Thursday, May 29, 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic

Hi everyone!
I just wanted to show you all what I picked up from the MAC Alluring Aquatic collection for summer 2014, and share my thoughts about the collection with you. 

Lets start off with the packaging. It is the coolest thing ever, and most of the reason I wanted to get something from this collection. On the boxes, the water droplets are indented, and on the products they are raised. It feels and looks awesome.
Overall, I was not impressed with the color selection, and I want to know what MAC was thinking when they made this. In my opinion, most of the colors are not suited for summer, they are more fall colors. I was interested in the blushes, but I know I do not wear blush that often so I decided to pass.  If you are interested in more of the products from this collection, head on over to Temptalia, she has swatches and reviews of more products. I picked up this lipstick because I know I will wear it all year long, not just summer. Although I was tempted to buy everything from this collection because of the beautiful packaging. 

Enchanted One matte lipstick. 
I am so pleased with this lipstick, and thankful I decided to get it. The formula is a super creamy, non drying matte. Some MAC matte lipsticks can tug at the skin and be hard to apply, but this one applies like a dream. It is a brown-ish peach nude, and from the swatches I have seen, looks good on many different skin tones. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lacey Lilac

Sally Hansen 270 Lacey Lilac

This beautiful blue toned lilac has the best formulation ever. Usually when I try put purple nail polishes they are streaky or too runny, but not this one. I am a huge fan of purple, and of course had to wear this for spring. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Naked 3 Simple Smokey Eye

Simple Pink Toned Smokey Eye

Today I am going to give you the step by step directions to get this glamorous and simple smokey eye using the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay. When creating this look, TAKE YOUR TIME! A good smokey eye is built up from lighter shades, NOT just applying a black shadow and blending it. 

1. First off, when creating a smokey eye I recommend starting off with only a moisturizer and eye primer. If you apply your foundation before applying the dark shadows, you will get fallout and mess up your beautiful foundation. I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion on my upper and lower lid for this look to prevent any creasing and to make sure my eye shadow stayed in place. 
2. (OPTIONAL) Next, I get two 2 inch pieces of tape and place them on the back of my hands in different spots to get the harsh adhesive off. Then I place the piece of tape under my lower lashes up to the tail of my brow, creating a defined line. This step is optional but I highly recommend doing so, because the tape creates a nice clean line so they eye look does not look like a bruise or like you have dirt on your eye. 
3. Then apply a black eyeliner or cream shadow all over your mobile lid, getting as close to your lash line as possible. After applying the cream color blend it with your finger to diffuse the edges.  Do not go too far into the inner corner, go in as far as you are comfortable, leaving space for an inner corner highlight. 
4. Take any blending brush you like, for this look the only brush I will be using is the one that comes with the Naked 3 palette, with the shade Limit, and apply this all over the crease, Limit is going to be our transition color for this look, so take it pretty high up to the brow. 
5. Next, take the color Nooner, and concentrate it more in the immediate crease, not blending as high up. For this step I cleaned off the blender side of the brush with a dry cloth towel, and picked up some of Nooner on the brush. 
6. With a flat shader brush, apply Blackheart on top of the cream base we applied earlier. Packing on the color will help reduce the amount of fallout and make the color show up intensely. 
7. You guessed it, more blending! Now take Darkside on a blending brush, only to soften the edges of Blackheart. Do not blend into Blackheart, just around the edges to create a smoother transition. This step will take some time, only pick up small amounts of Darkside and blend gently. It is much easier to add small amounts of color than try and take away or blend out color. 
8. At this point in the look I put on a couple more layers of Blackheart and kept blending the edges with Darkside. Blend and pack until the look meets your standards. 
  9. Now take the shade Strange and apply this with a clean blending brush to the brow bone, diffusing the harsher edges of where the crease color meets the brow bone. 
10. (NOT SHOWN) The day I wore this look I did not want a really bright inner corner highlight, so I applied Strange with a fluffy brush to lighten it just a little bit. But this look would be beautiful with Dust as the inner corner highlight. 
11. (OPTIONAL) For the lower lash line I used a black eyeliner at the base of my lashes just to darken them, and smoked it out with Nooner. If I was wearing this look at night and going out, I would smoke it out more, and use Darkside instead of Nooner. Make sure to connect the lower lash line color to the lid colors. 
12. Use any black eyeliner to tight line you eye, filling in any gaps on the upper lash line. You can also apply the liner on your water line, but I prefer not to, so that my eyes look a little brighter. 
13. Apply tons of mascara! False lashes would be absolutely gorgeous with this look. 
14. Now it is time for your foundation and face products. 

