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It’s that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is approaching.  Now, I’m kind of late the punch in getting this post up this year, but I digress… and it’s getting done anyway, right?  I’ve said this time and time again, but while my husband and I celebrate Valentine’s Day, we both feel that our love for one another should be shown and given every single day of the year – every day of our lives.  Let’s face it, some of you may find that corny, but the fact of the matter is… we shouldn’t need a holiday to celebrate love, right?  Regardless, each year I share a great little gift guide for you – whether you decide you are going to take advantage of it for the holiday or any time of the year or use it to treat yourself, it’s entirely up to you.  So, without further adieu, let’s get into some Valentine’s Gifts shall we?

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Let’s talk about rings… jewelry per say.  Now, if you’ve been a follower of this blog for a while, then you know that my husband is a law enforcement officer.  Over the years we have looked for rings that he can use that are not only stylish, but that will allow him to be able to use his rings to work.  In the type of job he has, a metal, gold or silver band can injure the finger and are a huge safety concern.  While it’s allowed for them to use it, it’s suggested that they use a silicone band to help protect against injury and to aid in safety.  That’s where FX8 (Fixate) comes in to play.  These fun silicone ring bands are made of Premium Medical-Grade Silicone.  They are stylish, functional and definitely durable.  The are comfortable to wear with a tapered dome design and are available in Men’s & Women’s styles and sizes.  I like the fact that they offer custom engraving and these rings are designed for an active lifestyle.

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Outside of work, we can use our regular wedding rings, but while my husband is at work, I know that this ring will work well for him.  Athletes, racers, extreme sports participants, fitness and gym trainers, mechanics, military personnel, construction and factory works and law enforcement officials all enjoy wearing these.

Each Fixate ring comes with a durable ring bag with a rugged metal “S” clip that is large enough to fit your drivers license, credit card, cash, ring and earbuds.  They are priced reasonably, starting at $19.95+ and while they are not the ideal choice for many, in our instance, it works for my family and our lifestyle.  They come in a variety of different colors too – so I think they are perfect for anyone and they are definitely an affordable, cost effective choice.

Get your FX8 bands here: https://fixatedesigns.com/

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Now, I consider Valentine’s Day to also be Gal-entine’s Day.  A fun way to celebrate your lovely gal pals is by giving them a little treat for themselves.  Let’s face it, most of us love makeup and what better way to have a little fun and treat ourselves and our gals by giving them some makeup delights.  Bodyography is a new to me brand, as well as Omega Labs USA.  I thought this would be an awesome time to share the products with you while giving some ideas for shade choices that make great gifts.

Looking for a classic red lipstick?  Try out Bodyography’s Lipstick in Red China ($17.00 – 0.13 oz/3.7g).  I talk about how I think red lips are so enduring and this shade is showstopping.  With a satin matte finish, this gorgeous and long lasting lipstick is super-pigmented and contains moisturizing Aloe Vera as the base to help protect the lips from signs of aging.  Rich mineral pigments provide amazing color payoff and you can find a variety of shades in ranges from pinks to purple and nudes as well as finishes of creams, shimmers, sheers and satin mattes.

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The Bodyography Glitter Pigments ($23.00 – 0.105 oz/3g) are also a great choice for a little sparkle any time of year.  These one of a kind eye shadows are made with a technology that incorporates the saturation of a loose pigment, the cushion of a cream, and the silkiness of a powder.  These gorgeous pigments are high glitter with a gorgeous pearl finish.

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This gorgeous shade I have here is called Halo.  It’s a very shimmery and sparkly silver that reminds me of tinsel.  This color is quite bold but would make a wonderful eye lid topper to add a little sparkle and shine or popped right into the inner corner of the eye to brighten the eyes while adding a little sparkle.

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There are eight colors to choose from total.  A little of this product will go a long way and I definitely suggest applying this product wet or foiled using a synthetic brush or with your finger and utilizing tapping motions when applying the product to the lid or where ever you want to go.  This is not your usual mica style pigment where it is finely milled.  These pigments are much more glittery so using these as a standalone shadow may pose some challenges.  But, they are glittery and gorgeous and I think definitely something fun for anyone to try.  Besides… we all love glitter, don’t we ladies?

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I love getting nail polish as gifts and these gorgeous polishes from Omega Labs are long wearing lacquers available in a wide array of high fashion shades.  Omega Labs lacquers are free of DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.  I have the color 389 Peek-A-Boo, a gorgeous nude toned soft peach shade is that is perfect for every day wear or a night out on the town.  The shade is neutral and gorgeous.  Omega Labs Nail Lacquers retail for $7.00 (0.44 fl.oz.)

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Now, I obviously couldn’t leave out a little bath and body action, right?  I mean come on… nothing says Valentine’s Day like a little body treatment.  One of my favorite Bath & Body brands, FarmHouse Fresh released this gorgeous Whoopie! Deluxe Gift Set that features the White Velvet Hand and Body Creams, Body Wash and Candle all of which have the irresistible whoopie pie aroma.  Let me just say – this is a set that I love and have purchased one for each of my sisters this year.  I know they will LOVE it.

