Back in March of this year, HoneyXO Cosmetics sent me some samples to try, and use at a Spring Fling Party I had attended. I gave one girl a makeover at the party, and then also tested them myself thereafter. These products arrived in a envelope mailer, and were neatly packed in a cute, gold rose drawstring pouch. Also enclosed where some gorgeous business cards, displaying the CEO, Honey, herself modeling the makeup in different looks.
I was sent eight shadow samples (Chocolate, Butter Creme, Just Win Baby, Forest Nymph, Chantilly, Sweet Nothings, Glass Slipper, and Ever After), a lip gloss sample (Hula Girl), and a lipstick sample (Violet Shock).
ABOUT THE COMPANY....
HoneyXO Cosmetics, is a makeup company run by Honey, a stay at home mother, professional photographer, and beauty blogger and youtube guru. At one time it was known as I-Candy Couture, run by two sisters. However Honey's younger sister decided to pursue another career. Honey took over the company, and has been running it these past two years. Occasionally, third party items have been brought in, but the majority of the makeup and jewelry are created by Honey herself (lipsticks, lipglosses, jewelry, loose mineral cosmetics, ect...). Her passion and inspirations are displayed in the quality of her products. Even some of the cast on Jeresylicious use her jewelry and cosmetics.
Honey XO's products are not only affordable but made with love. I strive to provide my customers and clients with the best possible products and keep my customers happy. All items sold at Honey XO are handcrafted by me,... Don't forget to add a little Glitter and Sparkle to your day! "
What I received for testing and my thoughts...
Even though the matte shadows appear to be a crumb like texture, the mineral shadows are velvety soft and apply smoothly on face and lids. I truly enjoyed trying all the shadows for this review. The pigmentation for all these shadows are most vibrant and easily blend able. I noticed fallout with the mineral shadow Sweet Nothings, however I still maintained a good color payoff. It is gorgeous.
An hour or so after I applied Forest Nymph in a tutorial, I noticed a lot of the shimmer had disappeared. I talked with Honey about it, and she said it was supposed to be a matte, but if I wanted to retain some of that shimmer, I could probably foil it. Which, I wore it that way when I filmed the review for these products on my youtube channel.
I have tried some of the shadows on one eye with a base and primer and on the other eye without. While the one with primer and base still looked vibrant at the end of the day, the other still retained a decent amount of color. With each look I have tried using all the shadows, I have noticed no creasing at all.
Her shadows are sold in sample baggies for one dollar.
I love this matte white!! It is perfect to buff out dramatic dark smokeys.
This is a matte dark eggplant color. I think it works well for contouring and for lining the lash line.
I love using glass slipper (a lighter purple matte) for a transition color, to begin deepening a nice smokey.
Chocolate is a rich matte brown, and is perfect for lining lashes and for deeping sultry eyes in the outer v and crease.
I prefer to use this matte shadow/bronzer as a bronzer. It's just lovely for my natural everyday looks!
Of the new shadows I have tried for this review, this is one of my favorites. Such a sweet taupe.
Shimmery at first, but then Forest Nymph turns into a lovely green matte. I love how this brightens my hazel green eyes!
This copper metallic tone shadow is just breathtaking! Excellent pigmentation!!!
First row top to bottom: Just Win Baby, Forest Nymph, Glass Slipper, Ever After, and Chantilly. Second Row top to bottom: Chocolate, Sweet Nothings, and Butter Creme
I actually have a full sized Hula girl lipgloss already that I had received in sample size. My full size is nearly gone, as it happens to be one of my favorite lipglosses from HoneyXO Cosmetics. The sample didn't have a scent, but the full sized one I have used a lot, has a nice coconut smell. I am nuts about it. The lipgloss is very moisturizing and is a nice pink nude color-most flattering, I believe.
