Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's On My End Table

Hello everyone!
I know, I know... how do I come up with such intriguing content?? Ha! Seriously though- we expect things like desks, kitchen counters or bathroom sinks to get a lot of use, and just collect a lot of stuff. I know they do in our house! But lately I've realized how lost I'd be without a good end table. Seriously! It's a catchall for so many necessities. Here's a glance at the good ol' end table-- a.k.a. the most used surface in my life, currently. It sits right between the glider in the living room, where I nurse and rock Belle, and the couch. I took this picture and clearly didn't straighten up a bit-- and this is generally what it looks like most of the time. Even when I have it perfectly neat... things just seem to appear on it in mere seconds. I've learned that when I'm nursing, I need a lot of things to be within reach... so some things are necessities, and some things aren't. 
  • Candle... an end table staple ever since we were in our last house. What can I say... I don't get a big rush out of redecorating. 
  • Wedding photo... again, this has lived on an end table for a long time. I love this picture! The light is catching it in a funky way in this shot. 
  • Baby headband... because they can only stay on a child's head for so long! This white one with the knot on top is probably one of her most-used. (From ThinkPinkBows on Etsy)
  • Bits of a candy wrapper... ahh the tell-tale yellow wrapper from everyone's favorite Easter candy. Do you know what kind I'm talking about?? :) 
  • Map coasters... These are really cool! Very weighty and include maps from various cities. They're by Vintie Design Co. & I got them in the Happy Mommy Box several months ago. 
  • Neutrogena Baby Sunblock... I just got this and haven't used it yet. Not sure why it's sitting here... 
  • Remote... A very normal end table find! This is actually that universal remote that Tyler reviewed recently on Beauty Broadcast Express. 
  • Memory card... I lose this often and now I know why. It's always sitting too close to the edge! I'm typically editing next to this end table most of the time. 
  • Teether... There are always at least one or two of these EVERYWHERE! Not sure what kind this one is. But Belle likes it! 
  • Lip Balm... Always keep a lip balm within reach! Words to live by. I'm loving this Brambleberry Rose stuff. It's by Rosebud Perfume Co. & is sort of a mix of berry and rose. Looks like something your grandma might have used, but it's legit good stuff. 
  • Hand Lotion... Another must-have for me wherever I'm spending a lot of time. This is Sonia Kashuk White Etheriana Hand Cream and it smells great! A really clean, fresh floral. 
  • Coffee... I'm notorious for leaving a couple of sips in there. Why can't I just finish it?? 
  • Water... Perhaps the most important thing! I'm always drinking/wanting water. Breastfeeding seems to make me super thirsty. Usually Tyler has a cup sitting on here, too.
  • False Lashes... Also on the coaster, of course! If I'm wearing these for a video, they usually come off well before the rest of my makeup, thus their placement on the end table. I think these are Ardell Wispies. While Tyler is no longer phased by seeing these insect-like thingamajigs everywhere, I probably should move them before company comes. 
There you go! I spend a heck of a lot of time next to this old thing! :) What part of your house tends to accumulate a lot of "stuff"? 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Back to Blogging... and a lil haul :)

Oh hey, blog! Remember me? I'm Emily, the one who set you up years ago and used to post on a regular basis. Let's get to know one another again and do more posts! 
I'm not gonna give you a sea of excuses-- but I'm wondering if any other bloggers feel this way... do you sometimes feel you have to wait for all conditions to be perfect in order to get a post together? Like, you have to have the time to do a full on photo shoot of the products in perfect lighting, have a big overall concept/direction for the post, or you want to be able to write the whole blog in one sitting... and for whatever reason, those conditions never seem to come together? Yeah, that's my situation. I LOVE to write blogs but have been struggling to find the time to do it the way I used to. So I'm taking on a new blogging philosophy... it's gonna be free & easy. Sometimes posts will be short- or they can be long. Sometimes the photos I snap will be something taken quickly with my phone when there's a spare moment. Sometimes the posts won't be about makeup at all. I miss blogging and I want to do it in a way that both reflects my real life and is actually doable in my real life. Sometimes when the to-do's related to a certain task are too lofty, it keeps you from even taking the first step. So I'm just going to set the goal of blogging more consistently, and not get so hung up on making it perfect. YAY! On with the post...

