oreo cookie crust and topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel drizzle.  It was so good that the boys said they were gonna order it the next time we came to eat here.

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I went with the Taro Sundae.  Come on, taro, poi, and coconut in one dish… anyone that knows me knows that I would jump to that opportunity in a heartbeat.  The Taro Sundae originally comes with haupia (coconut) ice cream, taro chunks, poi, drizzled with chocolate, caramel syrup and topped with whipped cream and almonds.  I opted to be a purist and go the haupia ice cream with taro chunks and poi only (which is what is pictured above).

I seriously fell in love with this dish after the first bite.  This dessert seriously satisfied exactly what I would expect from a Taro Sundae and I definitely suggest checking it out… seriously!

The cost of the plates and desserts at Poi By The Pound are reasonably priced and you surely get your monies worth in every possible way.  You will not leave this restaurant hungry, that’s for sure.  Our server was a delight and very sweet and the last time we dined here (last year) we experienced the same kind and sweet service from that server as well.  Food comes to the table hot and you will definitely enjoy a great meal here.    If you are looking to satisfy your hunger with some local grinds or want a Hawaiian food mix, I definitely suggest checking them out.  You’ll enjoy their food and be sure to share because you’ll have enough to share with a friend.

Poi By The Pound is located at:

430 Kele Street, Kahului, HI. 96732

808-283-9381.

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Hi friends.  I hope you are all doing well.  Today, I’m gonna get a little personal with all of you and share a little update on my weight loss journey.  It’s been years in the making, but I’m super excited to have all of you on this journey with me.  It’s like I’ve had a bunch of awesome cheerleaders all for me.  If you are interested in learning a little about it, definitely keep on reading about my weight loss.  This is just the beginning of this series and I plan to update all of you on this journey as I experience it.  Also, I just released a video on my YouTube Channel so if you want the breakdown in video form, click this link and check out the video.  So, let’s chit chat a little… shall we?

The photo on the left was taken in April 2018. The photo on the right was taken in December/January (2017-2018). It’s amazing at how a few months can make such a huge difference.

At the beginning of this year, I posted on Honeygirl’s World about how I needed to get going on a healthier me.  Since October 2017, I felt the need to really get my health issues together and start working on being a better version of my self, physically and mentally.  I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been an easy road.  I had worked my butt off the last few months trying to get in shape and lose weight, but it’s been difficult and I haven’t been the easiest person to live with because of it.

Let me break a few things down for you…  So, in November 2017, I decided I would cut out all the things that really were dragging me down (food wise).  I stopped drinking my Cherry Pepsi (I’m glad the world didn’t come to an end because of it) and I ultimately stopped eating white rice (most rice for that matter) and pasta.  Yup, I said it… pasta.  Let’s just say that it was not an easy choice for me, but I was amazed at how easy it was to give them up when I look at myself in the mirror and I’m excited about my progress.  There are days when I see white rice smothered in gravy or a giant slice of pizza topped with ooey gooey cheese and I just want to lose my marbles, but then I realize that I’ve come too far.

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This photo was taken June 5, 2018. This is a recent photo. While I’m covered with clothes, I’m proud to say that this jumpsuit is an XL whereas I have been using a 3x – 4x size now for the last few years.

Here’s the deal… there is no such thing as a fad diet or a 30-minute exercise once a week that will help.  It took me a long time, lots of money and many years of realizing that because I really struggled with my weight after having my sons.  I wasn’t always big (though I did always have thunder thighs… lol) and so I really wanted to get myself back on track.  I realized that after years of the struggle, I needed to really do this for my health, not just my looks.  This epiphany was probably the one good thought I had in my mind and it has been a constant reminder of how I’ve been able to keep going on this journey (or lifestyle change).

“I am down over 50 lbs in about 8-10 months and I’m so excited to be able to shop in stores that carry regular sized clothing, instead of only plus sized clothes.”

