Friday, January 30, 2015

EMILY AWARDS 2014: Best Eye Makeup!

Hi Everyone! 
It's time for part two of the Emily Awards! In this video, I focus on all of my favorite eye makeup... from primer to eyeshadow to brows - and everything in between! There are lots of new favorites this year, as well as some long-time powerhouse products. And of course, Cupcake and Belle's "Cuteness Broadcast" takeover continues... watch the intro to see what they're up to this time around! 

As with the blog post for the Emily Awards for Face, I've listed all of the award-winning products below, along with any links to other videos I've done and also links to where you can buy these items.  

Don't miss a video! Stay updated on the Emily Awards on Social Media!

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Not every type of product has winners in both high end and drugstore categories.

Best Eye Primer
  • Drugstore: Milani Eyeshadow Primer** (Buy)
Best Cream Shadow
  • High End: Mally Evercolor Shadow Sticks**** (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Milani Shadow Eyez in Almond Cream** (Buy)
Best Small Eyeshadow Palette
  • High End: Clinique Black Honey Affair (Buy) - Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Wet n Wild Walking on Eggshells (Buy)
Best Large Eyeshadow Palette
  • High End: LORAC Pro Palette*** (Buy) - Smashbox Master Class III (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette (Buy - More Info)
Best Overall Eyeshadow Formula
  • High End: Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow**  (see video for specific info)
  • Drugstore: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow***** (Buy)
Best Eyeliner Pencil
  • High End: Marc Jacobs Highliner (Buy)
Best Liquid Eyeliner
  • Drugstore: Jordana Color Envy Liquid Liner in Black Envy (Buy - More Info)
Best Cream/Gel Eyeliner
  • Drugstore: Essence Gel Liner in Midnight in Paris** (Buy - More Info)
Best Mascara
  • High End: Estee Lauder Little Black Primer (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara (Buy)
Best False Eyelashes
Best Brow Product
(Some "buy" links are affiliate links)
Stay tuned for part 3 of the Emily Awards - Best Lip Products!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

EMILY AWARDS 2014: Best Face Makeup!

Hello friends!
Thanks for tuning in for the 7th annual Emily Awards! I remember when I first did these awards for the best products of 2008... back then, I knew I wanted to do a roundup of my favorite makeup products, but didn't really know what to call it. So without a whole lot of thought, I slapped on the title of "Emily Awards". Who knew I'd still be doing them this many years later? At first, I just did one video sharing my favorites... now it's grown to a four part series where the "theme" requires almost as much thought and planning as the favorite product selections themselves! 

In 2014, our little family went through some significant changes! A new home... and a new baby! So that definitely plays into this year's theme, where Cupcake and Belle join forces to turn "Beauty Broadcast" into "Cuteness Broadcast". You'll have to check out each video in the Emily Awards series to see how their plan unfolds!

While my video shares the "why" behind all of my Emily Award winning products, I like to compile all the favorites here on my blog so you can more easily refer to the winners. The "buy" links following each product will direct you to an online retailer that sells the product. On some products, the "more info" links will take you to other videos I've done in the past sharing more details. 

Don't miss a video! Stay updated on the Emily Awards on social media!

* denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Not every type of product has winners in both high end and drugstore categories.

Best Primer
  • High End: Clinique Superprimer (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Garnier 5 Sec. Blur (Buy - More Info)
Best Light Foundation/BB
Best Full Coverage Foundation
  • High End: Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation** (Buy)
Best Concealer
  • High End: Benefit Erase Paste** (Buy)
  • Drugstore: Sonia Kashuk All Covered Up Concealer (Buy - More Info)
Best Loose Powder
  • Drugstore: ELF Mineral Booster in Sheer** (Buy)
Best Pressed Powder
  • Drugstore: L'oreal True Match Pressed Powder***** (Buy)
Best Powder Foundation
  • High End: It Cosmetics Celebration Illumination Foundation (Buy)
  • Drugstore: ELF Pressed Mineral Foundation (Buy - More Info)
Best Bronzer
  • High End: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit (Buy - More Info)
  • Drugstore: NYC Color Wheel- All Over Bronze Glow (Buy - More Info)
Best Blush
Best Cream Blush
Best Highlight
  • High End: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector (Buy - More Info)
Best Mattifier/Touch-Up
Best Setting Spray
  • Drugstore: NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray (Buy)
(Some "buy" links above are affiliate links)
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Emily Awards 2014: Best Eye Products! :) 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

1,000 Videos - Charity Giveaway Winner!

Hi everyone!
I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you. I wanted to do a quick post to let you know which charity won my giveaway! In case the busy season has you still catching up on videos, I'll explain... I recently hit ONE THOUSAND videos on my emilynoel83 YouTube channel! Pretty crazy what a makeup-obsessed person can do in 7 years! HA! Anyway, I posted a little video thanking you all for your support and kindness over the years!

At the end of this video, I wanted to commemorate the 1,000 video mark, but also give back in the spirit of the holiday season. I have always loved giving away makeup in past giveaways... but I also end up somewhat frustrated that MORE people can't win! So I thought a $1,000 donation to a charitable organization of a viewer's choice would be a great way to impact more lives, and do so in honor of a fabulous subscriber. I asked that viewers simply submit a comment with the name of a charity that's close to their heart, and provide a little description as well. I was BLOWN AWAY by all of the comments, as well as super meaningful stories!! My mom and I were both talking about how amazingly thoughtful the comments were. And as I said in the video, I was RANDOMLY selecting a winner, because there's no way I could have chosen one charity as more deserving than another... you all shared HUNDREDS of organizations, from local to international, that are doing fabulous work. While my winner was chosen randomly, it was my hope that your descriptions/explanations/stories would be seen by other viewers and might inspire even more giving. So thanks to all who took part! 

The giveaway wrapped up at midnight, and the randomly-selected winner is Pam Smith! (Who also has a beauty-related YouTube Channel!)  CONGRATULATIONS PAM!!! Here is the comment she left...

So this morning, I made my donation to Victory Junction! I am so excited about this!! What a great organization! You can click here to visit their website and learn more, but like Pam said in her comment, this organization based in Randleman, North Carolina provides amazing experiences for kids with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses at NO cost to the families. So basically the kids get a safe environment for all sorts of fun "camp" activities... swimming, theater, horseback riding, art, fishing- you name it! Victory Junction has provided these experiences to more than 17,000 kids since 2004. One of the graphics on the website says- "Where kids can forget about being sick for a while" - Doesn't that make you want to cry? Every kid should have the opportunity to let loose and be happy! And how awesome that Pam has been directly involved with this group!
I was able to easily make my donation online and share in a comment that this was being made on Pam's behalf through my Beauty Broadcast giveaway. There was also a little section at the end where you could fill in a specific person's name that you could give your donations "in honor of" - so I put Pam. 

And just so you have proof that the donation was actually made... this is the "thank you" screen that came up:

Again, thank you ALL for taking part in this giveaway by sharing your favorite charitable group in the comments section! It was really heartwarming to read your stories. I'm so thankful to have such kind-hearted subscribers! Have a wonderful day, and Congratulations to Victory Junction!