Face of the Day (FOTD)



I know Summer has just begun for many but here in Hawaii, it’s been hot and these hurricanes and tropical storms keep sweeping in near us.  Because of this, I’m truly looking forward to Fall and Winter and I find that I have been really craving that cool Hawaii Winter weather a lot lately.  Inspired by Fall shades, I decided I was going to use a Berry Smoky Eye today and since I haven’t been using much makeup lately, I was really excited to play with color.  Today – I share with you my FOTD.

FOTD | Berry Smoky

Since I don’t use foundation or concealer (I know – I say it over and over again), I went ahead and used the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer (review here) applying this product all over my face to create a canvas for my other products to last all day.  I then started with my brows.  Today I pulled out my Paula Dorf 2+1 For Brows Kit (review here) and did these babies up a little darker and bolder than I normally wear them to accommodate for my eye makeup.

For my eyes I wanted to pull out some of my ColourPop shadows that I’ve been neglecting lately.  I started with a base – I’m using my Milani Eye Shadow primer.  Then I used ColourPop’s Selfie as my transition shade blending into my crease and fading up towards my brow.  To create a sultry bold burgundy look, I added a blend of In A Pickle and Cheeky on the inner corner of my eye lid blending towards the middle of my lid.  Then taking Drift and blending it from the middle of my lid to the outer corner.  To smoke out the look, I took Hustle and added it to the outer corner of my eye then mixed Hustle and Drift together to apply on the lower lash line.  To create the pop of color and highlight on the inner corner, I used ColourPop’s XO.  To give my browbone a subtle highlight and to diffuse the harsh lines I took Laetus from the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette and swept that under my bone and blending with ColourPop’s Selfie for a flawless transition.

For eye liner I am using the Milani Kohl Kajal liner in black to line my upper and lower rim and smudge along the lower lash line.  For my winged liner I am using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper.

FOTD | Berry Smoky

For face products, I used Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Delicate and swept that over ColourPop’s Highlighter in Most Necessary to achieve a slightly bronze glow.  For my highlight I am using Lunch Money as a base topped with Becca’s Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfector (Jaclyn Hill collaboration).  I applied highlight to the top of my cheekbones, along my cupids bow and above the arch of my brows.

For lips I am using Jordana’s EZ Liner in Rock N Rose topped with ColourPop’s Lumiere Lippy Stix.  My mascara for today is a combination of Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara and Benefit Roller Lash (top and bottom lashes) and then finished off with a set of Ardell Demi Whispies which are my go-to.  To complete the look – I used YSL’s Touche Eclat Blur Perfector to set my makeup (more so my blush/highlighter) in place all day.

FOTD | Berry Smoky

It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared a Face of the Day – but I’m looking forward to Fall and sharing more fun with all of you.

Signature Honey




Let me be real with you all for a second… when asked, “What is your no makeup makeup look?”  I’ll straight up answer you with… “Um, no makeup – at all!”

But, It’s absolutely no secret that my every day makeup look (if I am using any makeup that is) is mascara and a lippy and on most days.  Since I really do not use makeup, but I want to add a little sexy to the mix, I’ll pull out my big guns, my heavy hitters… my HG products.  So today, in collaboration with a few gals from the Beauty Blogger Collab, I’m bringing to you my “no makeup” makeup look.  This is what I put on when I need a little swag in my look, but still want minimal makeup.  Of course, like I mentioned earlier – if you are looking for a look with literally no makeup, well – that works too 🙂

All About The Summer Glow, No Makeup - Makeup Look

So let’s chit chat a little about what my no-makeup makeup look is.  I definitely want to look polished and put together and it all starts with great skin and my skin care regime.  To give me that fresh dewy look that I love, I make sure to cleanse, add my favorite serums like Hyaluronic Acid and Anti-Wrinkle serum and then finish with a great moisturizer.  These products alone give me a natural glow and really freshen up my face and my look.  It’s essential that I do this each day to keep a youthful appearance.

All About The Summer Glow, No Makeup - Makeup Look

My basic and daily makeup products for me are mascara and lip balm so mascara and a lippy of choice is a definite must have.  My lashes are really short, so if I have clear eye lash glue on hand, I’ll slap on a pair of flirty false lashes, but today I opted for a few coats of mascara to help open up my eyes.  Since I have my eyeliner tattooed, adding mascara to my lashes not only opens my eyes more but also enhances my tattooed liner and makes my lash line look fuller.  My lips are another thing… if I am not pulling for a colored lip balm, I’m reaching for my favorite nude lippies to help enhance my pout.  Usually my no-makeup look would stop there, but if I want to add a little something extra, I’ll add a blush, highlight and a light contour.  Applying these with a light hand are key to get that sunkissed and radiant look that adds a little to your makeup but keeps them guessing if you have anything on.

