SUMMER MAKEUP TUTORIAL - Shimmery Golden Skin (With Video)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hello everyone! 

Today's post is all about this beautiful, shimmery summer makeup look! Today's post is even more special because I decided to film and edit this tutorial into a fun YouTube video for you all! 

I really love how this turned out and I hope you all enjoy. I've got the products used listed below and in the video's description box.


Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser:

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation (202 - Creamy Natural):

Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer (Fair):

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (Fair):

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder (001 - Transparent):

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer:

Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush (dupe):

Anastasia Brow Wiz (Dark Brown):

Glossier Boy Brow (Brown):

Lorac Pro Palette 2 (Buff, Light Brown, Mocha, Cocoa, Rose) :

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow (Bella Gold):

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner (Black):

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara (Blackest Black):

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner (Eastend Snob):

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer (Nude Eclipse):

xo Emily

Back to Dramatics

Saturday, June 4, 2016

This post is inspired by the very fabulous and outrageous Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which I've been binging thanks to my friend Bridget, whose Instagram bio (for the longest time) was "I'm passionate about dogs, just not crazy about bitches" one of the best taglines from Lisa Vanderpump. 

In every episode, these women are completely glammed up and it's outrageous. I'm not sure I've ever seen them without makeup and it's honestly impressive. And because lately, I've been really not doing much with my makeup - thanks to a big move and the sweaty, sweaty heat of New York - I thought I'd be inspired by the ladies of RHOBH and go all out. If you're interested in this makeup look, keep reading and if you're interested in hearing more of my rambles about my true love, TV, go check out my other blog... (lol shameless plug I'm sorry). 

Here are (some) of the products I used for this look. These are the ones that truly made it #glam. 

I wanted it to be not only pretty dramatic, but really glowing and bright - which is why I went #hamsandwich on the highlighter. 

I started with the same base I usually go with - Maybelline's BabySkin Primer, Tarte's Creaseless Concealer, and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer and let that set with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. For my brows, I used the best - Anastasia's Brow Wiz. 

For this eye look, I used a Tarte holiday palette. For the crease, I blended 'Yule Be Surprised' and 'Mulberry & Bright' together to create a deep brown and burgundy look. For an added shimmer, I used 'LA LA' from ColourPop. To really add definition, I blended that together continually to really make it seamless. For the lid, I used 'Shining Star' - a shimmery chestnut shadow. 

To create that delicious cat-eye, I used Stila's Liquid Liner. To get really intense and thick lashes, I used Maybelline's Miss Manga Rock Mascara, which is so volumizing and dark on the lashes.

With the eyes done, I decided to really shimmer up my face. I used one of my favorite highlighters from ColourPop Cosmetics - Lunch Money which is light gold with a reflective duo chrome finish. Plus it's so affordable at $8! Adding more glam is Tarte's 'Social Butterfly' bronzer. I don't usually use a lot of bronzer but for this look, I wanted to make it dramatic. 

Finally, because I went all out with the eye look and highlight, I wanted a subtle and natural lip look. This #YourLipsButBetter shade is Rimmel's Exaggerate Lip Liner in 'Innocent'. 

Voila! Here's the look. Am I on my way to becoming a housewife? Probably not, because they're batshit crazy...

xo Emily

Getting Glossy With It / Simple Spring Makeup Using GLOSSIER

Monday, May 9, 2016

Hey guys! If you follow my instagram (which you should), you know I've been loving the brand Glossier. The brand began on, one of the most successful and beloved beauty blogs (which includes me) and from that, Glossier was born. It's a line of incredible skincare and makeup products and it's incredible. Today's post features Glossier to create a really sweet and simple makeup look!

From the packaging to the product, Glossier is a marvel. I haven't been this impressed in a brand in awhile. 

I purchased the Stretch Concealer and the Boy Brow, the latter of which took me months to even purchase due to its popularity (and I can see why). I decided to craft a simple, spring makeup look using these two products in action. 

