Inspiring Blogger Award!

I was so excited to be nominated for this blogger award by the phenomenal Catherine! This is such an honor and I am so grateful that she nominated me for this award! Here are the rules for the award: 1.) … Continue reading

Sephora 15% Off: My Wishlist

So, it’s safe to say I freaked out a little when I got the email about the Annual Sephora 15% off sale. I immediately went to the website and started adding things to my cart and had a zillion tabs … Continue reading

Scents of Spring: Hollister Malaia Perfume

Hello, beauties! One of my favorite things about spring are the fresh, floral, and crisp scents that come from the blooming flowers, the ocean, and just something about the general atmosphere of spring is refreshing and renewing. Today I am … Continue reading

My Countertop Makeup Organization

Happy Wednesday! Today I’m bringing you beautiful people a post on the new countertop makeup organizer I purchased! ..And on a side note, this week marks the first week where you will start seeing three posts a week! (I’m going … Continue reading

My Spring 2014 Wishlist

Spring Wishlist 2014

Whenever fall finally comes around after the ridiculously hot summer, I constantly talk about how excited I am for sweaters and jackets and scarves and all that jazz. Don’t get me wrong, I am a cold weather kind of girl, but there is something so lovely about the coming of spring. There’s a feeling of renewal in the air, the colors get brighter, beaches get warmer, and everything is more vibrant. This year in particular I am feeling extra inspired for spring. I have spring break starting a week from today (it’s so early!!) and I am going to California. I was planning on doing some shopping before and while I am there so I’ve been doing some research on color trends, and seeing what my favorite stores are coming out with. Okay, enough of all this, let’s get into my beauty picks for the spring! (links to all products are below)

Recently, I’ve been crazy about blushes and I am in love with my Tarte Amazonian Clay blush. I want to get one or two more of them in the colors Tipsy and Achiote. BB Creams are an essential for the warmer months and I have heard great things about the Tarte BB Cream being good for oily skin and warm weather. Lip gloss is a fun way to make a look more flirty, whether it’s a light or dark-colored gloss. The Urban Decay Naked gloss will add a little bit of sass and flirtiness into any spring look. I have been obsessed with the Arty Blossom palette by MAKE UP FOR EVER. The colors are absolutely perfect for spring, and I also love the diversity in this palette. From pastels to neutrals, this palette has everything you need to create a vibrant and gorgeous look.

Moving onto fashion, I have really been wanting a pair of loose beach pants to wear over a swim-suit or even on their own with a plain top. These linen printed beach pants by Victoria’s Secret are stunning and would look good on anyone. Speaking of crazy pants, I have loved floral pants for so long but I have always been too scared to buy a pair. I saw these bright floral pants by anthropologie and knew I needed these or something similar in my wardrobe this spring.

I think having soft colored accessories for spring are nice to have for an everyday basis. This lacey-pink bag by Modcloth is simple, but the light pink and white give it that brightness that is perfect for springtime. A pair of big, old-Hollywood style sunglasses have been on my spring/summer wishlist for awhile now and these ones by Modcloth are perfect! They are affordable, classic, and will give any raiment a chic and effortless look.

That’s all I have for you beauties today! I hope you enjoyed and are liking my new blog! I am so excited to have my own domain! I can’t thank you enough for all the support. xoxo

What is on your spring wishlist? Where is your favorite place to go for Spring Break? Let me know in the comments!!

– Emma

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Liebster Award!

Whoa! Hey there, loves! I can’t believe it’s been eight days since I posted anything. Things have been crazy, but not to worry! I am planning on having three posts this week to make up for it! If you follow me on twitter, I’ve mentioned that something secret and super awesome is going on with my blog and you guys are going to find out soon! I am dying to tell you guys and to get it started!

About a week or so ago I was honored and thrilled to receive the Liebster Award from Audrey (CremesComeTrue). Honestly, when I first saw it, I had no idea what it was; I just knew it was something cool and it felt kind of nice to be recognized by a fellow beauty blogger. The Liebster Award was created by someone who lives in Germany to honor and recognize newer and smaller bloggers. So, this lovely “gift” is passed around from blog to blog. Whoever gives you the award gives you a series of questions to answer, and you in turn must come up with questions and tag your favorite small bloggers (less than 200 followers approx.). This is such a neat little thing that can really brighten up someones day and give them more confidence as a blogger!

Without further ado, Cremes Come True asked me these questions, and here are my responses!

• Where is your favorite place to shop for makeup and why?

I love shopping at Sephora because of the variety (especially online). Essentially everything I want/need is all in one place, which is very convenient.

 If you could only buy products from one brand, which one would it be? (pretend $ is no object)

Oh man…this is a tough one. It’s a toss-up between Tarte and Benefit Cosmetics. Both are unique with strong points and products that I adore!

 • What is your favorite foundation?

I can honestly say I don’t have one. Some bloggers have recommended a few I need to try, but I still have never used a foundation I am totally happy with.

• When is your favorite time to write for your blog? Day? Night? What do you like most about blogging?

I like blogging early in the morning and late at night. I am always most inspired at those times for some reason! Something I am loving about blogging is connecting with others that have similar interests as me and since I have always loved writing, I love that blogging combines two things that I am passionate about: beauty, and writing.

 • Who is your style icon?