Here are the products I used on my look today:

  • Brows – For my brows, since they are shaped fairly well and are full, I used my NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel.  (Review here)  I swept this product over my brows to set them in place for the day.
  • Lashes – Since I have short lashes, I like to layer certain mascaras to make my lashes stand out without false eyelashes.  Today I used my Covergirl Super Sizer mascara layered with Benefit’s Roller Lash.  These two lashes paired together help to give me some length and volume without looking spidery or clumpy.
  • Lips – One of my absolute go-to lippies for an “every day” or no-makeup look is MAC’s High Tea.  This lipstick is the perfect nude with a gloss texture and offers the perfect color to compliment my pout.
  • Bronzer – To add a little warmth, a light bronze and some subtle contouring I used Laura Geller’s Bronze-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Bronzer in medium.  Using a domed bronzing brush I light dust this all over the areas I want to give a subtle bronze look.  It’s not about contouring but more about a light definition.
  • Blush & Highlight – For a little color to my cheeks and a soft highlight I used my Laura Geller Blush-N-Brighten in Como.  This combination has a blend of pink and gold to offer the perfect amount of color to your cheeks and a gorgeous peach gold highlight so the sun looks like it is perfectly kisses your cheeks.  With a fluffy brush I lightly dust this on the applies of my cheeks and blend onto my cheek bone.
  • Set your makeup – To set and put that nice dewy look back into my face, I spritz on one of my favorite facial sprays.  Today I used my Evian Mineral Water Spray.  Since it is warm, this is perfect to cool me down but also give my makeup that effortless, no-makeup look.

All About The Summer Glow, No Makeup - Makeup Look

My normal “no-makeup” makeup look is pretty easy and simple to create but it puts a little pep in my step and still gives me that “put together” look without using too much.  If I go with a basic look (mascara and lippy) or add a little blush, bronze & highlight – it’s something you can definitely see me rocking out most of the time.  If I were asked what my go-to look for Summer is, this is it.

So what are your favorite go-to’s to create that “no-makeup”?  When I say “no makeup” I mean it, but sometimes we could use a little style and flair to our look, don’t you think?  Be sure to stop by and check out the links below for the no-makeup makeup looks of the lovely ladies from the Beauty Blogger Collab.

Smooches! xo

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  There are affiliate links through out this post.  Some of the products mentioned or discussed may have been sent to me as Press Samples over the years but nonetheless, all thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest & unbiased.


Fall Berry Smokey Eye

On Halloween I did a makeup look that really sparked a lot of interest… woohoo – it’s nice to do something right for once. lol  I was actually rushing through the eye look so I could do the skull makeup look but the eye makeup look is what caught the attention of everyone and I was asked to do a tutorial.  Now mind you, I’ve been sick pretty much since Halloween, so I haven’t had the chance to really get the tutorial up and when I finally decided to get it going… it turned out much longer than I would have liked.  But, oh well – I digress and move forward.  So since I was feeling like I needed to put some makeup on, I decided to “dress my face” – see what I did there? And, now… onto the tutorial.  It’s a long one because I am chit chatting and talking through all the steps.  Click here to watch directly on YouTube.  All details on the products used as well as photos are posted below.  I hope you all enjoy this Fall Berry Smoky Eye.

Hope you liked my talk through – now onto the photos and all the details.

Fall Berry Smokey Eye


Products used:

  • Coastal Scents Step One Eye Primer
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette – Sangria (used in the brows and on the lid), Bengal (used as transition shade), Chocolate (used in the crease), China Rose (used on the inner third of the eye lid), Noir (used to deepen the outer V), Fresh (used to highlight the browbone) and Venezia (the pop of color used on the inner corner of the eyes).
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Palette – Iridescent Purple (used on the brows as well as the lower lash line), Legend (used to highlight my cheekbones).

In the original eye look for Halloween, I used a blend of Sangria (Tamanna) and Iridescent Purple (Amrezy) but for this specific tutorial I only used Iridescent Purple.  So sorry about that, I just wasn’t feeling well and forgot to add Sangria.

  • Tarte Smolder-eyes Pencil in Fig (used as a base for Sangria and applied on the lower lash line)
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Pencil Liner in Black Point (applied to waterline/tightline)
  • New York Color (NYC) Liquid Eye liner in Black (used to create the winged liner)
  • Jordana Best Lash Volumizing Mascara (upper and lower lashes)
  • Kiss EZ Lashes in 11 – false lashes
  • NYX Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul (applied to my lips)
  • Paula Dorf 2+1 For Brows (used to create the shape and define the tail and arch of my brows)

Fall Berry Smokey Eye

I know I said this earlier but this look is very easy to create.  It’s just about layering colors, color placement and of course the colors you choose.  While I didn’t get a chance to do so – you can certainly pair this look with a darker lip shade like a berry or wine or even a nice berry pink.  Nude was the choice I went with because it was right within my reach and I wasn’t feeling very well, otherwise I may have chosen to go for a berry shade myself.

Fall Berry Smokey Eye

Now for the fashion sense, I wasn’t feeling quite well but I do what I always love to do during the Fall and Winter months and that’s throw on a beanie or scarf and rock it out.  On this day I decided a beanie and a pair of gold hoop earrings would suffice.  I also have on a t-shirt… adorned with big bold letters that describe me to a “t”. lol

Fall Berry Smokey Eye

My shirt was custom made by me at in their design lab.  I’ll be sure to have more information on the brand and about the company in a later post.  I’m using a pair of jeans – which is my go to during the colder months.

Fall Berry Smokey Eye

I hope you guys enjoyed this super easy look.  I will have a review on the Tamanna Palette coming soon so stay tuned for that.  Wishing you all the best of these chilly months to come. xo

Signature Honey

It’s no secret that the Holiday season is surely my favorite time of year.  As a child, even if we grew up with little money, my parents always made this time of year special and I’m thankful that I got my creative sense and fun swagger from them.  Lots happened this week, busy busy busy!  So, here is a quick weekly wrap up.