So what am I doing?  Well, I’m at the gym 3 to 5 times a week concentrating on not only cardio but also strength training.  You don’t need to spend excessive amounts of time at the gym if you don’t have it and if you don’t have a gym, use what you do have.  I signed up for the gym in March, but prior to that I was walking/running and jogging several times a week – averaging about a mile to three miles each time I went for a walk and tried to do that 3 times a week.  I also work with my kettle balls and my own walls to help with building my muscle and keeping the muscles I have.  There are a number of different exercises you can do while utilizing your own body weight as your option to strengthen your muscles.  I like doing push-ups against the wall if I can’t make it to the gym and if I do make it to the gym, then I love doing pull-ups and using the different muscle toning machines available.  Remember, that it’s all about using what you have, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a gym membership.  I like it because it’s my time to myself, but if you don’t have that – use what you go.  Run or walk the dog or your baby or even go on a hike with a friend or two (or three) if it helps get you mobile and outdoors.

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I’m a size XL – 2XL depending on the type of clothes and in jeans size I’m down to a size 14-16. At my highest weight, I wore a size 24 pants/shorts/jeans.

Now, when it comes to food… that’s a little more difficult.  I try to concentrate on the Keto diet since I did a liquid fast prior to getting my metabolism jump started.  The Keto Diet and 21 Day Fix have been two diets or lifestyle changes when it comes to food that I know I can actually keep working at.  They aren’t easy diets, but basically a way of changing your lifestyle to accommodate what works better for you.  I concentrate on healthy proteins and fats at each meal so that I can keep my muscle lean.  I also have cut out most sugars from my diet (of course many fruits and veggies have sugar so I try to be mindful of how much I eat) and carbs.  Making this change did not happen overnight, but it has definitely gotten easier as time progresses.  Sugar-free popsicles have been my best friend lately (because it’s been so hot here on Maui) and I am really loving protein ice creams like Halo Top.  However, everything is best in moderation, so if I am gonna eat a few sweets, I will definitely be putting in more work at the gym or I make sure I only have a little in moderation.  Remember my words – “Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”

“Moderation is more than just the key, it will be your new way of life.”

I couldn’t possibly sum up how to do all of this in just one blog post, so I am gonna wrap this up in a bit.  But, before I do, I wanted to share with all of you that this lifestyle change is not easy, but it’s doable and it can work.  It took me a long time of saying excuses and my shoulda-coulda-wouldas before I realized that I need to take action and keep at it before I’ll see results.  Don’t worry, I’ll be here to answer all of your questions and I’ll also be posting more frequently about this journey so that I can offer you some tips, ideas and even food choices.  My goal is to actually share this journey with all of you because the support from each of you means the world to me and it helps more than you realize.

Stay tuned for more updates as I discuss products I’m enjoying to help with my weight-loss and get healthy jourey and everything else.

Wishing you all the best,

Honey

Maui is my home and definitely my sanctuary – a place I love and will always love.  Many of you may be noticing a change in the content here at Honeygirl’s World moving forward and I’m excited about it.  You see, as a born and raised Maui girl (or kama’aina as they call it here in Hawai’i), I wanted to be able to share a little about Hawaii and my island home with my readers.  Here’s the thing, there are a ton of blogs out there about Maui and Hawaii for that matter, but how many of them are truly from the perspective of a native born?  I love writing about my favorite products and sharing my thoughts on the latest and newest beauty trends, but I feel like I really want to be able to share more of my life, with all of you.

So, I bring to you new content that is coming from the heart.  If you’re looking for reviews on different types of tourist attractions, activities, and eateries, consider me your own personal concierge.  I want to be able to share more of the things I love with all of you, the readers that helped to make Honeygirl’s World what it is today.  You can expect to still find a plethora of product features and reviews because let’s face it – beauty is my passion and so is my family.  So, don’t think that those videos, reviews, and posts will end.  I just want you to know that I’m going to be mixing it up a lot here.  You’ll still see the same type of content with a little blend of the island living I love.

Remember what I said earlier, about the point of view on Maui living (or Hawaii living for that matter) is usually not coming from a Hawaii native?  Well, I meant it.  I really want to share my thoughts with all of you as I have for 10 or more years.  I love experiencing all that Maui and Hawaii have to offer and I can’t wait to embark on this journey and share with all of you.  Reviewing Eateries that I enjoy here has been one of my favorite things to do on the blog over the years, so I’m excited to share so much more with all of you too.