I wanted to share a rather small Estee Lauder haul with you. First off- I'm so grateful for my friend, David Aikman. He's an Estee Lauder makeup artist at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. He is a continual source of inspiration. I love how he is surrounded by makeup luxury, but can get just as excited about a dirt cheap drugstore find as I can. Anyway, he's my go-to for all things Estee Lauder... when I want to order something, I give him a call at BG (212-872-2777). The next best thing to browsing the counters at Bergdorf Goodman is getting the helpful treatment over the phone! :) He'd be happy to help any of my Beauty Broadcast friends as well! 
I ordered this Estee Lauder Perfectionist foundation SPF 25 (the bottle says "Youth-Infusing Makeup"). I wear the shade Desert Beige (thank you, David- it's a perfect match). I tend to rave about all things Double Wear, but have gotten many questions/recommendations from you regarding this foundation. David said it would be a somewhat similar finish to the Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB, but a step up coverage-wise. I definitely agree-- this looks so natural on my skin. What surprised me was how incredibly THIN the consistency of this is! It doesn't really bother me... I just wasn't expecting it. It feels even lighter on my skin than the BB, actually. I'm not ready to do a full-on review on this foundation yet (I need to pay more attention to staying power), but just wanted to share a few observations. My favorite way to apply this is with this brush from Tarte... you may remember this brush from a previous blog post. It's designed to work with another very liquid-like foundation- Tarte Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer. It's an incredibly soft brush that's cut at an angle, but still tapered. I love roughly spreading this foundation all over the skin, and then basically blotting over it with this brush. I think I get the maximum coverage that way, but everything still looks very blended. I've actually found this brush sold individually on Amazon.

David gave me a heads up on the new Courreges collection. If you've seen it, you know it has some pretty fantastic and unique packaging. I really wanted to just get one piece of that collection... just for collectable reasons as much as anything. I decided on the Iridescent Ball Highlighter, because I have a slight obsession with products packaged like balls! And also because I feel I have the most amazing $3 brush to apply cream highlights (ELF SMALL STIPPLE BRUSH). 
Sephora's website is calling this "an innovative powder gelee highlighter." Honestly, I don't see anything remotely powdery about this, and beyond the cool packaging (which looks awesome on my Sonia Kashuk vanity tray), there's nothing all that innovative about the formula.
However, I do really like it! Why, you ask? Well, it's free from glittery particles, it has a beautiful not too light, not too dark champagne-toned glow, and it just looks like I made my skin dewy wherever I place it. It you apply enough of this, your skin may feel slightly tacky. But I just like a little bit right on top of the cheeks and I don't feel the need to set it with anything. I'll either apply it with fingers, or my ELF Small Stipple Brush. 
Here I'm wearing Perfectionist Foundation and the Courreges Iridescent Ball Highlight. (If this looks familiar, it's the look I was sporting in my L'oreal La Palette Nude 1 & 2 Review video-- all other products I'm wearing are listed in the description box of that video). I'm liking the fact that the foundation feels crazy light on my skin, but still makes it look really good! I should also share that my skin has been behaving quite well lately when it comes to overall tone and texture. In other words, I haven't given this foundation a lot of obstacles or issues to cover up. I'll make sure to follow-up and do a full review as I spend more time experimenting with it! :) 
David threw in a couple samples with my order, and these are from the Aerin line-- which is under the Estee Lauder umbrella of products. In typical David fashion, he completely nailed it. I didn't even ask for this stuff, and I might just love it as much or more than the things I DID ask for. These products have also opened me up to an entirely new facet of products to become obsessed with... anything that smells like ROSES. Seriously- I can't stop. I need to do a rose-related beauty haul/review video or something of the sort. Because I have a few other things from other brands to talk about. This is a sample of the Aerin Rose de Grasse Fragrance... as you can see, I have just a bit left. After unboxing my Estee Lauder order, I had this sitting on the end table beside the chair where I nurse Belle. I hadn't used it yet, but for at least two days I found myself wondering what the heck smelled so good in that general area. DUH. This is rose freshness to the max. I'm very tempted to splurge on the full size... but my head is telling me to use up some of the scents I already have. Also pictured above is a sample size of the Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner. Again- smells like beautiful roses and is THICK. Think of it as a pre-bedtime lip ritual type of product. Very good stuff! 

