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As we near the end of October 2016, I figured I would share with you a few products from brands that support the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.  While Breast Cancer Awareness is widely publicized each year in the month of October, the fact is – this cancer and others do not discriminate and attack all times of the year so it’s important that we do our best to be aware of what is out there and support the cause in the best way possible.  “Think Pink” has been a way of supporting those we love and it can be done every day of the year, not just in October.  I have been touched by cancer many times in my life, after losing my uncle Allen (my dad’s brother) to Leukemia when I was just a baby, I remember how it has affected my family and Lung Cancer, ALS and Breast Cancer have all been contributions to loss in my family over the years.  It is something I whole-heartily support and awareness is important for everyone.  Today I’ll be sharing with you a few products and brands that support the Breast Cancer Awareness cause and campaign so that the next time you’re shopping, you can “think pink” too.

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Travalo is one of my favorite girly beauty items.  It’s not your traditional makeup item, but I love scents and I love to smell good – so Travalo allows me to take my fragrance on the go with me.  This October, Travalo – the leader in travel fragrance options, has partnered with Bright Pink.  Bright Pink is on a mission to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age.  Bright Pink is the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

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In the month of October, 25% off all sales of the Travalo Excel, Class HD and Milano pink models will be donated to Bright Pink.  Consumers will be supporting Bright Pink’s goal to reach 52 million young women in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 45, while continuing to have the ability to refill fragrances directly from a standard bottle through the patented and unrivaled Genie-S pump fill system from Travalo.

Purchase Travalo in the US here: http://us.travalo.com/

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Another product I love and have raved about here on the blog over the last couple of months is WINK by Amalie.  #PinkWINK is a campaign I discussed here, and is part of their BOGO for the Cure Campaign.  For every bottle of WINK that is sold during the month of October, Amalie will donate one bottle to a cancer survivor to help them regrow their lashes and brows that are lost through chemotherapy.  This is one of my favorite campaigns for Breast Cancer Awareness because often times we don’t think about the challenges a survivor of breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter) will endure.  WINK is also one of my favorite beauty products as I have noticed huge results from using this product over the last 3-4 months.

Purchase WINK in Pink here: https://www.amaliebeauty.com/products/wink

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This October, the all natural hair care brand Hair La Vie and all natural foot care brand Baby Foot will also be joining the fight.  Each company will be donating 20% of their October sales to help the fight against cancer.

Hair La Vie is one of my all time favorite hair supplements and I’m proud to share with you their campaign for this year.  Through their innovative, results-oriented line of nourishing hair supplements and natural hair products, Hair La Vie is in the business of making women not only feel good about their hair, but about themselves.  Hair La Vie is also a brand that strives to help causes that they hold dear to their heart and they make it a top priority for them – especially women’s health issues.  For the month of October, Hair Lav Vie will be donating 20% of their sales profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

HAIR LA VIE designs natural hair care products to help you grow longer, fuller hair faster than ever before. Hair La Vie has been on the market for a little over two years and has been incredibly well-received by thousands of women around the country. To learn more about Hair La Viesuccess stories, please click here.

Hair La Vie Revitalizing Hair Blend Vitamins $39 per bottle of 30 capsules
Hair La Vie Revitalize Shampoo & Restore Conditioner $49 per set, 8 oz. each bottle
Hair La Vie Moroccan Repair Serum $30, 2 fl. oz.
Hair La Vie “Revive” Deep Hydration Masque Price: $35, 8 fl. oz.

Available at HairLaVie.com

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Baby Foot, a new product that I will be reviewing for all of you here in the coming weeks, is an all natural foot exfoliant containing 17 natural extracts that help get your feet back to looking and feeling like baby feet.  This October, 20% of Baby Foot’s proceeds from their limited edition pink box will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  Baby Foot Exfoliant is working hard this month to promote breast cancer awareness with their limited edition Pink Box.

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Baby Foot, the revolutionary, all-natural, Japanese foot exfoliant that makes your feet as smooth and soft as a baby’s foot, contains a unique formula that allows your feet to exfoliate naturally, leaving them highly moisturized; $25 at BabyFoot.com.

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While October is coming to an end in a few short days,  you still have some time to check out some of these sites and support the cause.  I am a believer that support for any type of charity or campaign should happen all year long and that’s why my family and I give back to these causes several times through out the year, but I think it’s awesome that companies do this too.  I have been easily discouraged over the years by other companies that have exploited the cause of these campaigns, but I’m thankful that there are some great ones out there for positive benefit of those that need it.  I have included items that I think would help make any woman (or man) feel wonderful and positive no matter their struggle.  Whether it be to help with strengthening and regrowing their hair or lashes/brows, pampering themselves after long hours of chemo and recovery, or bringing a little swagger with a signature scent… I think these brands offer great products with a great cause.   Help support the cause and consider these items when you are online shopping.

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Yay, I’m so proud of myself for getting my September Favorites up earlier than I normally do each month.  Check out some of the products and things that made my favorites for the month of September and watch to the end so you can enter to win some goodies in my Surprise Giveaway.

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With all the kiddos heading back to school for the 2016-2017 school year, Target has you covered.  The “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” product collection includes leading natural, organic and sustainable brands for you to choose from.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  Are you a Target shopper?  If so, read on and check out some of these brands that you can add to your list the next time you’re out shopping.

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Target is one of my favorite stores to shop at and I’m excited to share a few fun brands for you to check out as a part of the “Made to Matter Handpicked by Target” collection.  These brands and products offer an assortment of great products and today I’m going to share them with all of you.

Pacifica is a brand that I know and love and I’m very thankful to be a Pacifica Beauty Ambassador.  The Made to Matter product from Pacifica is the DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara ($15.99) which I wrote a review on previously (you can find that here).  This mascara provides instant amplification with natural plant fibers that build and build plus fortify your lashes with an innovative peptide serum.  It also includes a magic wand that changes up your mascara game with a twist.  Fake it till you make it with this awesome mascara.

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Shea Moisture Made to Matter Products – Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner ($10.99 each).  I’m a huge fan of the Shea Moisture products but have not tried this particular line from the brand until now.  These nourishing recipes are made with natural and certified organic ingredients and are designed to hydrate and soften dry, brittle hair.  Key Ingredients include:  Peace Rose Oil Complex (Alpine, Damask and Must Rose Oils) to help soften and silken dry hair.  Date Pam Extract to provide protective moisture barrier with sensitivity pathway blockers and Camellia Leaf Extract contains antioxidant properties, soothing minor skin and scalp irritation.  I have been LOVING these hair products and plan to have a full review up on the blog in the coming weeks.

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Method Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash ($3.49) is a design-driven, planet-friendly home and personal care product that was designed in collaboration with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood.  The line includeds four custom painterly patterns and fragrances that span a variety of method products in this limited edition collection for fall – bringing sophisticated style to everyday products.  The bottle is gorgeous with a chic design that is show stopping and the scent of the soap is awesome.  Method met the clean label challenge for the Made to Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team so that they could verify the safety and sustainability.

Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters in Raspberry, Orange, Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne & Ginger Lime ($2.99) are the perfect back to school drink.  Suja has created the first enhanced water on teh market with no additives of any kind and no natural or artificial flavors.  Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Waters are Organic, Non-GMO and Cold-Pressured.  Suja’s waters are the first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics.  10 calories and one gram of sugar or less, the pressed probiotic waters offer a subtle sweetness and no additives of any kind.  They also contain 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.

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Annie’s Snacks ($3.45/box) and Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs ($1.99) are delicious snacks that are perfect for back to school.  These treats are conveniently packed to put into the lunchbox and are a nutritious snack for the whole family.  They are tasty and fun and I love that they are perfect for on the go.