Like I said before, this doesn’t mean the content you enjoy and love will no longer be here.  You can still search and find your favorite posts and you’ll continue to see new ones… I’m just adding to my flair.

Wishing you all a warm summer and lots of paradise loving,

Honey

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Hi Friends.  I’m excited to share a new video with all of you.  Check out a few new things I found at the drugstore and some PR Goodies I received recently.  All information, as well as purchase links, can be found in the description of the video.  Have a wonderful day.

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I’m so over the moon excited to share with all of you some information and my thoughts on the Cynsational Jewelry Box.  I had the awesome opportunity to try out the Cynsational Jewelry Box (which is available via Cratejoy) and I’m loving each and every single thing in the box.  Read to the end to see how you can enter a Giveaway for your own Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini via my YouTube channel.

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So what is Cynsational Jewelry Box?  Cynsational Jewelry Box is a monthly subscription that offers two different box selections for your choosing.  You can choose between the Cynsational Jewelry Box or the Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini.

The Cynsational Jewelry Box is $39.99 and includes 4 pieces of customized jewelry, Cynsational apparel and/or spa products. You receive high-quality pieces valued at over $125. The entire box is customized with you in mind and includes skin care and body products that are all natural. Each jewelry piece is made with Swarovski Crystal and other precious stones.

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The Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini is $24.99 and includes 3 pieces of customized jewelry and 1 surprise gift.  You receive high-quality pieces valued at over $90.  The entire box is customized with you in mind and includes skin care and body products that are all natural.  Each jewelry piece is made with Swarovski Crystal and other precious stones.

How does it work?

  1. Simply head on over to the CrateJoy or Cynsational Jewelry Box and select your plan – $24.99 or $39.99.
  2. Complete a simple survey to start the selection of your custom items.  The survey includes questions that will allow Cynsational to get to know you a little better – i.e.  What is your personal style?  Your favorite wardrobe piece, etc.
  3. Then each month, you’ll enjoy a fun and awesome box shipped to you on the 4th of each month that includes amazing products.

 

Getting your Cynsational Jewelry Box is easy and the selection of products you receive is wonderful.  I’m absolutely enjoying mine.  Be sure to watch the video for a full walkthrough of each product I received in my May 2018 box.

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I’m loving my Cynsational Jewelry Box and I am so excited to share a little giveaway with all of you.  In order to enter, you must head on over to my YouTube channel and watch the video.  Comment on the video according to the directions in the description box and you’ll be entered.  The winner will be contacted directly and will be provided with a code to order their box.  Winner will be receiving a Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini.

The giveaway will end on May 31st, so be sure to head on over to the video and enter.

Thank you, Cynthia and Cynsational Jewelry Box for such a wonderful box and for sharing this great subscription service with me.  I’m loving it.

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If you’re interested in checking out Cynsational Beauty Box for yourself, head on over to: https://www.cratejoy.com/subscription-box/cynsational-jewelry-box/ or https://cynsational-jewelry-box.cratejoy.com/.


Disclaimer:  As mentioned in this post, I was sent the Cynsational Jewelry Box for review purposes.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links may be posted throughout.

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I’m super excited to share with you a few products from a company that I’ve been loving lately.  Have you ever heard of Grace Eleyae?  If you’re a curly haired gal and you haven’t heard of this brand before, I definitely suggest checking it out.  I’ve used various hair bonnets and satin products over the years, but the ones I have tried from Grace Eleyae are now my favorites to protect my curly hair with.

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As I mentioned previously, I have used various satin lined or satin caps and other products to help protect my curly hair, but recently was introduced to Grace Eleyae.  Said to be the “Home of the original satin lined cap”, the Slap (Satin-Lined Cap) was created to help fight dry hair, bedhead and time-sucking/inefficient hair processes.

Grace’s goal is to provide women with confidence by offering these solutions for the busy multi-taskers who want to look and feel confident while investing in being their best, most beautiful selves.

Why satin?

Whether you have curly hair or straight hair, long or short, healthy hair needs adequate moisture.  Satin is a material that does not absorb moisture like cotton or other types of fabrics.  Satin allows your hair and skin do basically do what it was created to do – produce it’s own protective moisture to keep itself healthy and strong.