The Violet Shock lipstick is well named; a shocking bright purple with a powerful pastel punch that will amp up any simplistic makeup look. I used this lipstick in an ombre lip, in tandem with a pink lip crayon. It turned out very well. As the lips were very bold, I kept the eye makeup very neutral, so my makeup didn't look too over done. However, I am brainstorming of what other eye makeup looks that will compliment such a beautiful bright shade of lipstick.
This lipstick is very creamy and moisturizing on the lips. It doesn't dry out my lips at all, nor does it cake into the lines of my lips.
Her lipsticks and glosses are sold in clam shell sample jars for three dollars.
Swatches!! On the left: Violet Shock On the right: Hula Girl
Watch my review:
Looks Using these Products:
"Smokin' Neutral Eye With A SHOCKING Coral Pout" Products from HoneyXO Cosmetics, including ones from this review, used in this look: Eyeshadows in Chantilly, Chocolate, Butter Creme, Sweet Nothings, Just Win Baby, Chantilly for bronzer, xoxo blush, Peaches in Cream for highlight, Love Me Lipgloss. The tutorial for this look: http://youtu.be/c-1rmSBvZQA
"Ombre BRIGHT" using from HoneyXO Cosmetics: Sweet Nothings, Butter Creme, Chocolate, Just Win Baby, Chantilly, XOXO Blush, Violet Shock Lipstick
"Purple Forest Nymph Smokey" Products from HoneyXO Cosmetics used: Forest Nymph, Glass Slipper, Ever After, Just Win Baby, Chantilly, Peaches N Creme, XOXO Blush, Honey Kisses Lipstick. Tutorial for this look: http://youtu.be/2tPuFOjuZ7U
My makeup that I wore filming this review. HoneyXO Cosmetics Products used: Forest Nymph, Trax, Just Keep Swimming. All shadows were foiled.
I love all the products that were sent. Other than the excessive fallout from Sweet Nothings, I really have no complaints. The shadows' quality is spot on- good pigmentation, is non-creasing, and are long lasting. The lipstick and lipgloss are moisturizing, lovely colors, and non-drying. I am very pleased with the quality displayed by these products.
Thank you, Honey, at Honeyxo Cosmetics , for sending these products for me to try!
NOTE: IF THERE IS A PRODUCT NOT SHOWN ON THE WEBSITE THE READER WANTED, HONEY HAS ADVISED TO USE HER CONTACT ON THE SITE TO EMAIL HER ABOUT IT.
FTC: WHILE I WAS ONCE A PROMOTER FOR HONEYXO COSMETICS, I AM CURRENTLY NO LONGER AFFILIATED WITH THEM. SAMPLES WERE GIVEN TO ME FROM HONEYXO COSMETICS, FREE OF CHARGE, FOR REVIEW. I AM NOT BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS REVIEW. I GIVE MY HONEST OPINON-100%.
Last weekend, I tried a look with more of my loose minerals from HoneyXO Cosmetics . I like how it turned out. The minerals are so vibrant, and very pigmented. I am looking forward to reviewing them in the near future. To check out how I created this look, click on the video tutorial below!
What was used...
Peaches N Creme Eyeshadow/Highlight
Just Win Baby Eyeshadow - Could not locate on site. Contact seller to request.
Sweet Nothings Eyeshadow
Butter Creme Eyeshadow
Love Me Lipgloss
(NOT HoneyXO Cosmetics):
Too faced Eye Primer
Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara
Nyx Eyeshadow Base in Skintone
Mary Kay Lash Primer
Maybelline Vivids Lipstick in SHOCKING coral
Cailyn Gel Eyeliner in Iron
FTC: ALL PRODUCTS EXCEPT FOR THE MARY KAY LASH PRIMER AND HONEYXO COSMETICS WERE PURCHASED BY ME WITH MY OWN MONEY. I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN, UNBIASED.
I RECEIVED THE MARY KAY LASH PRIMER FOR TESTING AND REVIEW COURTESY OF INFLUENSTER AND MARY KAY COSMETICS.
