I have always started a new year with positive thoughts and goals and this year is definitely no different. I shared with all of you my 2017 Goals last week and wanted to take the time to really elaborate a bit on a personal level while sharing with you my thoughts and direction for Honeygirl’s World. You know, when I started this blog 10 years ago, I started it as my creative outlet, sharing a piece of me while documenting my life as a busy mom maneuvering my way through the Corporate America world and now, 10 years later, I have made so many changes to my personal and professional life, that the outlook of this site has changed gears over the years as well.
Here’s the deal – Honeygirl’s World is going back to what I love… documenting my life’s journey. I love reviewing products whether purchased with my own hard-earned money from my own pocket or sent from PR companies for consideration, but I miss what this site used to be. Does that mean that I’ll be providing a lot less reviews in the future? Well, I’m not sure… but my goal is to develop the range of posts you see here and incorporate more of what this site originally was aimed towards – My Life! Whether you are a company reading this post to decide if I am the right fit for your product or brand or someone who stumbled upon my site looking for a mother’s or wife’s perspective… let me break it down for you and share with you what you can expect here.
Let’s talk product reviews… I love love doing them. Over the last 10 years I have been given the opportunity to try a plethora of products I probably wouldn’t have tried to begin with. My family – husband, sons and fur baby – have also been given great opportunity to try products for themselves. I don’t think I’ll be eliminating those types of posts here, but I do have a strong opinion on those types of write-ups and want to be honest here so you know what to expect. Whether the post is sponsored or the products are sent for consideration know that my view point will never change here. I am 100% unbiased and truthful in my thoughts for any product you read about here… if I don’t like it, you’ll know about that, if I do – well, you’ll know about that too. No sponsored post will be biased in anyway – that has been my thought process for this site since the beginning and it will continue to be. If I do not like a product and cannot say so in my post – I will not take on the task of writing about it. Yes, my blog pays my bills or forks out spending money for me… but that will NEVER change my opinion and I will never obscure my integrity, my word and reputation for a product that I feel is not up to my personal standard. This can be a downfall in who I may work with, but that will never change who I am. I grew up being taught that your word is golden in life and I teach my children the same thing so I would never go against that for a quick monetary pay. Know that when you read a review here, it is truly my own word and that will not change. Not all products will receive a 100% pass from me and some may work for me while not for others.
I just turned 37 a few days ago and I’m reminded with each waking moment that blogging and YouTube are so much more different than when I started posting videos and write-ups 10 years ago. When I started YouTube, many of us filmed in a closet or at our desks, using a webcam or rickety point and shoot camera and just going with the flow. You know, while I do have my favorites that I still watch – I find myself back to basics, watching and enjoying YouTubers that offer simplistic videos. Call me cheesy, but I find myself watching YouTubers that provide videos like I do… chit chat and talk story type diaries that are laid back and personable. YouTube has turned into a cookie cutter type of platform and I’ve lost interest in so many I’ve watched over the years. Same with blogging… at 37 years old I find that I do not fit in the stereotypical blogger, that 18 – 25 year old range. Hey, nothing wrong with that, right; but because of this, I find that the beauty industry I have loved for so long is no longer where I want to be and I want out. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE beauty, makeup, nails, skin care… but I’m not going to sacrifice my own identity to please those around me. I realized in 2016 that I miss the type of videos and posts I used to do when I was in my late 20s and I want to go back to that place again.
Ugh… I’m so tired of the stigma of “Oh – she does YouTube videos and does it for free shit” or “Oh, she’s a blogger so she can get free stuff.” Um, no and no! I never started my blog or YouTube channel that way – but it’s been so nice that these companies have been so gracious to share their products with me and my family. It’s wonderful to be able to be paid for something I enjoy doing too. But rest assured, all of that – the free stuff and money, it has NEVER changed me… so you can continue to expect the same type of content whether organic or evergreen or whatever term you would like to use, all while I share a little piece of me. Honeygirl’s World is my indeed – my World, wrapped up into all the pieces that I am proud of.
What can you expect here? Well – more lifestyle posts, of course. Back in the day I used to write a series on my site called: Dear Diary or Sunday Letters, all of which were popular and fun and documented my life in a different aspect than what you see online. Documentation of my weight loss and “back to healthy” journey which will allow me to hold myself accountable for success. I want to share my Thirsty Thursday episodes and elaborate more on the subjects here on the blog then I do on YouTube and plan to have more Q&A and FAQ posts for those who are always asking me questions. Since I have an “Ask Honey” segment on my channel, I would like to definitely incorporate that here as well and my overall goal is to post more on my outfits (I’m not your typical fashion lover) and of course share my recipes, food choices and ideas here. There is so much more I have to list… but this post would be much longer than it should be.
Changing up my role in the blogging and YouTube community is never a bad thing. I think that while I’m making changes in my presence in the online world, I’m actually enhancing who I really am and what I’m about. Hey, let’s be real here for a second… does that mean I will no longer talk about Beauty here or on my channel??? Um, have you been listening? Of course I am, but it will not define what Honeygirl’s World is all about. If you are looking for product reviews, yes – you shall still see them here and find them here, but you will certainly see much more of who I truly am moving forward. Those that have followed my blogging and YouTube journey since the beginning – you will see a lot more of the “old Honey” that you were probably accustomed to. I’ll still continue to put the same amount of time and effort into any of my posts and I’ll still offer you the variety of content you have been seeing over the years – but now, it will include so much more. I plan to up my game with more lifestyle posts and share a little peek into my world. So – if you’re willing to stick around for this ride, then hang on tight and have some fun with me.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2017 and years beyond. It’s going to be a great year and I’m looking forward to sharing it with all of you!