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Paper Masks ($2.99) are single use Ultra Hydrating paper masks that naturally hydrate and provide the skin with and extra dose of tropical scented moisture.

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Tom’s of Maine just launched their first natural antiperspirant for Men – Naturally Dry North Woods.  Selected for the “2016 Made to Matter-Handpicked by Target” Program. 48 Hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or artificial fragrances.  It’s also non-irritating and with every purchase Tom’s of Main donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet. Tom’s Main Naturally Dry Deodorant ($4.49) is reasonably priced and smells nice.  But I especially like that it will not cause irritation to my husband who has sensitive skin like me.

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Tom’s of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($4.99) is their newest, most advanced natural whitening toothpaste designed exclusively for Target.  Luminous White offers effective whitening with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains.  Most importantly, it’s safe on enamel and selected for the 2016 “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target program because it contains no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners like saccharin.  It’s also gluten free with no animal testing and clinically proven, dual silica whitening technology.

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The Honest Company has been one my family has really grown to love.  The Organic Healing Balm ($12.95) is a favorite mainly because it is very similar to those that I currently use from other brands.  It’s an all purpose salve for dry, chafed or sensitive skin and a favorite in our household because I can easily carry it in my purse and take on the go for when I need it most.  It’s all natural, soothing and hypoallergenic which make it all great for my sensitive skin and my family.  Award winning, this balm is a must have, super versatile salve to help soothe my very dry and sensitive skin and so much more.  With organic sunflower, olive and coconut oils along with shea butter to nourish and moisturize, my dry skin gets the relief it needs.  It’s also made without petroleum, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances, dyes and most ingredients that cause common allergies.

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The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray ($2.98) is also a favorite in our house.  It smells so refreshing and bright with an orange citrus scent and moisturizes with aloe vera.  Kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria, this antiseptic + moisturizer offers antimicrobial protection made with plant-based ingredients.  Soothing botanicals help to reduce drying, redness and chapping and there are no harsh chemicals.  I love that it is in a convenient (easy to travel and use on the go) packaging and it’s a favorite to always have on hand.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner ($3.99) is something new to our family and I have not used it prior to this.  Heritage-inspired specialty cleaners that are bleach-free but still work hard on grease, grime and soap-residue.  Mrs. Meye’s Vinegar Gel Cleaner in Lemon Verbena smells nice and is naturally thickened vinegar with the Lemon Verbena fragrance to help clean stainless steel to a bright, brilliant shine without needed to rinse.  Use to clean countertops, the refrigerator, handles, knobs and all those little do-it-yourself vinegar jobs but with more of a pleasant scent.  I love it… I am someone who keeps a bottle of vinegar on hand just for cleaning the house and this product is awesome.

Happy Family Organics Brand Happy Tot Super Smart Organic Pears, Peas & Mangos ($1.60)  I have been seeing kiddos around our neighborhood and at football practice sipping on these pouches over the last couple of weeks and I was excited to be able to try one.  Since a toddler’s brain doubles in size from birth to age 2, it’s essential to give them the proper support for a tot’s growth.  These Super Smart pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of choline, both important nutrients to help support brain health in a growing toddler.  But, while these are formulated mainly for toddlers, the boys tried them and really enjoy it.  I know they have a variety of flavors for older kids too so we’ll be checking those out in the next week or so and stocking up.

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Babyganics Moisturizing Lotion ($7.29 for 11oz bottle) is the only baby lotion designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, featuring NeoNourish Natural Seed Oil Blend and the 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena (also available fragrance free).  It’s free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, dyes or synthetic fragrances and the boys enjoy it as well as I do.  Non-allergenic, pediatrician & dermatologist tested and never tested on animals, this is a really nice brand that includes Shea butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and the Babyganics 100% natural NeoNourish Seed Oil Blend.

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Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers ($3.99) has been a fun new treat for us.  Clean Label, USDA Organic, Non-GMO, nothing artificial and low in sugar, high in nutrition with 1/2 serving of vegetables.  Smart Crackers are baked in a zero waste die and no scrap dough and the boys love that there are puzzle games on the 1005 recycled paperboard.  The crackers are made with real organic veggies and come in three yummy flavors:  Cheddar Chia Veggie, Mapple Carrot Crisp and Sweet Potato Cinna-Graham.  They are made with love in the USA in a peanut and tree nut-free bakery.  My sons really enjoy them and I think they taste really good… YUM.

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Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars ($4.99 / 6 bars) are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle.  The first and only granola bar made totally organic, gluten free and peanut free so they’re the perfect allergy-friendly lunchbox snack.  The boys love these and love the way they taste, plus – the cute monkey on the packaging is a total fun way to snack.

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Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs ($12.99) include Seventh Generations trusted Free & Clear laundry formula that is now available in EPA safer Choice certified all-temperature laundry packs.  These bio-based laundry packs use quadruple-enzyme power to remove stains and leave your clothes looking good as new.  The product includes 45 toss-and-wash single-dose pods to make laundry day simple and mess-free.  Their EPA Safer Choice certification means that every ingredient in their laundry packs have been reviewed by the EPA to ensure it meets their stringent human health & environmental criteria.  What I enjoy the most about these laundry packs is that they are perfect for sensitive skin and my family is full with sensitive skin bodies.  I think this will become a favorite our ours in the future and you may see a full review on this in the months to come.

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As I mentioned before, “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target” is a collection of products of leading natural, organic and sustainable brands.  At the heart of Made to Matter is an assortment of great products made with simple, recognizable ingredients that are designed to be higher quality for everyone and accessible to anyone.  It is always a great thing to walk into my local Target store to see the “Made to Matter” logo and emblem on product displays because I know what they are about and am proud to support these brands.  This year I was introduced to brands I have never tried before and some that I have loved over the years and my family and I have been enjoying them all.

It’s always great when a company offers such great quality but higher standards and I’m excited for my readers and friends to try some of these brands for themselves.

Make sure to shop all of these amazing #MadeToMatter favorites on Target/MadeToMatter website:  http://www.target.com/c/made-to-matter or at your local Target Store.

Thank you Target and Pacifica Beauty for sending my family and I this awesome gift of goodies, we surely love them and look forward to trying more.

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It’s not very often that we chit chat brows here on the blog, probably because mine are pretty low maintenance for the most part so I don’t really pay too much attention to them.  However, today I join the Beauty Blogger Collaboration in sharing a little brow love.  I’m pretty blessed in that my brows are pretty full and usually I will just set them into place if I need to but otherwise, unless they need a little drama, they are simple as pie.  But, I figured I would share some of my favorite eye brow products with you and why I enjoy them so much.

Favorite eye brow products

Brows are really important as they frame the face and bring a look together.  My natural brows are fairly full so most times I will use a spoolie to comb them into place and if I feel the need, a little brow gel to hold their shape for the day.   Brow gels are probably the most essential in my arsenal, though I do have a few others that I enjoy.  I have tried many brow products over the years, but since I have sensitive skin – there are some that just do not work well for me or dry my brows out terribly.  I find that these products haven’t caused any of these issues so I continue to use them.

favorite brow products

First let’s talk brow gels.  This is my go-to and I will use it daily if I feel like my natural brows are unruly and out of control.  These two brow gels are clear and work well.  The NYX Control Freak has been a go-to for me over the last year (since it’s release) and I have a full review of this product which you can read up on here.  The Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel is a favorite because of it’s small brush.  Both products offer nice control and hold without a crispy feeling.  They look natural and are easy to apply.  Out of all the brow products I own, I will pull for these the most for every day use and to set my brows in place when I have shaded them in.

favorite eye brow products

The next products on my list are brow tints or colored brow products.  These are easy just like the brow gels mentioned previously but they have a tint to them that will allow for shading in my brows.  These are especially perfect for those days during the summer when I tend to go lighter in my brows to match my hair that gets lightened quickly and easily from the sun.  These products will fill in any gaps and give my brows a lighter tone.