So that's my little Bergdorf Goodman Estee Lauder haul! Thanks for taking time to read my rambles! 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Stayed pretty disconnected from technology for most of the weekend. Soaked up every minute with my parents here! :) They have a new puppy (a morkie) and she is ADORABLE! Maybe that'll be another blog post. Belle was so cute with her!
  • Anyone watch the ACM's last night? I had some major sing-along moments with the Reba and Jason Aldean performances.
  • Belle is getting into some major laughing spells lately. Let's just say, she doesn't have any problem with repetition.
  • Watched Gone with the Wind on Saturday night... I LOVE that movie despite the emotional turmoil it puts me through.
  • New dessert of choice-- root beer floats with diet A&W.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Natural, No-Fuss FOTD + Tartelette Review!

Hi everyone!
Hope you're having a great Monday Wednesday! (I did this look and started writing this post on Monday, but haven't had the chance to finish it until today) This is a quick "Face of the Day" post. The beauty of makeup is that it can take you to the extreme with dramatic eyes and lips... or it can be used in very subtle ways. I'm definitely learning to appreciate both extremes... especially since having a baby has caused me to do much quicker, lighter looks on some days-- and on some other days, I'm totally makeup free! You never really know what to expect when there's a 5-month-old baby in the mix :) Anyway, for today, I'm trying out a lot of new products, and also wanted to pass along a little review on a palette I've been using on and off for a couple of months. Here's a closer look!
On the face...
  • NYX HD Studio Photogenic Foundation in Sand Beige
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Brightener (under-eye)
  • NYC Smooth Skin BB Radiance Perfecting Powder in Naturally Beige
  • NYX HD Blush in Taupe (contour)
  • Hard Candy Glow All the Way Ombre Baked Blush in Sunburst (blush & highlight)

On the eyes...
  • Milani Eyeshadow Primer
  • Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette
  • Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream (lower inner rim- no other eyeliner used)
  • Estee Lauder Little Black Primer (on upper lashes only)
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara (upper lashes)
  • Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara (lower lashes... yes I can work 3 mascaras into one look- haha!)