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Packaged in a “ready to gift” box, this Deluxe Gift Set offers one of my favorite fragrances from FarmHouse Fresh.  I am loving the buttercream aroma that wafts through the air when I open any of these products.  This gorgeous set includes these wonderfully smelling delectables (do not eat them) amd retao;s fpr $54.00.  I can’t rave enough about this set and I loved it so much the last month that I had to pick up a set for each of my sisters (I have two) because I know they would love it.  With moisture boosting properties in each of these and a great smelling candle to fill a room with a sweet fragrance, I’m a happy camper.

*I plan to have a review detailing each product in the next week or so, so stay tuned for that.

This this set and so much more at: http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com/

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Not everyone is into body care, makeup and jewelry – but house decor is always something fun.  That’s why I am recommending a gorgeous Mandala Tapestry from Rajrang.  Whether you decide to get a Single, Double or Round tapestry these are just gorgeous pieces of art.  I use mine as a throw, but you can definitely use it anyway you please.  A few popular ways are to use them as a wall hanging, home decor and in some cases, just like me – some may want to use this as a layout blanket.  I have taken it to the park or beach to lay on while reading a book.  These are made of a good quality fabric and are absolutely gorgeous.  Did I mention these were affordable?  I even like using these as backdrops to my videos and photos because they are so easy to work with.  Starting at about $10.00+, these beauties would make a great gift for anyone, anytime of the year.

Purchase a gorgeous mandala tapestry for you or someone you love at: https://www.rajrang.com/

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Last on my list is some gorgeous fragrances from DefineMe which I think would make an absolutely wonderful gift for any of your gal pals.  This is the Girls’ Night Set which includes the Audry and Sofia Isabel fragrances for $74.00.  This gorgeous set includes a combination of romantic florals and sweet intoxicating citrus.

Audry’s notes include:  jasmine, peony, rose and sandalwood

Sofia Isabel’s notes include:  mandarin, black currant, jasmine and sugar.

Layered together this set is a wonderful fragrance I absolutely enjoy wearing and I think many of my girlfriends would enjoy this as a gift.

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Now that I have shared a few favorites with all of you, I think you’ll have a list of fab items you could share with a loved one or pick up for your best friend or yourself.  I often get asked why it is that my lists like these are so odd and often times provide “interesting” items.  Here’s the deal… I love sharing a variety of products with all of you and many times I select them based on the fact that they are what I’m liking, enjoying and are favorites at that time or any given moment.  These are just suggestions of products I’ve tried, purchased or that I was sent to try and I like.  Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if this is something you may want to check out for yourself or to buy as a gift.  I also didn’t include many “male friendly” items in this gift collection this time around, mainly because I am just not sure what the hubby would like this year so I’m at a lost as to what to suggest.  Remember, like I said before – Valentine’s Day should be considered an “every day” kind of holiday.  Love should be celebrated each and every day.  Heck, my husband and I do it and it is a part of who we are.  No matter what you decide, make your Valentine’s Day something special – even if it means just treating yourself to something you like.

Happy Love Day, Every Day!

Signature Honey

Check out some of my previous posts over the years for Valentine’s Day inspiration:

Gal-entine’s Day

Gift Guide for the Man in Your Life

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Some of my past Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks / Tutorials: (top to bottom – left to right)

Be My Valentine – featuring Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Valentine’s Day Lookbook 

Bombshell Love

Cherry Truffle – featuring Too Faced Cosmetics

Just Call Me Sweetheart

Cupcakes & Hearts – featuring Jordana & Milani Cosmetics

Genuine Sweetheart – featuring Too Faced Cosmetics


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Are you still on the hunt for that special Gal-entine’s Day gift or special surprise for your loved one this Valentine’s Day?  There are so many options available when shopping, but why not make a statement with what you choose to gift this year or anytime?  Today I wanted to share with you a gorgeous piece from CAROLEE – just in time for Valentine’s Day or a special gift of “just because”.  If you are anything like my husband and I, celebrating love is a daily occasion and doesn’t need a special holiday so you can elect to get some from CAROLEE anytime of the year.

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While all the pieces CAROLEE offers are stunning and gorgeous, I decided on the Candy Colors Dramatic Necklace ($130.00) that comes ready for gifting in a gorgeous gift box.  This beautiful statement piece is the perfect gift for anyone who loves color and jewels.  It comes with multi-color acrylic stone in a gold-tone setting and has a lobster claw closure.  It has an 18-20 inch adjustable chain and great weight to it offering a chic and sophisticated look.

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This classic design is one that will go with just about anything.  Use this necklace with a pair of jeans and a cute top or dress it up for a night on the town.  I love that it is filled with gorgeous colors that will be perfect for any occasion and you can use this as your statement piece to your entire outfit.  Since the necklace features several different colors it would be a great Spring or Summer necklace (not just for Valentine’s Day).

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If you have your eyes set on this necklace, like with any other jewelry make sure to wipe the necklace down prior to storage and if at all possible store in an air tight bag to keep the dust away.  This will help to prolong your necklace so you can get lots of use out of it.  This gorgeous piece makes such a great gift for someone you love or a nice piece to add to your own collection.  I’m not only impressed with the quality of the craftsmanship but also with the overall appearance and look.  It’s beautiful and would make a fantastic gift.