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  • I have been using the Per-fekt Brow Perfection Gel now for years and have repurchased this product many times.  In the shade caramel, this mascara like wand is perfect for shading in my brows and giving my brows a brighter and lighter appearance.  It lasts all day and keeps my brows in place for hours without budging.
  • Benefit’s Gimme Brow was added to my brow game last year and I’m not gonna lie… for the amount of product you get in a small little tube, it is pretty costly.  But, honestly – I have repurchased twice so I must like it.  The tiny little brush is perfect for filling in your brows and adding more volume.  The cream-like gel has tiny little fibers that fill in the brows to provide a natural brow look that is full and set in place.  I don’t use this product as much as the other tints because the shade is just a tad bit too ashy for me, but it works well during the winter months which is when I tend to pull for it most.
  • LASHEMS Colour Strokes Brow Tint and Lift in Brunette is one of my favorites and has a caramel toned shade that fills in my brows easily and sets those babies in place that they will not budge for hours.  I love to use this product especially in the summer to lighten my brows a tad but also keep them in place while I’m playing in the sun.  You can read my full review and see before and after photos on the LASHEM Colour Strokes Brow Tint here.

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Cailyn’s Gelux Eyebrow in Cocoa is a thick tinted wax that works perfectly to keep my brows in place but also for filling my brows in.  It has a thick consistency but it is also quite firm, not as creamy as you would expect.  Due to it’s firm wax texture, it makes shading in your brows really easy and provides a really nice texture so that it looks natural when applied.  Shaping my brows is easy with the built in brush and this product is great for travel.  This is not my “all the time” brow product – but when I really want a sculpted look, this works well and is a favorite.  This is much thicker than Anastasia Dip Brow but this is what I opted to use after Dip Brow caused my brows to dry out and flake.  It’s been a great alternative for me without the sensitivity issues and I love that Cailyn’s Gelux Eyebrow comes in 8 different shades, making it easy for me to lighten my brows up should I find the need.  I also love that this is waterproof… so I find it my go-to for days I want my brows in place but I know I’ll be sweaty or near the ocean or water play and it will last many hours on the brows.

favorite eye brow products

New on my favorites list are a few products from Paula Dorf and Jordana.  Paula Dorf’s 2+1 for Brows in Brunette is a great product to use when you want to shape and shade in your brows and then set with a built in wax.  Definitely a good product for travel.  I do love to use it when going out and I want a fuller brow shape.  If you are looking for longevity however, this product may not be good for a long day and is not waterproof.  But it is great for filling in the brows and the two shades available in the pot are perfect for days I want to go darker or lighter.  You can find three different shade selections for this brow set so you should easily be able to find the brow shade that matches best for you.

The next product is the Jordana FabuBrow Eyebrow Pencil.  This is just a simple drugstore pencil with a little brush at the end.  This pencil comes in 6 shades and I find that I can switch between a few of them depending on my “brow color mood”.  It’s easy to apply – just use as you would a regular brow pencil.  The color is long lasting but not waterproof and you can choose to set with a brow gel if you like.  I find I use this often because it is easy, affordable and it works.

favorite brow products

Last on my brow game list are some overall products from one brand I enjoy.  Billion Dollar Brows is a line I was introduced to early last year and I find that I really enjoy their products.  The Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit is probably the best value for this line and includes everything you need to create some awesome brows.  Check out my post on this kit here.  I love that when applying these brow products they make my eyebrows look full but natural.  I don’t use it often, but I do love to use it when I have a full face of makeup (eye shadow, etc.) because it really frames my face nicely.

So that is my round up of favorite brow products.  I’m sure there are so much more out there.  At one time, the Wet n Wild Eye Brow Kit was my absolute favorite and if it was still easy for me to get my hands on – I would probably still be using it.  Like anything else beauty, what works for some – may not work for others.  It’s funny because a cult favorite in the beauty community actually did not work for me while others are considered my holy grail products.  That’s the great thing about beauty – everyone and everything is all about individual preference. 🙂  For example… I like a little color in my brows from time to time… so it’s okay to have fun with makeup!

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Dramatic brows – Paula Dorf 2+1 Brows used to fill in the brows and then colored with a burgundy shadow for drama.

Make sure to head on over to the lovely ladies of the Beauty Blogger Collaboration (links below) and see what they had to say about brows.  I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe learned about some products you haven’t heard of before.  What are your favorite eye brow products?  Do you have any on my list that you love or have tried?

xo

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  Some of the products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review purposes.  I was not paid or monetarily compensated to provided a post on those products and my opinions are 100% honest and unbiased.

 

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There is absolutely no hiding it, I am an android lover.  It has been said in various posts and videos in the past that as much as many have tried to get me to convert, I just can’t do it and am a huge fan of the Android base system and what it has to offer.  As if that was not enough, after owning the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 previously, I just couldn’t see converting to iPhone either… Recently, I upgraded my phone to the Note 4, and it is my technological best friend.

What's on my phone?

Being in a technology world, it comes as no surprise that I use many of my phone and computer features as a part of my daily routine and overall work base.  I whole-heartily believe that you must “disengage” yourself from technology often, but I also run my entire world through my phone and sync it directly with my paper planner so my lifeline for certain things can be found here.  It’s ingenious if you think about it, years ago when I was still carrying around my funky button phone, there was no such thing as an app and now – there are a plethora of them available at the touch of a screen.

So what apps are important to me.  Be sure to check out the video below where I walk you through each aspect of what is on my phone.  Click here to watch directly on YouTube.  It’s a long one, so grab a cup of joe and enjoy.  Not into long videos?  Well, do not worry – I sum it all up for you below.

 

Most of the applications on my phone are geared towards production or productivity.

Blog, Productivity and Tasks apps:

  • WordPress – I blog through WordPress.Org and use this app to write up drafts for my site as well as manage images, etc.  A handy app for blogging on the go.
  • Trello – One of my favorite apps for organizing anything.  This is a free app that you can use to organize a schedule, project, or anything you can think of and share with others so they can add and remove from your task list.  I use this for project planning and for party planning and I love how easy of an interface it is.  Interested in checking it out?  Click here.
  • Evernote – Similar to Trello but different, if that makes any sense.  Evernote is what I use on the go when I can’t access WordPress.  It allows me to type out notes or a full letter or post if I want and save for a later date.  I save images, task lists – anything you can think of and can sync via my phone, tablet and desk top as with Trello.
  • Wunderlist – Yes, I may be in a task list overload… but this app is my go to for grocery lists and even listing ideas for posts and videos.  I love that I can break it down easily in it’s own little folders, sub folders, etc. and check them off once I’m done.  It’s simple and again, works through my desk top and my phone/tablet allowing me to be able to access on the go.  This has been my go-to shopping buddy.
  • Scanbot – I use this to scan all of my documents into PDF form, includes receipts too and saves to the drives I request.
  • DocuSign – I use this app to sign documents easily using my built in S-Pen.  You can then email to the recipient or save.

