Hi Friends. I’m excited to share a new video with all of you. Check out a few new things I found at the drugstore and some PR Goodies I received recently. All information, as well as purchase links, can be found in the description of the video. Have a wonderful day.
I’m so over the moon excited to share with all of you some information and my thoughts on the Cynsational Jewelry Box. I had the awesome opportunity to try out the Cynsational Jewelry Box (which is available via Cratejoy) and I’m loving each and every single thing in the box. Read to the end to see how you can enter a Giveaway for your own Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini via my YouTube channel.
So what is Cynsational Jewelry Box? Cynsational Jewelry Box is a monthly subscription that offers two different box selections for your choosing. You can choose between the Cynsational Jewelry Box or the Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini.
The Cynsational Jewelry Box is $39.99 and includes 4 pieces of customized jewelry, Cynsational apparel and/or spa products. You receive high-quality pieces valued at over $125. The entire box is customized with you in mind and includes skin care and body products that are all natural. Each jewelry piece is made with Swarovski Crystal and other precious stones.
The Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini is $24.99 and includes 3 pieces of customized jewelry and 1 surprise gift. You receive high-quality pieces valued at over $90. The entire box is customized with you in mind and includes skin care and body products that are all natural. Each jewelry piece is made with Swarovski Crystal and other precious stones.
Complete a simple survey to start the selection of your custom items. The survey includes questions that will allow Cynsational to get to know you a little better – i.e. What is your personal style? Your favorite wardrobe piece, etc.
Then each month, you’ll enjoy a fun and awesome box shipped to you on the 4th of each month that includes amazing products.
Getting your Cynsational Jewelry Box is easy and the selection of products you receive is wonderful. I’m absolutely enjoying mine. Be sure to watch the video for a full walkthrough of each product I received in my May 2018 box.
I’m loving my Cynsational Jewelry Box and I am so excited to share a little giveaway with all of you. In order to enter, you must head on over to my YouTube channel and watch the video. Comment on the video according to the directions in the description box and you’ll be entered. The winner will be contacted directly and will be provided with a code to order their box. Winner will be receiving a Cynsational Jewelry Box Mini.
Thank you, Cynthia and Cynsational Jewelry Box for such a wonderful box and for sharing this great subscription service with me. I’m loving it.
If you’re interested in checking out Cynsational Beauty Box for yourself, head on over to: https://www.cratejoy.com/subscription-box/cynsational-jewelry-box/ or https://cynsational-jewelry-box.cratejoy.com/.
Disclaimer: As mentioned in this post, I was sent the Cynsational Jewelry Box for review purposes. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
If you’ve been following me on social media the last couple of months, then you know that I’ve been traveling between islands quite frequently for medical reasons. I must say, that packing up everything you need for a week into one carry-on bag is one of the most difficult things to do, especially if you’re a beauty and makeup lover. But, thanks to the MYO Cosmetic Case, I was able to take my necessities with me without a hassle. I’m all about the life of products that really make life a breeze so today I’m gonna introduce you to the MYO Cosmetic Case and hopefully it can help you out too.
MYO Cosmetic Cases give you the opportunity to travel with your most important cosmetics without the hassle of packing them in separate containers. Everything you need is right where you need it. They are similar to your standard magnetic makeup palette but offer so much more. There’s no need for bulky liquid and cream containers in separate packaging or a brush roll to carry your necessary brushes to create your look. You can fit just about anything into these palettes, thanks to its awesome design and addition of liquid/cream containers.
Known as the “Cosmetic Clutch” the MYO Cases were the Winner of the 2017 Cosmoproof North America Trendsetter Award. The cases are designed to support modern women and allow them to “go everywhere and experience everything”.
What makes the MYO Cosmetic Clutch so fun and cool for me is that you can fit everything in there. Pencils (eyeliner, lip liner, brows, etc.) and your favorite eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers, and powder products that you can depot. But the MYO Beauty Pods really take it to a whole new level. Each MYO Cosmetic Clutch comes with 3 MYO Beauty Pods that are designed so that you can securely carry your lotions, creams, serums and loose powders with you on the go. This was extremely helpful for me when I needed to go through TSA since it allowed me the right amount of product without going over travel regulations.
Each Beauty Pod holds the standard amount of skincare products and are easy to use, wash and reuse. They come in two sizes and they have an air and water resistant seal. Made of medical grade material so that they are safe for your products. They can hold everything from toothpaste to pills and eyelashes, small earrings. The possibilities are endless.
You could fill your entire palette with depotted eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers or highlighters or decide to mix it up a bit with a variety of different products, not just powder products like a traditional magnetic palette. And, if you love a little color or want your palette to match your style, you can choose between other colors besides black: fuchsia, turquoise, and silver.
A MYO Cosmetic Clutch Kit comes complete with the following:
3 MYO Beauty Pods (2×1.4g & 1×1.7g)
2 MYO Style Sticks (to help organize and separate certain products as well as keep things like pencils and brushes in place)
1 MYO Cosmetic Circlet – Choice of Color – Black, Silver, Fuchsia, or Turquoise.
MYO Cosmetic Cases also offers a variety of different accessories to use with your cosmetic clutch. Additional Beauty Pods can be purchased in sets of 3 for $9.00 and Transparent Beauty Pods as an add-on to your order. They are sold in a set of 4 for $9.00
MYO Cosmetic Cases are perfect for the jet-setter or person who wants to keep their favorite cosmetic necessities with them at all times. It’s compact and lightweight and offers you the opportunity to have everything you need in one handy little case.
So what about you, have you heard of the MYO Cosmetic Case? If so, what do you think about it? If not, is this something you think you wouldn’t mind checking out.
As a busy wife and mommy, I honestly don’t get out very often and when I do, I feel like I never have the time to really dress up and get glam. It’s no one else’s fault but my own, honestly. I just have so much on my plate, that a great night out means a date with my pillow. When I do have the time to go out with my husband, I like to dress up and look super pretty so getting glam is important for me. Whether you are getting glam for Valentine’s Day or Gal-entine’s Day, a little va-va-voom will definitely take your look to the next level. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try a few mink lashes from Esqido. I have heard of the brand many many times, but have never tried anything from them. I have some of the shortest lashes so a great pair that is not only full, but lightweight is so important for me. I wanted to share with all of you two pairs that I’ve been loving lately. Let’s get down to lashes, shall we?
Esqido mink lashes retail at different price points – between $24 and $32. They offer a variety of upper and lower lashes and everyday styles to glam and dramatic ones. There are a lot of lashes to choose from, so I guarantee you’ll find a pair that you’ll love.
Esqido’s goal was to provide their customers with a collection of fine mink eyelashes that offered unparalleled quality and craftsmanship. The traditional synthetic false lashes were designed to be worn for a short period of time, and while a more affordable option, they didn’t offer the longevity and comfort as well as natural look of real mink fur that Esqido wanted to provide for their customers. Each pair of lashes is made of genuine mink and hold a natural curl. They have a soft cotton band that makes them lightweight and comfortable.
So, I had the opportunity to try out the lashes in Lash Named Desire and Unforgettable. Each of these gorgeous lashes is such a gorgeous set that I didn’t even want to take them out of their packaging. Oh, did I mention the packaging? Each pair of lashes comes in a beautifully made white and rose gold box with a magnetic closure. These boxes are perfect for storing your mink lashes till the next use. You also get a care guide that teaches you how to care for your lashes so they will last for several uses. My gosh, such a pretty addition to their whole collection. The packaging is definitely something I loved looking at.