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CAROLEE offers a variety of jewelry pieces to choose from, made from the finest materials that meet the highest standards in workmanship.  They ship worldwide and offer a worldwide lifetime guarantee which is spectacular.  While I don’t live in the Continental U.S., I’m happy to say that CAROLEE offers free Standard Shipping on any purchase within the Continental U.S. (awesome) and the products available are drool worthy.  Take your time to go through the site and see what else they have to offer.  There are a few pieces I have my sights set on and a plethora of gorgeous jewels in their Sale section to choose from as well.

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Be sure to stop by the site and see what CAROLEE has to offer.  You can shop the online store here: https://www.carolee.com/.

Have you heard of CAROLEE before?  Are you a fan of getting jewelry as a gift for Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year?  Comment below and let me know.

 

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What is Gal-Entine’s Day? Celebrating Your Girlfriends on Gal-entine’s Day

Celebrating any holiday is much more fun with our Gal Pals.  So what is Gal-entine’s Day?  Well, it’s basically a time when we as besties gather together with our gals and have a great celebration of friendship.  There’s no need to compare our love trials and tribulations… we all just get together to chit chat and have fun before Valentine’s Day and celebrate the bond we have between friends.  Traditionally celebrated on February 13th (the day before Valentine’s Day), this special day is meant to be fun and a way to not only reconnect with our besties, but to have a little fun.  So – get on the phone, social media and start texting your girlfriends for a day or evening of laughs, fun and excitement to celebrate your friendships.  Wondering what you can do on this Gal-entine’s Day?  Well, read on to get a little inspiration!

Gifts?  Presents?  What do you get for your bestie on Galentine’s Day?

Well, giving your gal pals a little token of your friendship is sweet and perfect for a day like this.  I tend to like to create a little DIY or have something made specifically for my girlfriends.  You can opt to create a friendship bracelet (yes, those are still cool and not only for pre-teens) or even bake something sweet.  Get the gals something that can be personalized like a locket or something that will remind you of your childhood.

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DIY – Fun Projects for the Girls

DIY products can be fun to do when you’re with a bunch of friends.  I tend to have a ton of supplies for all kinds of goodies laying around my house in my craft bins, so anything can make for a great product.  Something my sister and I used to do a lot is create candles or soap to give as gifts or to display in our bathrooms and we had so much fun making and using these products.  Bath bombs are fun too or a really easy sugar scrub in cute decorated jars make wonderful creations.  Have fun and let your ideas soar.  It’s not only something to do with your friends, but it’s memento they can take with them when the night is done.

Netflix Anyone?

Am I the only person that enjoys shows like Criminal Minds, Empire or Orange Is The New Black?  Well, why not gather around the tube (television since most people now have flat screens) and binge watch some of your favorite shows with your gal pals.  Order pizza or make a quick Pull Apart Pizza (recipe here) and indulge in some gorgeous chocolate berries from Shari’s Berries.  Not into my flick choices?  Well, choose some of your faves or rock out to Pitch Perfect and have a mini Aca-session with your gals.

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Karaoke

If you know me, then you know this is not something I take part in often.  I’m the only person in my family that is tone deaf and because of it, no one wants to hear me sing… lol.  But, Karaoke evenings are fun and I have enjoyed taking part in them.  Either pull out your Karaoke machine you have stored away or head over to your local Karaoke Bar and have some fun.  Sing to your favorite tunes and enjoy the night with some appetizers or finger foods (pizza works – can you tell that’s my favorite food) or delightful desserts.  Belt your heart out to your favorite tunes and have a party.

Paint ’N Wine Event

There are a few locally owned places on island where I live that offer a paint event (sometimes a little wine) that you can take part in.  These cool events allow you and your friends to go and get a very awesome painting instructional class from an artist/teacher and allow you to create the masterpiece yourself.  While there you have the chance to have a little wine and talk story all while having a great time.  Note that if you take part in these, make sure you have a designated driver accompany you or pick you up from the venue as it can be a lot of fun.  You can take the painting home after and remember your night with your girls.  If painting and wine are not your thing, see what kind of “tasting” events are available.  A local restaurant here offers a Tea Time event once a week where you drink tea and have a light brunch under the trees in a beautiful courtyard.  It’s gorgeous and so much fun .

Makeover Madness

Ah, as a beauty and makeup lover, I knew I had to include this.  A day of pampering is always fun.  Gather your gal pals and pull out your favorite makeup, skin care items and mani pedi favorites and do a little pampering.  If you have a local Mary Kay representative or an Avon rep, contact them to see if they would like to do makeovers while sharing their products with your gals.  Since I have a makeup artist kit, I tend to pull those out and just make it a fun activity for everyone.  I may do smoky eyes on all the girls (something they are not used to) or do a full pedicure and manicure on each.  All of this fun while eating and drinking and dancing to your favorite songs.  It’s like a sleepover without sleeping – just old school fun.  I also like to up together little bags of treats for each friend – including a nail file, some chocolates of course, and anything beauty related.  ELF offers some good makeup for a $1.00 and you can stuff a bunch of treat bags with things that you love and know they will love too.  Looking for fun ideas on makeup looks to create?  Head on over to my Valentine’s Day Playlist on YouTube and get a little inspired.

