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I can’t believe how quickly summer flew by, it seems like just yesterday my eldest son was in the 4th grade and the twins were still home with me and now the house is super quiet during the day and it’s odd to say the least.  With Fall coming about, I wanted to take the time to share with you a round up of my Summer Nail designs and manicures that I have been rocking out during the season.  I’m doing this post and video in collaboration with my friend Beth (PearlznlacebyBethK) so be sure to head on over and check out her video and post as well.

Check out my video slideshow embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.  Scroll down to see all the photos of each nail look.

Sally Hansen

My first manicure from this summer is from Sally Hansen in the color Gilty Party.  This color is absolutely gorgeous and while it looks silver, it has micro shimmers that look almost burgundy pink so it really lends for an interesting shade.

Sally Hansen Rainbow Honey

July 8th, I decided I wanted to use a new polish I had just picked up and paired it with some glitter and sparkle.  On my nails I’m using Sally Hansen’s Color Foil nail polish in Purple Aloy and my accent nail is topped with Rainbow Honey’s Stellar Treat.  I am a huge fan of Rainbow Honey’s glitter polishes and these two lacquers together made a great statement.

Water Color Pastel Nails - Milani

July was all about simplicity in my nail designs and doing a water color styled look is simple and easy to create.  Check out my tutorial here.  I used a combination of Zoya and Milani’s new Color Statement Lacquers to create the look you see here.  The base white is from Zoya in the color Adel (one of my favorite whites) and the rest of the shades are a combination of Milani and Zoya.

Water marbling nail design

When I am unable to choose a color I want to use on my nails, I find that I paint them several different shades and just roll with it.  In July I decided I wanted to test out a few shades from the new Milani Color Statement Lacquers that were recently rolled out.  Since I couldn’t figure out which ones I wanted to wear more… it resulted in me doing a quick water marbling of my nails in different shades.  Not the best look – but hey, it works. lol

Milani Color Statement Lacquers

Milani has seriously wowed me with their new collection and I’ve been loving the glitter polishes.  For this look I’m using Milani’s Color Statement Lacquer in Bronze as my base shade and then accent nails are topped with Gilded Rocks and Club Lights.

Milani Color Statement Lacquers Water Color Painting

My Galaxy Inspired nails were probably a favorite of all the nail looks I created this summer.  I used a similar technique to my Water Color nails and you can find the tutorial for this nail look here.  I am using all of Milani’s Color Statement Nail Lacquers to create this look.  Lovely Amethyst as my base shade, Spotlight White, Bombshell, Mint Crush, Pearl-plexed Sheer and Rainbow Prisms.

Milani Color Statement Lacquer

This burgundy red nail look was done as a part of my Regina the Evil Queen look… I did my best to play up the part. lol  (You can watch that tutorial for the inspired makeup look here.) I don’t normally rock out shades in this tone during the Summer months but needless to say you will be seeing this quite often in the fall months.  I am using Milani’s Color Statement Lacquer in Enchanting.

Zoya Nail polish

I’m no professional when it comes to nail designs but I think I can pull off the basics pretty okay.  For this nail look I wanted to do something fun and wanted to play off of some polka dots.  As my base shade I am using Zoya’s Shay which is one of my all time favorite nudes.  As my glitter accent nail I am using Zoya’s Cosmo Magic Pixie Polish topped with Ciate’s Speed Dry Top Coat so that it doesn’t have that 3D effect.  For my polka dots and flowers I am using Milani’s Color Statement Lacquers in Spotlight White and Imperial purple.  Super easy to create and fun to wear.

Zoya Jules

In this nail look I couldn’t make up my mind what I wanted to do.  I am using Milani’s Vintage Lace Lacquer and Rainbow Prisms as the tip of my nails.  For my accent nails I decided to do a quick water marble using Imperial Purple and Cupcake Icing all from Milani’s Color Statement Lacquer line.

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In this manicure I wanted a nude look with a little sparkle.  I am using Zoya’s Jules and topped it with Maybelline Color Show’s Diamond in the Rough.

So – those are my nail designs and manicures I rocked out for Summer this year.  I am in no way a professional but really enjoy painting my nails to give me a little flirty flare.  I don’t do my makeup with exception to maybe once each week, so I love to have my nails with some extra sparkle to keep it all exciting.  Don’t forget to check out the video if you haven’t already.  Wishing you all a wonderful last few days of your warm summer months. ~xo

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july favs 2014

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

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

Check out the rundown of products for last month below.