Each pair of lashes that I tried were extremely comfortable to wear. Since I have very short and thin natural lashes, often times a thicker band on my lash line can be extremely irritating to my eyes. They can also be difficult to apply since they do not have natural lashes that they can sit on. I was beyond impressed by how easy these were to put on and how lightweight they were. I forgot that I had them on for hours.
Lash Named Desire ($29.00) is a medium volume pair mink lash that features a gorgeous and sultry combination of crisscrossed fur that is winged-out at the ends. This is a great statement lash that offers a good amount of drama, but is still versatile and definitely seductive. The lashes are not only pretty, but they are very soft and while they offer the eyes a little drama, they are still very comfortable to wear. The band is thick, but not so thick that it will look too heavy on the eyes.
Length: 4-12mm Handcrafted cotton band and able to be used multiple times.
Unforgettable ($28.00) is my favorite everyday pair. It’s a very natural and elegant lash and features a gradient of increasing length and thickness across the lash band. The result is a subtle winged out effect that is perfect to use for that little extra flair. These lashes are so so lightweight which make them easy for me to use daily. They just feel different on the eyes than other mink lashes I have tried. Again, they are soft and comfortable.
Length: 5-10mm Handcrafted cotton band and able to be used multiple times.
I have Illumina on my list to pick up since I haven’t really found a gorgeous thick lash like that one that would fit me well. After trying out the two pairs that I have, I think I’ll enjoy it.
I don’t use false lashes as often as I once did before, but I love that if I want a little pick me up and a side order of glam, I have the option to throw on one of these beauties and spice up my look. Yes, they are a bit pricey, but look at it this way – you can reuse them. With proper care, you can totally get many uses out of your lashes. I am loving Esqido and I can’t wait to try more.
Want to try out a pair for yourself? Check out Esqido Mink Lashes to see what’s available and take the Lash Quiz. Also – don’t forget to pick up their Companion Lash Glue for the perfect lash look.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. Affiliate links may be posted through out. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. As with anything on this site, all opinions are my own.
We are smack dab in the middle of winter and boy oh boy is my body really taking a beating. I’m just thankful and lucky that I have a list of favorite products that are my go-to when we’re experiencing dry, cold weather. Lately, I’ve noticed a decrease in the plumpness of my lips, whether it be the cold or just the fact that I’m getting older. So, I’m glad that the PMD Kiss is to the rescue.
Over the last month and a half (maybe longer), I’ve been using the PMD Kiss device. The PMD Kiss is a smart anti-aging lip plumping treatment that uses pulsating vacuum technology to create a fuller appearance of lip volume. It also restores the youthfulness to your lips and with daily use, the PMD Kiss will boost collagen and create a long-lasting plumped result.
This week I’ll be turning 38 and I noticed that after having my children, my very plump lips (at one time) have shrunk a bit. Having worked for a plastic surgeon, I wasn’t too keen on lip injections or fillers and when I was given the opportunity to try another PMD product (a brand I know and love), I couldn’t have been more excited. As we age, our lips basically lose volume and color (I’ve definitely lost a lot of pigmentation in my lips) and we begin to see more lip lines and wrinkles. The PMD Kiss is to the rescue to help us get youthful, sexy lips.
“I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy.”
The PMD Kiss safely plumps your lips in a matter of minutes and provides you with visible results that literally last for hours. With continued use (I use mine daily), the PMD Kiss helps to boosts your collagen in the lips which increases the look of fullness and fades the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. I especially love that it revitalizes my natural lip color that I’ve lost over the years.
After the first time using the PMD Kiss, I noticed immediately the change in my natural lip. My lips felt softer and looked much plumper than before but the process itself didn’t leave my lips bruised. Furthermore, it was basically pain-free to do. Simply apply the device to the six sections of your lip (a guideline/diagram is included in your package) and use daily or as needed. Just a minute or two of time each day and you will notice results that are definitely lasting.
How to use: Apply PMD Kiss Smart Lip Plumping Serum onto your clean, dry lips. Power on the PMD Kiss and place the plumping tip firmly and directly onto your lip making sure you are creating a tight seal for suction. Use the PMD in the 6 sections outlined in the diagram (you’ll hear and feel the device working). Allow PMD Kiss to pulse 15-20 times on each section of your lips.
In the package, you will receive the following products: The PMD Kiss and a Smart Lip Plumping Serum. A total retail value of $139.00 for both.
Use Code PRIMP20 and get 20% off your order (excluding subscriptions and sale items).
After using this device and serum for more than a month, I am absolutely loving it and it has easily become one of my favorite skincare devices. I love that my lips look plumper, have fewer wrinkles and lines and have more of its original color to them while still looking natural and sexy. If there is anything I’m not a fan of, it’s overdone or fake lips and this product definitely gives me the right amount of lip love.
Have you tried a lip plumping device before? Is the PMD Kiss a product you would be interested in trying out for yourself? Don’t forget to check out the details below and get a 20% off discount on your own device.
Purchase your own PMD Kiss here. Use code: PRIMP20 and get 20% off your order!
Check out what some of my beauty blogger friends have to say about also using the PMD Kiss:
*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
Can you believe it’s already been a month since I’ve started using the PMD Personal Microderm Device again? I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by but I’m extremely excited to share my results with all of you. After using this device for a month (4 weeks), I am definitely looking forward to sharing with all of you how it’s worked for me.
Read all about my initial thoughts and first impressions of the PMD here.
The PMD Personal Microderm is an at-home device that allows you to bring the same type of results as that from a professional treatment, at the tip of your fingertips and comfort of your own home. PMD’s patented spinning discs are embedded with aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. The device basically gives you the benefits of a professional treatment, while helping to prep your skin to take in all the skin care that we love to treat ourselves with. After the process of treating your skin with the PMD, your skin is left feeling… well, great! Firmer, fresher and radiant!
I started off using the PMD with the gray disk (read all about the discs here) for the first few tries but then moved my way up to the blue disk (for sensitive skin) as my use progressed. Since I have naturally sensitive skin, I continued to use the blue discs and probably will stick with that when using this device. Using the PMD is easy and while it may take a little practice (especially in how you hold it and run it against your skin), once you get the hang of it, it will be an easy step in your beauty regimen. After using the PMD I applied the PMD Recovery Collagen Sheet Masks as apart of my treatment. These masks help to replenish and hydrate my skin while soothing it. It’s perfect as part of the process because my dry sensitive skin needs the extra moisture.
Now, let’s talk about results after a month of using the PMD. PMD encourages that you’ll see maximum results after 8-12 weeks of use and I’ve only been using it for 4 weeks, so please keep that in mind when reading. As you can see from my before photo, I had uneven skin tone throughout my face and discoloration in various areas.
In the photo below, I share with you my after results. Of course, as I always say – Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you can see where my skin is starting to really brighten and look much fresher than before. I also noticed that some of my fine lines are diminishing and not as prominent as they were prior to using the PMD Personal Microderm. My pores on my cheeks are also softer and not as defined and my sun spots (while still visible) are not as noticeable. Since I do not really use foundation, it’s important for my skin to look good.
Because of my sensitive skin, I used the PMD at its bare minimum required so that I would not have an eczema flare-up. But immediately after using the device for just a week, I noticed that my skin had already started to get brighter and felt much smoother. The discolored areas on my face had begun to lighten dramatically and my skin looks much more vibrant than the dull it had looked before. My nose had looked darker in comparison to other parts of my skin before using PMD because I got a lot of sun this summer, but the PMD helped in to even the skin tone in most of the places I had used it. I would have liked to really lighten my acne scars on and near my cheekbones but while it did not get rid of it completely, it did lighten how drastic they appeared on my face.