In mid April, I received three items to test from Parnevu. Parnevu is a hair product company whose mission to sell quality hair products to those with very dry, and/or damaged hair and/or dry scalp with dandruff. They have two collections to aid those who want healthy, moisturized locks and dander control--the Tea Tree Collection ("Known primarily for its anit-bacterial properties, tea tree oil is a natural treatment that eliminates the itching and flaking associated with dandruff." Statement found on Parnevu's website.) and the Extra Dry Collection ("formulated to moisturize even the driest of hair with a unique blend of up to 14 conditioning agents, including coconut oils and palm nuts." Statement found on Parnevu's website.)
I was sent a salon shampoo, a leave-in conditioner, and a hair mayonnaise, all for extra dry hair to test.
The products arrived in a large card board box with newspaper and green wrapping paper. Every thing arrived in excellent condition. I also found two fliers that spoke of their two collections.
The extra dry salon shampoo is most cleansing, and does brings back a salon like experience with the scent.
My first initial use of the shampoo, I was a bit disappointed with the lather, or lack thereof. However, once I rinsed it out, and reapplied again, it did lather very nicely. After the final rinse, my hair was left feeling clean and fresh, but I did not feel as if my hair was stripped. The natural oils from the shampoo, restored luster and moisture back into my locks. As I do not hardly use any hot tools, being that my hair is dry already, I am very selective when using a shampoo. I need something that does not strip my hair, causing it be even more dry. I apply this product to my hair, working it in with my fingertips, all over my scalp, and I follow with a rinse and then repeat.
I use this shampoo now for its natural cleansing abilities-not for scent. If I want my hair to smell fragrant, I use another shampoo in lieu with this one. This product sells for five dollars at their online store.
My leave-in conditioner works amazing! It moisturizes best on dry hair, I think.
I remember using a Parnevu leave-in conditioner about four years ago. I found it on sale when Kroger bought out our local Scott's. Until now, I had forgotten the name of the brand of the leave-in. I recognized the packaged tubs on their website. This product is absolutely amazing. I hope to buy it once my current one is used up. After my hair is completely dry after washing it, I like to apply a generous amount from root to tip. On occasion, if I want easy beachy waves, I will braid my hair after using the leave-in. The next morning I wake to soft, moisturized, wavy locks. This leave-in conditioner is also sold for five dollars.
Despite its unseemly appearance, the hair mayonnaise in this tub is phenomenal. I like to use it anywhere from once a week to every few weeks. This product leaves my hair soft and moisturized. I feel, if it is rinsed out thoroughly after use, once my hair is dried it actually feels fuller. I apply a good amount after shampooing to my hair. Then I leave it in for five or ten minutes while I take a good soak. I follow that with a very thorough rinse. One of the options on the directions for use is to apply to hair daily, and leave it in. I don't like using it in this manner, because I have found it difficult to wash completely out later, but I do enjoy using it as a deep conditioning treatment (while hair is wet to rinse out thereafter). I would like to make note, that the lid on this one does not close as tightly as my leave-in conditioner and it pops back open.
I plan on replacing this product when it has been used up. I love a good deep treatment, and such is always a nice little pick me when I need it. I know my hair is being restored and nourished when I use this hair mayonnaise. I am thrilled to have it incorporated in my hair routine. This product has even made my July Favorites.
The Parnevu Hair Mayonnaise is sold for seven dollars. The description for this product states (on their website) that it "provides intense rejuvenating therapy specially formulated for weak, damaged or over processed hair. Enriched with olive oil, egg protein and herbs to promote healthy hair and scalp. It works from within the hair shaft to help strengthen fragile roots, mend split ends, and moisturize dry brittle hair."
I would definitely recommend these products. I am most impressed with the quality and the amount of each product for such an affordable price. It has been a pleasure testing them; they have made lovely additions to my hair care routine.
I would like to send out a big thank you to Kat at Parnevu for sending me these items, and to destne146 on youtube for referring me to them.
