Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Quick FOTD Featuring Balm Desert Bronzer

Hello friends!
Just a quick "Face of the Day" - this was actually from this past Thursday, but I just now had the opportunity to write this post. Cupcake had an early morning vet appointment that Tyler was going to take her to before work... but sometimes getting her in her carrier is a two-person job (cat people, you know what I'm talking about). Anyway, my window of time to do makeup that morning during Belle's AM nap and before the pre-vet cat wrangling was extra short. I used some products that I love, some that are new, and some that I've had for awhile and haven't used enough. The whole look took less than 10 minutes- allowing me a little time to snap a few pictures for this post! :) Here's what I used...
  • ELF BB Cream SPF 20 in Buff - I just spread this all over the face with fingers. Has medium coverage, which was surprising. In the future I would set my entire face with more powder, as I was rather oily by afternoon.
  • Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach - Dabbed around the under eye area to tackle dark circles.
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Brightener - Used this on the high points of the face- tops of cheekbones, down the nose, chin. This adds a touch of coverage and some brightness, too.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin Perfecting Veil in Light to Medium - I got a small size of this from Ulta and used it to set my under eye area, and very lightly in the t-zone. It gave a nice, finished look, but like I said above, I either need to use more of this or a more mattifying powder with the ELF BB because I was having oil control issues by afternoon. 
  • The Balm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush - This is the new product I wanted to spotlight, as I think it'll be a great multitasker for me throughout the summer. I used this around the hairline, and also swept it in the hollows of the cheeks and gently pulled the color upward where I would apply blush. I also used it as my eyeshadow. 

At this point, I'm really just experimenting with this product... trying to use it in a variety of ways to figure out how I like using it best. If you're familiar with The Balm's Bahama Mama bronzer, this one is warmer, and also quite a bit lighter. I don't think it's something I'd reach for if I'm wanting a pronounced cheek contour, but it's nice as a soft blush and I really liked it on the forehead around the hairline. Also-- a terrific eye crease shade. 
For this look- I actually used a bit of concealer on my lids (the Pixi product, I believe), and then dusted some of the Bare Minerals Bareskin powder on top of that to neutralize any discoloration. Then I put the Balm Desert bronzer in the cease. Super easy! I love the warm tone, and it's not too dark so application was effortless with my Sigma E25. Here are the other products I'm wearing...
  • Tarte Gifted Mascara... Only on the upper lashes. This doesn't have the best longevity on my lower lashes and I didn't want to take the time to use a separate mascara there. I also skipped eyeliner.
  • ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Neutral Brown... Pleasantly surprised by this new retractable brow pencil from ELF. This color seems to be spot-on for my brows and it was very easy to apply. Includes a spoolie brush on the opposite end. 
  • NYX Control Freak Brow Gel... Since the ELF pencil doesn't offer any hold, I needed some gel and this stuff is the BEST.
  • Too Faced Melted Metal in Melted Metallic Jelly... After being kind of disappointed by most of the light shades in this line (the ones I've tried look so frosty!) I was pretty happy with this color. I actually like how it's catching the light, but it's definitely at its best when freshly applied... as I continued to wear it throughout the day, it wore off in a patchy way, making my lips look dry and uneven. So you'll want to touch this one up to keep it looking fresh. 

 Just wanted to give you and idea of the way I tend to throw things together when I need to do my makeup quickly! Bronzers make great multitaskers, particular this new one from The Balm. I'll continue using it and will most likely follow up with a review either here or on Beauty Broadcast Express.  Also, a bold lip always makes the face look more pulled together and finished, in my opinion. The bold lip is very deliberate, if that makes sense. It makes an otherwise barely-there makeup look seem very intentional and crisp. If you have questions or want to see reviews on anything else mentioned in this post, please let me know in the comments section! :) Thanks!

Daily Nuggets...
  • Are you on Periscope?? It's a live video app! Follow me there- @emilynoel83 - I've done a couple of live streams and it's so fun... it's like Beauty Broadcast Live all over again! :) 
  • I have a growing obsession with orangey-red lips.
  • In other lip-related news - I bought something called a Liptiful... supposedly it's a safe way to develop facial muscles & plump lips in the process. I've only been using it for 2 days so far, but I will definitely review it!
  • Hey oatmeal eaters- this is so good! I think all the flavors are tasty but this one especially:

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.