I’m excited to use the PMD on a long-term basis and compare my photographs to see the difference. I look forward to using the PMD Personal Microderm Device and can’t wait to see how it improves my skin overall. After using it just a month, I did notice a measurable difference in how my skin looks and feels. Since I’m creeping up on my 40s, I am excited to see how it will continue to help me.
You can check out the PMD Classic and other products pictured and discussed in this post by visiting the website. The PMD Classic retails for $159. But, you can get 20% off with the code: PRIMP20 This is the perfect opportunity for you to try out the PMD Personal Microderm for yourself or to give it as a gift.
Don’t forget to check out PMD Personal Microderm and share it with your friends. You can get the details of my “before” photos and more on the PMD here.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
As a mom of three boys, I find myself doing the best I can to ensure they get everything they need, while I tend to cut corners on personal things for me. Let’s take, say… Specialty Tea for example. I buy the cheaper stuff so the boys can get the things they want and need. Honestly, after doing it for so long, I kind of forget that I’m even doing so. With the boys back to school, I realized that I needed to take the extra few minutes to pamper myself a little more. Whether that means that I’m able to spritz on a little perfume before running out the door, combing my hair before I leave the house, or just getting some great teeth cleaning without feeling the need to rush. I think there is definitely room for me in this equation of busy days. So, I figured I would start small, like selecting a toothpaste and floss that would give me that “fresh and clean” feel while also providing me with the confidence and bright smile when I need that little beauty pick me up. Today, I introduce you to Rembrandt and Plackers.
I’m sure most if not all of you have heard of these two brands. It’s been years since I’ve used Rembrandt toothpaste, but I use Plackers consistently to floss my teeth and they are the perfect little tool to take with you on the go. It may seem like toothpaste and dental floss are not the “treat yourself” kind of package, but to me… knowing that I can remove stains, restore my enamel, get whiter teeth and clean between my gums, all without having to take more than a couple of minutes out of my day… well, that make me a Happy Honey.
Rembrandt products are found at most stores and are reasonably priced. The Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Toothpaste has helped to whiten my smile and doing so all from the inside out. It helps to restore my teeth enamel and is specially formulated with a rapid-release peroxide ingredient that starts working immediately on contact for visibly whiter teeth. As someone who photographed weddings in the past, I can tell you that this is definitely a toothpaste worth looking into prior to your big day to show off your pearly whites. And as a busy mom, I love that this works quickly so that I don’t have to sit there and fuss with trays and gels and all that other stuff. I still have all that time I can use to spend with my sons.
Rapid-release peroxide starts working on contact to visibly whiten deep stains inside teeth
Fresh mint whitening toothpaste leaves your mouth feeling clean and invigorated
Sodium fluoride strengthens teeth by restoring tooth enamel
The Rembrandt Intense Stain Toothpaste has also been a must-have for me lately. While I don’t drink coffee any longer I find that I still have the remnants of stains left behind on my teeth. This particular toothpaste polishes away stains while whitening your teeth. It’s the perfect daily use teeth whitening toothpaste and is formulated to remove tough stains while actively restoring and strengthening the tooth enamel.
Micro-polishers help to remove surface stains while tetrapotassium pyrophosphate helps prevent future buildup
Special formula fights tough stains like red wine, berries, coffee and tobacco
Removes and prevents stains while restoring tooth enamel
Of course, great teeth not only come with awesome toothpaste but a great floss. The Plackers Micro Mint Flossers are just the thing to easily remove food particles between your teeth. Plackers Micro Mint Flossers come in a cool mint flavor and give you an immediate fresh feeling while allowing you to keep your smile clean and bright.
The flossers are made with Super TufFloss that doesn’t stretch, shred or snap and the pick is protected and can be folded away when not in use. This is my go-to floss to take on the go because it fits easily into my purse with my other “on-the-go” items and I don’t have to worry about poking myself when reaching into my bag.
Retail: Between $4.00 – $8.00 depending on the quantity in the package and where you buy it from.
Whether you are looking for a new selection of dental products like tooth paste or floss or just want to try something different, I definitely suggest checking out Rembrandt and Plackers. They are the perfect treats for your smile and can be found at most stores at reasonable and affordable costs. So, how about you, do you have a favorite toothpaste or floss? Have you tried any of these that I mentioned before and if so, what are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review/feature. This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
*This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions are my own.
In December of last year, I shared with all of you about the HiMirror and what it has done for me. I would never have imagined that something like this would make its way to the market while I was still alive. And, I have loved using this unique tool now over the last 10 months or so and it’s become a part of my everyday skin care regimen. While I’m always amazed at the fun and interesting technology finds that make its way into the beauty community I’m also excited to see how they improve our beauty routines. While the first HiMirror has wowed me tremendously, I was so excited to share the newest from the brand. Today I introduce you to the HiMirror Plus. Are you ready to get the lowdown on this beauty?
While the HiMirror Plus is a smart mirror just like it’s sister the original HiMirror, there have been a plethora of upgrades that make this new mirror fun and definitely change up your beauty routine as you know it. A Smarter Beauty technology that takes your skin care game to new levels, offering innovative technology with the ease of an at-home beauty consultant.
Installation of this bad gal was easy and very quick. I decided that instead of mounting the mirror to my door as I did with the first HiMirror, that I wanted to have it on my little makeup table so it was available for me each day. A simple little frame, which I purchased on my own, made a great accompaniment.
The set up for the HiMirror Plus was quite easy to do and the instructions along with a handy YouTube video to follow made it a breeze. You do need to have your mirror near a plug so that you can plug it in and of course, you must have a WiFi connection to connect to the mirror. The app to help with analyzing and set up is available on iPhone or Android (I have Android) and it’s as easy as answering a few skin care questions. The setup process takes about 5 minutes and while it takes a little getting used to the actual use of the product, it’s fairly easy once you get started.
Once set up – you can start using your HiMirror Plus. Each scan of your face will analyze the following things:
HiMirror Plus can track your skin’s progress each day and record your skin’s current condition while comparing it to those from previous months. This Personal Beauty System provides you with a comparison so you can see which products are really working for you and which are not.
The HiMirror Plus also understands your skin care and personal needs. It will pinpoint areas on the face where you have individual areas that may need treatment, like:
These areas will be marked by the level of intensity compared to your overall complexion. This information is very useful in keeping up with the proper skin care regimen and products.
The HiMirror Plus has an HD camera that works to analyze your skin but also provides you with face recognition each time you turn on your camera. You can close and open the shutter to keep your privacy but this very awesome camera will detect your dark spots, redness, pores, fine lines, texture and so much more on your skin. Each time you take a photo with this camera, it will track your skins progress over time and give you tips on how you can improve your skin’s overall condition. It’s definitely a high-tech skin care loving friend that I think every girl needs.
What’s great about the HiMirror Plus is that it also offers voice recognition. This handy tool has been making it a little easier for me to operate the mirror when I’m not feeling the hand gestures that day.
The HiMirror Plus offers a variety of new upgrades as I stated before and that includes updates to the software. You can keep on top of your local weather, news and even listen to music without leaving the mirrors side. All of the mirror’s options give you a variety of selections for you to choose from. The HiMirror is powered by Big Data but all of your personal information is kept completely private and monitoring your skin care is easy with the mirror or smartphone app which is free to download.