July Beauty Favorites 2014

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

July Beauty Favorites 2014

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

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

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

July Beauty Favorites - 2014

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

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

July Beauty Favorites 2014

 

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

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

July Beauty Favorites 2014

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

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

July Lifestyle Favorites 2014

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

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

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

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Most of those near and dear to me know that I might use makeup once a week and normally those days are the ones I find time to film a tutorial – lol.  Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and I love how makeup can transform a person and really ignite the spirit within them, but let’s face it – I live in Hawaii and most of my summer days… you can catch me without makeup, hair pulled back or up in a high bun and wearing a bikini.  I will take the beach and ocean or the pool, over makeup any day of the week. lol  With that said, I do still love makeup, but can rock out similar looks during the summer months.  One of my favorites is a bronze and gold makeup look.  Come on now, Summer is all about the Bronzed Beauty so come and join me for a tutorial on my summer makeup look.  While this isn’t my go-to look (that one is coming up in the next week), this is one I’ll definitely be rocking the next month.Bronzed Beauty Summer Makeup

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I wanted to create a look that would allow me to utilize some new goodies from Milani (that I am loving by the way) and also provide a makeup look and tutorial that consisted of affordable cosmetics.  With exception to my Too Faced Shadow Insurance (would have used Milani if I had it), everything else is drug store and majority of the products down to my bronzer and highlight are all Milani.  I hope you like this talk through tutorial – I wanted to talk story with all of you since I’ve been rushing through my makeup looks lately.  Besides, it’s my girlie time with my makeup lovahs… so I figured I would just have some fun.

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

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial… scroll down to see a list of products used. A review with swatches and my thoughts on the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Shadows will be coming soon.

Summer Makeup - Bronzed Beauty

 

No, I’m not part of a family of Quadruplets… I just can’t pick or choose one photo of me to use so I use them all. lol

Products used for my look:

Brows – Bella Caffe used to shade in my sparse areas and set with Milani’s Brow Gel

Eye Shadow Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye Shadows –

  • Crease Shadow – Bella Bronze
  • Lid Shadow Shade – Bella Gold
  • Transition Shadow Shade – Bella Mandarin
  • Outer V (contour) shadow shade – Bella Taupe
  • Brow Highlight Shadow Shade – Bella Ivory

Eye Liner – Jordana  12 Hour Made to last Gel eye liner pencil (tightline/waterline) and Jordana Fabuliner (upper lash line)

Lashes – KISS 01 False Lashes

Bronzer – Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in Sienna

Blush – Milani Rose Powder Blush in Warm Petals

Highlight – Milani Amber Nectar Face Illuminating Powder

To set my makeup – Mally Face Defender

Lips – Milani All Natural Color Statement Lip liner topped with Milani’s Color Statement lipstick in Nude Creme, layered with Milani’s Color Statement lipstick in Teddy Bare

Bronzed Beauty Summer Makeup

 

Wishing you all a wonderful and stellar summer… enjoy life and have some fun. xo

I’ll have a review coming for the Milani Bella Eyes soon… and those that have asked for a review on the Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last liners.. that’s coming too. xo

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

Honey's Summer Essentials

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

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

Summer Essentials

Sunglasses – Maui Jim

Watch – Invicta Divers Rose Gold & Silver Watch

Floppy Sun Hat – Ross (Dress For Less)

Convertible / Versatile Sarong – Local Boutique

2 Piece Halter Bikini – Torrid

Summer Essentials

Summer Essentials

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

Summer Essentials

 

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This week I wanted to create a look using products from my May Ipsy Glam Bag – Fresh Picks.  Since the theme is super cute, I thought this would be a great way to show a flirty side of me.  I chose to name my look “My Secret Garden” because I used inspiration from one of my favorite Books and Movies – The Secret Garden.  Spring and Summer remind me of floral scents and flowers in an array of colors.  Purple being my favorite color, I decided a purple and white-gold look would be fitting for a soft and wearable creation.  It kind of reminds me of the Jacaranda that grow so heavily here in the Spring time and grace our roads and lawns with beautiful lavender flowers.

The Secret Garden inspired Makeup using Ipsy Glam bag

I have a really hard time making up my mind – so I thought I would use a few different florals to style my  pictures.  Utilizing the goodies I received in my May Ipsy Glam Bag, I created a look that I thought would incorporate the items perfectly.

Many say that my makeup looks all seem to mesh together and look the same, but I like it – because makeup is about style and creativity… and most importantly – it’s about beauty.  Check out my makeup tutorial for this look embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.  A list of products used can be found in this post.  I hope you enjoy!

