Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It's 3 am & I Wanna Blog Again

Alright can I confess something up front? I'm not  up totally by choice. I didn't really bust out of my warm comfy bed with an intense urge to blog in the middle of the night. As you can see by the tiny arm in my creepy dimly lit picture, I'm up nursing my baby who just felt like it was the right time to get up. But while I was up, instead of being my normal drowsy self, my mind just starting going. 

I was thinking about video ideas. Thinking about what to cook tomorrow. Deciding what kind of workout I'm going to start doing. Wondering what that strange noise was outside. You get the picture. But something I really got stuck on... 
What the heck is happening with my blog? I miss it! 

Kinda like an old friend you haven't touched base with in way too long. Anyway, maybe these nursing sessions might be a good time to check in on here. Think of it as an extension of the "random thoughts" I leave at the bottom of my video description boxes. 

Current thought... what are my viewers really wanting to see? I've been trying extra hard in my video brainstorming sessions to come up with ideas that I haven't seen done a hundred times already. I'm extra pumped about the stuff I'm posting this week. Including something extra fun coming Saturday. But then there's the question of length. Shorter? Longer? I think I need to mix that up. I just feel like I have this huge subscriber base and I want to reach you ALL with things that you want to see... but also not do things just for the sake of views, but because the ideas actually MEAN something to me, you know? 

Well, I'm gonna end on this thought. When in doubt- stay true to yourself and what gives you life as a creator. The joy/passion/interest you exude will attract the people who need your videos. Now I think a certain someone is ready to be put back in the crib! Hope this rough, phone-typed blog isn't too backyard for you!! But if I'm gonna emerge into blog-land again, I'm going to have to keep it uncomplicated... and perhaps something I can pull off in the middle of the night on my phone while nursing 🙈

Love you all!! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Last Minute Gift Recommendations from Ulta!

So am I getting back into this blogging thing again, or what? My Emily Awards posts are making me want to get back into the swing of things, I guess! Little Miss B is napping right now, and as I was looking over the Ulta website I noticed how many good deals there are! While I've already done a lot of holiday review videos (see my playlist here), I thought it might be helpful to share some of the majorly discounted stuff that I'd recommend if you're a last-minute shopper! FYI - this is not a sponsored post! I am using affiliate links for the products, as I pretty much always do on my videos as well. 

$24.50 (regularly $35)  
Love this set and reviewed it in this video! Very comfortable, balm-like lip colors that range from the lightest nudes to darker neutrals. Super wearable, approachable shades and the mini size is great for pockets & purses. 
$25 (regularly $35)
I had mentioned briefly in a video how Urban Decay totally thought of everything with their new lip palettes. I've used the Junkie one quite a bit (available at Sephora), but this Blackmail palette from Ulta is equally great (I own it as well), and I think it has more colors that are slightly less "out there" compared to the other palette, including reds, pinks, and quite a range of neutrals. LOVE the retractable lip brush, protective shield over the lip colors, and just the quality and color payoff of these shades in general. GREAT buy at 25 bucks. 

$19 (regularly $39)
The price just keeps dropping on this one! At the time I did a review video on it, it was $29 and now it's gone down another $10. As you can see in the video, the products are great quality and it's really a lot of bang for your buck in one palette. Every product is something that's actually available in the regular line, so the fact that they're charging $19 for all of this is really kinda crazy, but awesome. You get four shadows, a bronzer/contour, two highlights, and two blushes. 

$7.19 (regularly $11.99)
Awesome stocking stuffer alert! I love the classic matte lipsticks from NYX (if my Emily Awards were a top 20 instead of a top 10, you probably would've seen them featured!), and I love the rich tones that are included in this trio. You're getting Dark Era, Perfect Red and Alabama (one of my long-time favorites from this line... the perfect deep red). This matte formula wears a VERY long time without being as drying as most liquid lipsticks. 

So are we learning that it might pay to put off shopping til the last minute? I mean, really... there are some great deals right now! Thanks for checking out my post- hopefully it gets someone out of a last-minute shopping jam! :) 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Emily Awards 2016! BEST LIP PRODUCTS

Hey guys! Welcome to the third and final part of the Emily Awards for 2016! Hope you've enjoyed my top 10 countdowns so far. I'm especially excited to share my 10 favorite lip products of the year! Below I'm listing all of the products for your convenience, as well as where they can be purchased and links to any additional information on the products- such as previous videos or blogs where they were featured. 