Don’t leave out your Far Away Besties

I don’t know about you, but I have friends all over the World and many of them live hours away from me let alone a whole continent.  While they live so far away, I still want to let them know that I’m always thinking of them.  A sweet card that comes with something special or a handmade sentiment is always a great thing.  It will be great if it gets to her on February 13th so she checks her mail box and is surprised.  Also, with technology now a days, there are many ways to communicate face to face without being there in person so Skype and have a chat to catch up.  This is the perfect opportunity to talk about your Valentine’s Day plans and to share that new outfit you bought for the special occasion.

Who’s Up For A Girl’s Trip?

Living on an island really doesn’t help much for road trips here, but what is so great is that Hawaii is filled with so many awesome destinations that it’s easy to find sanctuary anywhere.  If you and your friends are riding the single train for now, hey – what better time than to plan a girl’s weekend trip.  Head to your favorite resort and spend the weekend at the pool or at the spa and just rejuvenate your body for the following Monday.  Not single?  Well, that doesn’t mean you can’t do this too… take a drive to wine country (here on Maui, we can head up to Tedeschi Vineyards) and have a wine tasting and then breakfast at Kula Lodge.  The options are endless whether you live on Maui or are anywhere in the World.  Sometimes a weekend getaway with your gal pals are the perfect way to really relax and rejuvenate the soul.  And, what better way to have some relaxation than with your besties.

Day Trip to Buy Makeup

This may sound like an odd one… but since our local Sephora is a two hour drive away, my sisters and I have a tradition where we drive together (all three of us) and take a trip to the other side of the island to go shopping at our local Sephora.  This gives us about 4 – 6 hours of time with one another (sometimes longer) and we get to chit chat makeup, have brunch and just relax and enjoy each others company.  Most the time we don’t even buy makeup but spend an hour walking around Sephora chatting about our favorite products and testing out new ones we have yet to try.  It’s our time together and we enjoy it.

While Galentine’s Day is February 13th, I think that any time of the year you are feeling like you need a little Gal love is appropriate to do something like this for your girls.  Your besties are the ones that see you through every single trial and tribulation, every event and exciting moment.  Celebrating with one another and sharing the love you have with each other is a great thing to do all the time, but especially on Galentine’s Day.  What are you doing for your gal pals this year?  Comment below and share some ideas that you may have!

Did you know there was such thing as a Gal-entine’s Day?  If not, how do you plan to make use of this new day each year.

xo

Signature Honey

 

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Valentine’s Day is a holiday filled with soft pinks and sweet kisses and as a tradition, each year I have created a Valentine’s Day look using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes.  This year I decided I would go ahead and do a “GRWM” Style makeup look that features the newly released Too Faced Bon Bons Palette and add it to my tradition.  “Just Call Me Sweetheart” is a soft and sweet Valentine’s Day look that can be used day or night but it is an easy look to create that features a little pop of pink that’s subtle with a little sexy.  I hope you enjoy this look.  Check out the video below and hang out and talk story as I get ready and create this Valentine’s Day look.

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“You know you’ve found love when you look in their eyes and find yourself.” – Monique Patton

Click here to watch the GRWM (Get Ready With Me) Video and let me walk you through the steps on how I created this look.

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Creating this look meant it needed to be quick and easy.  From start to finish I say it took me about 25 minutes to complete.  I wanted this to be a wearable makeup look that could be used for day or night.  If you want to spice things up a bit – you could surely add a pair of flirty false lashes to the look to make it a bit more glam, but I opted to go for my mini lashes (natural lashes) and the look was complete.  To create this look I used the following products:

  • Eye brows:  Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil and Taupe Brow Powder set with BDB Brow Gel
  • Eye shadow base / primer:  Milani Eye Primer
  • Eye shadow palette – Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette, shadows used:  Divinity (all over the lid from lash line to brow bone), Mocha (transition shade), Molasses Chip (lid), Bordeaux (outer v / outer corner and lower lash line), Dark Truffle (used to deepen the outer corner), Totally Fetch (lower lash line blended with Bordeaux), Satin Sheets (inner corner highlight), Divinity and Cashew Chew (brow bone highlight)
  • Mascara:  Essence Get Big!  Lashes Volume Boost in Waterproof (black)
  • Eyeliner:  Milani Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
  • Foundation:  PUR Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation in Tan (I don’t use foundation normally, but I’m trying this one out… so if you want, you can opt to go without foundation as I would normally).
  • Blush:  Too Faced Love Flush Blush Palette – Blush in Love Hangover
  • Lips:  Jordana Twist Up Lip Liner in Rock-n-Rose, topped and layered with ColourPop Lippy Stix in Lumiere and Milani Matte Naked Color Statement Lipstick.  Later in the day, I switched up my lips and added ColourPop’s Bumble for all day smooch-proof lips.

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When I created this, I wanted this look to be soft with a pop of color so I opted to use fluffy brushes to apply and put down most of the shades on my eyes.  If you really wanted to you could use a more defined brush for precision but I really wanted the eyes to look diffused so each shade was applied using a blending brush except for the lid shade which I used a pretty large eye shadow brush to lay down the shade.