On the lips...
  • NYC Smooch Proof Liquid Lip Stain in On Everyone's Lips
So there's the look! My face really feels like there's hardly anything on it. This was my first time using that NYX foundation and it feels super light. The texture of that NYC BB powder is pretty fabulous. I was not expecting such a creamy, smooth product! Also- how about that blush?! It looks so bright in the "pan" but goes on pretty sheer. For the eyes, I decided to go liner-less... which is a time-saving move I tend to do quite a bit these days. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE eyeliner, but I find that if I have a light shade on the lid and no eyeliner, the lashes seem to stand out much more, and if I'm going for a natural look, it just works. This is also a new lip color for me! It's a liquid stain, so once you put it on and it dries, it basically feels weightless and doesn't have any sparkle or shine. I'd call this shade- my lips but deeper. With overall natural looks, it can be tempting to grab something light in color for the lips just because, you know, it's light. But something about this deep rosy nude seems even more natural-looking on me, yet it makes the whole look seem so finished. While it doesn't kiss off on Belle or my cup (I love that!), it's not moisturizing. I have another shade in this product as well-- a review will be coming!
Let's talk about this Tartelette palette. By the way- I just realized my last blog post pertained to Tarte as well. I didn't plan it that way, but yay for the Tarte fans out there! :) The Tartelette is made up of all matte shadows... but the palette itself is actually incredibly shiny and hard to photograph #bloggerproblems. When this first came out, I remember thinking, really? Another neutral palette? But of course, I continued to use it- both on its own and as an accessory to my favorite shiny shadows- and I definitely enjoy it. The quality of Tarte's eyeshadows, particularly the mattes, has improved greatly over the past 3 years or so. I remember when they were more dry, chalky, and harder to blend. Now they feel quite luxurious and soft. You know how people are said to get into a good mood from working out when the endorphins start pumping? I think something like that actually flows through my system when my fingers come in contact with powder products that are surprisingly smooth and nearly "creamy". Yep! I'm an odd combination of high maintenance and easily pleased by the little things.  
Hopefully this picture gives you a good look at the shades. I took a couple dozen photos, and got two where I thought the colors were actually coming off how they appear in person. You know what this palette makes me think of at a glance? Both of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes with a plummy layer in between. Have you noticed that when Tarte puts out palettes, usually plum is the color of choice alongside the browns an taupes? I don't mind it, since I'm a plum fan. 
I love how consistently great the texture is across all of the shadows. The lighter shades were harder to get good swatches of, but I assure you, they feel the same as the other shadows and give a very full-color application on the eyes. But what's also really great about this palette is the mix. The great variety of light, medium, and deep shades... and also the mix of tones. It's so nice to have warm browns and cool browns all in one palette... and I love the center two shades- "Natural Beauty" and "Best Friend". One is a mauve, the other is a deeper mauve/plum. I'm tempted to use these shades every time I crack open this palette! But today I used some browns, just to switch it up. 
This very easy look was created using the first three shades in the bottom row of the palette, plus the dark brown from the top row. Sometimes I like doing looks where you can distinctly see the placement of various shades on the eye (like my latest tutorial video), but I also love the more monochromatic approach with these shadows. 
  • Step 1: Super Mom (light cream) all over lid and under brow
  • Step 2: Power Player (cool taupe/brown) in the crease & lightly smudged on the lower lash line
  • Step 3: Wanderer (light brown) just above the crease
  • Step 4: Multi-Tasker (dark brown) softly in the outer corner
  • Finish the look with Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream in the lower inner rim for added brightness, and then add mascara to upper & lower lashes. 
Hope you enjoyed this "no fuss" face of the day! I really like the way everything came together. And I'm definitely a fan of the Tartelette palette. If you're a matte lover, I think you'll be really impressed with these textures. Like I mentioned earlier, with this one palette I can get the kinds of looks that both of the Naked Basics palettes give, plus some plums! Another matte palette that comes to mind is the It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty palette... I think the colors in that one are a bit more varied. I love that palette for it's texture and shade selection... so if I had to rank one over the other, I'd say I like Naturally Pretty best. There's just more variety! The Tartelette might go a bit further with the variety of browns, but if you trying to cut down on makeup purchases and love Naturally Pretty, I don't think Tartelette is necessarily a must-buy. FYI- Naturally Pretty was recently shown in my palette comparison video, if you'd like a closer look!  

Daily Nuggets...
  • We are expecting a good amount of sleet and snow today! The last weather report I saw called for as much as a half inch of sleet followed by 4 to 6 inches of snow for our area. I'm kind of excited :) I just hope Tyler doesn't get stuck at work later, because the roads probably won't be good. 
  • I hope to at least get started editing my food vlog that I shot on Sunday! 3 make-ahead "meals" to make the week a little easier. 
  • Trees without leaves look so different when the wind is blowing. We have lots of tall trees in the backyard (something I love about the new house!) and you can see the entire tree swaying in the wind.
  • In case you're in dire need of a taco salad but don't have all the "fixins" at home, Taco Bell makes a DELIGHTFUL taco salad. 
  • Do you ever take pictures of your kids thinking - my kid is totally going to be able to use this for a great #TBT (Throwback Thursday) pic one day? I love this one... 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: Tarte Miracles from the Amazon - QVC Today's Special Value

