Hauls/First Impressions

In A Pinch

Hey guys!!! Sorry it’s been like 40 years; college sucks. I’m almost done though!! I promise I’ll post more as soon as summer comes, it’s just very hard to balance both!

Anyways, I’m back today because I went to Target (literally 5 minutes ago) to get some last minute, new impression makeup haul. My friend only gave me 10 minutes before hovering asking when we were leaving, so I only got 6 things.

had to post right after I put all of the products on because I was so surprisingly in love with how these turned out. So I hope you find the same success with them, too 🙂

L’OREAL TRUE MATCH LUMI Healthy Luminous Makeup (W1-2 porcelain)

This foundation is amazing. Not only does it feel like nothing on your skin, it also includes SPF 20!! The application is easy, and it blends out beautifully.  It feels great on your skin and this will definitely be a go-to for summer looks.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (light/pale)

This is an oldie but a goodie. I’ve mentioned this on here before, but this concealer will never fail you. It erases dark circles and brightens up your under eyes, but it doesn’t make it look cakey.

e.l.f. Bronzer (golden)

This bronzer was perfect for a quick decision. It is super inexpensive, but it makes for a beautiful bronze. Since I chose the golden palette, the bronzer had a nice sheen to it.

e.l.f. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (black)

Okay, so this did dry really fast so it was hard to finish the wing. It’s better for framing the wing and then filling it in with your favorite liner. It was good when I just lined my upper lash line.

e.l.f. Volumizing & Defining Mascara (jet black)

Okay I was shocked with this mascara, but I was AMAZED by this stuff. It spreads your lashes, making sure you won’t end up with clumpy lashes. It really does define and lengthen your lashes, dramatically.

e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush

I just picked a brush to see just how much I could do with one. It wasn’t so great with foundation, but it worked well with concealer (but only if you don’t have anything else). It did work really will with the powder bronzer though.

For buying a small amount of makeup at a drugstore, this mini haul was a definite thumbs up for me.

I’d love to hear from you guys! I’m sorry I’ve been away, but I’m trying my best!! Feel free to comment below what you think of these products, or if you just want to chat!

Hope all is well 🙂

xx – Em ♥


I made it to YouTube!

Hey guys! This post is pretty short and not like my usual content, but I wanted to finally share that I made a YouTube Channel! You can find it by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/2neAHgO  🙂

I’m so happy to really be pushing for my dream, even if I’m starting out really small. I love how everything has been going so far, and I cannot express how thankful I am for all of the support. I will do my best to keep you all as included as possible, and I hope you look forward to seeing more content from me soon!

As always, please subscribe, like, and comment on either my blog or YouTube channel to stay in touch with me! Feel free to leave suggestions on what type of videos you want to see from me, I’d love to film videos that you want to see! I’m so excited to post more content and grow every single day. You never seize to amaze me with all of the love you give me and thank you for sticking by my side through this journey!

xx – Em ♥


The Blues

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Hey guys! So I got some new toys for my camera, including way better lighting. It’s still not great, but it’s better than what I dealt with before. The only two things in this look that are not first impressions are my highlighter and I used my Tarte Pro Palette for my eyes. Other than that, though, everything else is a new product that I’m trying out for the first time!

Of course I’ll leave all of the details below, as usual, but I’m trying something else out and if you click here: http://bit.ly/2n7EEnv  you’ll get to see it! I don’t know if I’ll keep up with this on a regular basis yet…but I had a lot of fun making it! I’m in no way a pro whatsoever, so yes, I know my brows look a bit whacky but hey, the rest is good so if you don’t look at them you won’t notice!! I hope you guys enjoy this look and please like this and comment what you think about the products I used or if there’s another look you want me to try out!

Face: Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Marine Boosting Mist, Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer, Korres Greek Yogurt Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Foundation – Y235, Ciaté London Dewy Stix – Glow, Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Concealer – Y23, Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder

Wet n Wild Dual-Ended Contour Stick, Sephora Contour Palette, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – Paaarty, Benefit Dandelion Brightening Blush, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector – Moonstone

Eyes: Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Deviant, Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner – Siren, Ardell Lashes – Natural, Revlon Volume+Length Magnified Mascara

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil – Dark Brown

Lips: Stila Lip Liner – Spice, Bite Matte Lip Créme Lip Crayon Glacé

And that’s everything! I hope you guys enjoyed this look and my new video!

xx – Em ♥


Hauls/First Impressions

HUGE Makeup Haul!


