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Oh my gosh, have you tried Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle?  Well, a few months back, I found it at Costco and picked up a bag… mind you it was the very large Costco sized bag.  I brought it home to my family to see what we all thought about it and I loved it as did my children and hubby.  I have to admit, when it comes to brownies, I don’t normally get so excited for those made by others because I’m kind of partial when it comes to things I make myself… but these – OMG!

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So what makes these so delicious, so unique, so “need to have”?  Well, if you are a lover of goodies and have a sweet tooth like myself, then you may have heard of Sheila G before.  In 1992, Sheila G Mains (aka Sheila G) took her family recipe for fudge brownies and turned it into a thriving business.  I tried my first Sheila G brownie at Walt Disney World in Orlando about 10 years ago… it was a very yummy, rich and filled with chocolate haven that is so dense you want to put it down, but so delicious, you can’t bare to let it go.  I never forgot the name after that and when I seen the bag of Brownie Brittle in Costco, I had to see if it was as great as the original brownie I had tried so many years ago.

So – how did the Brownie Brittle come about?  Well, Sheila was quite fond of the crispy edges of the brownie – I’ll admit, it’s also my favorite part too and wanted to create the same thing but instead of having to scrape by on just a few crispy edges, she wanted to have a lot of it.  After some work, Sheila figured it out and the Brownie Brittle was born.

Now I asked in my title… Is it as delicious as they say?  Oh hell yes.  It really is like eating a chocolate chip brownie cookie… crispy like a cookie, but not dry like a crispy cookie tastes sometimes.  I just can’t explain it – it really is like eating the crispy edges of a brownie.  The brownie brittle comes in four different yummy flavors – Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel and Toffee Crunch.  Now let’s be honest… all four flavors have definitely caught my eye and I can’t wait to taste the other three.  The whole line of Brownie Brittle just screams “Honey” because it includes all of my favorite flavors.  Now I’m not going to lie, it’s addicting… so my biggest suggestion is to eat in moderation… lol, if you dare.

The prices range from store to store, but you can usually find them at most grocery stores, Walmart and of course, Costco from time to time.  Brownie Brittle’s website offers recipes on their website: http://browniebrittle.com/ which I haven’t had the chance to try yet, but if you are looking to just snack on these that works too.  Our favorite way is to top our brownie brittle off with our favorite ice cream – delish!

Note: Please be sure to use your own discretion when snacking on these… it can be very easy to consume an entire bag in one sitting. lol – Enjoy!

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I never like to admit it, but I have some super short lashes.  Honestly, out of everyone in my family I am the only one with short lashes.  All of my siblings have long lashes, my hubby and my all three of my sons have lashes to die for and I was just left out of the gene pool I guess. lol  So since I have always had problems with my lashes I have used expensive serums in the past for lash growth – they work, but they are temporary and you need to keep up with them in order to keep your lashes long.  I also have a good layering technique I use with my favorite mascaras, which works pretty well too.  But, a few weeks ago I was sent Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes for review and I have definitely been enjoying it.
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The photo above was taken with my cell phone and what my lashes look like at arms length using the 3D Fiber lashes from Younique.  Normally it is pretty difficult to see my lashes when I’m using a bold are dark liner and this case my liner is thick and winged out so it can be difficult to see the difference.  But as you can see in the photo – my lashes are peaking through the liner.

Be sure to click here and watch my review on YouTube as well as demo or view the embedded video below.

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The photo above is a comparison taken on the same day within a 15 minute time frame.  As you can see there really is a big difference with how my lashes look before and after the application.  In the before image, I do not have on any makeup (any look of eyeliner on my eyes is actually from my tattooed eyeliner and not actual liner applied), the after image I have applied 2 coats of the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash.  The Fiber Lash retails for just $29.00 on the website, which is a steal considering a lot of higher end brands offer similar price points.

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In the photo above, I am using just one coat of Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash over one of my favorite mascaras – Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara. With just one coat of the 3D Fiber Lash – I can already see my lashes very well without having to worry about them getting lost in my makeup look.

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In the photo above, I am also using the Younique Fiber Lash (one coat) over my Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Mascara.  I really took the time in this look to make sure that all of my lashes were separated well so that it was not clumped and had a feather-like look.  I really loved how it came out.

While it did offer me longer lashes and I didn’t mind the look it gave me – there are some points I definitely want to touch base on… First, it can be a bit tricky to work with this mascara or in applying.  The fibers can get everywhere and I like to lean over a mirror or something that can catch the fibers should they fall.  I also have super sensitive eyes and the fibers can be a pain when they get into your eyes, which for me is inevitable.  Since they are not waterproof – I found that with a little tearing, I can be left with the fibers in my tear ducts and it’s really uncomfortable.  If you are someone who doesn’t have sensitive eyes and you have the time to work with applying this mascara, then all in all – this mascara / lash fiber duo is definitely awesome and in my opinion a great buy.  If you have sensitive eyes or need a quick look and be out the door, I probably would skip on these a bit.  While you do not need short or thin lashes like I have to use this product, (you can have gorgeous long lashes) I know it will just make your lashes “show stopping” regardless of length.  There are just a few things you need to consider when using it and if those things don’t necessarily bother you, then I think it’s worth a try. Don’t forget to watch my video review as it has much more information, tips and even a demo of the product – this post is more for photos and comparisons.  Review embedded below.

