Fighting Eel Clothing, a Fresh Hawaii Find!


Butter soft jersey? Check. Wrinkle-resistant fabric? Check? Super cute prints? CHECK! Fighting Eel Clothing is my new favorite fresh find from Hawaii. They’re a luxury resort-wear line based out of Honolulu, and everything they make is designed and sewn locally. Their clothes — a mix of rompers, pants, dresses, shirts and cardigans — are comfortable […]

Checking In: A Quick Hello!


How goes it? I hope your lipgloss is sparkly and your base is behaving (I’m wearing Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua today, so I’m set). We’re back in the Bay, and it feels like I’m relearning my pre-Hawaii routine all over again. Is it just me, or is the transition from a vacation back to real life […]

Saturday Surfing, July 16, 2022!


Happy Caturday, my friend. Short and sweet Saturday Surfing today because I’m off to an early walk along the beach. We’ll be leaving on Monday, so I’m getting as much time near the ocean as I can sneak in. Have a wonderful Saturday! This week’s reading What Marvel villains look like under their makeup. 31 […]

Foodland, a Hidden Hawaii Gem for Gifts and Souvenirs


Foodland, a Hidden Hawaii Gem for Gifts and Souvenirs

Aloha, my friend. I’m deeply enamored at the moment with Foodland market here on Oahu. It’s kinda like Whole Foods but with a local vibe.

We’ve gone three times in the last three days to pick up local snacks, drinks, sushi and pre-made bento boxes (portable to-go meals with rice, protein and a vegetable), and every single time, I swear I find something new and cool I’ve never tried before.

Case in point — a local brand of herbal teas called Shaka. I had the Lemon Lokelani Rose the other day and now I’m drooling a little just thinking it, yum!

What’s also very cool about Foodland is you can also not-so-typical gifts and souvenirs made locally. In addition to snacks and teas, you’ll also find cards, body care products, candles and more. I found them in the end caps all over the store.

A few things that caught my eye…

There are several locations all over Hawaii, so if you see one, it’s worth the time to pop in and look around.

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Vacation Beauty Shoutout: elf Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm


Vacation Beauty Shoutout: elf Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

Aloha, friend! If you’re headed to a sunny summer vacation spot and plan on slathering yourself with sunscreen, make a note to pack a jar of this solid balm cleanser by elf. Technically it’s designed to remove makeup, but I’ve found it works like a charm to melt off even the most stubborn waterproof sunscreen, and yes, you can use it all over your body — not just on your face.

It’s basically like the first step of a double cleanse. Before I step into the shower, I rub Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm on my face, neck, shoulders, arms, legs and feet. Then, when I’m in the shower and my skin’s wet, I work the balm with my hands to help break up the sunscreen even more. After I rinse it off, I do a second cleanse with a shower gel!

Sounds like a lot, I know, but I’ve found this process is much faster and easier than trying to rub off the sunscreen with a small face towel, soap and elbow grease.

Oh, and added bonus, since the balm is solid, it’s carry-on friendly. A 2-ounce jar is $11, and you can find it at drugstores and Ulta.

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Vacation Hair: Do You Bother Styling Your Hair When You’re on a Trip?


Vacation Hair: Do You Bother Styling Your Hair When You’re on a Trip?

It really depends on what kind of trip it is.

If it’s a trip involving outdoor adventures like camping, or visiting the beach or a pool on any given day, then chances are the styling will be minimal — after shampooing and conditioning (I wash my hair every day), I’ll work in some leave-in conditioner, let it air dry and then do a ponytail, bun or a french twist with a claw clip. Maybe if I’m feeling ambitious I’ll comb the cray-cray baby hairs down with some brow gel.

Funny thing is whenever we take these kind of outdoorsy trips, even though I know I’ll be doing the bare minimum with my hair, that doesn’t stop me from bringing a styling tool every single time. What can I say? There’s something about having the option to do my hair that’s kinda comforting to me!

Case in point: right now there’s a t3 curling iron sitting in my luggage, and even though I probably won’t touch it during the trip, I like knowing it’s there in case I change my mind.

Now, if the trip centers around sightseeing in a city, then I’ll usually try to style it, even if it’s just a few loose curls with my curling iron, so my hair doesn’t look too crazy in pictures.

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 737


So…what is the Monday Poll?

Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007).

    1. Do fragrance ads make you laugh?

    Yes! I think most of them are silly. They’re usually people running or rolling in the sand looking semi-drenched, holding instruments or whatnot and staring into the camera.

    2. Eye patches for skincare: love ’em or leave ’em?

    I mean they feel good at the time, but I don’t really notice any difference. But I won’t say no if somebody offers me a de-puffing pair for underneath my eyes.

    3. Favorite berry?

    Strawberry.

    4. Have you ever jumped from a high diving board?

    Not a man-made one, but I jumped off the rock at Waimea, which is pretty high. I’m guessing 25 feet? Technically not a board, but I still jumped!

    5. Favorite taco?

    Fish! I love breaded fish tacos. Mmm…

    6. Which one freaks you out more: earthquakes or tornados?

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Celebrity Skin Care: Love It or Leave It?


Celebrity Skin Care: Love It or Leave It?

Have you noticed the abundance of celebrity skin care lines popping up lately? J. Lo, Millie Bobby Brown, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Kim K., Hailey Bieber… The list just keeps going and going!

I’m undecided about celeb skin care for one’s face. I’m more open to body products, though. Case in point: I recently bought a big jar of body cream from the skin care line by Alicia Keys, and it’s really good! I’m also very curious about the body sunscreen from Eleven by Venus Williams (it’s supposed to be excellent).

If it’s something with active ingredients for one’s visage, I’m more likely to skip it. I think maybe if I was in my teens or early 20s I’d be more open, but at this stage in my beauty life I feel like my mug needs serious “Real Housewives”-caliber potion that melts your face off, LOL! I’d rather spend $$$ on skin care you’d find at a dermatologist’s office, like Skinceuticals or SkinMedica.

All this to say, that for me, celebrity skin care lines are mostly a leave it situation.

How about you? What are your thoughts on celebrity skin care?

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 736


Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 736

So…what is the Monday Poll?

Excellent question! It isn’t, contrary to its name, an actual poll, like with little clicky buttons. It’s just a list of more or less random questions I’ve been posting on this blog every Monday morning for the past quadrillion years (since 2007).

    1. Colors that make you happy?

    Mint green, pale yellow, light lavender – pastels bring me so much joy!

    2. Last beauty product you received as a gift?

    My friend Kelly gave me a tube of Saint Jane Lip Gloss that I’m pretty stoked about.

    3. Summer or fall makeup?

    This is hard for me. I love summer makeup because it’s so easy and breezy, but I appreciate the artistry of a full-on fall face beat. Hmm. Let’s go with summer makeup because it’s basically the style I’ve been wearing for the last two years.

    4. Grapefruit juice: yum or yuck?

    YUM!

    5. Sweatshirt or cardigan?

    An extra soft sweatshirt with a hood and pockets, please. I’m all about cozy comfort these days!

    6. Worst car you’ve ever driven?

    El Hub and I once got talked into renting a Ford Mustang convertible when we visited Hawaii years ago.

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