It seems like it’s been quite a while since I’ve shown my face in a makeup look or tutorial or anything along those lines. As much as I love makeup, I love a bare face so much more and besides a little tinted lip color or lip balm and some mascara, I haven’t been really using much makeup lately. With the boys out on Summer break and I feeling like a needed a little refresh, I figured I would pull out some makeup products I haven’t touched in a while and a few that I have been loving and bronze the heck out of my face while adding some glow and a little pop of color. My GRWM video which you can click and watch here (also embedded below) is quite long since I’m chatting and talking it up like girlfriends do, so if you want the shorter version, just keep reading. If you want to come hang out with me and talk story for 30 minutes or so, hey, grab something to drink – cup of joe or a glass of somethin’ and click play.
Like most of my makeup looks, I didn’t really give it any thought and just pulled at different cosmetics to create something I knew was functional and that I could use during the day. It seems like a really long time since I utilized my Milani Bella Eyes Gel Shadows, so I figured I would grab those and make use of them. Frankly, I just really wanted to use Bella Khaki – it’s such a gorgeous color and I just don’t use it as much as I should. If you are looking for a soft pop of color, a shade like Bella Khaki is gorgeous for that kind of look – it’s a gorgeous green with a light gold shift so it works really well with a bronze or neutral eye look.
Here are the products I used:
- Milani Stay Put Brow Color in Medium Brown – brow gel
- Milani Eye Shadow Primer
- Milani Bella Eyes Gel Eye Shadow in Bella Mandarin (transition shade)
- Milani Bella Eyes Gel Eye Shadow in Bella Taupe (crease and outer v shade)
- Milani Bella Eyes Gel Eye Shadow in Bella Bronze (Outer V and outer 3rd of eye lid)
- Milani Bella Eyes Gel Eye Shadow in Bella Khaki (lower lash line – pop of color)
- Milani Bella Eyes Gel Eye Shadow in Bella Cafe (lower lash line below Bella Khaki to blend and soften lower lash line color)
- ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Lala (applied and blended onto the eye lid)
- Milani Bella Eyes Gel Eye Shadow in Bella Chiffon (inner corner of the eyes – highlight)
- Milani Bella Eyes Gel Eye Shadow in Bella Ivory (brow bone highlight)
- Milani Kohl Kajal liner (waterline/tightline and a thin line on the upper lash line)
- Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes
- Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light (to bronze up the face all over)
- Milani Baked Matte Bronzer in Sienna (to lightly contour)
- Makeup Revolution Shimmer Brick Radiant
- Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro
- Milani Illuminated Face Powder in Amber Nectar (blended all over the face to give a soft glow and soften my makeup)
- Jordana Easyliner Lip Liner in Rock’n Rose
- Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick in Matte Whisper
- Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick in Matte Innocent
This eye look may require some additional layering, but it’s very easy to create and I love that you really can’t screw it up – it’s all about layering and blending. You can certainly use this look without lashes and it would still be very wearable for every day – but since my lashes are pretty much non-existent, well – it was a given that I pop some wispies on and call it a day.
** The photos were taken with my phone, so I hope they offer a good visual for anyone reading. Video also filmed with my phone.
That’s pretty much it. The look is simple and easy to create and like I mentioned earlier, I do have a video that walks you through the steps if you’re interested in learning how I did it. It’s a long one as I chat about my life at the moment and explain each step – so if you’re interested in hanging out with me, grab your favorite drink and watch the video embedded above or click here to watch directly on YouTube.
What about you… do you rock out a bronze look as summer season hits? Comment below and let me know.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
“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…
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.
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.
Brows – Cailyn Gelux Brow and NYX Control Freak Eye Brow Gel
Eye Primer – Coastal Scents Step One Eye Primer
- Bengal blended above crease as transition shade
- Chocolate worked into the crease as crease/defining shade
- Sangria blended into the inner corner and outer corner of the eye lid – leaving the center of the eye lid bare
- China Rose blended on to the center of the lid
- Fresh applied as my brow bone shade and blended with Bengal
- Blush applied on the inner corner of my eyes
Eye liner – Jordana 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
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.