Hi everyone!
Time for a BIG blog review. This is all about the Today's Special Value from Tarte that's on QVC today! It's $59.96 on QVC's website, and, assuming it doesn't sell out, the price will go up slightly after it's featured "TSV" day. First off- this kit was sent to me by Tarte to review. I received no monetary compensation from Tarte for this review, and these are my own, honest opinions. I would have definitely purchased this kit myself, but thanks to Tarte, I was able to get my hands on the kit EXTRA early, experiment with it for several weeks, and can now provide an educated review on the TSV day! Hopefully it's helpful to those of you who are considering picking it up. 
(Click any of the pictures to enlarge them)
Here's a quick rundown of everything that's included... 
  • Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer (brand new)
  • Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer Brush (brand new)
  • Amazonian Clay cheek & eye palette (brand new - limited edition)
  • Double-ended eyeshadow brush
  • Gifted Mascara (limited edition packaging)
  • LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite (brand new - limited edition)
  • Makeup bag
Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer (my shade: Light-Medium)
Ok... remember Tarte's Maracuja Miracle foundation? I thought that was one of the few really great coverage foundations for dry skin. I was so excited to see that the brand didn't totally let go of that concept. This is definitely a different formula... very liquid-like, but buildable coverage that can go medium to full. I admit, the thought of a "foundcealer" sounds a little gimmicky, but the fact that this is so buildable makes it possible to use it in a very full-coverage way if you choose. 

My skin type is very "normal" at the moment, and this gives a great finish that's not too greasy and not too dry. It's not what I'd call dewy or tacky on the skin, but I do prefer to set it lightly with powder. I can't guarantee how this would work for other skin types, but it seems lightweight enough to be something people with oily skin could enjoy, but also non-drying enough to work on dry or more mature skin. I have used this as all over foundation, as well as just an under eye concealer. I LOVED how it didn't seem to dry out the under eye area and even by the end of the day, it looked really fresh. I can't speak for those with extremely oily skin, but with my normal (slightly combo) skin, this has the staying power of Estee Lauder Double Wear (assuming I set it with a little bit of powder) with a less dry feel.

The one thing I don't like about this is the packaging. The dropper doesn't pull out much product... maybe mine is defective, but when I press the button at the top to release the foundation, hardly anything comes out. I end up just kind of swiping the wand around my face to get what I need. So I think a pump would've been better with this... but maybe they were trying to use new packaging to differentiate this foundation from the old Maracuja Miracle? Not sure. 

Maracuja Miracle Foundcealer Brush
This brush is SO SOFT. We're talking baby bunny soft. And I know, because my mom rescued baby bunnies when I was little. It's a really unusual shape, too. As you can see (especially in the top picture), the ferrule is kind of pinched at the top, but the brush is still very full and majorly tapered down one side. It works wonderfully for blending in this foundation. However, the large size makes it a bit difficult to get around the eyes. Since the Foundcealer is both a foundation and a concealer, it would've been nice to have a smaller brush to help with those smaller areas. I've been using a full (yet small) brush from Tarte that came with a concealer I purchased months ago, and it's been working well to buff in the product. The Sigma precision brushes like the P80 would also work well when using the Foundcealer as concealer.