Check out my 2017 Goals if you haven’t already read it.
Yay! I have been seeing the original Perfect Palette Tag going around YouTube now for about two years (more or less) and I have always wanted to do the tag but never got around to it. Recently (a few months ago) Melissa & Kate (the original creators of this tag) came up with and released the Perfect Palette Tag 2 and I just couldn’t resist taking part in it. If you are interested in doing this tag too – definitely join in on the fun. You don’t need a YouTube Channel or need to film a video – take a picture of your favorites and post it on your blog.
Here are my questions and answers as well as a Show & Tell of the Perfect Palette Tag 2. I had a ton of fun doing this and it also reminds me that I have a lot of makeup I really need to make use out of. Click here to watch directly on YouTube or see the embedded video below.
1. Eyeliner, brush or nothing
2. A palette you have hit pan on
3. Favorite “naked” palette
4. Favorite holiday or limited edition palette
5. A palette you would repurchase or wish you had a backup (if it is no longer available)
6. A shade you wish was sold individually
7. Wild card (pick a question from the original Perfect Palette Tag to answer again)
8. The palette you would recommend to a friend
Happy Palette finding!
Disclaimer: Nothing to disclose. All palettes discussed in this tag were purchased by me with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and affiliate links may be posted through out.
Is there such thing as easy makeup for busy moms? Well, of course there is. I am always running around doing errands, being a soccer mom, cooking dinner and basically running a mommy marathon. While I do love a simple no makeup face, I do like to bump it up from time to time and add a little makeup to put a little pep in my every day step. Normally when it comes to quick and easy makeup, I turn to my Urban Decay Naked 1 or Naked 3 palettes since they offer me a quick look with versatility – but I have since added the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette to my Mommy Makeup Routine and I am loving it.
This look is simple and quick to do. Even if my tutorial seemed a little lengthy – when you eliminate my need to talk and jabber (which I am very good at – lol)… the look can easily be pulled together in minutes and you are out the door and on your way. My routine may vary a little from those mommies that use foundation – so if you do make sure to add a few extra minutes to your routine to apply accordingly. If you are not fond of foundation then a BB Cream, CC Cream or Tinted Moisturizer will surely help as well. My tutorial takes you step by step from beginning to end – so the only thing on my face is my coconut oil – I no longer have Foundation as a part of my routine.
Check out my video tutorial embedded below or click here to watch on YouTube.
Brows – Chella Brow Defining Pencil and Perfekt Beauty Brow Perfection Gel
Eye primer – ELF eyeshadow Primer
Eye shadows – Coastal Scents Revealed Palette
Eye liner – Mally Starlight Waterproof liner in Midnight and Milani Ultra Fine Liquid Liner in Black Vinyl
Lashes / Mascara – 02 KISS Lashes with KISS Black Glue and Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara
Bronze / Highlight – NYC Sun 2 Sun Bronzing Powder in Bronze Mist and Milani Face Illuminating Powder in Amber Nectar
Blush – Milani Warm Petals Blush (Rose Powder Blushes)
Lips – Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Plush
If you are interested in the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette, I will have swatches and a full review up soon – stay tuned!
Decided I would take photos with my Cell phone too so you could see what it looked like. I posted some of the photos above on Instagram the other day.
There are a few things you can surely eliminate when creating this look. If you need to get out of the house in a hurry – you can do an easy liner instead of a winged liner and you can also just use regular mascara instead of adding false lashes. You can also opt to do an all over bronze instead of contouring, highlighting and adding blush. The options are endless and if you love to have on some makeup before heading out of the door I hope this helps you on those busy days when you got a lot on your plate.
My every day consists of mascara and lip balm – so that is an option too. Regardless of how you decide to “werk it” just remember that it’s all about feeling comfortable and loving yourself for You!
Happy Wednesday Loves… Hope you are all having an awesome day. This is just a personal update to let you all know what has been going on lately since I haven’t been updating the blog the last few days. This week has been crazy so far, even if it’s on Wednesday. I can’t believe how fast the week went by, even with the Veteran’s Day Holiday… I still feel like I haven’t had the time to accomplish my laundry list of “Honey Do’s”. This past weekend was a blast though. My hubby took the kids and I to the Carnival. I’m gonna work on editing that video (a brief clip of one of the acts) and uploading to my YouTube Channel soon.
Isaiah, Luke & My Hubby watching the Circus Show
Hmmm…. Speaking of YouTube… some of you may have noticed that I have been “following” you on Google plus with a new account or subscribing to you from a different channel. It’s because I started a new one up. You can subscribe and check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/honeykahoohanohano. It is a breathe of fresh air to be able to have a YouTube channel that actually is named with a URL I want to use, but at the same time, I am starting all over again – so no subscribers, no views, no nothing. It’s a challenge, but it is definitely time for me to start making the transition. So – please please if you have been a subscriber of mine in the past, I would really appreciate you following my new journey.
Okay – so that is basically what I have been up to. It seems that “updating” and getting things in order have been the norm around here the last couple of weeks, especially after my transition to my self hosted blog from using Weebly for so long. But the changes have to happen and I’m just going to embrace them the best I can. I do sometimes feel like I have that “blond moment” and sometimes it may even be all over my face. lol
I’ll be back to posting more so you will be seeing much more of me. More fashion posts are coming as well – so stay tuned and I have some new reviews in the pipeline too. Wishing you all a wonderful week.