This swap includes a combination of goodies from the Drug Store and from Hautelook.com. I totally scored when I went my local CVS the other day - found some goodies for under a dollar for some and less than $1.50 for others. And then, Hautelook had Urban Decay on discount last week - so I jumped on the opportunity to pick up the Book of Shadows IV at a discounted rate. My lil sister also bought me 2 rings that are super duper cute. ;)Check out my video for the haul in detail and if you want reviews on any of the items I bought for myself - please let me know. ;)
This was my first Canadian Swap and I was so excited to get all the awesome goodies that my friend Avril sent me. Take a look at the photos and the video where I go over each one. ;) Thanks so much Avril - you are awesome and I love everything. My goodies are already gone. lol
This little person in this photo (above) is my eldest son Ka'eo. He was 2 years old in this photo which was taken 6 years ago. It was so difficult to cut his hair - it was curly and very long... but we had no choice, because his eye lashes are so long (just like his daddy's) - he was mistaken for a girl on more than one occasion.
It amazes me how fast time flies. His little twin brothers are now the age that he was in this photo. Time has flown by so quickly (*tear), it seems like just yesterday I was loading him up in the back of my truck that day. Cherish those moments... because they go by so fast and in the blink of an eye - they are gone.
This month's Julep Maven box was such a cute little package to open. Though I didn't take any photos of it when I first opened it - I was very impressed and loved how they had Easter grass in it and chocolate Easter eggs to celebrate this month's Holiday. The colors that they sent me this month were also very cute in that they were very Spring colored lacquers. The colors I received this month are Penelope (which is a baby pink, it looks sheer but also has a dusty rose kind of finish look to them), Niecy, (which is a hot pink type of color) and Jessica (which is a soft baby blue with gray undertones). Also in my box as mentioned earlier were a handful of chocolate eggs with metallic wrapping (so festive) and Toe separators. All in all - considering that each Julep polish ranges from about $12 - $16... and my Julep Maven box being only $19.99 each month - I really do consider it to be a steal. I have done several videos of past Julep Maven Boxes... so if you want to check those out - they can be found on my YouTube channel. ;) I really think it is an awesome steal to try out - at least for a month. Please let me now if you have any questions.
I filmed this tutorial as a recreation of a look I did a few months back. It was a highly requested tutorial, but I just had so much going on - I didn't have the chance to do it till recently. One of our ICC Candy Lovers approached me and asked about different looks. Her daughter has an upcoming Banquet. She really liked the original look so I worked on getting the tutorial up.
Since the look was requested for a High School Banquet look - I really wanted to make sure that it was dramatic enough to make a bold statement, but still girlie, flirty and age appropriate. I re-created the look to make it softer - by decreasing the size of my transition and crease color so that it did not go so high towards my brow.
Primer - ICC's I-Candy Fix Primer (skin toned color)
Black Base - NYX JESP in Black Bean
Shadows - ICC's Mineral Eye Shadows in: Gingerbread (crease & transition color), Breaking Dawn (inner 2/3 of the lid color), New Moon (Outer V and partial crease color) and Peaches & Creme (brow highlight color).
Eyeliner: Urban Decay's 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero (use any type of soft pencil liner or kohl pencil) - applied to the waterline/tightline.
Liquid Eyeliner - Milani's Eye Tech Liquid Liner in Black - applied to the upper lash line - apply a thick line.
Mascara: Lashem's Lengthening Mascara
Lashes - E-bay lashes in #H-2 (use any lashes that are bold / thick and flirty)
Moisturizer/lip balm - EOS's Lip Balm Sphere in Passion Fruit
Lipstick - ICC's Sweet Treats Lipstick (bullet) in Cherry Jelly Bean. You can also use ICC's Mineral Lipstick in the pot called Marilyn.
Lipgloss - ICC's Miss Aloha Kitty Lip gloss in Hula Girl
** Hair accessory / headband can also be found on I-Candy Couture's Website.
That is all the products used for this look. My hair is a wig which I got from gofavor.com
Hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. :)
FTC: All I-Candy Couture products are property of mine and have been purchased with my own money. I am the owner of I-Candy Couture. Anything mentioned in this post that I used was either purchased by me with my own money or was given to me for review/consideration.
Meet Blondie - she was on this mornings email from Shoeprivee.com This gorgeous pair of cork wedges are the perfect addition to any Spring / Summer Wardrobe. I absolutely love it... this is definitely a Honey Shoe.
She is $59.95 on the site - which is a great cost for a shoe made of this quality. Cork Wedges are one of those that can be taken through the year and paired with some of your favorite outfits. They are made of natural cork and feature raffia trim and luxe beading. What makes these so awesome is that they sport a 5 inch heel and 1 inch platform... which give you (or me - because we all know I'm short) the extra added benefit of height. That will definitely help to elongate my body and make me look a little slimmer.