Using satin protects your hair from the moisture absorbing materials and also helps to protect against harsh weather and conditions – sunlight, snow, dry heat, freezing winds, hair dye, heat from straighteners and blow driers.  Basically, anything and everything that can dry your hair out.

Using satin can help to keep your hair moisturized (skin too) while limiting breakage and combating frizz.  I especially love that it helps to prolong my hair style (more time in between washes) and it preserves my curls so that my hair looks shinier, healthier and I have a lot less tangles.  Satin allows your hair to repair itself, so whatever oils or deep conditioning you use, your hair can truly fully absorb the healing properties to it’s fullest ability.

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I’ve been using the Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined cap, satin pillowcase and satin scrunchies for the last few months now.  Each of these products have been essential in keeping my hair looking fresh while also preserving all of my curls and eliminating frizz.  They are essential in my nightly sleep routine and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Because of Grace Eleyae products, my hair feels softer and I love that I have less tangles.  Since my hair is so long (passed my buttocks), I use the scrunchie to pull my hair up in a pineapple. Then I use the Slap to protect it.  Since I move around a lot in bed, I sleep on the satin pillowcase to help eliminate frizz.  My skin also loves the satin pillow and I love that it’s cool and comfy to sleep on as well.

“My hair feels and looks so healthy now that I’ve been using Grace Eleyae Satin products.  It’s definitely a game changer.” 

Satin-lined cap (slap) – retail:  $20.96

Satin pillowcase, Full/Queen size – retail:  $28.96

Satin scrunchie – retail: $5.59

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I highly suggest trying out Grace Eleyae products to protect your hair.  They offer fashionable pieces that you can use while out and about or during the night to protect your hair styles.  I’m loving them, and I think you’ll definitely enjoy them too.

Interested in checking them out for yourself?  Stop by their website and see their entire collection of satin products:  https://www.graceeleyae.com/


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About two months ago I was introduced to Emme Diane by a fellow beauty blogger named Jen (MyBeautyBunny).  She raved about how great the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 was and I knew that I just had to get my hands on the product and try it out for myself.  Living in such a warm climate like Hawaii, I was immediately smitten over the Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40, so much so – that I had to share it with all of you.

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The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 retails for $46.00.  First, I wanted to touch base on the packaging of the product itself.  I’m all about that easy to dispense life and the product is easily dispensed through a pump that makes application a breeze.  I just wanted to put that out there, because the “no fuss, no muss” life is for me.

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Okay, now that I have gotten that out of the way – let’s talk product.  The Emme Diane website states that this tinted mineral sunscreen has a cult following and boy, let me just say – I can see why.  Living in Hawaii, I want to make sure to help protect our precious coral but I need the protection from the sun that we experience more than 90% of the year.  Emme Diane offers this Physical sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to not only protect our skin but also our ocean wildlife.  The sunscreen applies so effortlessly and I love that it glides onto my skin without any issues.

The product is soft and silky and applies easily with my fingertips or using a brush.  I tend to put it on after applying my moisturizer each day and while it is tinted, it offers a soft tint to help even out skin tone which is perfect for me.  Emme Diane suggests applying it every 80 minutes after swimming or sweating, but I love using it on its own when out running errands or during a normal day for that sun protection that my skin needs.  It is also suggested to apply at least every 2 hours.

Using Emme Diane Tinted SPF 40

The Emme Diane Tinted Mineral SPF 40 offers you a sheer, mattifying look to the skin while leaving your skin feeling silky smooth (so it’s perfect for applying before makeup).  I love that because it is non-comedogenic I haven’t had any breakouts and I have had minimal white cast when using this product.  It blends into my skin tone perfectly.  I have been dealing with many sensitive skin issues the last few months due to some health complications, so I really wanted to try something that would be gentle on my skin and this has been it.  I’m not lying when I say that I LOVE this sunscreen.

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I want to try out the Illuminating Tinted SPF next because with summer on its way, I’m all about that glow.

Have you tried anything from the Emme Diane line?  If so, comment below and let me know.  Emme Diane has been gracious enough to provide a discount for my readers and followers.

