3.06.2015

February Beauty Favorites

This year I wanted to introduce a new series to Life With Emily about my monthly beauty favorites, but I totally failed at doing that in January (oops!) I know I love learning and reading about new products, so I thought I would share my favorites with you all each month. A few of these items are recent, but a few of them I have been using religiously now for months! P.S. If you have any tried-and-true beauty favorites, send them my way...I already try a few new products a month, but I would love to keep trying more! 
BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Stunner This color seems a little more bright in the tube, but on your lips it is more muted and clear. It's a great every day type of lipgloss. This color definitely has me ready for spring. 

Prescriptives Super Line Preventer Xtreme I received this in a swag bag a while ago and never had taken out of the box. I was cleaning out my bathroom cabinets last month and decided to give it a try!  It is supposed to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. It is a thick formula, but what I really like is that it doesn't leave your face feeling oily. I also have extremely sensitive skin and this hasn't upset my skin at all. I have been using it for about a month now and I can tell that my face is more smooth.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara If there's one thing to know about me, it is that I am utterly obsessed with mascara. It is hands down the beauty product that I would take with me anywhere. So anytime I see a mascara, I have to try it. Nine times out of ten I don't like them...but then there's that one time that I fall in love with one....and recently this one is it! I picked this one up on a recent trip to Ulta. I really like how it separates my lashes so well and doesn't clump at all. It also isn't the type of mascara to flake off after a few hours either.

BareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer Cream I have been a fan of bareMinerals primer for years, but had been wanting to try their tinted primer. I really like primer because it gives my skin a smooth look and helps my makeup stay on longer. On days when I want to wear minimal makeup I will only use this tinted primer on my face. 

Essie Cashmere Matte in Comfy in Cashmere I have never been one to turn down trying a new nail polish. I was a little unsure about a matte polish (I have tried them in the past and have hated them) but I really liked this particular one! It's not too matte and I love the glimmer in this color. it's a great polish to transition from winter to spring. 

Versace Bright Crystal Perfume This has been a favorite scent of mine for over a year now. I originally discovered it through my friend Haley and I have been hooked ever since. I love that it is a lighter scent (it's one that never causes headaches for me) and can be worn throughout all four seasons. 

Kendra Scott Large Jewelry Organizer (on sale right now!) I have been on the search for a quality jewelry organizer for quite some time. The last time I was in the Kendra Scott store I spotted this beauty and I knew this was exactly what I had been looking for all along. It is compact and slim (great for travel), has zippered pockets for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. I like that it has these sections so that nothing can get tangled anymore. It also comes with a hook so that it can be hung anywhere you're traveling!

GHD Hair Straightener c/o  I am really picky when it comes to hair straighteners. The cheaper ones always tend to pull my hair out or break it badly. I was loyal to Chi for a few years until mine began glitching out every year. I really like this straightener because I don't have to turn the temperature up as high as I would with other straighteners, it leaves my hair straight but it still has volume, and it heats at a rapid speed!

What are some of your favorite beauty items right now?

3.05.2015

Sleep Better with Crane & Canopy

I have been a night owl for as long as I can remember. I can be so sleepy, but come 9 p.m. I always seem to gain a second wind and am ready to take on every single thing on my to-do list. Because what better time to do laundry, vacuum, and get organized than at night...right? Wrong! Being a night owl has definitely caught up with me lately and I have been feeling the effects of it a lot during the day, when I should be getting my to-do list done!

Did you know this week is National Sleep Week? In order to try and get a better night's sleep I have started doing a few things:


1. Turn off the TV and put your phone away. I am so guilty of staying up in the whee hours of the night binge watching Friends on Netflix or scrolling through instagram on my phone one last time. Both of those things end up keeping me up way past my bed time and kept my brain on that much longer! Before I get into bed I make sure to turn off my TV and leave my phone on the nightstand.


2. Have a set schedule. I have found that when I don't have a set schedule I end up going to bed very late. I have been trying to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day so that my body can get into a set cycle.



3. Wind down before bed. If I have been watching an intense show (ahem, Homeland), there is no way I can go to bed right afterwards. Lately, I have been reading a book for about 30 minutes before bed in order to wind down. I can say this definitely works because sometimes I will drift off while reading!



4. Get comfortable. There is nothing worse than trying to go to sleep in an uncomfortable setting. If you don't like your pillow, mattress, or comforter....invest in nice ones! You will certainly get your money's worth because you use it every night. I had gotten a duvet cover for Christmas that had ties right at my face. I would wake up at least twice a night because of those darn ties. Then, I got this new duvet from Crane & Canopy and have gotten better sleep (especially sans ties).


5. Sleepy Time Tea or Water. If I can feel that my body isn't tired when it's getting to be bed time I will try Sleepy Time Tea, it works wonders. Otherwise, I bring a cup of water with me to bed, that way I am hydrated before bed and don't wake myself up in the middle of the night thirsty!
How do you get a good night's sleep?


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