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The waiting begins..featuring JORD Watches + GIVEAWAY

Sunday, August 6, 2017

This post is sponsored by JORD Watches

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I always thought that I would be in labor for this pregnancy early in my third trimester since this is my third child. Yet here I am, still waiting and wondering when he’s coming out. I just turned 39 weeks pregnant and I’ve been anxious lately about being in labor, especially when I found out that the baby is around 10 lbs! Yes! 1-0. I don’t know why I was surprised because all my boys were big babies when I delivered them, but if the technician was right, my third baby will be the biggest of them all! To keep calm while waiting, I’ve continued to read Bible verses, which my good friend shared with me, for labor and delivery. Here are a few of them that I wrote on a piece of paper, and I’ll bring them with me to the hospital.

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh, is anything too difficult for me?Jeremiah 32:27

“I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things to me” Psalm 57:2

“For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee” Isaiah 41:13

“So do not fear, I am with you; do not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will upload you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10

“I can do all things through HIM who strengthen me.” Philippians 4:13

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation come from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

“Do not be afraid, Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today” Exodus 14:13

 

Do you have other favorite Bible verses that make you feel strong, both mentally and physically, during painful times like labor?

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By the way, I have also partnered with JORD wooden watches to giveaway $100 to use on their website. One lucky winner will win and be able to choose his or her favorite watch style! However, everyone who enters will receive a consolation prize worth $25, once the contest ends. I got a watch that is part of the Frankie series, in Dark Sandalwood & Smoke, and I love it! The contest will close August 27 at 11:59pm. Both the $100 and the $25 codes will expire on 10/31/2017. Enter h e r e to join!


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Blog GIVEAWAY: WIN beauty goodies and a makeup pouch!

Monday, July 31, 2017

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It’s finally here! As promised, here’s my other giveaway celebrating Hello Island Mama’s first birthday! I’m excited to partner again with ShkadoodleNoodle to give away summer goodies to one lucky winner! How to enter:

  • Follow @helloislandmama and @shkadoodlenoodle on Instagram.
  • Like the giveaway image.
  • Tag two friends in the comment box.
  • BONUS: Tell us in the comment box which product you are excited to have if you’re the winner!
  • That’s it!

Giveaway runs from July 31 to August 5th at 11:59 PM (Texas time). Winner will be notified and announced within 48 hours after giveaway ends. Open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck everyone and have a fabulous Monday! :-)

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Blog Anniversary: Hello Island Mama turns one + Giveaway!

Monday, July 24, 2017

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I’m celebrating my blog anniversary next month (Hello Island Mama is turning 1!)  and I’m excited to be having 2 giveaways!! Let’s talk about my first giveaway today! I’m collaborating with Filipino clothing brand 5 minutes, to give away  Php 1,500 gift certificate for one winner to use on their online website. Their dresses are so comfy! 5 minutes is owned by a Filipina mom, who designs her own clothing line. Her line offers fuzz-free and easy to wear clothing for women, that look chic! I’ve been part of their guest blog where I shared my post “5 things I can’t leave the house without”. I also had a chance to model their clothes when I was in the Philippines last March. I’m happy to support local brands in the Philippines! Here’s how to join and it’s easy!

1 )  Follow @helloislandmama and @shop5minutes on Instagram.

2 ) Like the giveaway photo and tag two (2) of your friends in the comments section.

It’s that simple!

The winner will be notified through Instagram on July 29th. Make sure to check your inbox! Strictly no spam and promo accounts are allowed to enter. Open to Philippine residents only.

Stay tuned for my other giveaway, open to U.S. residents! I can’t wait to share it!!

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5 Minute Spring Makeup Look + Makeup GIVEAWAY!

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Since my kids are close in age and toddlers now, they play together well. I’m taking advantage of this by using the time to do a quick makeup application for myself. This application is something I do before we engage in an outdoor activity or even when we’re just at home. It’s a good way to wake me up and help me feel ready to chase my boys around. 😉 Here’s a step-by-step makeup tutorial, perfect for women who only have 5 minutes to spare for makeup. This is great for busy moms like me!

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1 After I moisturize, I use a primer that has an illuminance glow finish on my face. I love it!  

2 Using liquid concealer that comes with a wand, I apply it under my eyes and around my nose to even out these areas.

3 I usually use my fingers to blend my concealer, but I find using beauty blender (similar like this)a quicker way to blend liquid concealers. I love to spray my beauty blender with a bit of facial spray (water will work too), so that it’s easy to blend with the liquid product.