The HiMirror Plus also has an additional tool to help with your skincare regimen. The HiSkin is a cool little device that you can purchase separately and connect to your HiMirror or phone via Bluetooth. You can use this handy tool to get accurate readings of your skin in the particular areas for a better analysis.
“This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.”
The HiMirror Plus is more than a Beauty Consultant, it offers you a variety of tools at your fingertips. You can magnify your beauty with HiMirror’s specialized lens and magnifying feature. There are two new zoom options now available offering you actual photo size, 2x and 3x zoom.
Like with all products I’ve tried, there are many benefits in my opinion – or pros, as well as cons. I think while the pros surely out-weight the cons, I did want to make a notation of some of the things that could use some adjustments to.
Hand gestures: Using the hand gestures is still something I need to get used to. My arm gets tired after trying many times to select an option. I know that it’s a matter of how the mirror is mounted and how fast you move your hand, but I’d love to see a touchscreen version to provide more ease. The voice recognition is definitely helpful, but my arms are tired.
Scanning products using the bar code to add to your Beauty Box: This is actually a very easy thing to use, however, I don’t ever keep my boxes for products so that means that if I want to add it to my beauty box, I have to scan the product before throwing the box out. It may seem like no big deal to do, but it can be cumbersome at times and that extra step can be a pain.
The dreaded cord: This one is probably the hardest for me to get over. The cord is not very long, so while it may seem like it’s not that big of a deal, for me, it can be. I don’t have an open plug near my makeup area so I have to plug in an extension and drag it into the corner to use it. A cordless version would be great, especially since I’m a clutz and have already knocked it down twice because I tripped on the cord.
Overall, I have to say that I’ve become accustomed to using the HiMirror Plus (and prior to that the HiMirror) so it’s easily a favorite tool in my beauty routine. Since I suffer from sensitive skin, this has been a tool that has totally made a difference in how I treat and care for my skin. I’m optimistic that HiMirror will continue to make additional improvements to make the device much more user-friendly. But, I do believe that with the options currently available, this product is genius and worth every penny. If you are someone who loves new inventions and looking for smarter beauty options, you will love this at-home beauty consultant. Of course, I try to keep it as real as I possibly can here, no frills or pretty pictures to entice you, just my thoughts on the product itself. I found that after using the original HiMirror over the last year (just about), that I was able to make it work for me and figured out what I needed to improve on when it comes to my skin. This isn’t a cure-all or electronic technological fountain of youth, but more like an assistant to keep you on track.
A few updates on HiMirror…
HiMirror recently launched their remote control on August 18th. Woohoo! So, both HiMirror and HiMirror Plus bundles are available that include the remote control as an option. Prices for each bundle are:
HiMirror + Remote Control: $149 + Free Shipping
HiMirror Plus + Remote Control: $229 + Free Shipping
There is currently a promo code valid for accessories for the HiMirror/HiMirror Plus which include — Stand, HiSkin, Smart Body Scale. Use Code: BCLA17 at the HiMirror Website.
I definitely suggest checking out this Personal Beauty System that will offer you skin analysis, skincare tips and so much more. Head on over to the HiMirror Plus Website and get all the details and see if this is the tool you need to up your skincare game.
Be sure to head on over to a few of my blogger friends and see what they have to say about the HiMirror Plus too:
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by the PRIMP Network in collaboration with HiMirror Plus. The product featured was also provided for review and feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything you see or read about on this site. Affiliate links may be posted throughout.
I am a pen hoarder! Yup, I will collect pens because I find that I enjoy the way they write and sometimes I have a selection of pens that I refuse to touch because I know I can no longer replace them when they run out. But, when I have a great pen that works just as well as some of my holy grail ones, know that I will stop at nothing to keep it on me at all times. I recently had the opportunity to try out the BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry Pens and boy oh boy was I impressed. I love BIC brand but tend to gravitate to their pencils more than anything else. I love a very fine tip – usually, 0.5mm if I can find them, so when I first saw that these were 0.7mm or medium tip, I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy them. Well, well… boy was I wrong. They are comfortable to use, comfortable to hold and I am loving how great the ink is. Let’s talk about it in some detail, shall we?
The BIC Gel-ocity Quick Dry Pens range in colors and price points. The ones I have here are retractable gel pens that dry up to 3x faster than ordinary ones. There is less smearing or smudging (all of which I agree – no smearing) and they write super smooth. I love that they are comfortable to hold in your hand and like I said before, the tip (while it is not my preferred) writes exactly as I would love it to write.
While out school shopping for my boys, I’ve been seeing these pens on the end caps of the displays. I haven’t stopped raving about them since I got my hands on them about a month ago. They are lightweight and easy to control. They leave a smooth line and I absolutely love the fact that they are retractable, which means that is less caps for me to lose.
I plan to pick up the entire collection of colors (not like I need more pens) but I find that these are perfect purse pens and so easy tote around if you need a pen on the go. I also like to do brush strokes and color in my lines with these and find that the ink flows out easily, making it simple to use these. I’ve been hunting for these in a finer point but haven’t found anything yet. If you are a huge fan of G2 pens, I think you’d enjoy these as well. They dry faster so it makes a great choice for doing homework or reports.
Also, if you’re a planner girl like me, you’ll love that these write anything you want in the color you choose while still drying so swiftly that you are not smearing your pages. I tell you, these are genius.
Have you tried these pens before? If so, what do you think about it? If not, do you think this will be on your next stationery list?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
About two months ago I received a fun package in the mail. In the package was the Sleep Styler in Large. Let’s just say I was super excited and couldn’t wait to try it out. She Sleep Styler was featured and backed by Lori Greiner from ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. Now, I watch Shark Tank so you can only imagine how gitty I was to try another product from Shark Tank once again. What made me more excited to try this out, is that I actually watched this episode of Shark Tank when The Sleep Styler was featured and I was definitely swooning over the product before it landed at my door step.
The Sleep Styler was invented by Tara Brown. As a mother who also worked, her goal was to be able to cut down the drying time and styling time for her hair so her routine wouldn’t be as lengthy. The Sleep Styler curls your hair while you sleep and helps to save an hour of styling time. You can achieve beautiful styles with effortless work and it’s perfect for heat free styling. Each roller is marshmallow soft with a memory-foam core that makes it comfortable to sleep in and each microfiber material holds 4-5 times its weight in water, drying the hair super fast.
If you’ve been reading my blog or stopping by now and then, you know that I have naturally curly hair. My curl pattern ranges between a 2c 3a and on a good day, 3a 3b if I have been caring for my hair properly. It’s taken me a while to get my hair back to where I want it and I’ve finally embraced my curls, but that also means that I try to use as little heat on my hair as possible. I really became excited about this product when I find out that it was a hair styling system that not only saves time and money, but it doesn’t cause any damage to the hair.
Using this product means that I truly need to take my time learning how to use it. The first time I used it, I tried to take my curls and make them straight. My hair at the time was past my buttocks in length and it was near to impossible to get all of my hair onto two of the rollers (stacked on each other). I had parts of my hair (my lengths) that looked straight, while other parts still had curl and frizz.
After trying that and knowing that I just couldn’t make it work with my long hair, I figured I would test out the curly method. Large barrel and voluminous curls are great for that glam and beachy look so I figured I would test it out and see how it worked for me.
It was interesting and you can see me put on the rollers in this video demo here.