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 “You are the answer to every prayer I’ve offered.  You are a song, a dream, a whisper… and I don’t know how I could have lived without you for as long as I have.” – Nicholas Sparks; The Notebook

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If pink is not your favorite color for the lips, you could opt for a nude lip shade and it would still do very well with the eye look.  Play around with colors and see what you think will work for your skin tone and your overall look.

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Check out “Genuine Sweetheart” – a look I created for last years Valentine’s Day using the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette, here.  And, “Cherry Truffle” which is a Valentine’s Day look I created the year prior using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, here.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter how you celebrate it or if you don’t celebrate it at all.  For a full list of products used as well as a walk through of how I created this look, check out my video and don’t forget to subscribe.  Wishing you a wonderful day of love!

xo

Signature Honey

 

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Want to know about a tradition my husband and I have each year?  Check out this post and see why Time is so important to us.

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In our household, Valentine’s Day is every day so it’s not a holiday or date we necessarily put a huge emphasis on each year.  To my husband and I, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and we embrace love and commitment each and every day.  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional flowers, box of chocolates or jewelry but for us, Valentine’s Day is really about spending time with one another.  You see – with our busy schedules and odd shifts, parenthood and just our overall daily lives, spending time with one another is what makes for a great Valentine’s Day.

Time With The Ones You Love Is Always Well Spent

“Any time not spent on love is wasted.” – Torquato Tasso

My husband Kevin and I have been together for almost 19 years and in that time we have definitely celebrated this holiday in different ways.  Dinner by candle light, roses and floras galore and beautiful gems and jewels to stop traffic but one tradition we have definitely kept strong over the years is a new watch for one another.  Whether I’m buying a new one for him or he a new one for me, each year whether for the holidays, birthday or Valentine’s Day at least one of us gets a new watch for our collection.  Watches are so significant to each of us.  To us, a watch is more than just an accessory we wear on our wrists, it symbolizes time and our time together is so precious and important to us.

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“I would rather have 30 minutes of something wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.” – Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias)

This year I treated Kevin to a beautiful JORD Watch – a 94A Series in green sandalwood and maple.  This perfect wood watch makes a statement that is bold but not so much that it would make a person feel uncomfortable when wearing it.   It is the kind of watch for those who are making the most of every moment, every single minute and every day.  For a couple like us who collects watches of all kinds, this particular time piece is classic and stunning.

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While each couple or person celebrates Valentine’s Day the way they choose, we opt to make sure that no matter the reason, we make sure that we spend time with one another, soaking in each and every moment and absolutely cherishing what we have.  As a couple we have learned that life’s moments can sneak up on you and in a heartbeat anything can change.  Make use of the time you have and spend it with the one(s) you love.  Make Valentine’s Day every day and make every moment you live something wonderful.

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Each person celebrates love differently and whether it be to buy something special for someone you care about or to spend every waking moment with the one you love, the decision is up to you.  With busy schedules, three active boys and a life of activity – my husband and I have found that two minutes with one another is a cherished commodity and one we take advantage of as much as possible.  Time with one another is our favorite gift and the reason why we buy each other watches for presents.

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I’ve partnered with JORD to giveaway a limited quantity of e-gift cards worth $25 each for Valentine’s Day!  If you’ve had your eye on one of these stylish wood watches, be sure to enter to redeem your gift code.  Your gift code will be good through the end of March 2016! Entering is easy; click the link below.  You will be asked to enter your email and your favorite JORD watch (there are so many to choose from).  Once you hit enter, your code will be emailed directly to you!

Click here to get your e-gift card ($25 value) http://bit.ly/1K2H9yC.  Remember that there is a limited quantity available so head on over to the site soon to take advantage of this offer.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing all of you a wonderful Valentine’s Day – no matter the reason you are celebrating… whether it be for love or just because.  Make every moment, every single time – breathtaking! xo

Find out what is the strength behind my soul here and join me as I talk about my love and relationship with my husband here.

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It’s no secret that I’m a romantic at heart and I’m pretty lucky to have found a fairy tale love “Happily Ever After”,  which is something people search for their entire lives and never find.  So while I believe that love should be celebrated every single day of our lives, I am a fan of a day that celebrates hearts, chocolates, flowers and pretty things.

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn

It’s time for another Valentine’s Day makeup look and this time I am using a combination of Milani and Jordana Cosmetics for a budget friendly, drug store look you can create quickly and easily.  Since my last Valentine’s Day makeup look (click here to view) included browns and bronze shades, I wanted to bring out the playful side of Valentine’s Day offering up a soft purple and rose gold look that would be perfect for a lunch date or stroll at the park.  In collaboration with my friend Beth, we are once again doing date night looks, her look will include drugstore products for an evening look and mine for a daytime look.  Check out the video below for a talk through (Get Ready With Me) style video or click here to watch directly on YouTube.  Details of my Cupcakes & Hearts Valentine’s Day Makeup can be found below.

Valentine's Day Makeup featuring drugstore products


Click here to watch the step by step video to create this look and don’t forget to subscribe.