Use code:  Honeygirlk10 at https://www.emmediane.com/ for 10% off.  This code will expire in a year, so stock up on your faves now.

 

 

 


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If you’ve been following me on social media the last couple of months, then you know that I’ve been traveling between islands quite frequently for medical reasons.  I must say, that packing up everything you need for a week into one carry-on bag is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you’re a beauty and makeup lover.  But, thanks to the MYO Cosmetic Case, I was able to take my necessities with me without a hassle.  I’m all about the life of products that really make life a breeze so today I’m gonna introduce you to the MYO Cosmetic Case and hopefully it can help you out too.

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MYO Cosmetic Cases give you the opportunity to travel with your most important cosmetics without the hassle of packing them in separate containers.  Everything you need is right where you need it.  They are similar to your standard magnetic makeup palette but offer so much more.  There’s no need for bulky liquid and cream containers in separate packaging or a brush roll to carry your necessary brushes to create your look.  You can fit just about anything into these palettes, thanks to its awesome design and addition of liquid/cream containers.

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Known as the “Cosmetic Clutch” the MYO Cases were the Winner of the 2017 Cosmoproof North America Trendsetter Award.  The cases are designed to support modern women and allow them to “go everywhere and experience everything”.

What makes the MYO Cosmetic Clutch so fun and cool for me is that you can fit everything in there.  Pencils (eyeliner, lip liner, brows, etc.) and your favorite eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and powder products that you can depot.  But the MYO Beauty Pods really take it to a whole new level.  Each MYO Cosmetic Clutch comes with 3 MYO Beauty Pods that are designed so that you can securely carry your lotions, creams, serums and loose powders with you on the go.  This was extremely helpful for me when I needed to go through TSA since it allowed me the right amount of product without going over travel regulations.

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Each Beauty Pod holds the standard amount of skincare products and are easy to use, wash and reuse.  They come in two sizes and they have an air and water resistant seal.  Made of medical grade material so that they are safe for your products.  They can hold everything from toothpaste to pills and eyelashes, small earrings.  The possibilities are endless.

You could fill your entire palette with depotted eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers or highlighters or decide to mix it up a bit with a variety of different products, not just powder products like a traditional magnetic palette.  And, if you love a little color or want your palette to match your style, you can choose between other colors besides black:  fuchsia, turquoise, and silver.

A MYO Cosmetic Clutch Kit comes complete with the following:

  • 3 MYO Beauty Pods (2×1.4g & 1×1.7g)
  • 2 MYO Style Sticks (to help organize and separate certain products as well as keep things like pencils and brushes in place)
  • 1 Double Ended Eye Shadow / Brow Brush (Cruelty-free/Pro Quality $12 USD Value)
  • 1 MYO Cosmetic Circlet – Choice of Color – Black, Silver, Fuchsia, or Turquoise.

Retail:  $45.00

MYO Cosmetic Cases also offers a variety of different accessories to use with your cosmetic clutch.  Additional Beauty Pods can be purchased in sets of 3 for $9.00 and Transparent Beauty Pods as an add-on to your order.  They are sold in a set of 4 for $9.00

MYO Cosmetic Cases are perfect for the jet-setter or person who wants to keep their favorite cosmetic necessities with them at all times.  It’s compact and lightweight and offers you the opportunity to have everything you need in one handy little case.

So what about you, have you heard of the MYO Cosmetic Case?  If so, what do you think about it?  If not, is this something you think you wouldn’t mind checking out.

You can purchase these products and learn more about them at:  https://myocosmeticcases.com/

 

 

 


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 throughout.

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When it comes to beauty products, I think eye shadows and eye shadow palettes are definitely some of my favorite things.  I just love looking at all the pretty colors and I definitely think palettes are my weakness when it comes to purchases.  Recently I was introduced to Shop Hush (an app and website that sells Bad Habit Beauty products) and I just had to pick up this set up palettes to add to my collection.  Today I introduce you to the Solstice and Supernova eye shadow palettes.

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I picked up both the Bad Habit Solstice and Supernova palettes off of ShopHush for $24.00 (for both) about a month ago.  I definitely wanted to share these palettes with my readers and followers because for the price point, they are seriously – LEGIT!