Hi there! I’m so excited to finally share with you all of the new additions to my makeup collection. I’m arranging this by placement, so this is gonna be a long one. When I laid all of this out on Matthew’s floor, his response was “Don’t you already have a lot of makeup?” No, my sweet, sweet boy, no I don’t. Sorry the picture at the top is gross…I forgot my camera and only wanted to lay all of this once, lol. Hope you enjoy!

Brushes: Beauty Blender, Laura Mercier Face Brush, Bare Escentuals Max Coverage Face Brush, Bare Escentuals Angled Liner Brush, Bare Escentuals Perfecting Face Brush, Sephora Pro Bent Eyeliner Brush, Sephora Pro Fan Brush

Primers, Moisturizers, etc.:  Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, Sephora Eye Masks, Andrea Eye Q’s Eye Makeup Correctors, Tarte Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer, Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea Marine Boosting Mist, Korres Greek Yogurt Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control, Benefit Porefessional Primer, BareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer

Face: Ciaté London Dewy Stix – Glow, Sephora Color Correcting Concealer – Bright Future, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush – Paaarty, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Benefit Dandelion Brightening Blush, NARS Blush – Goulue, Sephora Contour Palette, Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Foundation – Y235, Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Concealer – Y23, Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Powder

Eye Palettes: Chanel 5 Ombres Palette, Guerlain Eyes and Blush Palette

Liners and Mascara: Lancôme Base Mascara, Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer, Kat Von D Tattoo Ink Liner – Neruda, Makeup For Ever Aqua Liner – 13 Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner – Revolver and Siren, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Deviant, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – Dark Brown, MUA Intense Color Gel Eye Liner – Medium Brown, Delux Beauty Liner – Blue, Revlon Volume+Length Magnified Mascara, Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara – Excessive Black

Eye Shadows: Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow, Make Up For Ever Aqua Creme Shadow – 14, Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (M636 Cappuccino), Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow – Velvet Plum and Beach Bronze, Urban Decay Eyeshadow – Twice Baked, Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio – Focal Point, BareMinerals Eyeshadow – Chardonnay, Organic Glam Eyeshadow Shimmer – Emerald Green, MAC Glitter – 3D Brass Gold, Maybelline Infallible Eyeshadow – 800 Bottomless Java and 889 Midnight Blue

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil – Dark Brown, WunderBrow Brow Gel – Brunette, Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil – Brown

Lip Liners: Dior Lipliner Pencil – Holiday Red, Makeup For Ever Aqua Lip – 16C, Mally Lip Liner – Mally

Lips: Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick – 140 Pink Grapefruit, Urban Decay Lipstick – Liar, BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie – Live Large, L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick – 227 Eternal Rose, MAC Lipstick – Chatterbox and Hot Gossip, MAC Pro Longwear Lipgloss – AB3 Full Speed Ahead, Smashbox Longwear Lip Color – Punch, Bite Matte Lip Créme Lip Crayon Glacé, Makeup For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick – 32, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – 460 Blushing Mauve, Laura Mercier Lip Color – Chic, Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint – Birthday Suit, Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker – (Satin) Naked Talent, Lancôme Lipstick – 353 Rouge In Love, Lancôme Color Design Cream Lipstick  Intense Fuchsia, Giorgio Armani Lipstick – 510 and 514

Hair: Ouai Dry Shampoo, Moroccan Oil Treatment, Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Shampoo and Conditioner, Living Proof Shampoo and Conditioner, Bumble and Bumble Blow Dry Repair, Goldwell Kerasilk Color Shampoo and Intensive Luster Mask

WOW, that was a bit much. I didn’t buy all of this!! Some things I bought from Sephora, other things are from my aunts’ extra makeup collections and birthday presents (only one more month!) If you want any first impressions or reviews on any of the products above, please leave a comment or contact me!

Hope you’re having a marvelous day, wherever you are! Stay tuned for more coming soon 🙂

xx – Em ♥

Look Book

Family Dinner

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Here it is, as I promised! While visiting my dad’s sisters and their husbands for spring break, we went to a really nice dinner one night. This look was super easy to put together, especially after my aunts let me go through her extra makeup stash from their modeling days and working for Sephora (haul coming soon).