Favorite Dining, Review, Travel and Realty Apps:

  • Open Table – My absolute favorite app for booking reservations.  I use this app for looking up reviews as well.
  • Urban Spoon – Another cool app for looking up reviews and menus on restaurants.  I have been using Urban Spoon for years and have utilized it not only in my home state but many places across the US.  It is a life saver when in a pinch and you have no idea what or where to eat.
  • Uber – A fun taxi app.  I haven’t used it yet since I haven’t been traveling lately, but I will soon.
  • Yelp – I use Yelp often and if I’m not featuring a restaurant or establishment here on my blog, you know you can find my review on Yelp.
  • Yellow Pages / Yellow Book – Who needs to pay for 411?  I love that the Yellow Pages app is easy to use and quick.  Find anything you need from pizza to a hotel or a pair of socks at your finger tips.
  • Kayak – Have you seen the commercials?  This app makes booking travel very easy.
  • TripAdvisor – Look up reviews of your favorite destination resorts, etc. and find the cheapest rate for travel
  • Expedia – A long time favorite… I will always use this for discounts on airfare, travel, etc.
  • Zillow – An easy interface for looking for houses in the area you want to purchase.
  • Realtor.com – Find your dream house with this easy to use app.
  • Trulia – one of my favorite realty apps besides Zillow – this app will allow you to see what is available for purchase in the Realty market.  Since my hubs and I are always on the hunt to buy our dream home, Realty apps make it simple.

Shopping Apps:

Everything from Amazon to Etsy and don’t forget Sephora.  I have shopping apps at the click of the wrist.

shopping apps
Social Media Apps:

Of course, Social Media is an important part of blogging but in general my way to stay in communication.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are some of my daily used apps.

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Finance apps:

Everything from Credit Score apps to PayPal, I find that balancing your Finances or just looking them up is a great way to stay on top of your task at hand.  Looking for an App to help manage your finances and get you prepared for Tax Season, Mint is a great one.  Oh – and Credit Karma really is free!  After paying a ton a month for another Credit Score company, I’m so glad I finally found Credit Karma.

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Food apps:

Everything from recipes to menu planning, if you follow me on Instagram or here on the blog, you will know that I am a major foodie.  While creating my dishes from scratch is what I strive for, I love trying new recipes that I can find in some of these applications available.  Yummly and Food Network In the Kitchen are some of my favorite recipe apps.

Food apps
Workout, Health & Fitness Apps:

Tracking my water intake daily, my period and my work outs are all easy thanks to some fun and easy to use apps that I have found available.  S Health is my favorite and came standard with my phone.  It tracks where I go via GPS, how long of a walk or run I have done and even plays music for you.  A great app for those looking to get healthy or stay healthy.  Interested in joining a community where others encourage you?  I think MyFitnessPal is a great one.  Looking to track your woman cycle or all the monthly stuff?  Check out MyDays.

health fitness apps
Game Apps:

I’m not gonna lie, I’m addicted to these Games listed here… don’t judge! hahahaha!  I want to know your favorite games, comment below and tell me!  FarmVille 2, Trivia Crack & Word Crack have been a few that I have been addicted to lately.

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Music Apps:

Music feeds my soul and if you have been here on my blog a while, you would know this.  Each application has its purpose and I enjoy each one.  However, Pandora, Spotify and iHeartRadio are surely some of my favorites.

music apps
Photo and Video Editing Apps:

I’m always downloading and checking out new Photo and Video apps to try.  However, a few of my favorites that I use consistently are:  Magisto, Flipagram, PicsArt, Afterlight, Moldiv and Aviary.

photo video apps
So, that is the round up of my most used apps.  Of course, I do have my Google Apps which I use consistently like Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Google + and Docs.  Overall, even if I go old school with my planner, my phone works side by side with what I do daily and it is my go-to for everything most of the time.  Applications on my phone keep me organized and on task and they also help to keep the kids busy as well with apps like Netflix or YouTube Kids.

I hope you enjoyed this break down of the things I have on my phone.  I love my phone – it’s versatile, does what I need it to do and works for my lifestyle so the apps I download must be able to do the same.  Don’t forget to check out my video (click here) to get a walk through of everything available on my phone.  What applications do you find are necessarily to keep you on task?  What are your favorite things on your phone at the moment?  Comment below and let me know what apps you love.

Signature Honey

Flowers, fruits and sunshine, oh my… Spring is on it’s way and I can already smell the flora of Hawaii getting ready to bloom.  Together with The Beauty Blogger Collaboration, I bring to you my list of Favorite Spring Fragrances for 2015.

Honey's Favorite Spring Fragrances

It’s well known that I’m a sugary scent lover and I don’t tend to stray far from the scent I’ve been profiled for… but I also like clean scents, floras and fruity notes and tend to pull for those most during the Spring months.

Pure DKNY Fragrance

DKNY is a staple in my fragrance book and a scent I use year round but more during the spring and summer seasons since it smells clean and fresh.  With notes like freesia, jasmine, lotus, white amber and rose – this scent smells fresh and clean while still offering a flirty and girly to the mix.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck

I’m not gonna lie, though I did smell a sample of this perfume and enjoyed it, I bought Taylor Swifts Wonderstruck because I was absolutely in love with the packaging.  We all know I love purple and I just knew I had to have this.  But this perfume is so much more than just a cute bottle.  Wonderstruck offers such a soft, feminine touch to what can often be a hard exterior on me.  With notes like raspberry, black berry, peach and vanilla, I absolutely love the fruity side of this perfume.

Coach Love Fragrance

It’s no secret that I am a huge Coach fan and I have always enjoyed their fragrances, but Coach Love is a fragrance I consider a favorite during Spring and year round.  Since this perfume includes Patchouli, I didn’t think I would like it – but with a blend of Gardenia, Violet, Vanilla and Caramel as well as musk and sandalwood, everything seems to come together perfectly and fits my scent favorites exactly.

Delicious Cotton Candy Perfume

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a huge fan of Pink Sugar by Aquolina, so it comes to no surprise that I would love Delicious Cotton Candy by Gale Hayman.  This became a favorite of mine after stumbling into it at my local Ross.  Needless to say – I was quite intrigued with the name… Cotton Candy.  Come on now, there is no way I would be able to not try this scent out.  It has become a favorite of mine and while it may be too sugary for some, I love it and a little goes a very long way.  Filled with notes of Cotton Candy, Vanilla, sugar, caramel, strawberries and fruits like orange and plums, this scent is definitely delicious.

Lavanilla Vanilla Coconut perfume

Last but not least is Lavanilla’s Vanilla Coconut.  If you don’t know this already – I lather myself in coconut oil, coconut body butter and all that yumminess each night so mixing two of my very favorite scents together is absolutely divine.  I know, I know… it might be a little too sugary sweet for some, but I can’t help it… my momma didn’t name me Honey because I was sour… lol.  This fragrance includes three favorite scents of mine… Coconut, Madagascar Vanilla and the Tahitian Tiare flower (which I have in my yard about ready to bloom).  It encompasses my favorites while giving me a feeling of sexy and girly.

Honey's Favorite Spring Fragrances

Whether fruity, floral or sweet I think perfumes and fragrances are all a matter taste and preference and I’m finding that scents I didn’t like before, I find I enjoy them now.  I consider myself someone who thinks seasonally – so I really enjoyed putting this post together to share with all of you.  What about you?  What are the scents you are looking forward to using this Spring?