4 Right now, I like using an eyebrow pencil that comes with a brush tool on the end. This way, I can brush off and blur edges quickly.

5 I then apply blush onto my cheeks. I have recently been using a lip and cheek stain as my blush, which is easy to apply and blend using just your fingertips. I love how it stays on longer. Plus, it is made with all-natural ingredients like cherry fruit water which prevents fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.

6 I use the same product for my cheeks for my lip color. I also like how the colors fit for springtime. I have dry lips, so I like to apply lip balm on top of it.

7 Next, I curl my eyelashes and apply mascara.

8 After that, I put highlighter powder on my upper cheeks and/or bridge of the nose. I use a technique where I spray a little bit of facial spray (or water) on the brush, before applying  the highlighter powder on my skin. Check my post about this technique here.

9 (Optional) Apply a flesh-colored eyeliner on your waterline. This makes my eyes open up and helps me look less tired. Be sure you blend, so it won’t look patchy.

10 (Optional) Use a contour powder (which is 2 shades darker than your skintone) on the side of your nose and cheeks.

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I’m excited to bring this Filipino makeup brand here to America.  For you to experience the benefits of these products, I’m giving away St. Joan’s best sellers: 8-Hour Lip & Cheek Cream and 8-Hour Lip & Cheek Stain to 2 winners! Simply follow the instructions below to enter:

  1. Follow me on Instagram @helloislandmama and @st.joancares
  2. Like the image in Instagram where I posted about this giveaway
  3. Tag a friend on the comment box. You are welcome tag more friends in seperate comment.

This giveaway is open to all residents in United States only. Contest ends on April 17, 2017. Winners will be contacted through Instagram.

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Do you have any favorite products you like to use for quick makeup applications?

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Valentine’s MAKEUP GIVEAWAY!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

 

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I have been enjoying my Philippine vacation with my kids! My current on-the-go makeup for this busy trip has been this Earth and Eve (St. Joan) 8 Hour Lip & Cheek Cream Blush. It is easy to blend and a buildable product, which helps me achieve the tone that I want for my cheeks and lips. I’m excited to announce today that I’m partnering with Earth and Eve to give away this 8 Hour Cream Blush and 8 Hour Lip & Cheek Stain to 5 winners. Here’s how to join:

1) Follow @helloislandmama and @st.joancares on Instagram

2) Tag a friend in the comment box on the Instagram giveaway post.

We will pick 5 winners on Feb 5, 2017. Each of the 5 winners will receive two products: 8 Hour Lip & Cheek Cream Blush and 8 Hour Lip & Cheek Stain from @st.joancares. This giveaway is open for Philippine residents only. (Stay tuned in the US for another giveaway in the next few months!!)

Enter via Rafflecopter below to get more entries. :-) Winners will be contacted through Instagram.

Have fun with this giveaway, beauties!
Photo credit: Ben Lim

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Introducing: Hello Island Mama (+GIVEAWAY for 2!)

Monday, August 1, 2016

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For the past few months, I’ve been thinking of changing my blog’s name, as well as its domain name. As a makeup artist, this site served as my makeup portfolio for the past 5 years. However, after becoming a stay-at-home mom with my 2 little boys, I became more active and excited with blogging. It has kept me connected with the art and makeup fields. It delights me how blogging allows me to continue to use the skills I have acquired from Fine Arts college. Of course, it allows me to use the talents that God gave me too! I’m the type of person who likes to try different hobbies that will keep me productive and busy, especially when my kids are napping. My blog has allowed me to channel that creativity and desire to learn!

I’m very excited because starting this month, I’ll be blogging about more than just makeup and DIY tutorials. Now, I’ll be blogging about home decor, family life, stylish outfits (mostly from thrift stores btw, so no high-end stuff here ;)), food recipes that I love using, and other fun stuff that I love to do! vertical_hero_hello_island_mama_philippines_islander_blogger_life_design_makeup_beauty_diy_art_photography_logo_inspiration

With the help of my college friend Feli, owner and designer of Paper Thread Studio, we designed a new logo for my blog called Hello Island Mama. Why Hello Island Mama? Before moving to the U.S., I was raised and born in the Philippines on small island called Marinduque. The logo was inspired by the coconut trees there that I grew up with. It’s also home to things I miss, like the beautiful beaches, fresh seafood, fresh sweet mangoes, and even the tropical weather (especially if it’s winter in Texas).

