Emily Awards 2015: FINALE + A little chat!
Can you believe it?! Another season of the Emily Awards has come and gone! Huge thanks to everyone who's been watching the videos, reading the blogs, and sharing their kind feedback with me. These videos are incredibly time consuming, but of course, it's incredibly fun to discuss my favorite things! If you already watched the finale video, you noticed that it does not follow the "top 10" format. There are just so many special, specific awards that I do in the finale, along with a really varied selection of products from hair to skincare to body care... it just didn't make sense to put them into a ranking. Anyway... everything I mentioned in the video is listed below! The "buy" links will take you to wherever the product is being sold online, and "more info" links will take you to any other review videos or posts on that particular item.
* Denotes the number of years a product has won. Products without and asterisk are first-time winners. Most product links are affiliate links. Best products for skincare, hair, and body are listed in no particular order.
- High End: It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Foundation/Concealer Brush (Buy - More Info)
- Drugstore: Up & Up (Target Brand) Brushes (Buy - More Info)
Most Innovative Product
- Face: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops (Buy - More Info)
- Eyes: Cover Girl the SuperSizer Mascara (Buy - More Info)
- Lips: Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick*** (Buy - More Info)
Best Skincare Products
- Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream (Buy - More Info)
- Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub (Buy - More Info)
- Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response Invisible Solid (Buy)
Best Hair Products
- Tresemme Tres Two Hairspray****** (Buy)
- Suave Naturals Almond Verbena 2 in 1 (Buy - More Info)
- Remington Bendable Hair Wraps (Buy)
Again, thanks so much for your support of the Emily Awards over the years! Can we chat for a second? I really try to improve the awards with each passing year. The Top 10 format was brand new this year, and the reason for this was two-fold... the awards had grown so much, I wanted to offer something more concise and definitive for my viewers so true "top" favorites could be easily seen. I just wanted to make the overall viewing experience more fun, exciting, and less overwhelming.
Also- the time it takes to create and edit a video where I'm discussing anywhere from 25 to 35 products per video (times four), plus the special production elements that I add to the Emily Awards for intros, product videos, demos, blogging, etc... it was getting to be a very overwhelming task for one person (yes, I have considered hiring an intern during Emily Awards season... ha!) Anyway, after last year, I felt borderline burned-out... and that's scary to me. I NEVER want to feel exasperated, overwhelmed and like something Beauty Broadcast-related is a chore. I'm proud that after so many years at this YouTube thing, it still genuinely feels like fun, and I think that's something that has helped my channel succeed. But last year being my first year with a new baby... I just had this feeling that something needed to change with the Emily Awards and I was almost relieved to see a viewer suggestion that mentioned paring things down a bit. It was time for something new!
Something I've learned is that the Top 10 format takes more thought than the way I was doing it before! However... it takes less time in front of a camera and less editing. For my current lifestyle keeping track of a busy toddler... that works much better for me! And I just loved being able to actually count down to an ultimate favorite in each one of my videos. And for the Emily Awards "geeks" out there... I enjoyed offering the full category-by-category favorites here on the blog to accompany each video. But I want to keep improving! What things do you want to see next year? Anything more? or less? Any new categories?
Some suggestions I've seen so far include: having separate categories in the face awards for corrector and concealer, including the number of years a product has won in the Top 10 videos, having longer written explanations for products in the blog posts. Anything else? Please share in the comments section here or send me a tweet! I'll add your suggestion to my list and take them into consideration for next year's Emily Awards. Another thing that I've been thinking about is starting the awards earlier... perhaps in December, but BEFORE the holidays? That way it can feel more like a year-end wrap up, plus it might be useful for holiday shoppers. Just a thought!
Thanks for reading my rambles here on the blog (I know those who come here are the heart of #beautybroadcastnation!) And I've been asked if there will be a fails video... the answer is yes- I'm working on it! :) Have a great day, everyone!! ♥