Products used on the eyes/brows:

  • Brows – Jordana FabuBrow Eye Brow Pencil in Light Taupe and Milani Clear Brow Gel
  • Eye shadow Primer – Milani Eye Shadow Primer
  • Eye shadow base – Milani Brow and Eye Highlight Pencil in Matte Beige
  • Browbone Highlight Shade – Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Ivory
  • Transition Shade – Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Cappuccino
  • Lid Eye Shadow shade – Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Champagne
  • Outer V and Crease shade and lower lash line – Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Purple
  • Inner Crease Shade – Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Espresso
  • Shimmery Lid Shade – Milani Fierce Foil Eye Shine #03 – Florence, Rose Gold shade
  • Inner Corner Highlight – Milani Fierce Foil Eye Shine #03 – Florence, Light Gold Shade and Milani Bella Eyes Shadow in Bella Chiffon
  • Lower Lash line liner – Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eye Liner Pencil in Purple Fix
  • Waterline – Milani Supreme Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Blackest Black 01
  • Winged liner – Jordana Fabuliner in black topped with Jordana Cat Eye liner in 01 Black Leather
  • Lashes – Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara and Ardell Demi Whispies 120

Valentine's Day Makeup look

Products used on the Face / Lips:

  • Lips – Jordana Rock n Rose Easy Liner Lip Liner and Milani Color Statement Matte Lipstick in Matte Naked
  • Bronze / Contour – Milani Baked Matte Bronzer in Sienna
  • Blush – Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose
  • Highlight – Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Amber Nectar and Milani Bella Eyes Eye shadow in Bella Chiffon

Valentine's Day makeup look featuring Milani and Jordana

I enjoyed creating this look and wanted it to have a pop of color but also be soft and wearable.  If you have brown eyes like I do – the purple on the lower lash line will certainly bring out the brightness in your eyes almost instantly.  The color choices I picked reminded me of cupcakes and conversation hearts and I think this would make a great look for anyone with any skin tone shade.

Don’t forget to stop by my YouTube video and check out the step by step talk through.  And, head on over to my friend Beth’s Blog and check out the look she created to use for a night time date look using drugstore cosmetics as well.  Happy Valentine’s Day loves!  Wishing you a wonderful day filled with love and a lifetime of “Happily Ever After!” Smooches!

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I love being in love and I am lucky in that I have a great relationship with my husband… so Valentine’s Day usually consists of some time spent with one another.  But, I also whole-heartily agree that Valentine’s Day should be every day – not just once a year.  Flowers, sweet whispers and stolen kisses should be done more than just one day a year and I’m fortunate that my husband does that for me.  But, let’s face it, not everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  While I love the notion of being in love, I really wanted to focus on Falling in Love With Yourself this time around.  As a busy wife and mother, my days are bunched up into a whirlwind of trips to the store, to the schools, date nights with the dishes and pots and pans and sometimes I forget to take the time out and pamper myself.  So today we celebrate ourselves!  Today we are the Unicorns… objects of desire and mythical creatures to be honored – today, tonight… we take the time to fall in love with ourselves.

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I think the number one thing to do when trying to Love oneself is to take the time for a great pampering.  Now in some cases pampering could be a long warm bubble bath and if that’s the case, nothing says “You are a Unicorn” than a beautiful, glittery, sparkly Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar from LUSH.  One of my ultimate wind down and feel good bath essentials, the Unicorn Horn fills your tub with luxurious essential oils, colorful candy stars and sparkle with a soft Lavender scent to calm your being.  After a soak in this greatness, you’ll definitely feel inspired to take on the World.  Sparkle not your thing?  Well, don’t you worry because LUSH has you covered with their Floating Flower Bath Bomb.  Relax and take in the scent of jasmine and cypress oil and watch as the gorgeous colors dissolve into your water creating a colorful escape.

LUSH Floating Flower Bomb

If baths are not your thing, then how about a beautiful manicure to help give your hands some pampering and relief.  Here’s a quick recipe of what I use to give myself a personal manicure in the comforts of my own home.

  • Fill a bowl, big enough to fit all your fingers in at one time (I suggest two bowls) with warm water.  If you use two bowls, you’ll have one for each hand, but either way – one will work.
  • Add two to three drops of your favorite essential or moisturizing oil.  I like to use Coconut Oil or jojoba oil.
  • place your fingers into the bowl and soak them for about 3-5 minutes.  This will not only moisturize your fingers but it will also soften your cuticles so you can use a cuticle push to gently push your cuticles back.
  • After 5 minutes of soaking, remove your fingers and lightly dry your hands.
  • Go ahead and softly / gently push your cuticles back so they are out of the way.
  • Apply your favorite hand cream or polish and then hand cream.

Sometimes the oils can leave your nail bed too slippery to apply polish, so if you are planning to add polish to your nails, wash your hands to remove the oils.  You can add your favorite hand cream after applying the polish of your choice.  A favorite nail combo for me to add a little sparkle would be a soft nude cream polish and a textured polish that looks like diamonds.

Diamond Sparkle featuring Zoya

Of course, what Unicorn doesn’t want to be showered with gifts, flowers or even a glass of bubbly.  All of these things can easily be accomplished all on your own.  Pick flowers from your garden, or head out to your local florist or farmer’s market and grab a bunch of the most colorful flora you can get your hands on and put them in a vase and on display.  Don’t forget to stop by your favorite store and pick up a bottle of the best champagne and pour yourself a glass, sit on the porch, by a window or near a fire place and just take five minutes to yourself.  If hanging around is not your thing?  Well, grab your purse and do some shopping… this is about pampering yourself and loving yourself – so do what makes you feel wonderful.