Happy Valentine’s Day Love Bugs. I really wanted to get this post up much sooner, but I had an unexpected medical procedure that took place last week that had me sitting in bed for the last few days and I wasn’t able to share this sooner. Valentine’s Day is such a great Holiday to have fun and dress up with. Since I have a casual sense of style, I wanted to share three outfits with you that showed off a little bit of classy and flirty and a little casual at the same time. Check out the video and the photos below.
I hope you liked my video – please comment, like & subscribe. Photos of the looks as well as details of the items are listed below.
Sexy, Timeless & Playful
The first outfit is a simple black and red cowl neck style body con dress. Let me just start off by saying that I am so happy to be styling this dress for all of you this year because it is a personal accomplishment for me. This dress was so tight last year, I couldn’t even pull it over my body. Now – it is still fitted, but loose enough for me to wear comfortable. While it hugs every single curve of my body – it adds to a bit of sex appeal without exposing extra skin and I love the kind of “Audrey Hepburn” class that comes with the style of dress.
- Black / Red Cowl Neck Body Con Dress – unknown retailer (gift from my Mommy)
- Black Strappy Wedged Sandals – Sole Society
- Gold Infinity Heart Necklace – Shoplately
- Black Rose Hair Accessory – HoneyXO (handmade by me)
- Watch – Invicta
If you are a plus sized girl and want to rock out a body con dress, find one you feel comfortable in that will give the illusion of slimming. This dress has the punch of red in the middle of the dress and splits into the black which helps to bring in and taper in my waist, giving me a slimmer figure. I pulled my hair into a messy side bun and added a black rose hair accessory. This gives the look an old charm with an updated look.
Mommy in Love
For my next outfit I wanted to choose something that was wearable for all ages, but especially age appropriate for someone in their 30s like me. This outfit still has a sexy appeal to it because it hugs the curves in all the right ways, but for the most part – I am covered and not revealing much skin. For this outfit I wanted to have texture and punches of red to make a bold statement that this outfit was for Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to be able to still use this outfit for other purposes. Of course, nothing says statement like leopard heels so I figured that would be an awesome contrast in print as well. As a mommy of 3 active boys, this outfit also allows me to still be active but look sexy and put together.
- Sweater/Top from Jeans Warehouse Hawaii (comes with long necklace accessory)
- Black Pencil Skirt from Forever 21
- Gold Infinity Necklace from Shoplately
- Bow Chain bracelet from Forever 21
- Leopard Pumps from Fancy Steps
Since my hair is naturally curly and I wanted it to look a little different… I brushed out my hair a bit so that my curls were not so tight and left my hair down. This outfit elongates my body and makes me appear much taller than I really am. I think it adds to the sexy. 😉
As a busy mommy – I’m constantly on the hunt for something comfortable and easy to move in, regardless of the occasion. This outfit was one I talked about in my recent Valentine’s Day Makeup Look – Bombshell Love. I even decided I would rock out my wig so you had an idea as to how the entire look pulled together. Maxi skirts are my best friend and this outfit is simple, fast to throw together and most importantly… comfortable.
- Black slouchy blouse from Jeans Warehouse Hawaii
- Black Maxi Skirt from Jeans Warehouse Hawaii
- Leopard Pumps from Fancy Steps
- Gold Bow Bling bracelet from Forever 21
- Statement Necklace from Opaque Lion on Shoplately
- Large Black Rose Hair Clip from HoneyXO (handmade by me)
- Wig from Shoplately
- Watch from Invicta
- Tahitian Pearl gold ring from Mana Pearls
I know these looks are simple, but again – I am a simple person. My husband will be working on Valentine’s Day and I’ll be home with my children, so I’m thinking I’ll be rocking out a maxi skirt and top with my natural curly hair pulled in a loose messy bun. It’s casual but still put together and sweet.
If you are looking for ideas for Makeup looks, you can check out my YouTube Playlist for a list of different Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorials to help you out: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIAkD6_eWGPjwV5Cfv_spLKrNUctGlxrj
I wish you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Lots of love from me to you!