Signature Honey

Don’t forget to stop by my girls from The Beauty Blogger Collaboration and see what made their top picks for fragrances. (Link below)


PRESS SAMPLE / SELF PURCHASED

I’m not normally a late shopper when it comes to the Holiday months and try to get all my Christmas shopping done in a timely manner to beat the crowds and the mail man.  But, I know that life happens sometimes and it can be a difficult thing to get your shopping done in time to make the Christmas rush.  While we are less than a week away from Santa stopping by our houses, I wanted to share with you a few quick buys for those on your shopping list.  While presents to open under the tree or gift cards and money are great, let’s not forget the people in our lives that love to read.  What’s so awesome is that the Kindle books offers so many gift giving ideas… simply at the click of a button.  The receiver can easily download their selection and enjoy their read on the go or at the comforts of their own homes.  Here are a few books that I have added to my reading list for myself and my husband as well as my boys.

Clean Food Diet

What better way to start the new year with some clean eating.  This book includes 50+ natural recipes for healthy living.  Now, don’t get me wrong… I’m not turning Vegan on you… I love my animal friends but giving up my carnivore ways are just impossible, but at least I can incorporate some of these healthy recipes into my diet. The Clean Food Diet by Jonathan Vine offers a variety of recipes for your heart’s desire.

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Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg is the perfect adventure and educational book for your child(ren) between the ages of 2 and 6.  This book is about a little boy with red hair and freckles who loves to climb trees.  He goes on a little adventure and takes your children along with him.  Filled with photos and stories, this is the perfect book for your preschooler and includes rhyming text as well.

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Have you heard of Ally Nathaniel?  Ally is a children’s author who has published 10 books via Amazon (ebooks).  Her books include a wide range of subjects for Toddlers and Preschoolers as well as elementary school children.  Some of her books talk about Self-esteem and self empowerment as well which makes it great reading for your littles.  The selection she has is great and I highly recommend checking out what she has available.

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If you have been a reader of my blog for a while now, you know that my husband experiences severe back pain after an injury.  To try to help with the pain so that he doesn’t have to have surgery on his spine, we are always looking for alternative solutions and the Low Back Pain Program by Sherwin Nicholson offers some techniques that can be used to help relieve pain.  In this book you can learn how to self treat chronic lower back pain easily and safely.  This guide is designed to carefully teach you the correct methods to move, train and strengthen your body to properly relieve your back pain.  While I suggest that you first discuss with your physician before any treatment, I definitely think giving this a look see will be beneficial – especially at its price point.

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The Paleo Kid is one of my absolute favorite ebooks, offering 26 easy recipes that I can incorporate into my families diet and making the transition easy peezy for the children. This book includes Gluten Free recipes which make it great for those that are on a Gluten Free diet and the recipes are easy to make.  Kid Tested Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack meals that are not only great for your kids but the entire family.

The list on my kindle is ever growing but I wanted to share a few books that I have recently added to my reading list and a few that I have loved this past year.  While this list is small, I wanted to offer ebooks that I know would be great for families alike.  I will be sure to share more of these in the coming months but for now, if you are looking for some ideas for last minute Christmas / Holiday gifts, give these a try and see if they are something you’ll enjoy.  Happy Holidays!

Signature Honey

 

Some of the books discussed in this review were provided to me for free download for review and consideration via Tomoson.  While some of them may be free, my opinions are 100% honest and my own.

I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by.  In all honesty, I think I blinked or closed my eyes for a nap like Rip Van Wrinkle and woke up a year later.  So much has happened this year and I have had the awesome opportunity to try out so many different products newly released.  While I have tried out so many wonderful products, I also found that I stuck with a few favorites from last year as well.  With the end of 2014 so quickly approaching, myself and the gorgeous beauties from the Beauty Council bring to you our Best of Beauty 2014.

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My list includes a variety of Cosmetics, skin care, face and body products as well as hair and perfume.  My favorites range from Drug store products to high end and include a wide variety for all.  I know I’m a little earlier than usual this year, as I normally make this post or video in January – but I wanted to share this information with you in case you are looking for ideas for Christmas presents for that Beauty lover in your life.  I’ll have a video and maybe a revised post sometime in January.

[Some of the products mentioned in this post include Press Samples & Affiliate Links.]Best of Beauty 2014

This year I tried out a lot of new skin care items and while some didn’t quite work for me, others have become favorites of mine.

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  • Coconut Oil – this has been a favorite of mine a few years now and still something I just can’t live without.  It is the number one item in my skin care arsenal.
  • Freeman Beauty Feeling Beautiful Face Masks – I have tried several of these this year and so far I’m loving them all.  They are not harsh on my sensitive skin and really affordable.
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – this is my HG facial cleanser and one I’ve been using for years now.
  • Japanese Konjac Sponge – I have used a few varieties of these Konjac Sponges this year and they have been great for my face and a separate for my body.
  • Valentia Skin care Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Serum – We all know I’m a serum addict and this one is one of my favorites.
  • Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing System – I have only been using this the last few months but it is my favorite cleansing tool to date.
  • Be Delectable by Cake Beauty Body Lotion – yummy, delicious scent and great moisturization.  One of my favorite lotions – EVER!
hair care

For hair care this year, I wanted to be able to use products that would offer my hair more moisture so I could embrace my natural curls.  I also needed products that would protect my hair from sun damage and help tame my frizz.

  • Dove Pure Care Dry Oil – When used in combination with my Coconut Oil and/or Argan Oil, this dry oil has helped to keep my hair soft and frizz free.  This product also smells yummy!
  • DermOrganic Argan Oil Hair Care line – these products, all of them from this line have become favorites this year and I don’t know what I would do if I lost them or couldn’t buy them.  They leave my hair feeling so soft, my curls are gorgeous and my hair is frizz-free.

best of makeup 2014

I can’t believe the amount of products I have had the opportunity to test out and use this year.  While I had to narrow my list down quite a bit, I chose out a few items that I knew I tend to pull for more than others.

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – I wish my local stores sold all the shades available, but nonetheless, I stock up on these when I can.  They apply like a liquid lipstick, feel nice on the lips and their matte.
  • J.Cat Wonder Lip Paints – these very affordable lip gloss like products are fun and come in a variety of shades.  I own six of them and really have been enjoying wearing them the last 6 months or so.
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes – these lippies were just recently released within the last few months.  They are creamy, feel wonderful on the lips and they don’t dry my lips at all.
  • Milani Color Statement Lipsticks – there’s no secret there that I am in love with these lipsticks.  Nuff said. lol
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils – ah, these are so awesome.  Full with pigment and color, feels wonderful on the lips and non-drying.
  • Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadows – I love how easy these are to apply to my eyes and they are so easy to grab and use for days when my makeup application has to be quick. So affordable too.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – I have a few favorite palettes from this year, Lorac Pro 2, Lorac Mega Pro and so many more… but if I had to choose one palette I thought really hit it home for me this year – it was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. And, I’m not gonna lie… my Semi Sweet palette is on its way – so I am excited for that too.
Best Face Products 2014
It’s no secret that I have a thing for blush and highlighters.  Well, let’s face it, I have a thing makeup in general. lol  But this year I tried out some new products and ventured on to new goodies to play with.
  • Benefit Porefessional – While I don’t use many face products, I do sometimes look to primers to help minimize pores.  This is still one of my all time favorite face products.
  • Maybelline Baby Skin – Instant Pore Eraser – I love the way this product feels on my skin.  Just like the Benefit Porefessional, this is a product I do not use often, but when I do – it helps my products in longevity (like blush and bronzer) and minimizes my pores
  • NYX Sunkissed Radiant Face Powder – One of my all time favorite highlighters I used this year, this product feels so soft, is finely milled and blends great on the skin.  It can be used as an all over face powder or on special areas on your face.
  • NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep – This is one of my favorite Matte bronzers from the drug store.  This product is the right shade for me and the shade range is nice for a drug store brand.  It blends nicely, doesn’t look patchy on and works as a great all over bronze or contour.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Palette – this palette is well worth the cost for the amount of product you get.  If you are interested in diving into Hourglass – this is a great way to try three of their powders.  I love Radiant Light as one of my favorite sunkissed highlights though all of the shades definitely have a place in my heart.
  • Milani Baked Blushes – Come on now… we all know I love Milani and I am a huge lover of Milani Baked Blushes.  They are available in gorgeous shades and are very pigmented, have awesome staying power and are some of my favorite blushes to bat.
Best of Fragrance 2014

I love sweet smelling scents and this year no matter how large my collection of fragrances, I still found myself consistently pulling for these.