This year, Halloween came and went faster than I could ever imagine and before I realized it, Halloween crept up on us and we were all getting dressed to trick-or-treat.  My husband and I took the boys to the Pumpkin Patch earlier in the week which was fun, they had a blast (vlog coming soon) and while we were a bit late to get up there, we still found us some fun pumpkins to carve and draw on.  Since this has been a yearly tradition for us to go, everyone was excited and we were so thrilled to see the boys have a blast.Pumpkin patch 2014

I’m also happy to say that we are hitting cooler weather, woohoo.  While we don’t really have snow here with exception to the summit of our dormant volcano, it’s still nice to know that I might be able to rock out some warmer threads this season.  We are all looking forward to cuddle weather.  We also had Parent Teacher Conference for all three boys this week too… I’m proud to say that all three of them are excelling wonderfully.  To say we are proud parents would be an understatement.

pumpkin patch 2014

While my husband had to work on Halloween night, my sister and I took the boys out to Trick-or-Treat in a neighborhood we were quite familiar with, we go there each year.  Expecting to hit the mother load of candy this year, we were a bit bummed that half of the houses were not giving out candy.  I think we may need to find a new location.  It was a bummer, but nonetheless, we got some goodies anyway and it was about having fun – not the candy.

Halloween 2014

This year the boys picked out their costumes to wear instead of Mommy painting their faces.  Kevin (Ka’eo) was a ghoul… the one from the Scream movies.  The cool thing was that his mask dripped blood and everyone really got a kick out of it.  Luke was Captain America, Isaiah Superman and I decided I wanted to really embrace my tomboy-ishness and painted a skull mask on with some face paint and makeup.  I did the top half of my face (my eyes) using makeup to give it a sultry sexy tomboy appeal. lol Details for my makeup are posted below.  My sister Harmony did a mask out of makeup – I loved it, reminds me of like a Dark Angel look.

Halloween 2014

We were quite happy to see a few commercials the last week and wanted to take advantage of the deal.  It was FREE Spooky Face Pancake night at IHOP, so the boys, my sissy Harmony and I enjoyed breakfast for dinner.  Yay us!

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014

Overall this past week was quite a blast.  It went by much too quick for my liking, but what is most important to me is spending this time with my family.  Sometimes during the holidays we forget to stop and think about what is most important… we are either too busy shopping, cooking or working to blink and it is too often that we forget to soak in all the awesome memories.  I can admit – I’m surely guilty of that.  So make sure to stop and make a memory of what you’re experiencing… the work, the food, everything in between will still be there when you are done making memories. xo

Halloween Skull Makeup

As promised, here is my makeup from Halloween.  Everything was super simple to create and this was a great choice for me since I needed to be done and ready to go to catch all the good candy. lol  For my eye makeup I am using a combination of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna and Amrezy Palettes.  Both have been favorites of mine all month and I really loved that it gave me a great fall smoky look. I know I promised to have a review up for Tamanna, so I hope to do that soon.  I am using Ardell 120 Whispies, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, Paula Dorf 2+1 For Brows, Tarte Smoldereyes Pencil in Fig and Mally Evercolor Liner in Midnight and L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara.

Halloween Skull Makeup

For my skull part of my face, I am using White Halloween Cream Makeup, Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Black, Mia Mariu black eyeliner, a blending brush, a pencil brush and an angled eyeliner brush.

Halloween Skull Makeup

I opted for a pair of jeans, flip flops and a black t-shirt since I wanted to be comfortable, a little warm since it has been chilly out and I wanted to have mobility.  My shirt is a custom shirt and I’ll be posting about that soon.  I hope you all had a fabulous week and a fun Halloween.  While I know some people do not celebrate the holiday – I totally understand that, I hope you had a wonderful day nonetheless.  My feet hurt, I’m a bit tired but at the end of the day, I surely had a great one.

Did you have fun this Halloween?  What were your highlights from this week?  Wishing you all a fabulous weekend. ~xo

Signature Honey

“Forever & Always!”

Oh Fall… where are you?  Maui is super hot and humid and man I would love some cool chilled air my way, but it just hasn’t been so lately.  It was so warm today that a tank and shorts was on my outfit list… less is better, right? (did I just say that? lol)  So here is my Plus Sized Outfit of the Day…

OOTD Old Navy

You know in Hawaii we rock out flip flops like they are about to be discontinued, lol.  So here is my super quick outfit for going out and tackling Costco with my three sons.  Overall I have to say it was a fun day… we picked up my lil sis and spent a few hours with her while we tackled some errands… overall, I consider it a WIN.

  • Top – Love is Forever Graphic Tank from Old Navy
  • Bottoms – Denim Bermudas/Cut offs from Torrid
  • Flip flops – Guess
  • Watch – Invicta
  • Sunglasses – Maui Jim
  • Necklace – And I always get a lot of questions about my Teddy Bear Necklace.  Sadly I don’t know where it is from, my husband bought me this pendant before we had children, over 10 years ago.  I have heard that some jewelers carry it – but I have not seen it at local stores.

OOTD Old Navy

For my makeup today… I really was aiming to bring Fall into my life, even if it meant I had to do my makeup like Fall was in full swing. lol I also have had my Tamanna palette now for a couple of weeks and each opportunity I have I try to play with new shade combinations and had a few in mind I wanted to pair today. Since I only really wear makeup once a week, I was sure gonna make sure to get some makeup lovin’ in.

