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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.

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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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Summer time has got me running around spending quality time with my family so I haven’t had the opportunity to post any Plus Sized Fashion and Style looks for quite a while.  I am hoping I can kick it in high gear and get it together because I know that I’ve been slacking in that department.
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I can’t believe my eldest son goes back to school in less than a month and the twins start preschool on the same day.  This summer is flying by – I swear I need to get into a time machine and go back in time so I can live in the past for a little while. lol  But nonetheless, my family and I are enjoying the time we have.  The outfit I’m wearing in this week’s Fashion post is simple and I’m bummed to say that I forgot my good camera and only had my cell phone to take pictures – sorry about that.  I hope you enjoy the outfit and the video is just 30 seconds or so long – so you can check that out too.  Have a wonderful week!

What I’m using:

Striped High Low Maxi Dress: Forever 21 Plus
Denim Vest: Old Navy
Watch: Invicta
Flip flops – flats: Guess

Makeup of the Day:

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara and Milani Brilliant Shine lip gloss in Bare Naked

Summer Happiness Plus Size OOTD

Summer Happiness Plus Size OOTD

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Prom Season is quickly approaching and in some areas across the U.S., it’s already in full swing.  Having been out of High School for almost 16 years (yeah – I know, don’t laugh. lol) I can still remember my Prom and Senior Ball like it was yesterday.  While it is such an exciting time and everyone gets so eager to plan for it – I wanted to share a few tips about dress selection and the overall night.

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My Senior Ball – 1997

Buying the “Cinderella” dress is not as difficult as people think.  Honestly, I think you have two choices – the formal but timeless gown, or the trendy but almost bridal gown.  At the end of the day, you want to make sure it is something that makes you feel great about yourself, shows off some of your favorite curves and of course, is easy to dance the night away in.  JenJenHouse, an online prom dress retailer, ships online and offers a variety of dresses for your special evening.  You can visit them online at: www.jenjenhouse.com and check out their wide selection of gowns in different colors, shapes and designs.  What I love about JenJenHouse is that they offer plus sizes and they ship Worldwide.  Check out their recommended dresses for Prom as well as their discounts available to you.

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Image from JenJenHouse

The gorgeous Empire Waisted Sweetheart dress is a floor length gown with beading detail.  It is a universally flattering color and the style can be used by many body shapes.  This dress is gorgeous and provides a fashion statement without taking away from the beautiful girl wearing it.  Since Prom season usually occurs during the Spring Season, this color is such a great shade to wear and pairing it with a gorgeous bouquet will provide for a showstopping entrance.

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Image and Copyright by HoneyXO – HoonaniPhotography

I think the Bouquet selected (or corsage) should compliment the dress selected, not over power it.  But I have talked to many who have said that they have dreamed about their bouquet design and use that as the centerpiece of their entire ensemble.  If that is the case, you definitely want to select a gown that compliments your bouquet.  A dress that is more neutral in tone like black (or white) and even a cream would work well with a wide variety of bouquet colors.  For those of you that love purple, like me – this is the perfect opportunity to rock out that perfect purple bouquet (like my photo above) without looking like a walking Barney in a purple dress. lol

Add a subtle pop of color by making the statement your footwear.  I love Leopard and if I had my way – I would have rocked out a cool leopard print sandal or pumps to compliment my attire.  It’s a great way to show-off your personal style without going overboard.  Whatever the print or style you decide on, try to make sure you get a pair that will allow you to be comfortable.  There are so many different styles, but nothing is worst than having to remove your footwear an hour into the night because your feet are throbbing.  If you simply can’t give up the shoes of your dreams, compromise by bringing a pair of flip flops that you can throw on your feet when they start to ache.  You definitely don’t want to walk around barefoot through the night.

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Photo/Image by HoneyXO – HoonaniPhotography

The accessories are all about complimenting your dress as well.  Go big and bold or tone it down with a simple look.  Accessories include everything from your necklace and earrings, rings, bracelets and clutch or purse.  I honestly think simple is best – but at the end of the day, use what makes you feel great.  It’s your Cinderella day – you’re going to the ball, utilize your personal fashion sense and just go with it.  As you can see from the Image above – I styled the couple very simply so that the dress would shine and the bouquet would compliment it all.  The accessories were just the added touch.

Most importantly make sure that you HAVE FUN.  Prom is about memories and you want to make sure the memories you make will be those you’ll want to remember in the future.  Everyone wishes to take the perfect date, buy the perfect dress, get the best flowers and in some cases, even be chosen as Prom Queen or King… but whatever your desires, make sure you plan for a fun (and safe) time so you’ll have moments to cherish for a lifetime.   Have fun & Enjoy your time and most importantly, no drinking and driving!

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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

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Hair flower:  Handmade by HoneyXO (me)

Wig:  Shoplately

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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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Every year I get asked what Winter is like here in  Hawaii… honestly, we don’t truly experience a change in seasons so it’s very different from other parts of the World.  One thing that stands out here is that we see Whales in our oceans this time of year and of course, it is a little on the chilly side (like today – we had mid 70 Degree weather most of the day which made it a nice cool and comfortable day at home), and of course – Hawaii is known for their Winter swells… and this is the time all the huge Surf Competitions are held since our waves can reach anywhere from 25 – 35 feet (in some cases much higher).  But for the most part – it is sunny sunny sunny and we don’t get snow here except for the highest mountain slopes (and even then, it’s a several hours drive and barely any snow to play).

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This outfit is something that can easily be worn without worry of being too warm.  Besides, I love anything that is crochet or like wise and this poncho is awesome.

Poncho – Shoplately Grace’s Boutique

Leggings – Jean’s Warehouse Hawaii

Black Tami Cami – Old Navy

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 Accessories

Beaded Bracelet – by HoneyXO

Affirmation bracelet – Shoplately Glint And Gleam

Tahitian Pearl Gold Ring – Gift from Hubby

Invicta Diver’s Butterfly Rose Gold & Silver Watch – Gift from Hubby

Gold Lion Necklace – White Rose Collection

Bow Booties – Justfab.com

Coach handbag – Coach Store

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For my makeup I am using a simply winged liner (Jesse’s Girl Waterproof eye liner pen) and Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So big Mascara.  On my lips I’m rocking out one of my favorite lipsticks from Lipstick Queen – Black Tie, which is a gorgeous red.

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My hope was to style this poncho several different ways so that it could be paired with different things, but due to the Holidays and Christmas days away, I didn’t have the chance to.  I will certainly take photos and post here on my blog when I’m able to style this poncho differently, my favorite way being jeans.

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