 The Stretch Concealer ($18)is so lightweight and buildable, and looks incredible on the skin. I love how elastic and easily movable the concealer is, it makes it easy to leave a great finish on your skin. Plus, you're really never going to run out of it.

The other product I brought was the Boy Brow in brown. ($16) This is one of my favorite brow products, ever, because of how easy and quick it is. There's nothing better than just throwing on brow gel and getting out of the house and this is the perfect gel to do that. It's perfectly pigmented, natural, and affordable!

So for the makeup look below, I'm using those two products, along with three others to create a simple spring makeup look. It's easy and quick and so pretty and fresh for the season!

To create this look, I started by applying the Stretch Concealer to my blemishes and under my eyes, slowly building the product up until everything was covered. To set that, I used Rimmel's Stay Matte. Next up, I filled in my brows using the Boy Brow, brushing through them and fully defining them. 

To make my lashes stand out with my defined brows, I used generous coats of the L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara to really lengthen them. 

Finally, to create that simple and sweet spring look, I used the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in 'Coral Ingenious'.   

I really love how this look turned out and I loved using my new Glossier products to create something so cute and sweet!

What new brands have you been loving?

xo Emily

One Brand Makeup Look / L'ORÉAL

Hi everyone! Today's post is another One Brand makeup look just like the one I did for Maybelline. This one is about one of my favorite brands, L'Oreal. 

To get this look, I used five L'Oreal products. To start out I made sure my face was moisturized before going in with the Infallible Pro-Matte 24 Hour Foundation. This foundation only costs $12.99 and the bottle lasts forever! This is one of my favorite foundations because it stays on all day and has a range of 12 shades perfect for any skin tone. I wear 101 'Classic Ivory'. To blend this into my skin I used a beauty blender, which leaves a really smooth finish. 

Because the finish of the foundation is matte, I usually skip a setting powder. Instead, I moved onto my eyes. (my eyebrows were Glossier's Boy Brow

To get this look, I used both the Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in True Teal and the Infallible Lacquer Gel Liner in Espresso. I used the gel liner to line both my top and bottom lid lightly and then went in with the Silkissime liner on my upper lid to create a fun and striking eyeliner look. The gel liner, which stays on all day, creates a great primer for the teal liner for added longevity.

To finish off the eyes I applied one of my favorite mascaras, the L'Oreal Telescopic. Even with a few simple coats of this product, your lashes will instantly lengthen and look incredible. I really love this mascara and often, on a simple makeup day, I'll wear this alone with some concealer and brow product.

To finish off this one product makeup look, I used the Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen in Choco-Lacque. I love this lip pen because it's so pigmented and you only need one swipe to fully coat your lips. 

 So that's the finished makeup look for L'Oreal. I love this brand for its quality, affordability, and the fact that everything I wear from them is long-lasting and beautiful!

Hope you all enjoyed. What should my next #OneBrandLook be?

xo Emily

Spring Nails

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to say that it's finally looking a lot like Spring in New York. The weather has been so strange for the past few months, alternating between snow and cold to temperatures in the 70s. But this week has been lovely, with flowers blooming and floral dresses coming to the streets of Manhattan.

Today's post is all about Spring Nails. I'm going to show you one of my favorite ways to spruce up your Spring nails and share a few of my favorite nail polishes for Spring!


One of my favorite ways to add something extra to my nails is with a texturized topcoat, glitter, or a matte finish. Today's nail look starts with one of my favorite nail polishes ever, Zoya's 'Dot', a pale and glossy pink that I pop on when Spring comes around. 

To add some pizazz, I've added Essie's glitter topcoat in 'Jazzy Jubilant' on top of 'Dot'. This is such a nice addition to any Spring nail polish you might have on and I like how the glitter catches in the sun, really reminding you of how vibrant and glamorous it is. 

Funnily enough, 'Jazzy Jubilant' which I've had for over two years, is featured in Cosmopolitan's picks for perfect nail polishes for this Spring! Great minds, eh? 

You can add this topcoat to any of your favorite Spring nail polish colors, but I've given you a few of my own favorites for inspiration below!