Putting the Sleep Styler in my long hair was a challenge, but I love that the product itself is lightweight. The rollers are really soft and while I struggled to sleep with it the first time I used it to curl my hair, I tried it again and it worked well (so long as I didn’t use my CPAP mask). I also cut off about 7 inches from my hair last week and found it to be much easier than when I tried to curl my hair with it originally.
As you can see from the photo above, it left my curls quite smooth and larger in size from my smaller and tighter natural curls. I loved that it locked in the fragrance I had on my hair from shampoo and conditioner and my hair was left shiny and had a lot less frizz. The Sleep Styler’s 100% micro fiber materials absorbed the moisture in my hair while remaining dry to the touch and it is perfect for bombshell curls that are voluminous and full.
While the longer rollers are meant for long hair, I did notice that it still left the hair near the crown of my head a bit bare. I used one and a half packages of rollers on my hair but felt like I could have used it differently or used some of the small rollers on the top of my head for maximum coverage.
Overall, I think the product is genius. I have been using it on nights when I just don’t have the time to let my hair sit and dry naturally. It’s been awesome just for drying my hair, but it also works really nicely to help smooth out my hair length so it’s not as frizzy. When I want an easy style without the fuss, I will use this to help with a no mess, no heat look. I’ve been using this product now for about two months (the video demo was filmed about 3 weeks ago) and have found what works and what doesn’t. Of course, I can’t use my CPAP mask on nights I have the Sleep Styler in, but I find that I can still get lots of use out of this product and I’ve been enjoying it so far. I think my nieces would love this as well as my sisters and it’s perfect for those who are always on the go.
Head on over to my demo here or check out the video embedded for a look at how I put on this product to create curls for the first time. Plus, I get real with all of you as we chit chat about how it worked for me.
You can check out all the details on this product and purchase your own at https://www.thesleepstyler.com
Have you checked out or tried the Sleep Styler before? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, do you think this may be something you’ll sneak a peak at?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
I had planned to include this item as a part of my Father’s Day round up for 2017, but as many of you know, my father passed away two weeks before Father’s Day and I couldn’t bring myself to write up the post. As much as I wanted to push past my heartache, I struggled with putting it together so it didn’t make it on the blog this year as I had hoped it would. This would be the first Father’s Day in quite a while that I didn’t offer a Father’s Day Gift Guide. Because of this, I would like to apologize to my faithful readers and companies who had hoped I would feature their products. Because of this, you’ll be seeing me play catch up over the next few weeks and talking about products that I would have loved to include in that specific round up but didn’t get the opportunity to do so. Today, I would like to talk with all of you about the Wild & Wolf Wrench and Torch Multi-Tool which can be purchased at one of my favorite websites – The Grommet. Let’s get all the fun and exciting details, shall we?
The Wrench and Torch Multi-Tool is perfect for any man and offers a great gift idea for any time of year – birthday, Christmas, Holiday or just because. It retails for $35 at thegrommet.com and is rugged and built to last. This wrench multi-tool offers five other tools within the entire package, including: a knife, screwdriver set and even an LED light. It’s created and engineered to be tough while still looking elegant and encased in gorgeous packaging – sleek and hardcore. Honestly, I was an instant fan of this because it is something I could easily take with me and keep in my car to use “just in case” or gift to my husband or man in my life as a great gift.
The Wrench and Torch Multi-Tool is made of 420 stainless steel, plastic, rubber, lithium battery and an LED light element. It comes with an adjustable wrench, plain edge knife, LED light, bottle opener, saw, flat (standard) and Phillips head magnetized screwdriver set and 6-10 hex wrenches. It is built with durable steel construction and is made to last.
I have purchased and received many things from The Grommet and everything I’ve gotten off the site, I’ve enjoyed. This multi-tool from Wild & Wolf is no exception. With the months blazing by (we are already in August), I know this would make a great gift for anyone this upcoming Holiday season. I’m loving this tool and while I originally expected to give it to my husband (well, I promised him he could use it), I’m loving it so much that I’ve decided to keep it for myself. As many of you know, I’m a total car buff and I love to be independent, so this tool gives me the luxury of having the important tools I need, right at my fingertips.
Overall, I think that this multi-tool (and others from Wild & Wolf on The Grommet) would make a great solution as a gift for anyone, even yourself. It offers a variety of uses and the price point is great. I also want to touch on how sturdy this product is. I’ve hit it around several times over the last few months and I already made use of the bottle opener and LED light on more than one occasion. Tough and made to hold up to years of use makes this a definite winner in my book.
If you’re interested in picking up one of these for yourself, check out: https://www.thegrommet.com/gentlemens-hardware-wrench-and-torch-multi-tool
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.
If you do a search on this site, you’ll find that I am a huge fan of Beauty Junkees. While I’ve been a little out of sorts lately, there is one thing for sure… I’m loving the new goodies that Beauty Junkees has rolled out over the last few months. Since May I’ve been testing out some new finds and I’m very excited to share them with you. If you haven’t tried anything from Beauty Junkees yet, seriously – what are you waiting for?
Beauty Junkees collection of goodies really has evolved over the last year and I’m always excited to share with all of you what I’ve had the opportunity to try. This post may be a long one because I have a lot to share, so be prepared for that. It’s picture heavy – but hey, we all love a little makeup and eye candy, right? Let’s get into it.
Let’s start off with Beauty Junkees brand new Matte Liquid Lipsticks. They retail for $14.97 each and are very different from others on the market. They are water resistant so these make the perfect selection for hitting the beach without sacrificing color on your lips. They’ll last you all day. They are lightweight and feel really comfortable on the lips. They go on smooth, dry fast and are non-sticky. I love that they offer 3x the pigment than other liquid lipsticks currently available and offer a strain that feels good on. Made in the USA and paraben-free, gluten-free and of course – cruelty-free.
The shades I have swatched for you above are (left to right): Soul Mate, Metallic Sorbet and Dinner Party.
These liquid lippies are available in six gorgeous colors – Amaretto, Caramel Latte, Dinner Party, Metallic Sorbet, Soul Mate and Vampirette. There’s a color for anyone and a small but perfect range of shades for most if not all skin tones.
These lippies come in pretty fun frosted packaging and have easy to use doe foot applicators. The application is a breeze and I didn’t notice any streaking or smudges once it set on the lips. I like that you can top these with a gloss if you want a shiny look or wear on its own. These lippies are quite long lasting and overall, considering the price point and how nice they feel on, I’m pretty impressed.
Lip gloss sets and a great Vitamin E lippy are also on the list of lusts from Beauty Junkees new roll out. Let’s start with the Vitamin E Moisture Stick since it literally has been a favorite thing for me to use lately. Perfect for dry and chapped lips, this lip balm (retailing for $10.00) has been my go-to. Made with Vitamin E to help soothe and heal the lips and provide you with relief from minor sunburns while protecting the lips so you can enjoy fun in the sun. With long term use, the Vitamin E helps to block free radicals from damaging the skin cells and leaves your lips hydrated and moisturized. Paraben Free, Gluten Free, and Cruelty-Free as well as made in the USA. While this lip balm is in simplistic packaging, I think you’ll find that it will literally be a favorite once your lips feel it. No funky tastes or feel… just soft smooth lips. This has also been a favorite for me to use on top of any of my drying matte lipsticks to help rehydrate.
Because these are minis, they are travel and purse friendly, but there is still a lot of product that you can get out of these beauties.