I know this wasn't taken in the best lighting, but I just snapped a picture before and after I applied the Foundcealer. I LOVE the coverage. I first blended it all over, and then just applied a little extra to the under eye area and around my nose to act as concealer. Foundcealer is the only product on my face in the after picture. I think you can see that while my skin tone is very evened-out, it's not totally matte. This still has a skin-like appearance, which I love. And it continues to wear well into the nighttime hours. I'm super impressed with this! After applying Foundcealer, I used a little bit of powder to set my t-zone, and I used my Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour kit in the hollows of my cheeks and hairline. Now on with the rest of the products in this kit!
I was really excited to see that a rather sizable palette was included in this TSV kit! I don't usually see palettes like this get lumped in with a group of other products. But I think it's a great value. If you look at the top picture in this post, you can see the gorgeous outer packaging. This palette also has a mirror on the inside, as well as an Amazonian Clay blush in Talented, and six eyeshadows. The blush is a beautiful matte shade that walks the line between pink and coral, and is a great pairing with the lip color in this kit. I've used a lot of Tarte's Amazonian Clay blushes, and this is every bit as pigmented as any of the others I've used. A little goes a long way. And I love that it's full-size! The eyeshadows in here aren't anything too flashy... though I suppose that in order for this one kit to appeal to the masses, the shades needed to be pretty basic. I must admit, the quality is great. Four of the six shadows are matte... the light pink and plum on the left, and the taupe and dark brown on the right. There's an extremely soft, beautiful shimmery taupe, and also a shimmery champagne. That shade didn't photograph wonderfully in the swatch, but it's still a great color to work with. Overall these shades can give you anything from a barely-there natural look to a deep smokey eye. One slight drawback might be for those who enjoy warmer neutrals... these shadows are all pretty cool-toned.
Here you're looking at each end of the double-ended eye brush that's included in this kit. While both ends are quite usable, I still found myself wanting to use my everyday brushes that I reach for all the time. It's easy to fall into a comfort zone with your favorite brushes, you know? Anyway, here you have a flat, but still rather full brush for packing on shadow, and a tapered crease brush. Both ends are very soft. Neither end is over-sized, which I think gives you control with the application. For most looks, I would reach for additional brushes in addition to this double-ended brush... like a smudge or pencil brush for the lower lash line and a larger brush for blending. For a quick, basic look though, this brush could work fine. 
For this look, I used the browns on the right side of the palette. I first used the crease brush to apply the medium taupe in my crease. I added a little bit of the dark brown to my outer corner, and then lightly applied the champagne color to the center of my lids. I also smudged the taupe on the lower lash line. Last weekend I did a look with the plum colors (I should've taken a picture), but just so you know, that shimmery taupe on the left side is a dream to work with! It would make for an EASY one shadow look! And of course, one could also be creative and mix shades from both sides of the palette  :) 
In addition to the eyeshadows, I also applied a nude liner to my lower inner rim to further awaken my tired eyes, and I applied black liquid liner to my upper lash line. Next step- mascara!
Gifted Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara
This is a full-sized mascara in special, limited-edition packaging. I'm not sure how "smart" this mascara is, but it certainly performs awesome on my lashes. I remember raving about this mascara years ago, saying how I liked it as much- if not better- than Tarte's Lights Camera Lashes. I think this one might be even more lengthening. I love the brush-- short bristles and lots of them, and it's slightly tapered toward the tip making application easy in the inner corners. 
Look at that length! And if I wanted even more volume, I'd apply my Estee Lauder Little Black Primer underneath. That primer also helps this mascara hold a curl... Gifted isn't great about doing that on its own. Another small gripe- when I was wearing Gifted on my lower lashes, I noticed some smudging just below my eyes. So watch out for that if it tends to be a problem area for you. Today I used my Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant on the lower lashes, because that stuff goes NOWHERE.
LipSurgence Liquid Lip Shine in Exquisite (Limited Edition)
At first I just thought this was a new shade in Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Gloss line, but it's actually being referred to as a Liquid Lip Shine. My info says "these brand new liquid lipsticks blend the benefits of a stain and a gloss in one high-performance application". I don't notice much difference in the way these feel compared to LipSurgence lip glosses. It's slightly sticky, but definitely has nice color and shine. This particular mauve/pink color has no shimmer, and gives off a nice amount of color on the lips. I definitely didn't notice any staining effects, though. For me, it wears for a couple of hours... give or take, depending on eating, drinking, accidentally kissing some off on your baby, etc. It's nice that this was included in the kit, but in my opinion, it's definitely not the strength of this kit. Oh, and unlike other LipSurgence products you might be used to, this gloss is not minty. It has a lightly sweet scent that I can't quite put my finger on.
Overall, I think Tarte put together a great TSV... probably one of their best, and I've tried pretty much all of them over the last few years! I thought I'd be most excited about the palette, and the palette is great. But I think I was most pleasantly surprised by the Foundcealer. I do not have perfect skin... between the lingering melasma, broken capillaries around my nose, and darkness around the eyes, I've got some stuff to cover and I tend to like a lot of coverage in my foundations. This was able to give me a lightweight feel, and coverage that I could control. And I didn't need to bring in any additional concealers to get the job done! If you get this kit, I think you'll also really enjoy the Foundcealer brush. Furthermore, there's a fabulous mascara in this kit. The lip color is a bit thick and sticky, and probably isn't something I'm going to reach for often. But all in all, I love the look that the products in this kit can achieve. Thanks for taking time to read this epic blog post- I hope it was helpful! 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm writing this post on Thursday... last night the Emily Awards wrapped up with the LIVE finale and it was SO SO FUN! Thanks to everyone who tuned in!
  • Cupcake is napping in Belle's bouncy seat right now. She also loves the pack-n-play.
  • I've had my Vanity Girl Hollywood makeup mirror for a little over four years, I think? Just yesterday, one of the bulbs went out. I can't believe that didn't happen sooner, considering the use that thing gets! 
  • I have had an ongoing Mexican food craving for a few weeks now. All I want are nachos, taco salad, quesadillas, etc. 
  • It has been far too long since I've written daily nuggets!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