Thank you so much Adriana for giving me the opportunity to try this awesome product.  😉

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{PR Sample}

About a month ago I received the Perlier Volcanic Thermal Spa ($25.00, 6.7 fl oz) by cashing in my ifabbo coins.  When it comes to skin care products or scrubs, I tend to be a little hesitant to try the products because of my very sensitive eczema skin, but I was still a bit excited to test out the product since Volcanic type products are popular here in Hawaii.

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This product is said to be a true beauty treatment for the skin having extracted micronutrients from volcanic rocks that are essential and vital to the cells in the skin.  I was excited but still a little worried at how my skin would react.  Even more so, I was worried that a friend of mine who had tried the same product did not like the results she received after using it on her face… it was just too much for her skin to handle.  After finding this out – I decided that I would test it out on a small area on my jar line.  My face did not like the product at all and in fact, it was just to abrasive for my skin on my face.  I decided that I would try to test out on areas on my body that I knew were a little drier and not as sensitive as my face was.

I tested the product on my elbows and on my heels of my feet.  It worked well… exfoliating those parts of my body without out being too abrasive for them.  It left those areas fairly moisturized and removed dead skin which worked perfectly.  I will not use this on my face, but it still has a use for me.  Being from Hawaii, I expected something with “Volcanic Rocks” to have a more natural scent to it – but it actually smells like a strong lotion.  It’s not completely off putting, but it is stronger than what I had thought I would be smelling.  My formal opinion would be that you test this product somewhere on your body that is a little tougher than your facial area especially if you have sensitive skin as I do.  But, all in all – it exfoliates well, especially for my feet.

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{Press Sample}

If you know a little about me, then you will know that I am a sucker for red lips.  Red lips offer a certain glam and sex appeal without overdoing it.  The Holiday season is also my favorite time of year to rock out a red pout.  Fall and Winter months truly are my go-to time of year to strut my stuff in a luscious Candy Apple Red Lip.
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Now, if you take a peek into my makeup collection I have over 25 different red lipsticks and lip shades.  Overkill?  Maybe!  But, I have a wide range of lip colors to suit all seasons and styles.  When I first received BA STAR’s Holiday Red lip pencil in the mail, at first glance it has a kind of gold metallic sheen to the pencil.   I had wondered how that would transfer color wise on my lips and wasn’t sure if my lips would look metallic or not.  After swatching it on my hand, I noticed that there was no gold sheen transfer and that the red color was just a bold red tone in a matte/gloss form.  There was no shimmer, no metallic or no glitter – it had a light glossy look but was completely matte in tone.  I couldn’t not wait to get my lips covered in this gorgeous red shade and immediately put it on and tried it out.
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BA Star’s Holiday Red lip pencil ($8.75USD) is definitely… The Business.  It offers you full color payoff and coverage in just one swipe and application was definitely a breeze since the pencil allowed you to both line your lips as well as apply the color.  Like a lot of red lipsticks and lip colors on the market, it did offer a nice stain, so it did give me at least 6-8 hours of wear with minimal reapplying.  It is not kiss proof and I did lose some color with some fading, but it was nice to know that I wasn’t going to have red lipstick all over the place.  Some of it did transfer onto my straws and glass as well as onto my husband but I was still amazed with the color payoff that was left behind on my lips.  This lip pencil is more on the matte side (though it has a soft gloss to it) so if you want glossy lips, be sure to add lip gloss or glaze over for that extra “show stopping” appeal.  To sharpen, you must use a dual sided sharpener, one that can sharpen a larger pencil.  This gorgeous lip shade is the perfect “Runway” Red.The product includes the following ingredients:

  • Isopolybutene, Castor Oil, Ozokenite, Carnuaba, Candellina Wax, Beeswax, Petrolium, Buty Stearate, Cetyk Ricinoleate, Vitamin E, Precpylparaben, Metabylparaben, BHT, Macadamia Nut Oil, Octyl Palmiate
  • May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ti02,D&C Red 27 D&C Red 30 D&C Red 28
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Now – I ranted and raved about the awesome color and pigmentation of this color, but didn’t talk about how moisturizing it is.  Being that it lends towards a more matte lip shade, I expected it to be a bit on the drying site, as most matte lip colors are.  I was very impressed with how moisturized my lips felt, even after several hours of use and a few reapplications here and there.  I have been using this red pencil on it’s own, without a base and just my normal lip balm beneath it and I just love how it feels on my lips.  When I first applied it, I thought I felt a slight tingling sensation on my lips initially, but after using the lip pencil on several different occasions, I guess that it was just me because I didn’t feel it again.  After application and removing the color, I had expected that my lips would feel a little dry – but that was not the case.  This is definitely a great color for long wear since it keeps your lips reasonably hydrated and it’s not drying.
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Now, not all reds work well on all skin tones.  I know this personally, but I have also assisted many with pairing their skin tone with the right color that works for them.  This red pencil is definitely a great color for most skin tones.  For lighter complexions, since it is a bright true red, it will definitely lend for “Snow White” status, bringing out the porcelain look in the skin tone and for darker tones like myself, this is a perfect red to use because it doesn’t have orange undertones or overly blue undertones that will make it difficult for some people to wear.  I have to say – I’m impressed with BA Stars Holiday Red lip pencil.  This is a glam color at its finest and lends to be such an awesome shade to use year round.
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BA Star has graciously offered a special discount for my readers / viewers.  Get 50% off of your purchase of a gorgeous lippy pencil.   This discount cannot be combined with any other offer and can be used towards the FULL RETAIL price only.  Use code: BBLIPS to receive your discount!
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In May of this year – I was sent some products from My Natural Addiction – now named Aloha Nani.  Aloha Nani is run, owned and operated by Breanna Hamilton, a young Indie Business owner who makes products like Eye Shadows and skin care items.  The item I received was the Juju Cream.  It was suggested to me by Breanna because she had watched one of my videos where I mentioned that I had eczema and that I used Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil as my Moisturizer to keep my face looking well and eczema at bay.My original review of the product was fairly positive.  There were a few things that did not work for me, but at the same time, as I mentioned in my video – I have very sensitive skin and my skin is very finicky when it comes to certain products.  Even if the product is all natural, I can sometimes have a reaction I was not expecting.  It’s a problem I do regret having because I truly have to be selective when shopping for bath & body products.  That’s why I chose coconut oil and have really been using it consistently for the last year and a half.  I have even had to change up my skincare routine – you can read about that here: http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/1/post/2013/06/the-proof-is-in-the-photos-the-results-in-changing-up-my-skincare-routine.html 
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If I do not get a bad reaction from a product, I may discontinue using it for a little while and take up using it again after a month or so or a few months.  I did so with this product (the Juju Cream) because it is “Cooler Weather” season here and it’s when my skin always needs much more moisture than normal.  Since I had last tried the product in May – I figured it would be a great time to try out the product in a different season to see if it would work for me.The product still did not have any scent (as I stated in my original review), but that was not a problem.  It still had it’s nice thick consistency I like and I lathered it on my face the day after the photo above was taken.  I used this photo to provide a comparison between what my face looked like prior to applying the cream.  The photo above was taken about 24 hours before I applied Aloha Nani’s Juju Cream.  The image was taken with my camera phone in my car.
The photo above was also taken the day before the cream was applied.  I took this in the same area as I took my “after the cream” photos and it was also taken with my camera phone.  Now – some may argue that I have foundation on… but if you have been following me a while, you will know I do not use it.  Thanks to a very good skincare routine and eliminating most face makeup products, my skin has really been pretty awesome lately.
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The photos above are taken after I applied the cream.  I used my camera phone to take these photos as well, but as you can see – the lighting is a tad bit different because I took the image in a different area.  I applied the cream in the early afternoon and noticed less than an hour later that my skin felt like it was itchy.  I monitored my face to find that after a few hours, my eczema was starting to flare up.  I instantly washed my face and applied my coconut oil (which is my daily moisturizer) to my face.  While my Eczema flare up was still prominent – within 3 days it had cleared up pretty much completely.   My skin is still a bit sensitive but for the most part – it is gone.I know I have sensitive skin, which is why I ALWAYS try my best to try out a product for skincare through different seasons of the year.  It will allow me to really figure out whether or not a product works well for me or if it only works in certain seasons.  Prior to trying out the Aloha Nani Juju Cream, I had not changed up or added any new products to my skincare routine – so it lead me to think that the cream had been the reason for the flare up.   It was the only thing that I had changed up in a while and the reaction and itchy feeling I was getting happened very quickly after application.I think the Juju Cream from Aloha Nani may be awesome for many – but unfortunately, after trying the product again, it is not something I will be using.  I just can’t have my skin break out like this, it takes so much to get it back into order because the flare up causes redness and almost like a rash that winds up turning my skin scaly and very very unattractive.  It takes a few days before it is soft and equally toned once again.   Unfortunately the product is just not for me.  While I do attribute most of it to my sensitive skin, I would not use the product again.

I had been asked a few times by Subscribers and Readers why I had not started on my Halloween Makeup tutorials and this is the reason.   I haven’t worn any makeup in a week honestly, because I didn’t want it to trigger any more reactions and delay my Halloween Makeup Tutorials any longer.

Aloha Nani offers a wide range of products on the site and you may quite possibly find one that suits your perfectly.  Just because I have a reaction to a product, does not mean that it will not work wonders for other people.  This is just my experience and opinion and I wanted to follow up my original review with my findings.

You can find my original review here on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsQz_QqDjKw.  You can read my blog post on this review here: http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/1/post/2013/05/my-natural-addiction-juju-cream-review.html

Have a great weekend!
Honey

Disclaimer:  The product mentioned was sent to me for review and consideration as a gift.  I was not paid or compensated monetarily to try or review this product and my review is 100% honest and unbiased.