The mini lip glosses also come in a 3pc. set. Mint Lip Gloss Sets are available in two different selections – Kissable and Loveable. I got the Loveable collection. I’m not a big gloss fan, if you have been around here a while, you know this about me. But I love a gloss that is perfect on the go, hydrating and not sticky. Well, these definitely do all of those for me. Retailing for $14.97, you get a 3 piece set that includes: Mint Sugar Glaze (matte finish) which goes on clear with a slight hint of peach, Mint Blossom (matte finish) has a mauve plum tint and Mint Charming (shimmer finish) that has a rose mauve pink tint. They are sheer glosses that go on smooth and are non-stick. These have been perfect for me to wear alone or to top my favorite matte lippy.
Beauty Junkees also released Eye Shadow Quads that includes four single shadows in magnetic refill pans. Each pan is 26mm (the perfect size to fill your makeup kit) and while they do not currently come in a quad, they are ready to be placed in a magnetic palette of your choice. (You can check out the one that Beauty Junkees offers here)
This particular collection of shades is called: From The Stars Metallic Collection Eye Shadow Quad
The colors you see swatches above (left to right) are: Star Gazing, Star Bright, Constellation, and Star Field.
These gorgeous metallic shades are some of my favorites from Beauty Junkees and I love how buttery and pigmented these shadows are. If you are looking to try some gorgeous neutral shades from the brand, I definitely suggest checking these out.
The Totally 80’s Collection Eye Shadow Quad offers fun and bold shades that are perfect for the rocker in your or for summer eye looks. This collection includes 4 single eye shadow pans in Break Dancing (Matte), Leg Warmers (Pearlized), Totally Awesome (Matte) and That’s So Rad (Matte Pearl).
Swatched above from left to right: Break Dancing, That’s So Rad, Leg Warmers, Totally Awesome. These particular shadows apply nicely on the eyes and are beautiful and bold over a good sticky base. I apologize for how soft the swatches look on my arm. Because I’m a little darker skin and I swatch without primer, the colors did not show up as well. But, they are quite pretty on the eyes for sure.
Each Quad retails for $19.97.
Now, let’s talk Blush and Highlight Duo, shall we? I’ve added these gorgeous beauties to my collection of blushes and highlights from Beauty Junkees (which you can see) but I wanted to let you know that if you purchased the Matte Blush and lightly frosted highlighter as a duo, that would cost $14.97 – a major steal.
I currently have the Peach Petal Collection (Peach Petal Blush & Pow! Highlighter) and Mauve Mist Collection ( Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter)
Peach Petal Collection – Peach Petal Blush & POW! Highlighter. This is the perfect summer blush and highlighter duo for me and I’ve been getting a ton of use out of these gorgeous beauties. If you are looking for some color with a hint of shimmer, these would be perfect for you. I think these shades look especially nice on a warm skin tone.
Mauve Mist Collection is also gorgeous. It includes Mauve Mist Blush and Pink Parfait Highlighter. I love Mauve Mist blush on me because it works so well with my deeper skin tone, and offers the perfect flush of color. Pink Parfait is a cool toned highlighter – I tend to use warmer tones or a blend of golds, but it’s still gorgeous on the cheekbones. It offers a gleam of highlight without looking too “Bam! What?!” when wearing it. It does have a little more shimmer than POW! but it’s still gorgeous nonetheless. If you’re interested in frosted highlighters but you want something that you can build up – you’ll enjoy this one.
Each blush and highlighter offer a great range of color for a lot of skin tones and I love that they are super pigmented. The highlighters can be a bit dusty and have fall out, so make sure you tap off the excess before applying to the face. Also – since the highlighters are so pigmented, I highly suggest using a fan brush or light hand when applying. The blushes while pigmented can be applied with a light hand for a flush of color to the cheeks or with a little more pressure for a bolder look.
Like I’ve mentioned before, it’s no secret that Beauty Junkees is a brand I truly love. Their brushes are my go-to’s and I haven’t bought any high-end brushes since. I love the overall quality of their cosmetic line and I absolutely enjoy seeing a small, woman run business expand their products to include some of my favorite tools and makeup items. If I had to choose one favorite item to try, it would be near to impossible. I hope that providing you with a few of the ones I’ve been working and playing with the last several months will help. Oh – let’s not forget about their sponges too… I won’t buy another expensive beauty blender again thanks to Beauty Junkees.
Check out some of my past posts I’ve done on Beauty Junkees products:
So, how about you? Do you have any of Beauty Junkees products on your radar to try? I definitely suggest heading on over to their website (listed above) to check out what they have to offer. There are many items I have tried from the brand that I can’t stop raving about and I highly suggest checking them out. If you’re interested in something but need a little advice, feel free to comment or message me and we can discuss personally.
Wishing you all a wonderful day.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out and this is not a paid or sponsored post.
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As a child growing up in the 80s and 90s, Suzanne Somers was kind of a household name. A popular figure in infomercials and television shows, we knew the name and the face all too well. I still remember the first time my mom bought her first Thigh Master and it was a product she enjoyed tremendously. Till this day, my mom has purchased several and still has one in her possession. Between a fruitful career and various skill levels, she’s definitely an icon. This gorgeous being (who happens to be 70 years old and looks incredible) started her own cosmetics line called Suzanne Organics. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and beat it, but that also gave her the inspiration to create this gorgeous line of All Natural Makeup and Skin Care called Suzanne Organics.
I had the opportunity to try several products from the line and if I had to sum up my thoughts on all of them in one word, I would use – Awesome! As many of you know, my PCOS has been flaring up tremendously, so I’ve been trying to find products that not only work well with my skin issues but also don’t cause me to break out more. I’ve been impressed so far with everything I’ve tried. Let’s chit chat about each one I’ve used.
I wanted to make sure I selected a wide range of products and a skin care item I think is absolutely essential to me is body lotion. I have extremely dry skin that is also Eczema prone so I really wanted to give the Suzanne Organics Nourishing Body Lotion a try. The lotion comes sealed with a cap but it came with a pump which I was excited for. This lotion has become a favorite, leaving my skin silky smooth without the greasy feeling you can get from other products. It left my skin feeling soft the entire day and I’ve been using it daily since first getting my hands on it. As the first product I tried, I definitely was impressed right from the get-go.
Suzanne Organics has a great selection of anti-aging and skin care products. I also picked out the Suzanne Organics Anti-Aging Eye Cream because a great eye cream is something I can’t get enough of. This eye cream is their Top-Rated, organic and all natural anti-aging cream that is packed with some of the most rare, expensive and targeted ingredients like Swiss apple stem cells and sea algae extracts. The first time I used this product I was quite amazed. I don’t think I have a lot of problems with my under eye area but lately, I’ve been looking tired and this product helped to reduce my dark under-eye circles while also brightening the under eye area. My minor crows feet wrinkles seemed less prominent and overall my eye area appeared more youthful with use.
Suzanne Organics Liquid Oxygen Therapy Facial Serum is an elixir that soothes the facial skin and helps reverse the signs of aging. This product is basically like an expensive Oxygen Facial Treatment in a bottle. It hydrates the skin while revitalizing and rejuvenating. This serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and combats free radicals from environmental stress. All of this while promoting clear, smooth, healthy-looking skin and soothing my irritated and sensitive skin. They key ingredient is suspended oxygen (Perfluorordecalin) which bathes oxygen on the skin and helps to promote clear skin. I’m really enjoying this product. It’s completely lightweight which I love and soaks into the skin, without a sticky icky residue left behind and leaves my skin feeling moisturized all day long and soothes my dry skin.