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At the end of the day, each and every woman, whether married, single, with children – whatever the case may be, deserves to pamper themselves.  That extra five minutes you take in the tub soaking in a bath filled with LUSH goodies is that time for you to unwind and relax, tape a deep breath and celebrate who you are as a woman.  No matter what the occasion be… Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Mother’s Day or just because – you are a Unicorn and deserve to fall in love with yourself.  Now you know that Unicorns DO EXIST! 

Wishing you a fabulous Valentine’s Day whether you are celebrating with the one you love or just taking time out for you.

Avec Amour – With Love!

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One last thing loves… if you are looking for some feel good music while you are relaxing – check out my playlist here.  Keep in mind that this is music that gets me inspired and motivated so it is not necessarily going to calm everyone down – but it may get you in a good mood.

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Be sure to stop on by the links below and see what other ideas the lovely ladies of The Beauty Council have got for you for Valentine’s Day.

Disclosure:  Some of the products mentioned were sent to me from LUSH for this collaboration.  All opinions are my own and honest.

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Roses, candy, kisses and love… sweet nothings and candle light are all things that remind me of Valentine’s day.  Each year I look forward to creating a new look for this day of love and this year I am creating a Valentine’s Day Makeup tutorial in collaboration with my friend Beth. I bring to you a quick look featuring Too Faced and the semi-sweet Chocolate bar palette and Beth will be creating a look using the chocolate bar Palette. Her look will be for daytime,mine for nighttime.

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I went with a soft smoky, wearable look that can easily be created.  The reason behind this look is that I wanted it to showcase the lips and soften the eyes.  I’m 35 (as of January) and wanted to create a look that beauties in their 30s and 40s could wear easily and apply quickly.  Check out the Video Tutorial embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube.

To create this look, I am using the following products:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance – eye primer
  • Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette – eye shadows (Peanut butter – transition shade, Coconut Creme (browbone highlight), Truffled (applied into the crease), Bon bon (lid shade), Peanut butter / truffled (lower lash line), Caramel (inner corner highlight)
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Waterproof Gel Pencil in Black Point – tightline and waterline
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Waterproof Gel Pencil in Espresso Last – upper lash line
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara and L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga mascara
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (light bronze, all over warmth)
  • Too Faced Sweetheart Blush in Candy Glow
  • Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder for a light highlight glow
  • Jordana Easy Liner Lip Liner in Rock n Rose
  • Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Peony
  • Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Nude
  • Chrislie Formulations Brow Gel in Caramel (swept over the brows for a natural look)

Too Faced Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

If you are looking to bump up this look a bit for some extra drama, add a pair of whispies or dramatic lashes to the eyes and a bold berry or even bright pink lip.  A red lip can work with this look as well.

Beth’s Daytime look feat. the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette can be found here.

I hope you enjoyed this Sweetheart makeup look for Valentine’s Day.  Don’t forget to head on over to my friend Beth’s channel to check out her tutorial as well.  Stay tuned as I’ll be having another Valentine’s Day look coming your way in the next week.  Happy Day!

xo

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Happy Valentine’s Day Love Bugs.  I really wanted to get this post up much sooner, but I had an unexpected medical procedure that took place last week that had me sitting in bed for the last few days and I wasn’t able to share this sooner.  Valentine’s Day is such a great Holiday to have fun and dress up with.  Since I have a casual sense of style, I wanted to share three outfits with you that showed off a little bit of classy and flirty and a little casual at the same time.  Check out the video and the photos below.

I hope you liked my video – please comment, like & subscribe.  Photos of the looks as well as details of the items are listed below.

Sexy, Timeless & Playful

The first outfit is a simple black and red cowl neck style body con dress.  Let me just start off by saying that I am so happy to be styling this dress for all of you this year because it is a personal accomplishment for me.  This dress was so tight last year, I couldn’t even pull it over my body.  Now – it is still fitted, but loose enough for me to wear comfortable.  While it hugs every single curve of my body – it adds to a bit of sex appeal without exposing extra skin and I love the kind of “Audrey Hepburn” class that comes with the style of dress.

  • Black / Red Cowl Neck Body Con Dress – unknown retailer (gift from my Mommy)
  • Black Strappy Wedged Sandals – Sole Society
  • Gold Infinity Heart Necklace – Shoplately
  • Black Rose Hair Accessory – HoneyXO (handmade by me)
  • Watch – Invicta

If you are a plus sized girl and want to rock out a body con dress, find one you feel comfortable in that will give the illusion of slimming.  This dress has the punch of red in the middle of the dress and splits into the black which helps to bring in and taper in my waist, giving me a slimmer figure.  I pulled my hair into a messy side bun and added a black rose hair accessory.  This gives the look an old charm with an updated look.

