Sunday, November 16, 2014

Taylor Swift Blank Space Makeup Tutorial

This week Taylor released her new music video for "Blank Space". I'm sure I wasn't the only one that was blown away by the whole thing. True, it was way different than some of her previous work, but overall I thought it was amazing! The details, the many outfit changes, the classy atmosphere, and that makeup! Taylor's makeup stayed pretty consistent throughout the video, and I knew I had to do a tutorial on it. It was just too gorgeous to pass up! Overall the look is dramatic and classy. Contoured cheeks, classic red lips, smoky eye, and defined brows. Way too over the top for day to day life, but perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Parties, events, winter formal, etc. This could be your go to look of the season! Okay, enough talking, lets get into the look!
Start off by applying your foundation and concealer as normal. I used a matte primer under my foundation to help this look last.
Taylor's brows are thin, but defined. I filled mine in with my go to product, the Anastasia Brow Wiz (in Ash Blonde). Favorite product ever!! So simple to use too. A must have in every girls makeup bag!

For the eyes I used my Maybelline "The Nudes" palette. I used the four colors on the far right to create this smoky eye. I used a matte tan/gray as my base. Then I applied dark gray on the back 1/3 of my eye and in my crease. I then applied a shimmery white shade in the inner corner to brighten up my eyes. I took a little eyeliner brush and applied the matte black eyeshadow as you would apply eyeliner. Flick your hand up once you reach the end of your eye to create a wing. It doesn't have to be perfect, you can even smudge it a little.

Now go in with your favorite liquid eyeliner (mine is by Maybelline) and apply a thin line on your top lid. Flick it out to create a subtle wing.

Apply two or three coats of your favorite mascara. The current one I'm using is the Stila Major Major Lash Mascara.

To contour your cheeks take your favorite bronzer (mine is by Rimmel), make a fishy face (or however you like to do it) and apply bronzer in the hollow of your cheeks. Taylor's cheeks were very contoured!

Apply a light pink, natural blush onto the apples of your cheeks. I used an Elf  Blush in Twinkle Pink for a subtle glow.

Now onto the last, and most important step. The red lipstick. I've searched high and low for years to find the perfect red lipstick. Every shade I tried looked horrible on me though! This year for Halloween I went as Little Red Riding Hood. A week before Halloween I happened to see this lipstick in Target (because let's be honest, I'm in there every other day) and for whatever reason I decided to pick it up. Good grief, this stuff is amazing! It looks killer and will make you feel so classy and fierce. This is the Rimmel Matte lipstick in #111 "Kiss of Life". I'll admit, it is a little bright, but it's one of my favorite things ever and I promise you'll never want to be without it!

This was by far the most fun I've ever had on a blog shoot! Photo credits to my sweet lil bro, Sam! Seriously though, what ten year old boy takes photos this good?!

What makeup posts would you like to see in the future? More celeb makeup tutorials? Yay or nay?

xoxo, em

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Perfect Messy Bun Tutorial

For those days when I have one minute to do my hair, the messy bun is my go to hairstyle.
I wear this hairstyle for workouts, work shifts at the kennel, yard work, and lazy days around the house. It's my tried and true look, and today I'm sharing it with you!

You'll need:

One ponytail holder- I prefer the ribbon kind because they won't pull on your hair

Dry shampoo- I prefer this one by Tresemme, because it's cheap, and works. The purpose of dry shampoo for this look is to add more texture and volume to the bun.

Hairspray- no explanation needed.

1) Start off with  dry, natural hair. I usually don't even brush my hair before doing this look.

2) Spritz some dry shampoo in your roots.

3) Rub the dry shampoo through your hair.

4) Grab your ponytail holder.

 5) Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Be careful to smooth out any bumps, but try to keep it looking natural and effortless. (aka, not slicked back like a wet rat)

6) Start off like you're putting your hair in a ponytail. Depending how big your ponytail holder is, pull your hair through the ponytail holder once or twice. On the next time only pull it about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through.

7) Wrap remaining hair around the partial bun and tuck under ponytail holder. Your first attempts may look a little funny, so remember that practice makes perfect!

8) Finish off with a mist of hairspray, and you're good to go!

This look is so easy and effortless, it almost didn't require a tutorial!

Interested in more hair tutorials? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo, em

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Chic Nail Combo



 When your nails are perfectly painted, life just seems to go a little better. Am I right? When my mani is on point, I feel a million times more put together!

I've become quite the little nail polish queen this year, and I love finding new shades for each season. Today I've decided to share my favorite nail combo with you-

Essie- Under the Twilight This has been my go to shade this year. The mysterious, vampy shade of purple-that-looks-black-but-isn't draws me in every time.

Urban Outfitters- Sweet Sugar This magical stuff is from the new matte collection (which comes in three shades). The amazing part is that it's sparkly and matte at the same time! Glitter nail polish is usually thin and disgusting. Sweet Sugar isn't either of those things. Holding up to its name, this stuff is thick and goes on beautifully. I do two coats for good measure, and it holds up perfectly.

Essie & Urban Outfitters are hands down my favorite brands of nail polish. Essie is the classic cult favorite that you can never go wrong with. Nearly $10 a bottle, this stuff isn't cheap, but the quality is amazing and the colors are to die for. UO nail polishes on the other hand often get over looked. At only $5 a bottle ($4 if you buy two!) they are much cheaper than Essie, and come in a huge variety of unique shades.