First comes first, I (semi-permanently) dyed my hair! It’s just a deeper shade of my natural color with the smallest hint of red. I’m obsessed with how it looks, and now makeup is even more fun. I’m currently on a flight home right now, so most of this is from a quick list I made and memory. If I remember anything, though, I’ll be sure to update!

Face: Tarte Highlighting Moisturizer, Tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Primer, Tarte Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation (light sand), Glycerin (hear me out, I’ll explain later), Makeup For Ever Ultra HD Concealer (Y21), Ben Nye Natural Set Setting Powder

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (M636 Cappuccino), Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Ciaté London Dewy Stix – Luminous Highlighting Balm, Pacifica Beauty Blush (Wildrose)

***Now noticing that my foundation isn’t dewy enough for my dry skin even with a moisturizer, I took a tip from my aunt who worked for BareMinerals and Sephora. Adding a drop or two of Glycerin to your foundation will give you a glowy, dewy look, even if your foundation is more of a matte finish. Because it’s not water-soluble, it will stay on all day. Add as many drops as you need, but just in case make sure you swatch a few different times before doing your whole face. The new Ciaté Highlighting Balm is AMAZING. It gives you the most natural glow wherever you put it. Even without any other makeup on, this will leave you looking dewy and fresh. I could not recommend this more!

Eyes: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer, Smashbox Eye Shadow Trio (Focal Point), Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner Liquid Eyeliner (13 Mat Black), Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

***Okay so I was on the Kat Von D Tattoo Ink Liner train for awhile but I have officially found a new holy grail. This Aqua Liner is so easy to put on, and if you do it subtly (like the picture) it looks great close up and far away! It doesn’t dry up like the Kat Von D Liner, and the application is even easier with the tiny brush!

Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow (4)

Lips: MAC Lipstick (Chatterbox)

I curled my hair with a regular curling iron (whatever works for you). I borrowed my shoes, pants, and tank top from my aunt so unfortunately, I am unsure of where those are from. However, the top is actually a swimsuit cover up from a store called Onda De Mar.

I hope enjoyed this look, and I’ll talk to you all very soon 🙂

xx – Em ♥

Travel Diary

Spring Break 2.0

I went from 17° and layers to 80° and a bathing suit. Miami is beautiful, and finally getting a lot of sunlight after being surrounded by gloomy weather is amazing for your mental health.

I’ve only been here for just over 24 hours and I feel like I’m glowing (and that’s not from my highlighter). I dyed my hair to be a deep chocolate brown and I’m obsessed. It’s only temporary, though, don’t worry mom. My aunt let me go through all of her “extra makeup box” and boy oh boy did I do some damage. I’ll have a huge haul when I get back to share everything! My birthday gift was an adorable new bathing suit and an equally cute, flowy top. I got my nails done and they’re super cool and make me feel kinda fierce. You should do things that make you feel fierce.

Everything is so much brighter in Miami, and I’m trying to soak up the sun as much as I can before I go back. When I do return, though, I have so much planned. A lot of what I’ve been doing takes a while to execute, but I hope when it’s all done it turns out great!

To all of you sticking with me, thank you. You have no idea how much it means to me.

Remember to be bright, be you, and be beautiful.

xx – Em ♥

Travel Diary

We Made It!

So we made it to Toronto! It’s absolutely beautiful here and we couldn’t be having more fun. Our area has that young, hipster vibe and has tons of cute shops here and there.

We’ve only been here for one night, but it’s been awesome. Except for the one bar we went to first…they refused to serve us because they didn’t know what a Pennsylvania ID looked like, so they thought it was fake and told us to leave. Lol hello? Anyways, we found another small bar near us that was perfect for a casual drink.

The shopping here is great! You know how much I love makeup, and they have lots of makeup brands here we don’t have in the US. I haven’t done any damage to the makeup selections yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to update you 🙂

Canadians are super nice and helpful, and they don’t hate Americans as much as we thought they would! Since the US dollar is worth more than the Canadian dollar, things seem to be a bit cheaper. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still expensive here. I fell in love with this dress only to find out it was $200 🙂 Needless to say, we’re watching our spending but still having fun.

Right now it’s really cold and the plants are dead, so it doesn’t necessarily look like the picture. It still has a special charm to it though.