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.
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
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.
Be My Valentine!
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!
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.
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
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: http://www.ipsy.com/r/1o41 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!
I have said it time and time again… I LOVE PURPLE! I don’t have too much of the color in my actual wardrobe, but you can certainly see this color in my accessories as well as cosmetics. Yesterday’s Outfit was simple… jeans, a black tank and one of my favorite scarves. I have a passion for purple and when I can pull it off, I’ll rock it!
Top – Tami from Old Navy
Blue Jeans – Plus Sized Denim bootleg jeans from Torrid
Pashmina Scarf – Scarves.net
Wedged Flip flops – Colin Stuart (Victoria Secret)
The makeup I’m using in this look can be found here with photos and tutorial. This whole ensemble was put together using Radiant Orchid (Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014) in mind as inspiration.
While I know a lot of my posts are casual – I love jeans and love to be comfortable (as I mentioned in previous posts). I’m a plus sized girl that loves to dress up but still wants to feel cozy and comfy. I hope you enjoyed this look. <3
While I can honestly say I wish we had some snow here… one things for certain, I do love that Hawaii Winter weather allows me to dress comfortably. I can’t complain, I am truly lucky to be able to live in Paradise and while I do get tired of the slow-mo pace that I have grown up with all my life… I do know that I would miss Paradise if I decided to give it all up. Let’s be honest… it’s beautiful here and I can’t complain about that.
I am a maxi dress and skirt addict. I was told once by a friend that Maxi skirts make plus sized girls look bigger than they really are. Well, if that’s the case… I don’t care because this is the ensemble that allows me to still look dressy, feel casual and run after my 4 year old twins. If I’m not in a pair of jeans, leggings or sweats… you can find me sporting a maxi skirt and a comfy top. I look at it this way… to me, “Fashion means Comfortable, Just like beauty – if I’m not comfortable in my own skin, why wear it?”
Maxi Skirt: Jeans Warehouse Hawaii
Black Wedged Sandals: Steve Madden
Gold Bow Bracelet & Bow Ring: Forever 21
Women’s Divers Watch: Invicta
Gold Wire Wrapped Crystal Quartz Necklace: Shoplately (Evelina Pas)
Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers
Black Tahitian Pearl Ring: Gift from Hubby
Aviator Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Satchel / handbag: Guess
Check out the Video here.
Happy Aloha Friday Loves.
I know, I know – I’m bombarding you all with posts… but I’m a bit behind. I took a few days off and now I feel like I can’t catch up fast enough. lol This post is all the deets on my Face of the Day or FOTD from yesterday (01/02/14). It is my first look of the year, first selfie of the year, first makeup of the year (since I went bare face to all the NYE activities). I wanted to share it with all of you because this is also the first look I captured on camera using my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I’ve used the palette for my makeup 3 times and was so caught up with the Holiday I forgot to take photos. lol So – without further adieu, here’s more pics and the details to the look.
Eye shadows: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Buzz (all over the lid), Nooner (transition shade), Limit (transition into highlight), Strange (highlight), Blackheart (outer v), Factory (crease color) and Trick (pop of color applied on the middle of the lid and lower lash line)
Eyeliner: Jordana 12 Hour Made to last liquid liner pencil in black (waterline/tightline) and Jesse’s Girl Waterproof liquid eyeliner (upper lash line to wing liner)
Mascara: Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So Big Mascara
Lips: Jordana’s Tawny Lipliner and Urban Decay’s Revolution lipstick in Rapture
Have you gotten your hands on the Urban Decay Naked 3?
I am loving this palette. A full review with swatches and more will be posted in the next few days – so keep an eye out for it.
What about the Urban Decay Revolution lipsticks? Have you tried any of those? I have a sample I received from Ipsy a few months back in the color Anarchy (a very bright and intense fuchsia pink), but I received Rapture for Christmas from my hubby.
It’s a gorgeous mauve toned pink – kind of on the nude side but I LOVE IT! It is my perfect type of shade.
Hope you guys all have an awesome and wonderful weekend… Smooches!