  • Malin+Goetz Dark Rum Eu de Toilete – this scent is unlike any I have smelled before.  It’s unisex so man or woman can wear it.  It’s a musk like scent but has a soft hint of feminine touch.  I can’t explain it.  I love layering it with some of my favorites for a custom blend.
  • Coach Love – this is one of my signature scents and it makes so much sense seeing as I love the brand Coach.  Definitely one of my favorites.  Soft with a hint of sexy.
  • Aquolina’s Pink Sugar – There is just something I love about a sugary sweet or vanilla scent and this one really takes the Cake. lol

Best Mascaras and eyeliners 2014

I am always looking for the perfect mascara and eye liners and while I have quite an extensive collection, I tend to gravitate to the same ones over and over again regardless of my selection available for use.  These are some of my favorites from this year.

  • L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara – I really love that this mascara gets all my tiny little lashes and makes them visible.  For the price tag, I think it offers great volume and some length that work for me.
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara – this one has been a favorite now for about two years.  Since I have short lashes, I love that this coats my lashes, gives them great volume and make them visible for me.
  • Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – still one of my favorites into the second year of use and I have continued to purchase over and over again.  Gives me length, volume and doesn’t flake.
  • New York Color Liquid Eye liner – while this isn’t waterproof, I still love that it lasts on me for quite a while, definitely a favorite of mine and under $3.00 – it can’t be beat.
  • Mally Beauty Evercolor Waterproof Liners – Midnight is probably one of my favorite liners, though I do have a few other colors and love them.
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Pencil Liner – these are some of my favorites and I have them in every color available.  They work well on my waterline, apply smoothly and hello – they are under $3.00

I know my list of products is long and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I actually narrowed it down quite a bit.  Truth be told, I had a lot of fun testing out and trying new products this year and it definitely reflects on the products I enjoyed using and selected.  I think the joy in beauty products and makeup for me is that the options are definitely endless… from drugstore to high end brands, now a days you have so many choices available for you – it really is difficult to narrow down favorites when so many of them are close calls.  Did you notice I left out nail polish?  If I included those… I would need a whole new post. lol

I’m definitely looking forward to 2015 and all the new releases and products that will become available soon.  Brands are constantly developing new formulas and shades, colors and textures that it makes for a great selection.  I hope you all stick around and read or watch about those products here as I love to share them with you.

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season.  And, don’t forget to stop by the other lovelies posts from the Beauty Council and see what made their top picks for 2014.

Signature Honey

The Beauty Council

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Thanksgiving or the Holidays in general always excites me and I find that I am not only very happy and looking forward to making memories with my family but also a little on the emotional side as I remember past memories with loved ones who are no longer here.  While family time is important to me, I also consider my “beauty buddies” my extended family and the Beauty Council includes some of my favorite beauty loves.  Along with the Beauty Council, I bring to you Beauty products that I’m Thankful for… so grab a coffee, tea or cup of cocoa, have a seat and enjoy!

Beauty products that I am thankful for

I say this time and time again that finding and choosing a favorite product for me is kind of like asking me to choose between my sons.  Don’t get me wrong, I do have those that I cannot live without, but I also feel that I either love it or hate it and if I love it, I will definitely make use of it.  This year (2014) was all about either rediscovering old favorites or brands I stopped using or trying out products again that I haven’t used in a while.  I do have some new goodies on my list, but overall these are items that I know I have grown to love or have loved from the first use.  Some are newly introduced, others have been a favorite of mine for a while… but overall, these are the products I think I would thank the Beauty Gods for.

Beauty products that I am thankful for

Colour Pop Eye Shadows – These gorgeous shades with a weird and unique texture have captured my heart a few months back and I use them so often, how could they not be favorites?

Lorac Mega Pro Palette – I’m definitely thankful for this one, because I literally stalked the site to make sure I got my hands on this palette.  I’m thankful most importantly that I got a chance to get one… because it’s awesome.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette – I’ve been rocking out the colors in this palette consistently, how could it not make this list.  Gorgeous shades for year round and pretty much any skin tone.

Milani Baked Blushes – It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Milani, but their baked blushes or any of their blushes are definitely favorites of mine and great for everyday use.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Have you tried Hourglass Ambient lighting powders?  Well, this is a great set to try out some of these powders and fall in love as I have.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette – These are so gorgeous in the pan I don’t even want to use them sometimes… but they are worth it and you will fall in love with these too.

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara – Hey, my lashes are so short and sparse but I have found the best “hands down” mascara on the market for volume and some length and it’s normally less than $4.00

Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – Top 5 of my favorite mascaras.  A mascara that I can use on it’s own and it offers me enough length and volume so you can see my little wittle lashes. lol

NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep – We all know I love my Sunny Bronzer from NYC, but this one is definitely a favorite and perfect for my skin tone.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance & Coastal Scents Step One Eye Primer T – My Holy Grail Primer is from Too Faced but lately I’ve been crushing on my Coastal Scents Primer.  Definitely must haves that I can’t live without.

Teadora Nourishing Lip Butter in Dusk – a great asset year round but especially during the colder months.  I’m so glad that I got to try this lovely treat for my pucker.

Beauty products that I am thankful for

Bite Beauty Lippies – they have definitely stolen my heart this year from their lipsticks and high pigment pencils to their Agave Lips Mask.  Fabulous brand and awesome lip goodies.

Maybelline Color Sensational Matte Lipsticks – these are a new release and I own three of them.  So creamy, moisturizing and I love how awesome they feel on the lips.  Looking for a great matte lipstick, yup – check these out.

Milani Color Statement Lipsticks – my #1 love of lipsticks from the drugstore.  If you know anything about me, it’s that these are still my favorite.

Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils – I will pull for these before my Urban Decay 24/7 liners, because they really don’t budge on my waterline.  Less than $3.00 each these give high end eye liners a run for the money.  I can’t wait for Jordana to come out with a larger variety of shades.

New York Color Liquid Eyeliner in Black – If you watch my videos or follow me here you know this is an important one for me.  I’ve been using this eye liner now for over 6 years, before it became a cult favorite.  Back then, it was an affordable option that I loved and still do.

Paula Dorf 2+1 For Brows Kit – this is a new favorite but I’m glad to have had the opportunity to try it out because it makes doing my brows easy as pumpkin pie.

Color Switch Duo – The Beauty Gods know I have more than my fair share of makeup brushes and sometimes I’ll use 8 or more in one look.  This awesome little gadget allows me to switch between shades for blending or placing color and I can still use my same brush.  Of course, it is not meant to take the place of cleaning your brushes – you still have to do that, but it’s such a dandy tool.  A makeup artists’ dream.

Beauty products that I am thankful for

Be Delectable by Cake Beauty’s Lemon & Cream Hair & Body Mist – I need to get the rest of the scents, but these are fabulous.  A light mist of yummy on the body or hair makes for a showstopping entrance.  Yes, this is affordable and no it does not replace my love for perfume, but this is great for every day.  My favorite body mist.