I've been wearing this combo for weeks, and still can't seem to get tired of it. Maybe I'll make it part of my signature look. ;)

What's your favorite nail polish? Tell, tell.

xoxo, em

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What I Wore//New York Dreaming





Sweater//American Eagle


Today when I went to get dressed I found myself dreaming of Taylor Swift, 1989, and New York. I'm sure I'm not the only one that's been obsessed with her latest songs. My excitement for the 1989 release, is off the charts!
 I love how Taylor has really focused in on her style in the last few years, and has developed a certain look for herself. She's always classy, preppy, and feminine, with a touch of vintage.
This outfit was inspired by fall, Taylor Swift, New York, and of course, 1989.

May you always be classy,
xoxo, em

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn Mug Cake Recipe!

What could be more simple (or yummy) than a mug cake? They're so fun to make, and they taste delicious! I came up with this recipe on my own, and it tastes like a fall flavored coffee cake. So good!
While this isn't something I would eat every day, it's definitely a healthier option than a big slice of chocolate cake!
Have fun and don't be afraid to experiment and try different flavors!

Autumn Mug Cake Recipe:

2 TBS coconut flour (you can really use any flour)
1 egg
1 TBS almond milk (or any kind of milk)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 TBS maple syrup

Mix all of the ingredients up in your mug. Make sure you mix well! Microwave for two minutes. The time may vary depending on your microwave. Remove and sprinkle a tiny bit of coconut sugar over the top. You could also use maple syrup or honey. Enjoy!

If you try this recipe be sure to let me know what you think!

xoxo, em

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Are You Friendly?

Jesus was a friend to all, and he wants us to be that way too! Remember the popular Bible story about Jesus and the little children? The disciples started to turn the children away, but Jesus stopped them. If you read through the New Testament you will find some reoccurring themes in Jesus's life. Jesus was so busy in his short time here on earth. However, he was never too busy. He never acted like he was in a rush, or like he didn't want to talk to someone. Jesus cared about everyone, and disliked no one. The rulers, children, lepers, criminals, blind, rich, poor- he loved them all!
In reflecting Jesus, God wants us to love everyone also. I was reading in my devotionals earlier, and it asked, "Are you friendly and approachable?" Immediately I replied, "Yes, of course!" Then it asked, "But are you really?" I began to think of instances where I let shyness get the best of me, or where I was too tired, or maybe I was trying to be friendly, but I didn't look that approachable.

Author, Elizabeth George came up with her "Commandments of Friendship". Using some of hers, and some that I added, I came up with the list below.

Smile- smile at people. Smile for no reason. Just smile!

Call people by name- Sounds a little silly right? However I was thinking about personal experiences, and I always feel more special when people use my name. I always love it when people call me Em. Growing up, only my Mom called me that, but now the majority of my friends and family call me Em. The point is- learn peoples nicknames in addition to their regular names. Find out what they like to be called.

Be generous with praise- Encourage others, acknowledge their strengths, give genuine compliments, and praise them in their efforts. Imagine what the world would be like if we praised and encouraged instead of gossiping and critiquing?

Be alert to give service- Always be ready to help, with a smile on your face. Help wherever you can. You never know what others needs are. Sometimes they may surprise you. Whether it's asking how you can pray for someone, volunteering at church or school, helping that elderly woman across the street, or holding a busy mom's baby for a minute. You can help others in so many ways!

Be considerate of the feelings of others- It's always important to be aware of others people feelings. Be careful to never exclude, always say kind things, never be rude,  and be thoughtful of the opinion of others. Remember to put yourselves in other peoples shoes and think about how you would feel.

You can never have enough friends- I know its easy to get comfortable with your friend group, and stop reaching out to others. When your social life is going great, and you have a few amazing best friends, its so easy to get caught up in the whirl of it all. Let's look at Jesus though. Yes, he had a few close and trusted friends, but he was also friends with everyone. He always included, called people by name, offered a listening ear, helpful advice, and showed compassion, and kindness.

Today I added something new to my prayer list:

That the Lord will bless me with a friendly and approachable spirit.

Over the past few months, again and again, the Lord has been putting a message on my heart- Spread the love. Be the light this world needs.

Part of spreading the love is by being a friend to all, like Jesus. It may seem like a small thing... a simple thing, but if we truly spread the love we could change the world. Those little things can add up to big things! You may only be one person, but YOU can impact so many people!

So what are you waiting for? Go change the world!

xoxo, em

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Your Words Matter

Post inspired by this video

You have the power to make or break someone's day. You have the power to make kids laugh, encourage young girls, and uplift your family members. You have more power than you think- and it's all in your words. You may not think you have much to say, but your words can make all the difference. Your words can convey love, patience, peace, compassion, encouragement, laughter,  and joy. Or they can convey jealousy, lies, hatred, judgment, doubt, and hurt.

Words matter. Your voice matters.

So spread love, not gossip! Reach out to that new girl, ask someone how they're doing, or how you can pray for them. Let your family and friends know how amazing they are! Encourage kids, leave sweet notes  for people, listen and speak words of compassion, and pray for those that are hurting.

Be intentional. Your words could make all the difference.

So stand up! Be different. Be that person that is known for their love and compassion for everyone. You may not think that you have a voice, or that your words have any effect what so ever on the people around you- but they do. We convey so much through our tone of voice, how we speak, and what we say.

I challenge you to slow down and really pay attention to what you say, and how you say it. Spread the love, not the hurt.

xoxo, em