The Secret Garden - Ipsy Glam Challenge Look

On my eyes I am using the following products:

Eye shadow primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eye shadow base – City Color Cosmetics White Gold Cream Shadow/Highlight

Eyeshadows

  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette – matte medium brown shade (transition color)
  • Pacifica Natural Beauty Duo #2 in Unicorn – white/gold shade (lid color)
  • Pacifica Natural Beauty  Duo #2 in Moonbeam – plum purple shade (crease color and applied to lower lash line)
  • Coastal Scents Revealed Palette – matte nude/cream shade (highlight color)

Eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil liner in Zero (tightline/waterline) and NYC Liquid Eyeliner (winged liner / upper lash line)

Brows – Chella Brow Defining Pencil and Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Blonde

Lashes – Chrislie Mascara/Primer Duo and KISS Lashes in 09

The Secret Garden Makeup Tutorial

Products used on my lips:

Lip Balm – Revo Watermelon Lip balm

Lipstick – NYX Matte lipstick in Audrey

Lip gloss – NYX Butter gloss in Angel Food Cake

My Secret Garden Makeup look - Ipsy May Glam Bag

 

Products used on my Face, Hair and Body:

Bronzer – Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in Sunset

Blush – Milani Limited Edition Rose Powder Blush in Warm Petals and MAC Sunbasque blush

Highlight – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Radiant Light and City Color Cosmetics White Gold Cream Highlight (cupid’s bow)

Hair – To help define my curls I used the eva-nyc Rock-a-Wave Curl Cream Leave in Cream (from Ipsy May Glam Bag) as well as Coconut Oil

Body – For SPF/Sun screen I used Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 Sunscreen and to moisturize my body I used the Lulu Blossom Body Balm and to exfoliate my elbows, knees and heels of my feet I used my Derma-e Microdermabrasion Scrub.  All of these products were received in my Ipsy Glam bag.

Don’t forget to check out my Makeup Tutorial on YouTube and Subscribe for more videos.  I truly enjoy creating looks for all of you and look forward to doing more this summer.  Keep on the look out for a bronze summer goddess look that I have planned coming up.  I hope you enjoyed my makeup look that I created using the goodies from my Ipsy May Glam Bag.  Have a wonderful rest of your Spring and Summer.

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Each and every Season holds a special place in my heart, but Spring is that time of year when I tend to do clothes shopping the most and I’m always looking forward to rocking out cool and comfortable threads.  While my style remains fairly the same each year, I like to add a few things to change it up a bit.  For me… Spring includes a few staples in my wardrobe – Maxi Dresses & Skirts, empire waist knee length dresses (or shorter), denim bermudas, tanks and a few key sandals and accessories to complete a look.

I’ve included a few of my favorite styles that you may see pretty often in my wardrobe.  Who owns over 10 maxi dresses and 8 pairs of denim bermudas?  This lady here!  Living in Hawaii means that Spring and Summer months can bring extreme heat so I like to be comfortable and dress that way specifically.  While many think that style is about the clothes you wear… I believe that Style is all about personality and what makes you feel comfortable and confident.  Being a surfer girl most my life, my Spring and Summer months growing up meant that I was found in a pair of Surf/board shorts and a bikini or rash guard – now that I’m grown up (lol), I like to add my own little flair and spin on it all.  Check out some of the selections I have here so you can get an idea of what I rock during the Spring months.

  • Of course – a Coach bag on my arm is an absolute plus and in most cases a MUST HAVE.  Coach has been a favorite designer brand of mine for years and I just can’t seem to get out of it and move on to other brands.   That goes for accessories that they offer as well.  I adore Coach sunnies (shades) as well as their cute high top sneaks… super adorable and definitely awesome for Spring or Summer.
  • Tank tops, Ribbed Tanks and Graphic tees are an absolute staple in my wardrobe any time of the year – but definitely during the Spring & Summer Season.  While you can catch me in denim shorts or a pair of jeans year round, I tend to rock out a pair of Bermuda shorts during this season more than any other.
  • Maxi dresses and skirts – yes I’m bringing it up AGAIN.  If you have been following my fashion posts the last couple of years, you’ll see that you can find these in several different colors in my wardrobe.  Being a plus sized girl – I will rock out anything that makes me feel confident and comfortable and these are my favorites.
  • Sun dresses, spring dresses… just about any type of dress belongs in my closet.  I have super thick thighs and calves and I’ve been pretty lucky to find dresses that don’t really accentuate the largeness of my calves even if they are two inches above my knee.  They add an extra girly and flirty feel and paired with a cute pair of wedges or heels, they are showstopping.
  • I wouldn’t be “Honey” if I wasn’t caught rocking out a pair of flip flops.  Any brand that is comfortable is a favorite.  Havaianas have been a favorite of mine for years, as well as Old Navy Flip Flops, Roxy and Steve Madden.  If I’m going to be using flip flops (slippas – as we call it in Hawai’i) – they need to be comfortable, otherwise, why bother.  And of course, a great pair of wedges, slip-on sandals or flats is an important addition to my wardrobe.
  • Like I mentioned above… at the end of the day – Rock out what you feel comfortable in.   Spring (and Summer) is all about soaking up the sunlight (don’t forget that SPF) and enjoying the flowers and the breeze.  What ever you decide, make sure it makes you feel confident and awesome!

    Spring Plus Size Outfit

    If you are looking for a few makeup looks – stay tuned, I’ll be sure to be posting those in the next coming weeks!

    Happy Spring Love Bugs!

    xo

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