EMILY AWARDS 2014: Live Finale!

Hi everyone! 
The Emily Awards have become an annual tradition for 7 years on my YouTube channel, but this is the very first time any part of the awards has happened LIVE! I'm so excited! If you're unable to watch the live broadcast, you're in luck... YouTube actually records the live hangouts and it should show up on my channel just like any other video and can be watched at any time! It's going to be so fun to not only talk about some top products, but also take questions and just have fun! :) 

So why do the Emily Awards need a finale, anyway? The other videos each have their specific focus... products for face, eyes and lips. There are many beauty products that fall outside of that scope, so the finale is a nice way to highlight some great products for skincare, body, hair, brushes/tools as well as some MVP's (Most Valuable Products). And this year during the finale, we also have a debut! Tyler will spotlight his top 5 products of the year in the "Tyler Awards" segment. All of the winning products are listed below, along with links for where to buy them, and links to any relevant videos that might provide more information. Thanks so much for watching this year's Emily Awards, and here's to another year of fantastic beauty products! 

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Best products for skincare, hair, and body are listed in no particular order.

Best Brushes
  • High End: Sigma F80*** (Buy) & Sigma E25 (Buy)
  • Drugstore: ELF Small Stipple Brush** (Buy, More Info) & Sonia Kashuk Small Shadow Brush** (Buy, More Info)
Outstanding Tool
Cutest Packaging
Needs to be In Your Purse
MVP's (Most Valuable Products)
  • Face: Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation (Buy, More Info)
  • Eyes: Estee Lauder Little Black Primer (Buy, More Info)
  • Lips: Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick** (Buy, More Info)
Best Skincare Products
  • Olay or Equate Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths***** (Buy)
  • CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash (Buy)
  • ELF Studio Lip Exfoliator (Buy, More Info)
Best Body Products
  • Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs** (Buy)
  • Burt's Bees Baby Bee Lotion (Buy, More Info)
  • Bath & Body Works Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps (Buy, More Info)
Best Hair Products
  • Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray***** (Buy)
  • Remington T Studio Pearl Styling Wand** (Buy, More Info)
  • Conair Mini Pro Compact Hot Rollers (Buy, More Info)
(Tyler's Top 5 Products- see his reviews weekly on Beauty Broadcast Express)
(Some "buy" links above are affiliate links)