Suzanne Organics Sheer Flawless Foundation was a product I just had to try. I got it in the color Medium Honey. Since I have been dealing with a vast amount of breakouts the last few months due to my PCOS, I thought giving this product a whirl would be great to put to the test. While most foundations coat the skin with a variety of dyes and fragrances, this tint uses nourishing actives and rich minerals with superior blending capabilities to color-match a range of skin tones. Made without PEGs, parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. This product uses no plastic or petroleum fillers and is gluten free. I was amazed to find out that it is made with organic botanical actives like soothing Aloe Leaf Juice, Tea Tree, Jojoba and Grape Seed Oils for a flawless skin with a smooth, velvet touch. Filled with antioxidant-rich super juice blend of pomegranate, goji, acai, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry and more.
I applied the foundation using a damp beauty sponge. The application was easy and while the foundation looked a little on the pink side prior to application, I was impressed in how well it blended with my skin tone. This foundation is very lightweight and definitely sheer as it’s name suggests, but I found it to be build-able, which is perfect for me. Since I haven’t really used foundation in a few years, I truly enjoyed that I could decide whether I would go light or build up on my coverage when I wanted to. I didn’t experience any oxidation while using this foundation which great and on average I found it lasted for most of my day through the hot Hawaii weather. I set this foundation with the Suzanne Organics Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium/Dark and it helped to add additional coverage while keeping my makeup in place all day. I find that this pressed powder is great for setting but a tad bit too light for all over coverage and for me to use in place of the liquid foundation, but it is nice and I enjoy using it.
I set this foundation with the Suzanne Organics Sheer Pressed Powder in Medium/Dark and it helped to add additional coverage while keeping my makeup in place all day. I find that this pressed powder is great for setting but a tad bit too light for all over coverage and for me to use in place of the liquid foundation, but it is nice and I enjoy using it. It’s lightweight, smooth to the touch and silky, but I like that it applies easily without the extra work.
For additional coverage, I use the Suzanne Organics Perfect Finish Concealer. It’s a creamy concealer in a mini compact (with a mirror) and is perfect for spot concealing and even brightening up the areas to even out the coverage of the foundation. I love how lightweight this product is and tapping with the tip of my finger to apply or using a small synthetic brush makes application a breeze. While this concealer is a creamy type product, it sets like powder and I like that I can use it beneath my foundation or above for added coverage without worrying about moving. All day wear is another benefit I like and I find that I can use this on its own when needed too.
I got to try some gorgeous eye shadows as well. The Suzanne Organics Eyeshadow Essential Neutrals Quad offers four gorgeous shades to create an everyday or glamourous look. This quad features the colors Ivory, Flesh, Cocoa and Charcoal. Using organic ingredients and no artificial dyes, plastic or petroleum fillers, you rest assured you have pigmented eye shadows for any show stopping look.
I found that the texture of these shadows is quite different than I’m used to. While they are all very pigmented, they have a drier feel than the buttery shadows I’m accustomed to from other brands. Does this mean this is bad? No of course not. The drier texture and feel of these actually mean they have better longevity and performance on my eyelids and I find that the apply and blend quite easily. Over a primer, these shadows last all day. You can use them to apply a quick wash of color on the lids or build up the shades for an intense and dramatic look. I also find that since the formula of these shadows are drier than I’m used to, the darker shades apply wonderfully as a liner to the lids and lower lash line.
I also tried the Suzanne Organics Lengthening Mascara. This organic mascara has a pointed style tip to allow me to define each lash. I love the brush on this mascara because it allows me to apply the product to each of my little lashes. This mascara has held up on my lashes without much or any smudging, but I do notice that when my eyes tear up – it will run. It is a gorgeous black and really helps to define and somewhat lengthen each of my lashes for a pretty look. Like all of the products from Suzanne Organics, this is without all the funky things you can get in other cosmetic products.
Lastly, the Suzanne Organics Multiple Stick in Sunrise has been such a treat. I wanted to make sure I had a blush or lip color from the brand but found that if I picked up the All-In-One Makeup Stick, I’d have a plethora of options. This product can be used on the eyes, cheeks, and lips and adds a perfect highlight and color to the areas you need it.
In my easy makeup look above, I’ve utilized all of the Suzanne Organics Cosmetic products to create what you see. From foundation and concealer, setting powder and eye shadow, everything I used was from the Suzanne line. This line is perfect for day or night and simplistic to create. I also used the black color in the eye shadow quad as liner for the look and finished it all off with the multi-stick on my lips for a little color and my cheeks for some highlight.
Overall – I am loving this line. I’m not a fan of foundations but found that I’m really enjoying this one. I also love the performance of the products overall. As mentioned previously, Suzanne Organics products are free of all dangerous toxins that other cosmetics use. You get only healthy ingredients that your skin can absorb and the products are manufactured with certified organic ingredients. No plastic or petroleum fillers and the formulations are made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. The products are completely Gluten Free and of course, no animal testing is done.
Makeup and skin care are just a small part of what Suzanne Organics offers. You can get facial oils and deodorants as well as a variety of things listed on the site.
As a foodie, I do my best to sample different types of cuisines as well as different restaurants, eateries and other food loves that I can taste and share with all of you. Today on this Foodie Friday, I am excited to share with you a little place I discovered after watching the YouTube Channel Aloha Stoked. Kalani Prince, a vlogger and Travel Guide website owner visited the location I’m about to talk about today and I knew I had to head on over and take a look. This little hole-in-the wall location that is just off the beaten path in a sleepy little town in Up Country Maui, called Makawao is worth sharing with you today. This week’s Maui Eats is featuring Makawao Garden Cafe.
Makawao Garden Cafe is owned and operated by Kathi and Jody Sparks and is nestled right in the heart of the paniolo and rodeo town of up country that we call Makawao. A peaceful, laid back and tranquil little bistro that offers a small menu of sandwiches and salads – perfect for a day of venturing and visiting the art galleries and site seeing among the little village.
Makawao Garden Cafe is located right on Baldwin Avenue. It’s next to the Sherri Reeve Gallery (down a small alley way) and across the street from Maui’s famed Komoda Bakery.
I arrived at the location just as they had opened, about 5 minutes after 11 o’clock. They were still prepping some of their food, which I would have expected for a small bistro, but I was able to place my order and my food took about 10 minutes to complete. As I waited for my to-go order, I walked around the immediate area to kind of get an idea of what the place is like for those who decide to dine in. Majority of the seating for this bistro is located outdoors. I was told recently that they had acquired a small area with indoor seating just off to the site of the cafe area. It’s a great location for spring and summer months when it’s warm out, but it was quite chilly the day I went, which is why I opted to get my food to go – I was not dressed to sit out in the open with that cold breeze lingering in the air.
If you are looking for fast food service or quick food, this is certainly not the place you will want to find yourself. Everyone is made for you to order and there is a staff of 2-3 on hand on any given day. If you are in a rush, I suggest trying to call your order in or check to see if they’ll accommodate a take-out that day. The service I received was sweet, the owner greeted me with kindness and everyone that I talked to that day was very pleasant.
So, let’s talk about the food. Whenever I eat somewhere and have thoughts of reviewing the establishment here on the site, I try to order more than one meal to test and see how I like each. I ordered the Crab & Avocado Sandwich ($9.97 whole). Served on focaccia and mixed greens with tomato and sprouts. I also got the Curry Chicken Salad (Whole $9.00) which came highly recommended by a customer that was behind me in line, as well as the gal who took my order. She mentioned that it is the most popular on their menu. The Curry Chicken Salad came with diced chicken, carrots, zucchini and served with sweet curry dressing, on mixed greens and topped with papaya.