FTC: I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH PARNEVU. I WAS SENT THESE PRODUCTS FREE OF CHARGE FOR TESTING PURPOSES. I AM NOT BEING PAID FOR THIS REVIEW BY SAID COMPANY. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS REVIEW ARE UNBIASED.
This past month I found myself reaching for various new products and rediscovering some old I used to use and decided to repurchase. I am sorry my video is so long; I normally like to keep them short. I tried to keep it moving as quickly as possible. Regardless, I hope you enjoy!
What made it in this month's fav's:
Clothing And Accessories-
Striped open sleeve oversized tee from 5.99 fashion
Pink Transparent Ipsy Bag Makeup-
BH Cosmetics Trio Palette (the malibu gold) Full Sized Malibu Palette from their website
Wet N Wild Fergie Rose Champagne Glow from WalgreensJane Be Pure All Natural Mascara in Blackest Black (NOTE: destne146 has notified me that this mascara has been discontinued-being the reason the price more than double and most likely the reason my mascara had an odor, being old. As of now, I will no longer be using this mascara, and I now DO NOT recommend buying it online.)
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light from WalmartChantilly Bronzer/Eyeshadow from honeyxo.comEco Tools Fan Brush can be found on their website and drugstoresMary Kay Lipstick in Pink Cherie from Mary Kay's websiteRimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in #17 Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in # 01 both from Walmart
Maybelline Color Sensational in #645 in Red Revival from WalmartMaybelline Electric Baby Lips in Strike a Rose from WalmartCover Girl Smoochies Lip Balm in #tweet me from WalmartCover Girl Smoochies Lip Balm in #text me also from WalmartPond's Exfoliating Renewal Makeup Remover with Citrus and Cucumber from - you guessed it, Walmart!Nails-
Maybelline Color Show Poka Dots Nail Polish in #75 Clearly Spotted from Walmart
Parnevu Hair Mayonnaise from Parnevu's WebsiteFragrance-
Justin Bieber Girlfriend sample; I received this sample with an order from sephora
-BethFTC: ALL ITEMS (EXCEPT FOR THE HONEYXO CHANTILLY BRONZER AND PARNEVU HAIR MAYO-I RECEIVED THOSE FREE FOR TESTING PURPOSES) I PURCHASED WITH MY OWN MONEY. I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN, UNBIASED.Mary Kay lipstick was provided courtesy of Influenster and Mary Kay for testing purposes.
I decided to keep this look as basic as possible, ergo doubling up some of the products for multiple functions; such as the mascara as eyeliner, and likewise the lipstick for blush.
How I created this look:
1. I applied, with the Mary Kay Foundation/Cream shadow brush, my Mary Kay cream eye shadow in Violet Storm. I patted on a generous amount on my lid, close to the lash line and then faded it out from my crease a little up wards. Thus, creating a subtle "smokey" effect.
2. Next taking a eyeliner brush, I dip into my Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara and use it (very quickly as it dries faster than actual eyeliner) along my upper lash line, outer v, and slightly a fourth of the way in on my bottom lash line.
3. After carefully using my lash curler, I then reached for my Mary Kay Lash Primer. I pump the wand vigorously to collect quite a bit of product, before coating my lashes.
4. Thereafter, I again take my Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara, in I <3 Black, and apply several coats to my lashes, blinking my lashes into the fine bristles. As this wand doesn't help much in regards to thickening the lashes, I used more mascara than I normally do with others. I also used it on my lower lashes to give the appearance of a dolled up eye.
5. My cheeks, being already flushed, I only used a tidbit of my Mary Kay Lipstick in Rose Cherie (a sweet pink tone) and gingerly applied it with my fingers, to the apples of my cheeks.
6. I moisturized my lips with a lipbalm, and then with the same lipstick smoothed color onto my lips-finishing this night look.
Check out these products and more at Mary Kay's website!
FTC: THESE PRODUCTS WERE SENT TO ME FROM MARY KAY COSMETICS VIA COURTESY OF INFLUENSTER FREE OF CHARGE FOR TESTING. I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH MARY KAY COSMETICS. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN, UNBIASED.