Hands down Blake Lively. Both her real life boho-beachy chic style, and her as Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl are phenomenal and I wish I could look and dress like her all the time. Or I could just be her. That’d be pretty sweet, too.

 • Do you love Pinterest? Why or why not?

Saying I love Pinterest would be an understatement. I am kind of obsessed. It is a doorway to so many ideas for almost everything. I go on Pinterest and I get inspired about makeup, beauty, decor, fitness, baking. I just love it.

• What is your dream job?

This is a really difficult question. I have so many things I’d love to do and so many things that interest me. Ask me again in several months and maybe I’ll have it down to less than five. (lol)

• Who is your celebrity crush?

Okay…celebrity man-crush would have to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Ian Somerhalder. Both those men are fiiiiiiine. My girl-crush would be Jennifer Lawrence or Blake Lively.

 • What beauty trend do you wish would just stop and go away?

I don’t know if this is even a trend, but I have never liked the look of overly defined and exaggerated brows.

 • What beauty trend would you like to see stick around or make a comeback?

I am loving the natural eyes with the bold coral and pink lips for spring and summer this year!

Welp, those are my answers. And here are the bloggers I tag:

http://meredithpiper.wordpress.com/

http://beautybycatherine.com/

http://www.believeitbeauty.com/

http://comeinthedoor.wordpress.com/

All four of these ladies have some great, quality posts that are definitely worth checking out!

Now the girls I nominated’s turn to answer these following questions:

  • What are your favorite colors to wear in the spring?
  • Would you rather buy a pair of shoes or a purse? Why?
  • What is your favorite social media tool and how to do use it for blogging?
  • What makeup item can you not leave the house without?
  • Who was the first beauty guru you watched/read?
  • Coffee or tea? Why?
  • When going on trips, do you like to pack as little as possible, or practically your whole makeup collection just in case?
  • What celebrity’s style inspires you the most?
  • Do you have a favorite makeup brand? If so, why are they your favorite?
  • Why did you start blogging?

That’s all for today’s post! Once again, thank you Audrey for giving me this award! I hope you all are having a lovely week! xoxo

-Emma

Valentine’s Day! – FOTD, OOTD & more

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you all had a day full of sweets, love, and fun. For all my fellow single-ladies out there, don’t be sad that you’re single! Spend the day with family or friends, pamper yourself, treat yourself to some sweets, and have a super awesome girl’s night out! Although I am staying in tonight, I had a wonderful day spent with my mom and tonight I’m going to relax, eat some yummy food, and watch Valentine’s Day. Today’s post is going to include my makeup, OOTD, nails, my Valentine’s playlist, and some baking. Enjoy!

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Starting out with my makeup, today my goal was to create a soft, rosy pink look that was feminine and classy. I tried to make my eyes look as if they were blushing. I used a pale pink shadow all over my lids, then applied a slightly darker pink going up into my crease. I blended this all together with the color Limit from my Naked 3 palette that is a warm brown blending shade with a pink undertone to it. I added a bit of a darker purple and pink on the outer parts of my lid then brought the pink down to my lower lash-line to balance the look. Using my Meybelline Masterprecise liquid liner, I lined my upper lash-line with a thin line and flicked it out slightly at the end to create and illusion of wider eyes. Finally, I added several coats of mascara. Of course on Valentine’s Day a girly pink blush is a must. I used Adored by Tarte which is a soft pink blush with flakes of glitter in it. I wanted to go more natural for my lips so I decided on wearing Achiote, again by Tarte, that is a natural pinkish red.

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My OOTD was a slightly dressed up, but still comfortable and could also been worn more casual for an every-day sort of thing. My dress is a floral printed dress that I got a few years ago from Charlotte Russe. Over it I wore a bit of an over sized navy blazer from Maurices. My shoes are nude flats that have a bow and flower shaped cut outs on the toes that I got from Khols.

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For jewelry, I wore a bunch of different bracelets that I got from various random places that I cannot remember and a silver cross ring from JCPenny.

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My mom and I decided to go get our nails done. Stupidly enough, I forgot to look at the exact name of the polish, but I do know it was by Essie. It is a beautiful navy blue color with subtle silver glitter in it. The finish is very shimmery and pearlescent. I also got this elegant flowery design on my ring fingers.

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My top songs that I have been obsessively listening to for the past week to get me in the Valentine’s spirit are “Today Was a Fairytale” by Taylor Swift, “I’m in the Mood for Love” by Jamiroquai & Jools Holland, and “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra covered by Maroon 5.

One of my Valentine’s traditions is to bake something for all my friends and family. This year, I decided to take a leap of faith and make my favorite treat in the world: a macaron. They came out surprisingly well! The taste was fantastic. Though they came out a bit chewy, that is something I can easily fix the next time I make them. I wrapped them up in bags and ribbon and gave them out to friends and family. (a whole post on these will be coming soon)

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(dat avacado in the back doe)

That’s all for my Valentine’s post. I hope you enjoyed! I am still a bit camera shy so I’m sorry if I look mega awkward in all the pictures. It’s kinda weird showing your face for the first time…anyway…Happy Valentine’s day to all! See you in the next post! xoxo

What were on your lips this Valentine’s Day? Do you have any V-Day traditions? Let me know in the comments!

– Emma

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(full list of products and clothes seen w/ links coming soon)