FOTD Tamanna Palette


Brows – Cailyn Gelux Brow and NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel

Eye PrimerCoastal Scents Step One Eye Primer

Eye ShadowsAnastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette (Dress Your Face)

  1. Bengal blended above crease as transition shade
  2. Chocolate worked into the crease as crease/defining shade
  3. Sangria blended into the inner corner and outer corner of the eye lid – leaving the center of the eye lid bare
  4. China Rose blended on to the center of the lid
  5. Fresh applied as my brow bone shade and blended with Bengal
  6. Blush applied on the inner corner of my eyes

Eye linerJordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eye Shadow Pencil in Tenacious Brown applied to lower waterline.  Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eye Liner in Black Point applied to Tightline.  Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner in Trooper used to create my winged liner.

Mascara – Jordana Best Lash Volumizing Mascara layered with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara

Lips – Jordana EZ Liner Lip liner in Cabaret topped with J.Cat’s Wonder Lip Paint in Queen of Hearts and layered with L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Daring.

No face makeup today… did I mention it was hot? Yup, that means no blush, bronzer… na da… too hot. lol

FOTD Tamanna Palette

I’ve been working on a review for the Tamanna palette, and hope to have it up soon since I see that it is still available.  It drives me nuts when things are limited edition and I have to run out and get them because I just have to have it, but that also means that by the time I have had it long enough for me to actually state my thoughts on the product… I don’t get around to it.  Ooh – and on another note… have you seen my hair?  I know these pictures don’t show it well, but I went dark again… I’m actually really diggin’ it.

This plus sized girl was all about comfort and cool today.  I have been loving the Old Navy Tees and Tanks that they have been releasing lately and I’m all about a graphic tee if it means I can be comfortable.  I love those types of shirts for underneath my slouchy sweaters especially… now if Fall can just make its way here so I can start using them. lol  Wishing you all a wonderful Aloha Friday and a kick ass weekend.


Signature Honey


Bella Beauty

I am absolutely ecstatic that Fall is just about here.  I know, I know… I love Summer, but honestly – I look forward to every season as it makes its way and Fall is one of my favorites because I love the makeup and fashion trends.  In collaboration with my friend Beth (Pearlznlacebybethk), I am bringing to you another makeup tutorial.  This is my first fall inspired makeup tutorial – however, we also decided that we would use Milani’s Bella Navy as a common factor in our makeup looks.  She will be creating a Day Time look using the shade as well as other drug store priced items and I have created the Night look.  For years now, I’ve been quite fascinated with adding the “Pop of Color” on the lower lash line, but didn’t think about using a dark blue until I seen Kendra from Citizen’s of Beauty post a look.  Needless to say, I was inspired by her to use a rich blue as she did (you can see her look here), so I hope that I was able to pull it off.  Check out the makeup tutorial I created for this look, pictures and a list of products used below.  If you would like to watch the tutorial directly on YouTube, click here.

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Bella Beauty Fall Makeup Look

Products used to create this look 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadows used in the look

  • Milani Brow & Eye Highlight – Vanilla
  • Milani Bella Cappuccino shadow
  • Milani Bella Espresso shadow
  • Milani Bella Bronze shadow
  • Milani Bella Charcoal shadow
  • Milani Bella Ivory shadow
  • Milani Bella Navy shadow
  • Milani Bella Chiffon shadow

Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil liner in Binge

Jordana Fabuliner in Black

Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner in Black Point

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga and Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

KISS 11 Lashes

Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in All Natural

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme

NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake

Bella Beauty

On my face, I used a few products to warm up my complexion as well as blush and highlight but I did not mention it in the video.  Those products are:

  • Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in Sienna
  • Milani Luminoso Baked Blush
  • Milani Mosaic Face Powder in Amber Nectar
  • On my brows I am using the Milani Brow & Shape Wax and Milani Bella Cappuccino Shadow to color my brows in

Milani Bella Navy

As you can see from the tutorial, this look is simple to create but definitely has a statement.  I can’t wait to try out the lid shades I used with a purple as my pop of color on the lower lash line.  I think that while it can be a bit bold and edgy – it’s still very wearable and can be worn day or night.  You can deepen the lid shade and use a black or darker brown to create a more sultry and sexy night look as well.

Milani Bella Navy

Fall Inspired Makeup

Fall inspired makeup

Hope you enjoyed this look.  Don’t forget to head over to Beth’s blog to check out her day look also using Bella Navy from Milani in a different way.

Day and Night Makeup Look

Signature Honey

Recently I was selected as an Ipsy and PopBeauty ipsyPOPstar.  I was one out of 20 selected from the many that applied and I’m very humbled by it.  I was sent over a few goodies from Ipsy and Pop Beauty to create a look of my choosing using the products and this is the look I came up with.  I had a lot of fun creating it and while I am not a fan of glitter, I really loved how it pulled the entire look together.  Here is my creation and makeup tutorial below.  These colors reminded me so much of the ocean I see daily so I thought the blues would be fitting for a summer makeup look.  I hope you guys like it as much as I enjoyed creating it.IpsyPOPstars Ocean Inspired Look

Check out my tutorial embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

To create this look I used the following products:

  • Eye Shadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo (eye shadow base) – Test My Teal
  • Pop Beauty Pure Pigment in Metallic Blue
  • Pop Beauty Brow Shade & Shape (used dark brown and light brown to shade and fill in my brows and light brown, dark brown and black to use as transition and to deepen the crease for my makeup look
  • Pop Beauty Shade Duette in Matte Ivory and Soft Creme to soften and create transition in the shades on my eyes as well as to highlight my browbone
  • Pop Beauty Triple Glitter to add glitter on inner corner and lower lash line
  • BA Star Shimmer Glue as adhesive for the glitter
  • Pop Beauty Kajal Pen in Craving Cocoa to line waterline/tightline
  • Pop Beauty Peak Performance Mascara for lashes and KISS 01 Lashes
  • New York Color Liquid liner to create winged liner
  • Pop Beauty BB Lip Balm in Rose Berry on the lips
  • Pop Beauty Bronze Beam in Rose Bronze to lightly contour, blush, highlight and also to help soften the eye makeup look

The photo below shows the products that was sent in my IpsyPOPStars bag.

Pop Beauty Cosmetics ipsypopstars


I hope you all enjoyed my makeup tutorial – I had a lot of fun with it and enjoyed creating it.  The heat from Summer is still in full swing here, but my kiddos go back to school at the end of the week, so I loved that this look reminded me of the ocean that we enjoyed so much this season.  Wishing you all a wonderful rest of your summer.



Well I think bold colorful looks are gorgeous, it is not something I would wear often… but that doesn’t stop me from rockin’ it out if I do.  This week for Tutorial Tuesday I wanted to do a Tropical Paradise Makeup Tutorial inspired by bright, bold, summery shades that look almost neon.  This makeup look is definitely easier to achieve than you would think and while it’s definitely not an every day look – it’s bright and cheerful for these warm summer days.  I hope you enjoy my Tropical Paradise Makeup Tutorial, rainbow eyeshadow featuring BA Star and BH Cosmetics.

Tropical Paradise Makeup Look


I don’t often plan my makeup looks – especially if I am going to do a tutorial on the look… so this particular makeup look was no exception.  I knew what makeup products I had intended to use for the eyes, so I decided when I created my first eye (before filming) that I would just throw the colors together and see how it turned out.  To be honest, I didn’t expect the colors to be as vibrant as they turned out – both from the BA Star Tropical Palette as well as the BH Eyes on the 60s Palette… because I haven’t really used more than a color or two from each palette.  To say I was impressed would be an understatement.

Check out my video tutorial on how I created this eye look by scrolling down and watching the embedded video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

A full list of products is listed below.Tropical Paradise Makeup Look

Products used to create this look:

Too Faced Shadow Insurance – eye primer

BA Star Shimmer Body Primer – used as sticky base on top of eye primer

BA Star Tropical Eye shadow Palette

BH Cosmetics Eyes on the 60’s Palette – Matte Cream shade, Peach/pink shade and Orange shade (see video for details)

Jordana Aqua Last – 12 Hour Made to Last Eye Shadow Pencil – used as a base on lower lash line

Mally Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in Midnight – Tightline and waterline

NYC (New York Color) Black Liquid Liner – winged liner

Perfekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel Mascara – lower and upper lashes

Milani Mediterranean Blue Lash Art Mascara – lower lashes

KISS 05 Lashes applied with KISS Black Eyelash Glue

Chella Dazzling Brown Brow Pencil topped with NYX Control Freak Clear Brow Gel

Milani Romantic Rose – Rose Powder Blush applied to cheeks

NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep – to contour and add warmth to the face

Revlon’s Nude Attitude Lipstick topped with Buxom’s White Russian Lip gloss

Tropical Paradise Makeup Look

I am very happy with how this look came out and it reminded me how much I miss creating colorful and bold looks.  While these palettes are affordable, they both pack a huge punch in color… and it goes to show – you can certainly create a look using something cheaper than high end brands.  I had a friend ask me about my thoughts on the Urban Decay Electric Palette, which I do not own.  While I would love to be able to swatch that palette up and create some looks, I think these palettes I used to create the looks I did – well, they certainly give those higher end brands a little competition.  I’ll have my review for the BA Star Tropical Palette up soon and maybe just maybe… I’ll do one on the BH Cosmetics Eyes on the 60s palette too.  I hope you all enjoyed my makeup look for this week.  I’m loving how bold it is and how it turned out.

Happy Summer!

Signature Honey

Melted Violet lipstick Too Faced

I am absolutely in love with Too Faced Cosmetics’ Melted lipsticks.  I got Melted Violet and Melted Peony and I swear, if I could I would be rocking out Too Faced Melted Violet every single day.  I’m working on a post for review so I won’t get into too much detail, but let me just say… it’s stolen my heart. <3

It was a Too Faced kind of day today… since I recently got my POPSUGAR Must-Have box in the mail (post on that coming soon), I had to dip into my Natural eye palette – I decided I would rock out Too Faced products today.  It is a rare thing that I use majority of one brand but with exception to my eye liner and my brows, everything was from Too Faced.