Freeman Feeling Beauty Facial Masks – I pictured the Facial Brightening Mask but most of them are favorites of mine and considering I have super sensitive skin, I’m very thankful that these work pretty well for me without any issues.

Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing Brush – Last year I had many issues with my Clarisonic.  While it does work for others, it just did not work for me and it was difficult to find something similar that would wow me.  This cleansing brush is gentle on my sensitive skin, anti-microbial and most importantly – it’s purple. lol

Argan Oil & Coconut Oil – pictured is one of my favorite Argan Oils from BebeLush. Used in combination with my Dr. Bronners coconut oil, these products have definitely improved my skin’s texture, look and overall appearance.  These oils have made a huge difference in my skincare and used alongside some of my favorite serums, it’s because of these products and caring for my skin that I no longer need foundation and concealer.

DermOrganic Hair Products – pictured is the Leave-In Spray Therapy which I use often, but DermOrganics products have really been a huge asset in how awesome my hair is.  Soft and manageable and my curls are pretty.  My hair loves these products to the end of the earth.

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil – African Macadamia Oil, Coconut Oil and more.  Yes, I knew I would love this product.  The ingredients alone scream volumes of why I love it so much… so no explanation needed. lol

Be Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion in Strawberry & Cream – one of my all time favorite body lotions because who doesn’t love to smell like vanilla and strawberry?  Moisturizing with shea butter, coconut oil and aloe vera, this is one that I know I will continue to love for years.

So – my very very long list of products is finally over.  I know, I know… I need to start learning how to narrow down my options.  But, there is nothing wrong with options and I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity this year to try out so many awesome products.

Happy Thanksgiving loves and don’t forget to head on over to the blogs below and check out what made my buddies thankful list. <3

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I am pretty behind in sharing my monthly favorites.  Sadly I actually filmed a video for August favorites, uploaded it to YouTube and never got around to sharing it… so I decided I would delete it.  Honestly, do you know how many times that happens… I have so many videos I upload without release and realize 2 months or more later that the information I talked about or my thoughts on the subject are no longer accurate. lol Oh well, C’est la vie!  You can consider this my September Favorites… but it’s really a combination of products that I’ve been liking lately.  Without further adieu, let’s get busy. lol

Current favorites 2014

Don’t you just love it when you were busy trying out new products in the month that you have a laundry load of items to discuss?  Yup, that was me the last few months.  Check out my video embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

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current favorites 2014The products mentioned in the video that are included in current favorites are:

  • Favorite Song -Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
  • Favorite Apps – Seahorse App and Trello
  • Favorite Food – Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spiced Latte or Salted Caramel Latte, Nestle Crunch Limited Edition Girl Scout Cookie Candy Bars.  (Check out the boys and I as we discuss our first impressions and taste tests of these goodies in this video.)
  • Favorite Hair Products – DermOrganic Leave-In Spray Therapy with Argan Oil
  • Favorite Makeup Palettes – Lorac Pro2 and Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
  • Favorite Face products – Olay Total Effects 7 in One CC Cream, Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Wet n Wild’s Fergie Centerstage Shimmer Palette in Photo Bomb.
  • Favorite Eyeshadow – MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment
  • Favorite Lip Products – Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rapture, Jordana Easy Liner Lip Liner in Cabaret, NYX Matte Lip Creams in Instanbul and Monte Carlo, J.Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Queen of Hearts, L.A. Girls Glazed Lip Paints in Daring.
  • Favorite Mascara – Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
  • Favorite Eye Shadow bases – Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather in Creamy Beige and Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in Plum

current favorites 2014

Overall I think my current favorites include a combination of past loves and favorites and new ones.  I can’t wait to see what October Favorites looks like.  Hope you’re enjoying your Fall months.

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The Beauty Council

Once again, the Beauty Council brings to you another fun post.  This time around we are talking about some of our favorite beauty buys for Fall.  Fall is my favorite time of the year so I’m always looking forward to preparing my favorite beauty goods when this time approaches.  Some of my favorite colors to use whether it be for eye shadow or lips is burgundy and berry shades, wines and purples and of course… gorgeous oranges, golds and plums.  Narrowing down this list was near to impossible because if I had my way, my list would be endless, but I tried to grab the items that I know I’ll pull for the most this Fall and those I know that I will probably rock out consistently.  As I mentioned previously, this post is brought to you in collaboration with my girlies from the Beauty Council, so be sure to check out their links below and see what made the cut for them.

fall beauty buys

DermOrganic Leave-In Spray Therapy ($20.00 / 3.4 fl oz) Summer months tend to do some damage on my hair so when it comes to fall, I’m constantly repairing my hair.  Fall is also the time of year when I tend to darken my hair or go red or purple so because of this a good leave-in condition or hair therapy is mandatory and I suggest it to anyone like myself who has very curly hair.

Malin+Goetz Dark Rum EDT ($150.00 / 3.4 fl oz) Fall months call for richer and deeper notes when it comes to fragrance and one of my all time favorites is the rich scent of Dark Rum from Malin+Goetz.  This scent is definitely a splurge when bought in full size but the scent is entrancing.  What I love about this is that it is complimentary for both men and women and can be paired with some of your favorite perfumes for a unique scent.  Fragrance is a favorite and must have of mine and if I really had to choose a scent, it would be this one.

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Enchanted Garnet ($4.00) I tend to use nudes and deep dark colors during the Fall months and a new release that I have been loving lately is this Enchanted Garnet from Milani.  If you love reds or dark deep shades, you will love this shade and should add it to your Fall “to buy” list.  It’s not only an affordable selection and from the drug store, it offers great pigment, rich color and is gorgeous.

Olay Total Effects 7 in One CC Cream ($20.00 / 1.7 fl oz) & Be Delectable Coconut and Cream Hand Cream ($10.00 / 4 fl oz)  My skin is very sensitive and I get eczema flare ups from time to time so I’m always in need of great moisture.  Olay’s CC Cream which is newly released is awesome to provide SPF and a great airbrushed finish to my face.  I love that it is light weight and feels wonderful on the skin but is also a perfect addition for those “fresh faced” looks.  Be Delectable’s Coconut and Cream Hand Cream is also a favorite for on the go and all the time to keep my skin moisturized and soft.  It smells absolutely wonderful and delicious and keeps my skin hydrated and moisturized all day long through the colder months.

Fall Beauty Buys

YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Forbidden Burgundy ($35.00), Milani’s Color Statement Lipstick in Black Cherry ($5.49) and L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Daring ($4.99) Like I mentioned previously, I love love burgundy, wine, mauve and purple tones and especially on the lips.  I think it is always great to have a selection that includes affordable and high end brands to create luscious and gorgeous lips on the fly.  I absolutely love this selection and it was definitely difficult to narrow it down considering I had quite a selection to choose from.

I love daring eye shadow looks and smoky eyes year round, but I always make sure to have staples in my collection during the Fall months.  Again, burgundy’s and wine’s, plums and purples and bronze and gold shades are favorites to create stunning eye looks.  Two eye shadow palettes I know I’ll be pulling for this Fall season is the Lorac Pro 2 Palette ($42.00) and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette ($49.00).  While I know that I will be incorporating different shades for show stopping eye looks, these offer a range I can easily use and create every smoky eye imaginable.  What I love is that these palettes can be used year round, not just for fall.

Of course, I had to include a few wish list items…  I had to include these two choices that I’m lusting over and looking forward to picking up soon.