You can pick up these gorgeous dolls at Shoeprivee.com
I vlogged about it a little bit and will be uploading that post to youtube as soon as I have a chance to convert it to a smaller file. Let's just say - I am not moving at the pace that I had wanted - but I'm not gaining... so that is the positive incentive for me. I started at 250.9 and am at 250.0 which is not much loss, but again - no gain. So - though I don't think I am ready to jump up and down for joy and head out to buy me a treat - I am still pretty proud of myself.
Weaknesses this week: Ugh - Wild Cherry Pepsi was on Sale at Safeway and anyone who's anyone that knows me knows that's my all time favorite Soda. I couldn't resist - so I have been guzzling down those babies all week. A soda a day is not a good thing. Because I have had soda and that extra intake of sugar - I wasn't as thirsty and therefore decreased my water intake and my green tea intake through the week. Ugh.
Goals for this week: Soda is okay periodically - why keep yourself from something you enjoy eating/drinking... it's just going to make eating healthier harder... so no more soda EVERY DAY. Once in a great while as a treat. Keep up with my water intake (I love my water but got sloppy this week) and Green tea once a day at least. I gotta get going with my Zumba - been so busy with ICC that I really put it on the back burner... GET WITH IT WOMAN!
Alrighty then - I'm out... catch you on the rebound.
I had the opportunity of receiving this awesome necklace in the mail about a month ago. I was so excited because I have always wanted something really dainty and girlie and this really did have that look and feel. This gorgeous necklace came all the way from Israel - in a matter of 2 weeks. I was seriously stoked when I got it and even more stoked that from start to finish - it took just 2 weeks to get to me... even if it had to be customized and was coming from over seas.
The necklace itself is made of Sterling Silver and ranges on the site, depending on your design - for under $40. Considering you are getting something that you should be able to wear on a daily basis without tarnishing or turning your skin green (if you don't have reactions to Sterling Silver Jewelry, of course) - that is a steal. I go into detail more about the company in my video review - but I am truly impressed in what I received. Affordability is a big deal to me and the fact that they were able to customize this necklace and get it to me so quickly is awesome.
A few key notes - I am not allergic or have reactions with sterling silver so I did not have a problem with this necklace. I have been using it consistently over the last month, pretty much every day and love the fact that it is comfortable on my neck and hasn't tarnished. I do keep all of my jewelry (real or fake) secure in a small ziplock bag or in a well sealed jewelry box. I always clean my jewelry after each use and prior to putting it away for storage as well. Though not mentioned in the video - the one downside is that I have stubby fingers and it can be a challenge to put the necklace on from behind my neck - though I am able to put it on easily if I bring the clasp to my front of my neck and put it on. Though - I don't necessarily contribute it to the product as most of my necklaces have small clasps like this and I have stubby fingers and long nails. lol
All in all - I am very pleased with this product and love the fact that it doesn't cost $60 - $120 for the necklace like other retailers that I have purchased from in the past... SCORE - Money saving with quality product.
Watch the video below for details on the products and a little bit of info ;)
Yay... I'm so excited to be starting up on my Simple Tips Saturday again. My last STS Video was posted last year (almost to the day) on removing deodorant stains from your clothing using a dryer sheet. I have always received awesome feedback and reviews and I have so many awesome tips to share with all of you. Now granted... some of these tips you may have heard of before - whether it be a tip that was passed down generations in your family or something you read online. Each tip I discuss will be something that either I was told from a family member... probably my Grandmother, or I have read and used myself.
This week's tip was inspired because I went shopping at a local drug store last week for shampoo and was completely floored by how much dry shampoo costs now a days. I haven't had to buy dry shampoo in about 2 years because I remembered some of the tips that my grandmother taught me and decided to put them into place. So - I figured I would share them with you. Check out my video in the post below as I describe what to do with these two household items. They are not only affordable - which is great on the pocket book, most households have them already and it is easy to find. No need to run into a drug store when you truly don't need it.
**HONEY'S TIP: I haven't mentioned this in the video... but if Dry Shampoo is something you carry around with you in your handbag and the containers that Cornstarch / Baking soda are not really a great fashion statement... get a little bottle that has a shaker lid on it. That way you can place the product into the lid, shake as you need to get the product into your hair and be done. Tuck it into your purse or makeup bag and you are good to go. Easy for travel and easy on the eyes. lol Oh - and don't forget your favorite perfume. Just in case you don't like the smell - spritz a little perfume in your hair and you're good to go.
This weeks Throwback Thursday takes us back to 2003 - before I had children. My hair was pretty long - past my butt and I was about 100 lbs. lighter then. I was 23 years old and when I did this shoot - and I was sick like crazy. I found out a few days later that I was pregnant with my eldest son. A bunch of pounds added on later and 2 pregnancies... and I think I still look the same - I'm just a little bigger. ;)
Thanks for hanging out with me and taking it back... ;)