A smokey eye look will be very dramatic, and the center of attention on your face. So if your face is not looking flawless, it will draw attention away from your eyes. Also, make sure to balance the color on your face by applying bronzer and blush. This will keep your face from looking flat. A good under eye concealer will be your best friend when creating this look, it will mask any imperfections and make your eyes pop. 
If you are going for a very bold and dramatic look, hot pink lipstick looks awesome with this eye look. If you want the eyes to be the center of attention, go with a nude-ish pink lip. 

If you try out this look I would love to see it! Use #beautywithEmmalee so I can see it on Instagram!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Top Foundations for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you know it can be a struggle to find a good foundation that outlasts the oil. Today, I am going to share with you all the best liquid foundations I have found for oily skin. 
1. L'oreal True Match
2. Nars Sheer Matte
3. Too Faced Amazing Face
4. Laura Mercier Oil Free Supreme 
5. Revlon Colorstay, (the for normal/dry skin formula works best for oily skin!)
6. Chanel Perfection Lumiere 
7. Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Plus
8. Rimmel London Stay Matte Mousse 
9. Neutrogena Shine Control
10. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse 
11. Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 
12. Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous
Not everyone has the exact same skin type, or preferences for foundation. You may not like any of these foundations, these are just suggestions for anyone, in particular us oily skin girls. A foundation that I love, you may hate. It is important to try different foundations to see which YOU like, it may be a long process to find your favorite foundation. I have tried all of these foundations, and for me they work great for me, and that's why I wanted to share them with you. 
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions! So tell me, what are your favorite foundations? Have you tried any of these, what do you think of them? 

Friday, May 9, 2014


Sinful Colors Hazard

I have been rocking Hazard on my toes for a few weeks now, and on my nails this week. And it is safe to say this is my favorite color for spring. It is the most beautiful coral/peach shade. It applies very opaque, and dries quickly. However I was walking my dogs right after applying it, so there is a tiny chip missing on my index finger. All of you need this nail polish in your life, it is absolutely amazing! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beauty Tips for Oily Skin

If you have oily skin like I do, you know that wearing and applying makeup can get a little tricky. I am going to share some of my tips and tricks so hopefully you can learn something from my mistakes.
1. Good makeup application starts with prepped skin. Always wash your face before applying makeup, use a toner or astringent, and apply a moisturizer!!! I know, applying a moisturizer can feel like you are making your skin more oily, but it is not. If you do not apply a moisturizer, you skin starts working in overtime trying to hydrate your skin by producing more oil. The worst thing you can do for your skin is not apply a moisturizer. You can also use a BB or CC cream in place of a moisturizer, and stop there. 
2. For oily skin, using a primer will help makeup apply smoothly, and last longer. Using an oil control lotion or primer after applying a moisturizer will lock in the moisture on your face and create a barrier on your skin for the makeup to go on.  
3. Picking foundations for oily skin can be hard, so make sure to look for one that is specifically made for oily skin, or to help control oil. This does not mean that the foundation will be oil free. So if you want an oil free foundation be sure to look for that, as well as it being a foundation for oily skin or to help control oil. 
4. Set your foundation. Use a pressed or loose powder to set any cream or liquid products on your face. This will help the longevity and wear of your makeup. If you use a matte powder to set your face, it will also help your makeup to stay matte longer. 
5. If you can feel the oil coming through your makeup throughout the day, make sure to have blotting papers or a blotting powder with you. If you find yourself without blotting papers, look for seat covers in the restroom, those papers are the exact same as your blotting papers. When using a blotting powder, make sure to use a clean sponge each time you go into the powder, or a brush that you clean after each use. Think about it, you use the same makeup sponge each time you do your makeup, which gets the oil from your face onto the sponge. Now your going to put the sponge with oil back into you makeup compact, contaminating all of the product, talk about gross! Using a brush can be more sanitary when applying a blotting powder, or whenever you touch up your makeup. Simply wipe the brush clean on a clean towel between daily use, and remember to wash the brush regularly. 

I hope you enjoyed these tips. Please leave a comment telling me some of your tips if you have oily skin, I would love to hear them!