Eye Primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow:  Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette – Cashmere Bunny (crease shade), Honey Pot (lid shade),  Heaven (brow highlight), Chocolate Martini (lightly blended into the Outer V and blended under lower lash line)

Eye liner:  NYC HD Liquid Liner (upper lash line – slight wing) and Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof liner in Black Orchid (water line/tight line)

Lashes:  Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips:  Too Faced Melted Violet lipstick

Brows:  Cailyn Gelux Brow Gel in Cocoa

I opted for an eye and lip look today so I don’t have any face makeup on – no blush, bronzer or high light.  Have you tried any of the melted lipsticks?  I have been smitten with the two I own and I’m seriously considering picking up a few more shades.  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

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Aaliyah Rock the Boat Makeup

I am a huge fan of Aaliyah… I have been since she first came out back in the early 90s.  I rocked out my baggy pants, overalls and Timbalands as well as my dark burgundy lips (Revlon’s Black Cherry).  Back then I was a mere 125 lbs and could pull it off – now, well… let’s just say I won’t be exposing my tummy any time soon. lol  Since today is Friday and I have a love for older music, movies and more – I’m taking inspiration from some of my favorite Artists and Actresses and will be recreating some of their looks they have done in the past in a Series on my Blog and YouTube Channel I have named… “Flash Back Friday”.  While I won’t be doing this every Friday – I hope to have one look up at least once a month.  I hope you enjoy.  Check out my recreation and inspired look of the makeup from Aaliyah in Rock the Boat.

Aaliyah Rock the Boat

Aaliyah “baby girl” Haughton became an Angel in 2001 along with 8 others after a plane crash that no one expected.  I chose to recreate this look because not only is she one of my Favorite Artists, but it shows us that life is never guaranteed and tomorrow is never promised.  There are two looks that she sports in the Rock the Boat music video which was the last video she filmed prior to her untimely death and she was leaving the location while filming.  In the video she rocks out a gold look (the one on the beach) as well as a blue look.  I chose the gold.  Check out my tutorial below or watch it directly on YouTube and all the products used are listed below as well.  Thank you for watching!

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Aaliyah Rock the Boat

Products used:

Brows:  Chela Brow defining pencil in brown topped with Perfekt Beauty’s Brow Perfection Gel

Eye shadow base:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadows:  Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette – Naked (transition shade), MAC’s Gorgeous Gold (lid shade), Urban Decay’s Naked 1 Palette – Half Baked (crease shade), NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder – Brown shade (highlight), MAC’s Tempting (to add more contrast to the outer v and applied to lower lash line)

Eyeliner:  Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Liner in Black Velvet (water line and tight line) and NYC HD Felt Tip liquid liner (wing and upper lash line)

Mascara/Lashes:  Rimmel London Scandaleyes Retro Glam Waterproof Mascara and KISS Lashes in 03

Cheeks/Contour/Highlight:  Covergirl TruMagic Sunkisser Bronzer (applied as a contour base), Wet n Wild’s Goddess Bronzer (used to warm up and deepen contour), Milani’s Warm Petals Rose Blush (used as the base blush), MAC’s Sunbasque (used to apply directly on the applies of the cheeks to add warmth), Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Radiant Light (used to add highlight as well as an overall face powder)

Lips:  Milani Colorstatement Lip Liner in All Natural, topped with Revlon’s Super Lustrous Nude Attitude lipstick and finished with Laura Mercia Lip Glace in Bare Naked

Aaliyah Rock the Boat Makeup

This makeup look is easy to recreate and offers you many choices as to when to wear it.  Since Summer is just around the corner, this gold look will be gorgeous to use and rock out at those awesome beach parties or out and about.  It’s sexy and sultry but still looks wearable so you can use it day or night.  You can also smoke out the lower lash line a little more and add a deeper brown shade to the crease or outer v to create a night time look if you are going for something a little more dramatic.

Aaliyah Rock the Boat

I hope you guys enjoyed my first installment of Flash Back Friday.  I always take inspiration from my past and the music and movies from  my childhood and my youth and 20s.  Stay tuned for more coming your way soon.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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I have had my Too Faced A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette now since Christmas.  I have used it a few times for soft everyday looks – but really wanted to create something that had a little bit of drama, but that was still wearable for someone who wanted to use it during the day or out and about.  This look utilizes some of my favorite colors in this palette and I love how easy the colors are to blend.  I named this look Honey Bella Rosa because my middle name is Rosa and the name of the Blush I chose is name Bella Rosa.  Since Bella Rosa means beautiful rose… I thought… “Honey Beautiful Rose” would be sweet.  Those that know me know that Lavender Sterling Roses are my favorite that my husband orders for me… and this look reminded me of these gorgeous roses.  I hope you enjoy the look! <3Honey Bella Rosa Makeup tutorial - Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things

Check out the video embedded below for a step by step tutorial or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Honey Bella Rosa Makeup Tutorial

Products used:

  • Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Eyeshadow Base – NYX Shadow Base in Skintone (applied to the lid & lower lash line and stopping at the crease)
  • Eyeshadow Palette – Too Faced A Few of My Favorite things Palette (Limited Edition) Ooh la Orchid (crease and lower lash line), Honey Honey (lid), Chocolate Milk (blended above the crease as transition shade), Soiree (deepen the outer v), Pure Glam (deepen the outer v), Cream Colored Ponies (highlight), Moon on Their Wings (inner corner highlight / shimmer)
  • Brow Highlight – Milani Brow & Eye Highlight in Vanilla
  • Lower Lash Line pop of color – Jordana 12 Hour Made to last eye shadow pencil in Prolong Purple
  • Waterline & Tightline Liner – Mally Starlight Waterproof Liner in Midnight
  • Winged Liner – Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper
  • Mascara – Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara layered with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara
  • False Lashes – KISS 01
  • Contour – Starlook’s Cream Blush in Emphasize topped/set with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
  • Blush – Milani Baked Matte Bronzer in Bella Rosa
  • Highlight – Laura Geller’s Baked Blush & Brighten in Como
  • Lips – The Body Shop Lip Butter in Coconut (applied prior to doing the tutorial), Milani Color statement Lip liner in Nude topped with Milani Color statement lipstick in Nude Cream and NYX Butter Gloss in Angel Food Cake
  • Brows – Cailyn Gelux Brow in Cocoa set with NYX Brow set gel
  • Cupid’s Bow highlight – Benefit Wats Up