Let’s talk about the Bad Habit Solstice Palette first.  The Solstice palette retails for $16.00 if purchased separately.  It has a mix of mattes, shimmers and glittery shades in warm hues.  It’s gorgeous and I love that it includes colors that I can wear on an everyday basis.  I was beyond impressed with each shadow and loved how buttery most of the shades were and how packed they were with pigment.

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Many say that the Solstice Palette from Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette which retails for $129.  I don’t own the Natasha Denona Sunset palette so I couldn’t tell you if it indeed is a dupe, but I can say that for a $16 palette, it definitely impressed me.

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Because the shades are definitely soft and buttery, you do get some kick up and some fall out, but it’s not difficult to work with and each shade builds up perfectly.  I am loving this as my everyday palette and I’m enjoying it tremendously.

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Next I am sharing with you the Supernova Palette.  Retailing for $16 on it’s own, this palette offers a combination of shades that are much cooler toned than the Solstice palette.  That’s one of the reasons why I ordered them as a pair, I thought it would be a great way to check out two different tones of shades for different looks.

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As with the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides a combination of matte, shimmer and glittery shades.  I find that while each shade is also buttery (like the Solstice), it is not as creamy as the Solstice palette.  To explain, the Solstice palette is so creamy that when dipping your brush into shades like Dawn, Rays and Twilight, your brush literally makes a big indention.  However, with Supernova, placing your brushes into this palette doesn’t leave it as messy but still picks up a lot of color and blendability is great.

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The Bad Habit Supernova palette is said to be a dupe for the Natasha Denona Lila Palette which retails for $129.  As I mentioned with the Solstice palette, I do not have the Lila palette so I personally cannot compare the two to see if they are indeed dupes, however – I can tell you that for $16 – it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Just like the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides you with a lot of texture and colors to be able to create a variety of looks. I’ve been loving the brown shades in this palette as accent colors to a smoky eye look.

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Overall, I am absolutely digging these two palettes from Bad Habit Beauty.  I’m impressed with how easy the shades from each palette blend as well as how gorgeous each color is.  The price point of each considering the quality and how good they are, well – that absolutely seals the deal for me.  I’ve already referred several friends to buy these and because of these, I’ve purchased several more palettes from Bad Habit Beauty and Shop Hush.

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Definitely download the ShopHush. app on your phone (android and iPhone) and get rewards for logging in each day as well as free shipping on your orders.  I can’t wait to share with you all of the other palettes I’ve purchased from the site, so stay tuned for that.

Have you tried any of the palettes on ShopHush?  Or, what about Bad Habit Beauty?  Let me know your thoughts, for sure.  Would you pick up a dupe to a highend palette at an affordable price?

 

 

 


Disclaimer:  The products featured in this post were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

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If there is one thing I absolutely love when it comes to brands and products, it’s when a brand I have used for years bring something new to the table.  BioSilk is a brand I’ve used for over 20 years, first being introduced to them in 1996.  The original Silk Therapy was recommended to me when I was in high school and needed to tame and moisturize my crazy curly hair.  Now, years later, I was given the opportunity to try out the BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil.   And, today – I am sharing all of my thoughts on these products with all of you.

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BioSilk Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil:  Just like the BioSilk Silk Therapy, the Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil is a Leave-In treatment that can be used for both hair and skin.  BioSilk says that this light-weight leave-in treatment offers superior moisture replenishment while fortifying weak strands.  It helps to control frizz and flyaways while preventing split ends for smooth results with incredible  shine.  For the skin, it can be used as a light moisturizing oil to relieve dry skin leaving it soft and smooth with a subtle glow.

After using this product for several weeks, I have absolutely been loving it as much as I love the original.  If you have ever tried the BioSilk Silk Therapy products, you will know exactly how they feel.  They have slip like regular oils but they leave your hair feeling moisturized without the heavy oily feel.  The Silk Therapy with organic coconut oil soaks into the skin and leaves it soft and definitely moisturized.  My hair just drinks it up and I love it.