Spring Nails

1. Zoya 'Dot' ($10)
6. Essie 'Shades On' ($8.50)

What are your favorite shades for Spring?

xo Emily

Warby Parker Home Try-On

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hey everyone! Today's post is again about Warby Parker, one of my favorite eyeglasses and sunglasses brand. I love how easy it is to find cute, funky, and modern glasses - at a great price. They have a really awesome program called #WarbyHomeTryOn, in which you get to try on 5 awesome pairs of glasses or sunglasses for free! 

I recently participated in the program and tried four wonderful pairs of glasses. 

Here are the glasses form top left, going clockwise!
1. Haskell in Crystal with Blue Jay - These are my absolute favorite. I love the accent of blue and the fun touch of the clear frames. They're funky and modern, and so unique. I would love to have these glasses as my permanent ones. 
2. Burroughs in Canton Blue - These are so cute. I love the shape and color of these, they really make a fun statement.
3. Laurel in Oak Barrel - These are the most classic of the four pairs and look the most similar to my own current glasses. They really complement my brown hair.
4. Kensett in Atlantic Blue - Another really cute pair. I find myself being drawn to the colors of Warby Parker - they're so unique and retro. These were a bit too big for my face, but the color was amazing.

The fifth pair was so similar to the Laurel glasses that I thought I'd just show you guys these four!

Do you think you'll try out Warby Parker's #HomeTryOn? 
Which are your favorites?

xo Emily

One Brand Makeup Look / MAYBELLINE

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hi everyone! Today's post is a makeup look using just one brand, Maybelline! Maybelline has consistently been one of my favorite brands because of their amazing products and affordable prices. Since I have so many amazing Maybelline products, I thought I would do a fun makeup tutorial using them, and them alone. 

To start this look, I primed my T-zone using the Maybelline Baby Skin Primer. It leaves a perfect base for the rest of your makeup. I didn't want a heavy foundation so I used the Dream Fresh BB Cream to create a seamless base. Next, I went in with two concealers. First, to conceal my blemishes and dark circles, I used the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer (no surprise here!) and then the Better Skin Concealer to add a bit of brightness under my eyes. It's great because it's so lightweight that it doesn't feel heavy to add onto the other products. 

To finish off my face, I set my under eyes, forehead, and the rest of my T-zone with the Dream Wonder Powder

Next up, I'm using The Nudes Palette to create this beautiful gold eye look. But before that, I used the dark brown matte shadow in the palette to fill in my eyebrows. I used a spooli brush to comb through them, making the hairs appear more natural!

For my eyes, I first went in with the light brown matte shade into my crease, blending it until the color got darker and darker. To give it more definition, I went into the crease with the same brown matte shade I used for my eyebrows, darkening it further. When I found it was dark enough, I then went in with a flat eyeshadow brush and packed the gold shimmery shadow from the palette onto my lid. To give it even more shine, I wet my brush beforehand, making the color pop. 

To finish off my lids, I blended some of the gold and browns into my lower lash line, to bring the look together. 

Because I wanted the gold shadow to be the main attraction for my lids, I chose not to use liner for this look. If I had decided on it, I would've used a brown pencil liner to smudge out the look.

Next up I used Maybelline's Great Lash Mascara in 'Blackest Black' to lengthen and volumize my lashes. This is one of my favorite mascaras of all time because of its consistency and ability to keep my lashes looking thick and lengthened all day long. I love it!

For a bit of face shimmer, I went in with the shimmery white shadow from The Nudes Palette to give my cheeks a bit of highlight. I love this palette because as you can see, I used it not only for my eyes, but my brows and cheeks! It's incredibly versatile.

For a final touch, I wanted a bold lip so I used my favorite lip product at the moment, the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip in 'Orange Shot'. It's so easy to apply, looks amazing, and stays all day!

I hope you guys enjoyed this Maybelline makeup look! Do you have some favorite brands that you could do a #OneBrandLook with as well?

xo Emily