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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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Anastasia Lip Gloss... New Favorite!

Hi everyone! So if I'm bringing the blog out of hibernation... it's gotta be some good material, right?! Well, that IS the case. Plus, I've got 4th of July company here who I don't want to wake by shooting a video right now, so I'm opting for blogging. Let's hope I can keep this up with some regularity- because I miss writing! Anyway... my point: I tried this new Anastasia Summer Mini lip gloss set (ordered it from the ABH website along with the Modern Renaissance palette and a couple of other things)... and it REALLY impressed me.  
I've never tried the Anastasia lip gloss before, and I've only tried one of the line's very popular liquid lipsticks. Sometimes social media hype surrounding a product actually makes me run in the opposite direction. I don't know whether it's skepticism, doubt, or just not wanting to be ga-ga over the same stuff everyone else is ga-ga over. But when this kid sees a $28 6-piece lip gloss set with what appears to be "my shades"... you can bet I'm going to give that a go. SO GLAD I DID. Here are the reasons, in a nutshell: 
  • CONSISTENCY: Non-sticky, comfortable glosses that still manage to have full color... and assuming you've applied them pretty evenly and haven't gooped on too much, the wear-down of these is pretty even on the lips & actually looks quite nice, even without the shine of the gloss. And the applicator is perfect for this texture (I'll explain more in a minute). 
  • COLOR INTENSITY: I love what-you-see-is-what-you-get types of lip colors! Glosses tend to have an ESPECIALLY hard time pulling this off, and if they do, they end up being a super thick, near-liquid lacquer type of texture. These maintained a comfortable feel while looking exactly how I expected them to look on my lips. The shine is also FANTASTIC.
  • SCENT: I feel a bit nostalgic whenever I twist one of these open... because it smells like one of the first lip glosses I ever really started using. Does anyone remember Bonne Belle Lip Lites? I believe there was a color called Cappuccino- a brownish-neutral gloss. I think that's exactly what these smell like. It's the sweet vanilla scent that so many lip products have-- plus something a little extra/more complex. 
  • COLOR SELECTION: The assortment of colors in this kit is just PERFECTION. A couple of neutrals, a classic pink, something with a pearly sheen that I actually don't hate, plus stunning berry colors that you KNOW I love. According to the ABH site, these are "all-new summer shades"... so I'm not sure if they're being adopted into the regular line or not, but whatever the case, this is a great bunch of shades.  
Swatches left to right: Toffee, Caramel, Blushing, St. Tropez, Tango, Grape Jelly 

Unlike the typical doe-foot applicators in many glosses, the applicators for these are more flattened-out. In the picture above, I'm holding it at a 45 degree angle so hopefully you can see that. The center of this little paddle seems to hold the most product, while the sides get nicely cleaned off when the applicator is pulled from the tube. I think this makes application really easy because the non-goopy sides let you get nice clean edges on your lip line. With shades that are so full color, I'm extra impressed by the quick, non-fussy application. 
(click photo to enlarge)
Top, L-R: Toffee, Caramel, Blushing
Bottom, L-R: St. Tropez, Tango, Grape Jelly

There's not a dud in this group, in my opinion. And it might be that they happened to include a bunch of colors that I would truly be prone to wearing on a regular basis... I know not everyone has the same taste as me! But I really appreciated how full color those lighter neutrals across the top row managed to be. Not sheer at all! And the really cool thing about St. Tropez, which has the pearly finish, is that it doesn't actually have identifiable flecks of sparkle. So you don't run into that awkward situation where the color wears down and your lips are still plastered with glitter. It's just a creamy, yet pearly gloss that I actually really like. Still, be aware that St. Tropez looks best when freshly applied (the wear-down just seems more obvious with that one). But then not one, but two berry shades. Tango is a bit deeper, practically fall-like, and then then Grape Jelly is my JAM (pun intended)... it's a bit more adventurous but I love the amount of purple in that shade. Ultimately I'm fascinated by the fact that I can wear these bold shades and not feel an uncomfortable amount of stickiness/cling on lips... yet they don't bleed outside my lips or get sloppy. I'm not sure I can explain how that's happening, but it is. 

Bottom Line: I think this little kit of glosses was well worth the $28 price tag. One of my favorite recent purchases, for sure. What's kind of odd is that the only place I've found them online is the actual ABH site ( The amount per gloss is .07 oz, but being the lip product junkie that I am, I really don't mind a downsized lip product... it's still seems ample to me. I hope this review was helpful, and let me know if you've found any must-try shades from this line!
(FYI: This set was purchased by me and this is not a sponsored post) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Even though the 4th of July weekend was pretty rainy, we still had a great time with some amazing food. Life has been pretty busy lately so it felt like the 4th crept up on us before we made much of a plan for it. But we pulled a little something together and Bub made the best ribs I've ever tasted!
  • We do have a lot of leftovers, so to everyone who asked on Twitter- come on over! haha!
  • My makeup all weekend was pretty low maintenance, but I'm thinking about sharing the look and the products I enjoyed.
  • Hoping to have a new video up tomorrow. Thanks for all the awesome feedback on the Singles Cruise challenge video! It was great to put those eyeshadow singles to work!
  • How is the weekend over already??