Retail:  $26.80 (5.64 oz)

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Silk Therapy with Organic Coconut Oil 3-in-1:  I am not one to gravitate to a 3-in-1 (shampoo, conditioner and bodywash), but I think they are definitely something perfect for travel or for those that don’t want all the product clutter.  This versatile and gentle cleanser not only removes the impurities from the body and hair, but it adds essential moisture to the hair and skin.  This 3-in-1 conditions while providing balanced care for the hair and skin and I love that it also helps to maintain and preserve your hair color.  Hair and skin is left soft, smooth and nourished.

A 3-in-1 is definitely a time saver and so far I’ve been enjoying this product.  It leaves my hair feeling soft and my body too.

Retail:  $10.40 (5.64 oz)

As I mentioned before, I love when a brand re-invents or does something different to their products and it works.  Adding organic coconut oil definitely added great benefits to their original products and I’ve been absolutely loving them.  Honestly, these products can be a bit costly, but I think they offer such a great range of solutions for all hair types and it’s worth checking it out soon.

Have you had the chance to try out this new Organic Coconut Oil line from BioSilk?  If not, have you tried the original Silk Therapy line and if you have, what do you think?

You can purchase these products at:  https://biosilk.com

 

 

 

 


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Skincare is such an individual thing for most people.  What might work for some, may not work for others and sometimes products that are expensive or affordable may offer different results for each person.  I have tried so many different skincare products over the years, that I kind of know what may be a dud for me the first few times I use it and what may turn into my holy grail of products.  Today I’m going to be sharing with all of you my thoughts on a few products I have tried from PCA Skin.  Prior to being contacted by this company, I really didn’t know much about them.  But, I’m finally able to share my thoughts with you on products I tried from my specific treatment plan.

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Let me start off by saying that this post is very long overdue.  I have been using these products for quite a few months now but as a beauty blogger, I get so many skin care products to test, that it can take me a while to see what works and how it works in combination with favorites I already have in my beauty routine.  PCA Skin sent me 5 products to try that were specifically recommended for me since I have Eczema prone, dry skin.  I also wanted something that would help cleanse my skin since I had been struggling with acne over the last few months.  I’m going to discuss with you what products I got and how I used them all.

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Let’s start with the treatment bars.  The Dry Skin Relief Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was probably one of my favorite products that I had the chance to try out.  This bar is formulated to help soothe and improve dry skin concerns, including psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.  The bar is formulated with 3% salicylic acid and antioxidants.  My skin really takes on a ton of damage during the winter months and that is usually when my Eczema likes to flare up.  I used this bar daily and loved that it had a light lather and left my skin feeling clean without stripping the moisture that my face needed to keep from drying out.  This bar can be used all over the body and even on the scalp which is perfect for dry scalp issues.  I also enjoyed the fact that it helped to calm the recurrence of itching, redness, flaking, and irritation I often get from dry skin during the winter months.

I think the packaging was a bit of a challenge to work with (even if it came with a sponge to use with it) and I would love to see this in an actual bar form so it would be easy to use, but overall, I enjoyed this product.

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The Blemish Control Bar (net wt 3.2 oz / 90 g – $40) was also a favorite.  Honestly, I think the bars from PCA Skin are definitely worth checking out.  The Blemish Control Bar is a skin purifying and cleansing bar that is perfect for oily skin or those suffering/experiencing acne.  It is formulated to clear pores of oil and to soften the skin, while reducing existing acne breakouts.  It also prevents future acne breakouts with 2% salicylic acid.  With purifying ingredients like eucalyptus oil, this bar is definitely something for anyone experiencing unruly skin may enjoy.  I can’t use this bar daily, but find that it’s perfect for once a week for me and keeps my skin looking fresh while purging my skin of impurities that tend to make it’s way to the surface.  I haven’t had many breakouts since using this so I’m pretty stoked at how well it has been working for me.  If you have sensitive or dry skin, you may want to use a little of this at a time and don’t use daily.  I found that when I first started testing out the product, my skin became extremely dry for several days.  Once I figured out the best solution for using it, it has been great.

Again, like the other bar, I’d love to see the packaging switch up on these.