Let’s talk details on each dish – shall we?
I was happy to find that the Crab and Avocado came with a side of salad. I opted for ceasar and while it was tasty – it definitely was not the showstopper of this particular sandwich. If I can be absolutely blunt here… the focaccia is fricken awesome. It was fresh baked (baked by the owners) and one of the best focaccia breads I have ever tasted and trust when I say – I have had my fair share of focaccia. It was delicious. The avocado was fresh as was the rest of the vegetables in my sandwich. The crab was light and definitely tasted good. I was impressed that my sandwich included real crab for the price point and the sandwich was very filling. If you are doing hiking or anything that will require walking, etc. I think this would be a great selection – light, but hearty.
Should I get a sandwich again, I’ll be trying the Sliced Turkey Breast, but since it’s not on this delicious focaccia bread, I’m not sure I’d enjoy it as much – we shall see.
Next up I tried the Curry Chicken Salad. This salad is quite big and filled most of the take out container they put it in. I ate half of it and saved the rest for my eldest son Kevin Kaeo. When I opened this salad to eat it, I didn’t quite expect to see what I was looking at.
This portion size (I ordered the whole) was large enough to feet at least 2 people, especially if you purchased it in combination with other food. I was quite impressed with the size considering the price point. The diced chicken was chicken breast, but it was very tender considering the cut it was. I was quite impressed with how the entire salad in a whole had tasted. The dressing that they used was very tasty and I liked that the salad didn’t taste like it had taken a bath in mayonnaise (we all know how I’m not a fan of that creamy white stuff). The dressing was sweet (not hot or spicy at all) but definitely had a curry flavor. I would describe it as a curry without the heat. The salad was placed on a bed of greens – a mixture of different lettuce that was fresh and crispy and I also got two toasted pieces of crostini on top. This salad tasted really good and not soggy considering I had to drive 10 minutes to get home to eat it, but I would definitely suggest putting the bread separately because the dressing did cause it to become a tad bit soggy.
Overall – I think I really enjoyed the salad. The vegetables definitely tasted fresh and the nice crunch of the carrots definitely gave it a lot of texture. The little papaya on the top was delicious and really gave the salad an extra something. If I had to make any suggestions, I would love to see cashews in the mix for this salad – I think it would make it absolutely perfect. I make a pretty darn good chicken curry salad myself and that papaya though, it definitely made for a great addition to this dish.
The second time I went to grab some food to go, I ordered the Taro Salad ($9.75 Whole – I really wanted to eat that from the first time I had gone) and the Catch of the Day Sandwich ($8.50 Whole). Service was quick and I was on my way with my sandwiches and a Nirvana smoothie that I ordered. The smoothies are $5.50 and are not made with milk which is a plus on my tummy.
The Taro Salad was simple, but I rather enjoyed it. I got it regular (not Cajun spice which they also offer) and it was served with mixed greens, cheese (I was able to select between goat cheese and Parmesan, I went with goat cheese), carrots and zucchini. The salad also came with tomato and was dressed with a light basil vinaigrette topped with crispy taro chips. Here’s the low down on this salad… the taro chips, well, they were the ones I buy in the bag at Costco but I enjoy them and never would have thought to put them on a salad – they were great and because of the taro, they held up to the dressing and were not soggy when I got home to eat. The Taro itself is actually veggie patties diced up and the veggie patties of chunks of taro in them. When I was first told what it was, I’ll be honest, I had regret ordering it. I thought to myself, hmmm… why couldn’t I just get chunks of taro in my salad? But, I was pleasantly surprised. The veggie patty (which was diced/cubed up and tossed in the salad mix) was really good. There was a lot of taro in that patty and I enjoyed the flavor. Because of the veggie patty with taro, I think it lent for a lighter meal and with the actual taro cubed up as I suggested, it may have been too heavy for lunch. While I didn’t have high hopes for this particular salad after being told what it was, I was pleasantly surprised. If I had to make one suggestion, it would be to add some avocado in the mix… it would really bring out the sweetness of the taro and give the salad a depth of flavor.
The Catch of the Day sandwich was simplistic as was the Crab and Avocado. It was a few pieces of their Catch of the Day which was Mahimahi for me today, served on focaccia and a wasabi mayo with tomato and mixed greens and sprouts. The taste was really nice, but I would have loved to have more to the sandwich. The wasabi mayonnaise had a light wasabi flavor, with no heat and it looked like regular mayonnaise, so tasting it was the only way to really know what you were eating.
The cut of fish was nice, but I definitely would have wanted to have more to the sandwich. Of course, it was on that delicious focaccia that I’ve been swooning over which made it great. Overall, I think the sandwich is nice, but I would love to get more from it. Maybe a smear of pesto aioli or something along those lines to really bring out the flavor of the fish. Even some avocado would make a different here.
Makawao Garden Cafe is perfect to grab a meal while out exploring the area but keep in mind that due to limited seating, if they get busy – you may want to get that meal to go. My overall experience with them has been great, and I know I’ll be back again to try more food – I have my eyes set on many of the items on the menu. If you are looking for fine dining, then this place is definitely not it.
Makawao Garden Cafe is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). They do not take reservations and parking is free. You can park directly on Baldwin Avenue if you can find a stall (it can get really congested and busy at times) or you can use the Garden parking behind Baldwin Avenue in the open parking lot (it’s a walk up stairs and there is no wheelchair access) Keep in mind that the back parking lot is gravel and the walk up the stairs is several flights.
Positives – there are quite a bit in my opinion. All of the menu items are under $10 so you and a friend could easily get a bite to eat for under $25. Considering I’m born & raised here on Maui and have seen how expensive things can get, that’s quite a steal considering the amount of food you get with your orders. The focaccia is bomb. Like seriously I can’t stress this enough, order a sandwich with it to taste how great it is. The owner and staff were very delightful and friendly. Parking is free -which is great. And, most of your options are healthy and fresh.
Now – there are a few cons to this location that I figured was worth sharing. While I didn’t experience dine-in service here, I was told by someone there that service can be slow when they are busy. I think that’s understandable considering that there are only 3 people working (sometimes one or two) at any given time and I honestly can’t attest to that myself seeing as the two times I went, they had just opened, so there really was only one or two people there. Remember, as I stated previously, if you’re in a rush – get it to go and call ahead. If it is raining or cold, even if they have a covered seated area that is indoors, you may not like the experience, so keep that in mind. The first time I picked up my food, it was chilly and very cold. I wouldn’t have been able to sit and enjoy my food comfortably. Roosters are everywhere in that area (it’s a part of Makawao town) so it can be frustrating at times, just don’t feed them because they’ll come around more while you’re eating.
If you’re on the hunt for something interesting to try – I definitely suggest checking this place out. I’m all for supporting local eats and Maui eateries that are owned by locals so I definitely enjoyed it. They offer smoothies as well and there is quite a selection which is great. This place offers a true laid back environment so it’s perfect for those that are looking for something casual. Also – take note that if you’re walking too fast, you may miss it… so this little place gives you the opportunity to “take the long way home” so to say and stop and smell the roses.
My goal is to offer more “Maui Eats” for my readers near and far so be sure to come back for more.
Have a wonderful Aloha Friday and a great weekend,
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