Valentine's Day Plus Sized Outfit

Mommy in Love

For my next outfit I wanted to choose something that was wearable for all ages, but especially age appropriate for someone in their 30s like me.  This outfit still has a sexy appeal to it because it hugs the curves in all the right ways, but for the most part – I am covered and not revealing much skin.  For this outfit I wanted to have texture and punches of red to make a bold statement that this outfit was for Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to be able to still use this outfit for other purposes.  Of course, nothing says statement like leopard heels so I figured that would be an awesome contrast in print as well.  As a mommy of 3 active boys, this outfit also allows me to still be active but look sexy and put together.

  • Sweater/Top from Jeans Warehouse Hawaii (comes with long necklace accessory)
  • Black Pencil Skirt from Forever 21
  • Gold Infinity Necklace from Shoplately
  • Bow Chain bracelet from Forever 21
  • Leopard Pumps from Fancy Steps

Since my hair is naturally curly and I wanted it to look a little different… I brushed out my hair a bit so that my curls were not so tight and left my hair down.  This outfit elongates my body and makes me appear much taller than I really am.  I think it adds to the sexy. 😉

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Casual Love

As a busy mommy – I’m constantly on the hunt for something comfortable and easy to move in, regardless of the occasion.  This outfit was one I talked about in my recent Valentine’s Day Makeup Look – Bombshell Love.  I even decided I would rock out my wig so you had an idea as to how the entire look pulled together.  Maxi skirts are my best friend and this outfit is simple, fast to throw together and most importantly… comfortable.

  • Black slouchy blouse from Jeans Warehouse Hawaii
  • Black Maxi Skirt from Jeans Warehouse Hawaii
  • Leopard Pumps from Fancy Steps
  • Gold Bow Bling bracelet from Forever 21
  • Statement Necklace from Opaque Lion on Shoplately
  • Large Black Rose Hair Clip from HoneyXO (handmade by me)
  • Wig from Shoplately
  • Watch from Invicta
  • Tahitian Pearl gold ring from Mana Pearls

I always think wearing your hair down and natural with a maxi skirt is fun, flirty and casual.
Valentine's Day Plus Sized Look book

I know these looks are simple, but again – I am a simple person.  My husband will be working on Valentine’s Day and I’ll be home with my children, so I’m thinking I’ll be rocking out a maxi skirt and top with my natural curly hair pulled in a loose messy bun.  It’s casual but still put together and sweet.

If you are looking for ideas for Makeup looks, you can check out my YouTube Playlist for a list of different Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorials to help you out: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIAkD6_eWGPjwV5Cfv_spLKrNUctGlxrj

I wish you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  Lots of love from me to you!

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I have done quite a few looks for Valentine’s Day this year and wanted to do one that would be a little on the dramatic side but definitely wearable.  I settled on a smokin’ red lip look with easy to achieve smoky eyes using majority of drug store products.  I am happy with how the look came out and I hope you like it too. 😉

Bombshell Love Valentine's Day Makeup

Products Used:

Eyeshadow Primer – ELF $1.00 Eyeshadow Primer

NYX Infinite Shadow Stick in Chocolate (New Product)

Eyeshadows: NYX Adorable Palette (new product)

Brows:  NYX Control Freak Eye brow gel (new product)

Pop of Color in the inner corner:  Starlook’s Diamond Pencil in Mirage (Ipsy)

Mascara:  NYX More to Love Mascara (new product)

Lashes:  Kiss 01 Lashes

Lips:  Milani Color Statement Lip Pencil in True Red, Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Best Red and topped with BA Star Lip Crayon in Holiday Red

Cheeks:  Maybelline Master Glaze in Make a Mauve (as the base), Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

Highlight:  NYX Sunkissed Radiant Finishing Powder (new product)

Bronzer/contour:  NYC Bronzer in Sunny

Valentine's Day Makeup - Bombshell Love

Hair flower:  Handmade by HoneyXO (me)

Wig:  Shoplately

Valentine's Day Makeup tutorial - Bombshell Love

I am working on my Valentine’s Day Fashion Look book and if the rain lets up here I’ll have it up before the end of the week.  With this look I wanted to be flirty but simplistic.  I paired it with an off the shoulder slouchy blouse and a black maxi skirt.  I decided it would be fun to keep it simple but still sexy and black tends to do very well with my very plus sized voluptuous figure. lol For my footwear I am using my Leopard print heels and gold jewelry for accessories.  Since my hair is normally long and very curly, I opted for a wig (for a completely different look).  I apologize as I was the only person home when I took my makeup photos and didn’t have any help to set up my camera and take my outfit photos so I do not have any to show.  But I will be adding this look to my Look book if I can remember.

Check out my Makeup Tutorial on YouTube for this look.  It is so easy to recreate and very quick to do as well so if you are in a rush you can certainly use this look for date night with your love.

Valentine's Day Bombshell Makeup Tutorial
Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

I hope you all enjoyed this look.  Please check out some of my other makeup tutorials I posted for Valentine’s Day this year.

Valentine’s Day Makeup using the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Be My Valentine Makeup Tutorial featuring Smashbox & Ipsy

Radiant Orchid – Pantone Color of the Year 2014 & Valentine’s Day purple look using Tarte

Valentine's Day Bombshell Love Makeup Tutorial

If you enjoy my videos – I appreciate it if you would Subscribe to my channel.  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Wishing you a ton of fun and lots of love too!

xo

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