To celebrate my first blog post on Hello Island Mama, I’m giving away an Amazon or PayPal gift card to 2 winners. Each winner will each receive $25 via Amazon or PayPal (winner’s choice) as a thank you to all my readers who support this blog! I am truly thankful for all of you! Contest ends on 8/6 at midnight. This contest is open to residents of the U.S.A. and all over the world! Enter via Rafflecopter below.
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What topics do you want me to talk about on my blog? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment box below :)
I’m looking forward to many more adventures with you on this blog! Again, thank you for your support! :-)

Em

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Fresh Face and Glow! (+ SUMMER GIVEAWAY)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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When I started to do makeup in the Philippines way back 2009, I was introduced to Evian Facial Spray by my fellow makeup artists. They recommended it for my clients, especially for brides. It is well known for making your skin feel fresh, hydrated, and clean before applying makeup. When you’ve finished putting on makeup, you can also spray this on top of your entire face. This will help the makeup stay on longer throughout the day. If you feel your makeup is too powdery or cakey, you can grab your blender sponge and spray the Evian Facial Spray onto it. Then, gently pat down the areas on your face that you feel are powdery or heavy. Not only did I love to use this with my clients, but I loved bringing this with me to the beach, when I was still living in the Philippines. I would use it to help cool down my face under the heat of the sun.

Now that summer is coming, I’m excited to use my 1.7 fl oz travel-sized *Evian Facial Spray in. It is great for traveling since the packaging is leak-proof and TSA-friendly. The size is handy and perfect for my purse too. It also comes in other sizes, 5 oz and 10 oz. If you get the larger sized Evian Facial Spray, it is way cheaper and you can get more product for the price, compared to MAC’s Setting Spray. Evian comes in a canister and creates some fine micro mists when sprayed. This makes it more relaxing for your face when you spray it on. I’m also surprised that the Evian Facial Spray is a great, handy product for a mother like me. With a baby and toddler, I’m glad that it is safe to use for them too. Living in Texas weather, this is great and handy for freshening up my kids’ faces while walking outside and going to the park.

I would especially recommend that you bring this with you in hot weather, like during the summer season. Again, it is so easy to grab and spray on your face to freshen up and keep your face moisturized. With this spray, I can also create a natural highlighting effect for my face and shoulders, without it looking powdery.

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Try to spray the Evian for 2-3 seconds onto your brush, and swipe it off onto your highlighter powder. This technique will help your highlighter stand out even more and make your makeup stay on your skin longer.
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I love to apply highlighter on my upper cheeks, bridge of my nose, and upper lip.
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You can also try to apply it on your collarbone and shoulder so when the light bounces off your skin, it gives you a natural looking glow.

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For you to experience the benefits of this product for yourself, Evian is offering a giveaway to all my readers. 5 lucky winners will receive a summer prize package which includes:

  • A $25 Sephora Gift Card
  • 10 oz evian® Facial Spray
  • Three 1.7 oz. travel size evian® Facial Sprays

(Total package valued at over $75)

Contest ends on May 31, 2016. Enter HERE 

Good luck. :-)

*This product was sent to me by Brandbacker to review. All opinions are honest, true, and my own. Thanks for supporting my blog!:)

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Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY: Python Bracelet

Thursday, May 5, 2016

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These past few weeks, I have seen 3 snakes! If you know my husband, he loves nature. Whenever we walk with our kids before bedtime, he tries to look for snakes to show to our son (Follow me on Snapchat: ememist). I’m totally not a fan of them, especially if there is snake where I am walking! It totally makes me freak out. I mean, I don’t mind looking, but I don’t want snakes touching my skin, and I won’t hold them!  Anyway, when I tried on this Python Bracelet from Rebecca Lankford, I felt that I conquered my fear. Haha! This bracelet is hand-made in Houston, Texas. The cool thing about this bracelet is that you can use this as a choker necklace too! It has a magnetic closure which is easy to open and close. What I love about Rebecca’s work is that it is inspired by love, faith and nature. If you love necklaces, bracelets, rings and one-of-a-kind accessories, check out Rebecca Lankford’s website for her stunning designs!

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We are giving away one Blush Python Double Wrap Bracelet! Head to my Instagram  to learn how to join this amazing giveaway! :)
Contest ends on Mother’s Day at 11:59pm CST and it is open to everyone! Good luck! :)

 

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Hello Island Mama is a makeup, DIY, design, and lifestyle blog by Em Smith. She is the mother of two boys and a wife, who loves to inspire and encourage others through her works and stories. Originally from the Philippines.

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