Yesterday, I played with some gorgeous pigments from http://www.honeyxo.com. I personally love how green and purple hues can bring out my eyes, and thought I'd share. I am sure other eye colors can pull off this look, too.
What I used:
Products I used from Honeyxo Cosmetics (http://www.honeyxo.com):
Forest Nymph Eyeshadow,
Glass Slipper Eyeshadow,
Ever After Eyeshadow,
Peaches N Cream Eyeshadow/Highlight,
Honey Kisses Lipstick,
and Just Win Baby Eyeshadow
*not currently on the website, but if you want it you can email the owner Honey and she'll take care of it*
Other Products used (NOT HONEYXO):
Nyx eyeshadow base in skin tone (can be found on Nyx's website and at some drugstores)
Too Faced perfect black waterproof eyeliner (sold at Too Face's website)
Maybelline Plush Mascara (bought mine at Walmart)
How to get the look:
FTC: WHILE I WAS ONCE A PROMOTER FOR HONEYXO COSMETICS, I AM CURRENTLY NO LONGER AFFILIATED WITH THEM. SAMPLES USED FOR EYES WERE GIVEN TO ME FROM HONEYXO COSMETICS FREE OF CHARGE FOR REVIEW (THE REST OF HONEYXO I HAVE HAD ALREADY FROM WHEN I ONCE PROMOTED AND/OR PREVIOUS PURCHASES IN PAST). I AM NOT BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANIES FOR THIS VIDEO. I GIVE MY HONEST OPINON-100%.
When a sweetie subbie of mine, LesChampis, asked almost a month ago, that I do a "Saturday Night Shimmer Look" for a tutorial, I was uncertain how I really wanted to go about it. I remembered one of my favorite music videos I liked to watch when I first started doing makeup tutorials on a previous channel. In this video, Edward Maya and Mia Martina - Stereo Love, the young lady had a bronzed gold cateye. I have always wanted to do that particular look, but put my own spin on it.
After playing around with my Color Theory, I came up with this look. It is everything I imagine a glitzy Saturday Night makeup look would be.
I love pairing dramatic eyes with a nude lip, but a red lip would look just as refined.
Up close shot.
What did I use?
Eyes- Nyx Eye Shadow Primer, Gold, Gunmetal, Cream, and Gold Cream Eyeshadows from the Color Theory, Maybelline Mega Plush Volum Mascara, Too Faced Waterproof Black Eyeliner.
Face- Hard Candy Tiki Bronzer, Hard Candy Baked Blush in Living Doll, Hard Candy Face Illuminizer in Doll Face.
Lips-Nyx Lipgloss Butter in Creme Brulee.
FTC: I AM IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH ANY OF THE SAID COMPANIES. ALL THOUGHTS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED.
Only a day after filming my perfume collection for my youtube channel, I decided to thin down my selection even more. After doing so, I realized the long, gold trimmed vanity tray was really too big for what I had left. Even more so, I didn't like how the gold frame was so close to the edges of my vanity; I thought there was a possibility, when walking by, I could knock it off. The legs on the tray were scratching the finish on my vanity badly, as well.
I was looking for a manual for my father today, when I rediscovered a round metal mirrored vanity tray in a box. It was the perfect size to organize my fragrances. However, I became quite dismayed when I saw the rust spots on it from careless usage in the past. Should I throw it away? No, I didn't want to. It was such a pretty tray, regardless; then it hit me. My mother gave me a huge sheet of Victorian styled scrap booking stickers. I could use them to cover up the unsightly rust-thus, saving it from disposal.
So, I set to work applying them in a slightly, random assortment. It soon became apparent that I would not have near enough to cover the entire tray. I then proceeded to only cover part of it and the rest I embossed with a couple of decorative strips and only a few decals.
I am very pleased with what I accomplished. I saved my tray, and was able to hang the other to brighten my little corner of the room.