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The Intensive Brightening Treatment was something I was a bit scared to use but I do enjoy a good retinol product.  This product is expensive considering the size of the tube (net wt 1 oz / 29.5 g – $109) and I honestly would be deterred by the price having not tried the brand before.  But, I’m so so glad that I had the opportunity to try this specific product because I immediately was hooked after the first try.  In just three days I noticed a huge difference in my skin.  The discoloration I had before had lightened so dramatically that my mom just had to get her hands on this product immediately.

This retinol night-time treatment is powerful and creates an even, bright and radiant complexion.  With pure retinol, resveratrol, and niacinamide to help promote a healthy glow while also improving discoloration, I loved the results.  The Intensive Brightening Treatment has potent, stable ingredients that are patented in an Omnisome delivery system to carry the ingredients deeper into the skin for superior results.  I have used many brightening creams in the past and I think this may be my favorite.  I’m super thankful that a little goes a long way with this thing because with that price point, I’ll be saving my coins for a while before I can replace it.  But, I have to say, it’s definitely something I’m going to repurchase.

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This photo was taken today. I am not wearing any makeup and it was taken with my phone. There was no editing done to my complexion or my face, what you see is what you get.

 

Now, let’s talk Purifying Mask.  The PCA Purifying Mask (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $58) is a mask that is developed and formulated for oily, normal and combination skin.  I was a bit worried because I have dry skin and I had hoped that it wouldn’t cause me any issues.  This purifying mask is an at-home clay-based treatment mask that exfoliates, detoxifies and removes impurities from the skin.  It leaves the skin feeling smooth and looking clear and bright.  It includes a well-balanced botanical blend of ingredients to promote clear complexion while also having the clay included to eliminate the build-up of impurities in the pores.  It gently exfoliates the build-up of surface debris, leaving your face with a smooth and clear canvas.

I have used this product the last few months and have enjoyed it, but I have to use it sparingly.  I can easily have a dry spell or dry spots on my face if I use too much of it or if I use it too often.  But, when I do use it, my skin feels so soft after and even radiant.  It is definitely a mask I enjoy, but I have to make sure I’m not overdoing it too much.  I love the way my skin feels once I remove it and how vibrant it looks, but it definitely does purify, so I have to be sure not to strip my natural moisture so much that my Eczema flares up.

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Lastly is the Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 (net wt 2.1 oz / 60 g – $44).  I use SPF daily because I have such sensitive skin and I’m not getting any younger, so if I can help my skin out by protecting it, I’ll do it.  I have tried many different kinds over the years and I do have my favorites, so I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this one, honestly.  This Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is quick absorbing, which is a huge deal for me since I’m always on the go.  It is lightweight and perfect to be worn under makeup.  It provides the skin with antioxidant protection and protects against UV rays.  I thought it was awesome that it was Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation as well.

I didn’t notice any white cast while using this SPF, which is always a plus for me.  And, my skin absorbed it well.  Here are a few of the ingredients in this SPF for those who are wondering:  Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate, Silybin, and Caffeine.

This SPF applies easily and again, it is so lightweight, I forget that I have it on.  I have been using this on my sons as well since I always have it on me and they forget they have sunscreen on at all.  I especially enjoy that it doesn’t make my skin feel oily or greasy and I don’t feel the need to overly reapply like other sunscreens on the market.  I’m not a huge fan of the fact that it has Octinoxate in the formulation, but so far, it’s working for me.

So, after months of trying out these products from PCA Skin, I finally have some information to share with all of you.  Overall, I do really enjoy the products I’ve tried so far.  There are a variety of pros and cons for each, but I’m just really thankful that it didn’t cause my skin to go to war with me.  PCA Skin was founded in 1990 and for over 25 years they have continued to provide great products for their customers and beauty professionals worldwide.

PCA Skin does not perform or condone animal testing at any point during their formulary process and all ingredients used have decades of research proving their safety on human skin.  I was quite excited to try these products and as I mentioned before, I do really like them.  I will be saving up some money to continue using these products as a part of my skin care regimen and I look forward to trying others the brand has to offer.

Interested in learning more about PCA Skin and it’s wide range of products for all skin types?  Check out their website:  https://www.pcaskin.com/

What about you, have you tried anything from PCA Skin?  Comment below and let me know if you have or if there is anything I mentioned that you may want to try.

 

 

 

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 throughout.