I'm also making note of whether products are newcomers to the Emily Awards (marked "N"), or whether they moved up or down the list from last year (that's what the + or - indicates)

(as featured in my Emily Awards video!)

1. Besame Lipstick (N) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Blood Red, Red Hot Red, Red Velvet, Chocolate Kiss, Portrait Pink

2. NARS Velvet Lip Glide (N) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Bound & Le Palace

3. (TIE) Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color (N) & Flower Beauty Hydrasilk Lip Butter (N) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Revlon HD Desert & HD Vineyard and Hydrasilk in Rose Petal 

4. Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick (-3) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Fig & Pepper

5. NYX Slide-On Lip Liner (-3) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Nude Suede Shoes & Red Tape

6. Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick (-3) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Rich Raisin & Cherry Pink 

7. Clinique Chubby Stick Intense (N) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Curviest Caramel & Roundest Raspberry

8. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate - Nude Collection (N) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: #45 & #47

9. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (N) Buy - More Info
Colors Shown: Black Cherry, Cherries in the Snow, Berry Haute

10. Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor (N) Buy 
Color Shown: Boss 

Thank you so much for watching this year's Emily Awards! I'm so excited to bring you more reviews, tutorials and all-around beauty fun in 2017! 

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Emil Awards 2016! BEST EYE PRODUCTS

Hello friends!
I'm back with part 2 of the Emily Awards 2016! Can't thank you enough for the kind feedback on part one, which featured my favorite face products of the year! We had just as much fun working on the intro for this one :) Again, this list has been put together Top 10 style, leading up to an ultimate number one pick! For your convenience, I'm listing everything below, along with where the products can be purchased and links to any additional information (past reviews, tutorials, etc. featuring the product). 

I'm also making note of whether products are newcomers to the Emily Awards (marked "N"), or whether they moved up or down the list from last year (that's what the + or - indicates)

(as featured in my Emily Awards video!) 

1. Milani Eyeshadow Primer (N) Buy - More Info
2. (TIE) Makeup Revolution Shadow Palettes (N) Buy - More Info and Milani Everyday Eyes Palettes (N) Buy 
3. Jordana Color Envy Liquid Liner in Black Envy (+1) Buy - More Info
4. It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara (N) Buy - More Info
5. Viseart Shadows - Shimmer (-2) Buy (also Minx) - More Info 
6. Kat Von D Shadows - Matte (+2) Buy (also Quads) - More Info
7. CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara (-6) Buy - More Info
8. Maybelline Define & Fill Brow Duo (+1) Buy - More Info
9. Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner- Nude (N) Buy - More Info
10. Maybelline Master Precise Skinny (N) Buy - More Info

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm so looking forward to sharing Part 3 of the Emily Awards... featuring my favorite lip products! 

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Emily Awards 2016! BEST FACE PRODUCTS

Hi everyone!!
Can't believe we're already in Emily Awards season again! I'm actually posting these awards videos earlier than ever because of baby number two's due date on January 12th. So it's forced me to get my butt in gear a little sooner than usual! Hopefully this turns out to be extra useful for those of you who still need some Christmas gift ideas :) I'm sticking with my Top 10 theme once again, as I think that's the most simplified way of highlighting products that I feel are the best of the best. As you can see in the video, I like the process of leading up to the ultimate BEST product in the number one spot! 

Below I'll provide links to places where these products can be purchased (in many cases I'm using affiliate links), and I'll also link to any related videos I've done that will provide more in-depth details on the different products. In addition, I'm making note of whether products are newcomers to the Emily Awards (marked "N"), or whether they moved up or down the list from last year (that's what the + or - indicates)

(as featured in my Emily Awards video!)

1. (TIE) Benefit Erase Paste (+3) Buy - More Info and Anastasia Concealer (N) Buy - More Info
2. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (N) Buy - More Info
3. It Cosmetics CC Cream (+5) Buy - More Info
4. Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation (N) Buy - More Info
5. Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation (+1) Buy - More Info
6. It Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Palette (N) Buy - More Info
7. ELF Contour Palette (-5) Buy - More Info
8. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops (-7) Buy - More Info
9. Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palettes (N) Buy - More Info
10. Essence Pure Nude Highlighter (N) Buy - More Info

So what were your favorite face products for 2016? Let me know in the comments section! And stay tuned for part 2 of the Emily Awards, which will focus on the best eye products :) Thanks so much for watching and checking out my blog!

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