The newly released Limited Edition Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. Oh my gosh – it’s so beautiful and I need it. Considering I don’t own any of the single blushes, I just know I need to get my hands on this palette ASAP and before it sells out.

The Lorac Mega Pro Palette.  Ladies and Gents, this is not an illusion and I can’t wait for October for this palette to come out and be available for sale.  This is another added to my wish list and my “to buy” list before it sells out.

I hope this little list of goodies gave you some ideas of great buys for Fall shopping.  I listed a few of my must haves and a few that I’ve been lusting over.  Don’t forget to check out what the lovely ladies of The Beauty Council have on their lists as well and head on over to check it out. 🙂  Have a fabulous day!

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AFFILIATE LINKS

july favs 2014

I know I say this each month, but man…  July sure flew by faster than ever and August is already proving to be traveling at lightning speed.  I had so much going on I really just forgot to post my Monthly Favorites here on my blog… so I am sharing it with all of you now.  Last month was a month of discovery because I tried out quite a bit of new products, most of which I found I immediately enjoyed.

Check out my video embedded below where I go through each product or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

Check out the rundown of products for last month below.

July Beauty Favorites 2014

I did a review here on my blog of the Hask hair care products in Argan Oil and Keratin Protein.  After using other products for a few months, I find that I still enjoy this line and it has made a whole lot of difference on my hair since the sun has been doing a full beat down.  Check out my complete review for these products here, and definitely check out the line where you can find them at select stores – I have been picking up my masks at Walmart.

July Beauty Favorites 2014

I have a review coming soon on the Verona Color Switch.  This product is pretty genius and I think would be a great benefit for Makeup Artists especially.  It allows you to take your brush and swipe it through the product cleaning off excess product so you can use the brush again.  I especially love to use this when I used the brush originally to apply a color and then swipe it through the color switch so that I can blend the shade out without transferring additional product and causing a muddy effect on your eyes.  I also love that I can go from a dark shade like black to a light cream or white shade without mixing them.  It’s a great product and I hope to have the review done soon.

L’Oreal has hit a home run with Voluminous Miss Manga mascara.  It has quickly become one of my favorites because you can actually see my lashes when I use it and used in combination with one of my favorites… Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – they have become a pair made in heaven. lol

Kiss 11 Lashes have been my jam this past month… this is my third pair even with reuse and cleaning of previous pairs.  I love how affordable Kiss Lashes are, how thin the band is so it makes it near to impossible to detect you have them on and most importantly – how comfortable they are on the eyes.  I especially love that these are dupes to my favorite Ardell Demi Whispies… but a bit cheaper than they retail since I can get them in a larger pack if I can find it.

July Beauty Favorites - 2014

Of course, I have been loving the new Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadows.  If you have been following me at all in July – you would have seen my review, which you can find here, as well as a tutorial using a few of the shades I mentioned in my favorites which you can find here.  Bella Chiffon, Bella Sand and Bella Bronze have been some of the favorites I have been gravitating to this past month and I know they will surely be favorites for time to come.

L’Oreal Infalliable eye shadows have been a favorite now since first trying them earlier this year.  While I am smitten and in love with Iced Latte, Gilded Envy has been a shade I have been rockin’ out in July.  I love just applying it with a quick wash of color and blending Milani’s Bella Cappuccino in the crease for a sweet every day look.  I promise I’ll have a quick tutorial for that coming up soon.

July Beauty Favorites 2014

 

Through most of the summer I usually pull for my more nude shades and since I’m already on my second tube of Milani’s Nude Creme, I figured I needed to switch things up a bit and pull out some shades I haven’t been using all that much.  I purchased Bite Beauty’s Duo Lipstick in Lychee & Musk earlier this year and have really enjoyed the shades as well as the formulation.  Creamy, moisturizing and the colors are gorgeous.  The only downfall is that the formulation of these lippies are so darn soft, the warm summer heat has been doing a number on them and I know that soon I’ll be needing to apply these lip colors with a lip brush because the lipstick is getting bent out of shape.  They are naturally soft so even without summer, they were already starting to warp.  Regardless, for the price tag I am loving these and I think that anyone would enjoy them.

Of course, NYX’s Butter Lipsticks have been a favorite for months.  I have been pulling for Pops much more now then I did any other time.  I have a review for this lipstick here and if you are someone who likes nudes, this may be a great addition to your collection.  Creamy, soft and buttery on the lips, it’s been a favorite of mine all month.

July Beauty Favorites 2014

After purchasing my Lorac Pro 2 Palette last month, I instantly fell in love.  The shades are perfect for year round because they are soft and wearable… you can easily use most of them for all over the lid one wash shades.  I love that there are a few bold shades as well.  I have a review of this palette coming soon as well as a tutorial coming up using colors that I have been rocking all month long together:  Rose, Mocha, Cool Gray, Nectar & Plum.  This is surely becoming a favorite palette of mine and will take it’s place right next to #1 in my Holy Grail pile.

Of course, we all know I’m about that Vanilla Cake scents.  I have been a long time fan of Pacifica and their Island Vanilla scent has been a top scent for me the last 2 1/2 years.  I haven’t used anything else but this scent all month long in July.

July Lifestyle Favorites 2014

Last but not least are my Lifestyle Favorites.  As I mentioned in my video, the boys have been enjoying listening to Magic’s Rude on the radio so it has become a favorite of ours in the house.  I think it’s beyond adorable when twin 4 year olds and a 10 year old knows all the words to a popular song and they love it.  I have been also getting great use out of my Glasstic Water bottle.  I have a review for it here, and definitely recommend it to anyone – especially people who love infused waters.  It has been a lifesaver for me to carry around my drink in this heat.

Last but not least is my Cafe Press Customized Plus Size V-Neck T-shirt.  I designed this last month and have been enjoying it.  I think Black and Gold are such a great combination and I have been loving the simplicity and the statement.  I’ll try to remember to post a quick Outfit of the Day the next time I wear it.  The fabric is breathable, it’s cut and fits this plus size gal really well and it’s personalized.  I love it.  You can check out more information about creating your own shirt or many other things here.

Overall – even if July flew by so quickly and August is here… I am thankful that I accomplished so much in the month.  The twins are off to school as well as my eldest and all started on August 1st so the house has been quiet during the day, and I miss them so much.  Our summers are always filled with fun and this summer was surely no exception.  From hitting the beach, to the park to just cruising and enjoying our time together – I was certainly sad to see it all go (excuse me while I tear up a bit), but all three boys were so excited for school (I’ll have more of that in another post this week).  It’s times like this when I reflect back on a previous month that I realize how awesome life is and I’m glad for Monthly Favorites that allow me to reflect on the month previously.  My number one favorite that I didn’t mention in my video – time!  The past two months has given me awesome and quality time with my littles and my husband… that overall, is the best favorite of all.

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CafePress

Yay – I have finally found the time to post my Summer Essentials video.  Honestly, this is the second video I filmed and worked on but since my original video was 40 minutes long, I decided that I really needed to be more tactful with regard to what and how I posted so after some planning the last couple of weeks, here is the result.  I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you are enjoying summer.

Honey's Summer Essentials

Check out the embedded video below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Check out the list below for a few of the products mentioned in the video.

Summer Essentials

Sunglasses – Maui Jim

Watch – Invicta Divers Rose Gold & Silver Watch

Floppy Sun Hat – Ross (Dress For Less)

Convertible / Versatile Sarong – Local Boutique

2 Piece Halter Bikini – Torrid

Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials

I hope you are all having a wonderful Summer.  Sending lots of hugs and best wishes for a safe and fun season.

Summer Essentials

 

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