Note:  I always apply my lip butter or balm prior to doing the tutorial so that it moisturizes my lips before hand and my lipstick/gloss/liner application will go on smoothly.  Applying just before applying your lip products can cause your lips to be too slippery for your lip products to adhere and can cause movement or feathering.  If your lip balm/butter is still to slippery – blot your lips prior to applying your lipstick, etc.

As you see in the tutorial – I did not and do not use Face Primer or Foundation and concealer.  If I do use any of these products I’ll be sure to list them – but I have discontinued the use of these products since it has not been good for my sensitive skin.  I haven’t really used Foundation/Concealer in over 2 years.

Honey Bella Rosa - Makeup tutorial using Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things palette


I hope you enjoyed this look.  As many of you know I love purple and I really wanted to finally do a tutorial using the Too Faced A Few Of My Favorite Things Palette – I’m glad I was finally able to create a look for you.

Honey Bella Rosa


Wishing you all a wonderful week!


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Jennifer Lopez Same Girl Music Video Makeup

I have been a Jennifer Lopez fan for years… from way back in the day when she was a dancer on “In Living Color” (yes, I am that old… and no – you can’t laugh. lol)  Her style has always been one that I have admired and her makeup is always on point.  I have been on pins and needles wanting to do this look.  It was difficult to pull off because I chose the look in the video that you can’t see very well since it is covered under Jennifer’s hat, but I used her look as inspiration and added some extra color to it to create the look I have here.  She had sultry smoky eye that looked like it incorporated a taupe-silver shade.  Since I have been wanting to use my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette in a tutorial – I chose to use a pink hue with a silver/taupe to create this look.  I am pretty happy with how it came out.

At the end of the day – even if I wanted to use her Makeup in the video as the base for my creation, I really wanted to concentrate on the message that the song portrayed.

Cause in the end, I’m still the SAME GIRL… I don’t owe nobody!

Jennifer Lopez Same Girl Makeup tutorial

Products used:

  • Eye Shadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance
  • Eye Shadow Base:  NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skintone
  • Eyeshadow transition shade: deep brown matte from Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
  • Eyeshadow Lid Shades: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Liar on the inner half of the lid, Mugshot on the outer third of the lid, Blackheart smudged on the lower lash line and to deepen the crease and outer v, Strange used as the highlight and Trick used as the pop of color highlight in the inner corner)
  • Eyeshadow lid shades: TheBalm’s Nudetude Palette – Serious (matte black) used to deepen the outer v
  • Liner: Mally Evercolor Starlight Liner in Midnight – waterline/tightline and lower & upper lash line, Milani Liquif’eye Pencil liner in Black to intensify the liner look – applied to lower and upper lash line
  • Mascara: Perfekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel applied to upper and lower lashes
  • Lashes: Kiss 01 False Lashes applied with Kiss Glue
  • Contour: Starlooks Cream Blush in Emphasize, NYC Sunny Bronzer and Laura Geller Bronze-n-Brighten in medium
  • Blush & Highlight: Milani Rose Blush in Warm Petals (powder blush) and Laura Geller Baked Highlighter Duo in French Vanilla/Golden Rose
  • Lips:  Milani Colorstatement liner in All Natural and Milani Colorstatement lipstick in Nude Creme

Just a quick note about foundation… I have been asked a few times about my foundation routine.  I haven’t used foundation in 2 years.  I have tried & used it a few times (maybe 3x) in the last 2 years as trials for companies – but I do not wear foundation or primer.  If I do use primer I use the following:  Laura Geller Spackle, Benefit Porefessional or I use my Mally Evercolor Pore Perfection compact to set my makeup.  However, I truly do not use face products like that often and it is rare.  I’ll be touching base on my skincare routine, etc. in the next month.  Stay tuned…

Jennifer Lopez Same Girl Makeup

When I had this look in mind, I wanted to make sure to create a look that would mimic JLo’s perfect bronzed and contour makeup that is always done so effortlessly.  I also loved the fact that she wore a New York Yankees hat (we are Yankees fans in our house), since she is a girl from the Bronx.  Since I am from Hawaii, I wanted to do something similar and rock out a “Maui Built” hat since I am from Maui.  I thought it was a cute interpretation. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out my tutorial for the look here – subscribe, comment and like if you enjoyed it! 😀

Jennifer Lopez Same Girl Makeup Tutorial

I haven’t been taking very good eye photos lately – but it’s because I just stopped doing them the last few months and I have been focusing more on my overall look.  I’ll be sure to get good ones in future looks, so you can see the detail in the eye makeup.

Jennifer Lopez Same Girl Music Video Makeup


I took the above photo about 6 hours later and wanted to show this look as well.  This photo was taken with Flash (since it was at night).  Most of my photos are taken during the day in natural lighting.