What I was using before to hold my perfumes.
A close up of the pretty decals mother gave me. <3
The "new" tray to replace the one I had been using.
My new set up.
I was going to straighten my mirror tray on the wall, but the slanted angle struck my fancy, so I left it.
"Pink" has such beautiful pink and tiny gold shimmers in it...
I was thrilled to have received a lip gloss in my Ipsy bag a few months back. Little did I know it would become one of my most reached for lipglosses this summer. Juice beauty did an awesome job with this product. At first I was a little worried of how I would like it. Once before I tried a lipstick from this same company in an Influenster vox box, and did not like the product at all. It was too dry and would not spread evenly. However, this gloss delivered! When I initially opened it and took a "wiff" I was delighted with the fruity smell. I applied it, and it felt wonderfully smooth on my lips. It didn't give too much of a color pay off. The shade comes close to matching my lips in a way, but it enhances it. It is not sticky, surprisingly as other lipglosses often are. I can feel the oils in this product, and they seem to moisturize my lips very well. It lasts for a few hours, but if I am drinking or eating anything, of course I will need to reapply. My lipgloss made my June Favorites last month on my youtube channel. I love this product, and am very glad Ipsy selected it for me.
Note: This gloss is sold on Juice Beauty's website for $15.
Juice Beauty's Mission as stated on their website:
Bring high efficiency authentically organic beauty solutions to people worldwide.
-Juice Beauty via their mission statement page.
FTC: I PURCHASED THIS PRODUCT WITH MY OWN MONEY VIA THE IPSY MONTHY BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN UNBIASED; I AM IN NO WAY BEING PAID BY SAID COMPANY FOR THIS BLOG POST, OR FOR SHOWING THE PRODUCT IN VIDEO DISPLAYED ABOVE.
Last Wednesday, in the wee hours of the morning, I started having really intense contractions. Because I was induced with my eldest, I just chalked them up to braxton hicks just getting worse. I couldn't sleep, however. My body racked with sporadic pain for a few hours. Around five am rolled around and I felt a jolt; it wasn't the baby either. After running to the bathroom, I messaged my friend Honey (also a mommy blogger at http://www.honeygirlsworld.com), on facebook, as she lives in Hawaii; and being six hours behind us, I knew she might be on. After prodding her with some questions, she advised I call the hospital and go. Feeling the contractions becoming more intolerable, I was glad to do so. Not long after my arrival, they did some labwork. Sure enough, my water did break, as I suspected, but didn't quite know for sure. There was talk about a possible c-section, as my cervix wasn't soft enough, the baby still up too high, and my contractions were a mimicry of some sort. They weren't the real thing. Yet, as the morning dragged on, they found that my cervix did soften by fifty percent, but my blood pressure was still skyrocketing, and the babies heart beat kept slowing. Around three o'clock they checked me again, the nurse informed me in a hurry, that the baby was lowered already and it was time. I had wondered if it was time before she came in the room, as I felt the urge to push.
After four really good pushes (and small ones I did out of rhythm, being impatient and wanting to be done) the doctor pulled her out and laid her on my stomach at three-thirty pm. A wave of emotion washed over me; very much like the same I felt the moment my eldest was born. It is indescribable.
Another beautiful baby girl! Alexandra weighed six pounds and ten ounces- almost a pound smaller than Victoria when she was born. So tiny!
.I am so glad to finally meet this doll. As my due date was approaching rapidly at the end, my anticipation was growing. I am already getting to know her-my little night owl with an appetite! And she is quite the tease. Lexi has a habit of grinning at me now, but when I tell daddy to come and see, immediately the smiles are replaced with a blank expression, when he approaches.
Dear Tori didn't really know what to make of Lexi at first. Now she fondly refers to her as "sisters." We are still trying to teach her Lexi's name. Following the new babe's cries, Baby Blue exclaims, "ooh nooo!"
My heart is full; I am so blessed.