More updates to come as the days pass, only a few more days in Canada then off to Miami!

xx – Em ♥


Drugstore Must-Haves

So here’s the second part to my Must-Haves! As seen before, I went through my favorite High-End products. Who doesn’t love saving money on makeup, right? A lot of these products are dupes for the high-end ones, and you can find lists of that all over the place. Sometimes, the drugstore products are just as good as, if not better than, those products that make your wallet sad.

Using my experience with drugstore products, here’s my list of drugstore must-haves!

NYX: Color Correcting Palette, Brow Pencil, Contour Palette, Any of their lipstick lines

NYX is absolutely killing it with their new lip lines. Between the Soft Matte Lip Creams, Lingerie Lipsticks, and the Butter Glosses, you can’t go wrong. They have a color for just about everything you could think of, with the type of lipstick you’re looking for. A lot of people use the Brow Pencil as a dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz, and I definitely see why. For the palettes, you definitely get your money’s worth. The contour palette has 8 pods that give you a lot of options for different looks, and the color correcting palette has 6 correctors that work wonders.

Maybelline New York: Dream Cushion Foundation, Age Rewind Concealer, FitMe Line, Master Precise Liner, and Superstay Better Skin Concealer

Maybelline seems to be changing its look all together. The launch of many different new products has taken the makeup community by storm. Starting with the FitMe Line, the concealers and foundations are as great as everyone says they are. Whether you like a matte or dewy finish, you can’t go wrong with either choice. The concealers are great, but I prefer the Age Rewind Concealer. This really does work wonders on dark circles and redness. A lot of people argue between this liner and the Kat Von D Tattoo Ink Liner, so do with that what you will. As for the Superstay Concealer, it’s a perfect concealer for the summer.

Elf Cosmetics: Pretty much anything if you’re in a crunch

Elf products are cheap, but a lot of their products work just as well as products that cost a bit more. My favorites include the Brow Palette, Blush and Bronzer Palette, the Eyeshadow Palettes, and any of their brushes.

Sonia Kashuk: Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation, Perfecting Luminous Foundation, Chic Defining Contour Stick

I just discovered Sonia Kashuk Cosmetics this past summer and it was a great first impression. I love the Perfecting Luminous Foundation, it’s medium-to-full coverage and it looks flawless on the skin. I haven’t personally haven’t used the matte foundation or the contour stick, but a friend of mine has and she loves it!

So that’s about it (or at least what I have for now). Don’t worry, I have a list of new products I want to try and as soon as I do I’ll update you! Let me know what you love from the drugstore, or give me suggestions!

xx – Em ♥

Look Book

Naturally Smokey

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WOW, it’s been a minute since a look 🙂 With this, I really took my time trying to enhance features rather than covering them. For my eyes, I wanted that “day to night” look. Something where if you add some a bit more eye shadow and a wing, it’s perfect for a night out. I also took a stab at false lashes! Hope you enjoy!

Face: Tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Primer, NYX Color Correcting Concealer, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Porcelain), Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (light sand), Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer (125 Fair), Laura Mercier Setting Powder

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Palette, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Too Faced Love Flushed Blush (Justify My Love)

Eyes: Tarte Tarteist Pro Eyeshadow Palette, BareMinerals You’re Too Sweet 8 PC Set (dolce de leche), bareMinerals Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner (absolute black), Kat Von D Tattoo Ink Liner (trooper), Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, Ardell Natural Lashes

Brows: Benefit Gimme Brow (3), Elf Brow Palette

Lips: Kylie Lip Liner (Merry), Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick (Merry)

That’s it! I know, I use a lot of the same products…But I’m definitely trying to add new products here and there. Let me know what you think!

xx – Em ♥

Everything Else

An Update

Woah, well it’s been a hot minute since I posted on here. I’m sorry it’s been so long…things got really busy! Also, I had pink eye so there was a span of a few days where I couldn’t even put foundation on, yikes.

To update you on what’s going on, I’m getting ready for Spring Break! We leave for Toronto soon, then I fly to Miami for a couple days to visit family. I’m really excited and in desperate need of a break from school and everything around here, ya know?

I have a lot in store for the next few days/weeks! Hauls, travel diaries, and much more 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has been sticking with me! I know this is still a work in progress, but I’m doing my best. The endless support means so much to me!

I hope you’re still around to see what’s to come and let me know if there is anything specific you’d like me to write about! See you again very soon 🙂

xx – Em ♥