Jennifer Lopez Same Girl Makeup

I hope you all enjoyed this look!  Thank you so much to all of you for your support and love over the last few years through my journey here on my blog and on YouTube.  So many changes have happened over the last year and all for the positive.  So many awesome blessings have also come my way.  This makeup post marks more than just a look I was inspired by in a music video – but it also reminds me of this journey that I am on.  I’ve met so many people – some were awesome and positive influences, others were generating negativity that I had to turn my back on, but everything happens for a reason and I learned that I am a better person because of the experiences I have had.  Thank you to all – I look forward to bringing you more looks, inspiration, my life I love and so much more!

I’ma keep on growing
Keep on shining
Just wanna do me
I had to thank God ’cause he chose me

– Jennifer Lopez, Same Girl


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The rainy weather has not been agreeing with me lately.  So when I created this look, I could not get a good photo of it and I had to film the tutorial using lights instead of the natural light coming in from my window – but nonetheless, I digress and move forward.  I created this look because I haven’t had the opportunity to do any makeup tutorials using my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and I’ve been playing around with it for a few weeks now.  I used the look book included with the palette as inspiration to create this look, but I did switch it up a little.  I hope you enjoy this.  I thought this would be a really sweet Valentine’s Day look without being too dramatic or over the top, but definitely on the smoky side and sultry.  It’s super easy to create and definitely wearable for a day or night out.

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle

Products used:

Eye Shadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadow Base – NYX Eyeshadow base in skintone

Eyeshadows – Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (Champagne Truffle – used as a sparkle transition from the crease to just below the brow, Cherry Cordial used on the inner and outer lid, Creme Brulee used on the inner lid, Haute Chocolate used in the crease and blended onto lower lash line, Triple Fudge used to deepen the crease “just a little”, and White Chocolate as the brow highlight.)

Eye liner – Jordana 12 Hour Made to last gel pencil liner in Black (waterline/tightline and lower lash line), Jesse’s Girl Waterproof eyeliner pen (winged liner)

Mascara – Perfekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel topped with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara

Lips – Milani’s Color statement liner in Spiced and YSL’s Ulimate Beige Lipstick

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle

As I mentioned earlier, lighting was not ideal so I was not too happy with the photos I was able to get before the rain came down harder and the sky darkened.  I take all of my photos outside in natural lighting so it was a bit of an issue, but at least I have some photos to show.

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle
Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle
Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial - Cherry Truffle
Hope you all enjoyed this look.  I hope to be back next week with another Tutorial for Tutorial Tuesday! 
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Be My Valentine!

Be My Valentine - Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

Valentine’s Day is just a few short weeks away.  Most you know – I have a huge crush on anything that has to do with “being in love” and this Holiday is no exception.  Since I came up short with doing any Valentine’s Day tutorials last year (I only posted looks), I decided that it would be best to start early this year.  I am also entering this look into the Ipsy January Look Challenge since I was able to utilize products from the January Ipsy Bag.  This will also be the first tutorial using the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (review coming soon).

So have you put any thought into what you are going to be doing this Valentine’s Day?  My husband will be working the night shift so my sons and I will be having a nice little dinner at home.  While I’ll miss my husband tremendously (I’m one of those gushy romantics), I know that everyday is Valentine’s Day for us and I’m lucky that he makes me feel special each and every day!

Be My Valentine - Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

Check out the list of products used as well as a video tutorial embedded below.  You can also watch the video directly on YouTube here.

Be My Valentine: Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial feat Ipsy & Smashbox

Products used:

Face Moisturizer:  Nourish Organic Moisturizer from Ipsy

Eye shadow primer:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadow Base:  NYX Shadow Base in skin tone

Shadows:  Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Pop of color:  Elizabeth Mott’s Smooth Shadow pencil in Penny (inner corners of the eye for pop of color & highlight) – Ipsy

Liner:  Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last pencil in Espresso Last (waterline/tightline), Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Liner (winged liner – upper lash line), Smashbox Stay Sharp & Shimmer On 3D Liner in 3D Sparks (lower lash line)

Mascara:  Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Mascara layered with Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara

Lashes:  KISS Lashes in 01

Brows:  Cailyn Gelux Brow Gel in Cocoa (not showed on camera)

Lips:  Revo Walgreens Brand Sphere Lip Balm (watermelon), Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner (to keep the Mica Beauty from Feathering or moving), Mica Beauty Tinted Lip Balm in Natural (Ipsy), Milani Fuchsia Color Statement Lip Liner, Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Brazen Berry, YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) Rouge Volumpte Shine in 19 – Fuchsia in Rage and topped with NYX’s Butter Gloss in Raspberry Tarte.

Hair:  Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-in Conditioner

Be My Valentine - Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

I wanted this look to be very easy to recreate and wearable.  While the liner is a bit on the bold and dramatic side, this look will offer a bit of sexy and sultry but without all the effort.  You can surely add blush/bronzer if you wanted to – but I decided to opt out of that in this look.  I promise to have at least one more Valentine’s Day tutorial posted in the next two weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy or learning more about it – click on my link here:  For just $10 a month you get a cosmetic bag filled with 4-5 products.  In the past I have gotten goodies from Urban Decay, Sexy Hair, NYX, and so much more.

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day – whether you are Single or In-Love… make it an awesome day!

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