this just in: nyx haul!

so i’ve noticed that when i get bored i find myself at ulta. how dangerous is that?! thank goodness stillwater doesn’t have a sephora…that could do some serious damage.
i swear ulta has a target-like effect. you know, where you find yourself wandering around aimlessly looking at everything you don’t need when you only went in to grab some dry shampoo. guilty as charged.

in this little haul, i have a couple of repurchases that are tried and true (and probably on my holy grail list), a couple recommended products and a couple random things that were bought via the target effect.

i realized when i was putting this haul together that almost everything was NYX, so i thought that i could make this post even more specific and just tell you about some new NYX products i bought.

powder brush (02) – i was in the market for a new setting powder brush, and i’m usually not too picky. as long as it seems well made and it’s super soft, it’s fine with me. well let me tell ya, this is the softest brush EVER. i just wanna sit there and run i across my cheek all day, but that would be weird so i’ll try to refrain.


duo chromatic illuminating powder – this product was a total impulse purchase. my sister snapchatted me about these a few weeks ago, and i’m pretty sure i went to ulta the same day and bought one. this one has a pink duo chrome, which i love because it’s a little bit more natural. meanwhile, my 15 year old sister is a badass, wears the purple one and KILLS IT.

matte bronzer (deep tan) – pretty much just waiting for my lorac tantilizer bronzer to either run out completely or shatter in thousands of unusable little pieces so i can open this. i love a good matte bronzer, so i have high hopes for this bad boy.

micro brow pencil (taupe) – a forever repurchase. it’s made the holy grail product list and i it will never be replaced.
dear nyx, please don’t discontinue this product. xoxo, em

lip liner pencil (mauve) – another repurchase. my current one is down to a lil nub so i thought it was time to replace it. this is a great natural “your lips but better ” color. i used to wear this almost everyday and i’m not sure why i stopped. i’m definitely happy i “rediscovered ” this color!!

other items shown:
HD finishing powder
narcissistic illuminator

do you have any nyx products that you’d recommend? let me know!



my favorite perfumes.

if you haven’t noticed by now, i love sharing favorites.
i swear it’s the nosey part of me coming out. i always want to know what products people are using, because well, if they are good enough i want to use them too!
today i wanted to share a few of my favorite perfumes, and not just to tell you what brand and underlying notes it has but to categorize them in a more useful way by season or situation.
because if i told you i love dolce & gabbana light blue for its notes of sicilian cedar and apple, you’d say “oh, okay” and keep going. but if i told you it’s my favorite scent for summertime, that might be a little more helpful..ya feel?

for every day: Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede
out of all twenty-six fragrances that jo malone offers, this has got to be my number one. i mean, it’s reached holy grail status, y’all. jo malone describes it as “flirtacious” with notes of juicy red apple, jasmine and rose, which i’ve noticed are common in a lot of my favorite scents. i’m a creature of habit i guess.

for spring time: Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
imagine it’s the most perfect spring day. like april 25th, because it’s not too hot and not too cold…all you need is a light jacket. 😉 this is the scent for that day. it’s the perfect combination of fruity and floral with notes of sicilian cedar, apple, white rose, and solid base notes of amber and citron wood.

for date night: Marc Jacobs Decadence
i feel like this is a fragrance you’ll either love or hate…but i hope you’ll love. it’s definitely a deeper, woodier scent perfect for a date night with your man. it has top notes of italian plum, iris and saffron, and after it settles into your skin the base notes of amber and papyrus woods really come out.
decadence is one of my favorite perfumes, so i use it sparingly. but maybe i’m biased because it was my first purchase from bergdorf’s. 😉

for summer: Elizabeth + James Nirvana White
i had such a hard time deciding whether to buy the nirvana white or black. they are both amazing! props to you mary kate & ashley.
surprise, surprise it’s another floral scent. peony, muguet and musk are the key notes in this scent, which make it perfect for sweet summer days.
*que the windows down, hair blowing around and sun in my face.*

now i’m off for a fun weekend trip to fort worth, texas!
posts on the weekend to come, no worries. 😉



updated: holy grail products.

hello, lovebugs!!
it’s been a while, i know, but i’m back and excited for what’s to come this year.
i wanted to kick off 2017 with an updated list of my holy grail products. i still love some of the products from last years holy grail post, but over this past year i’ve found some new products that have earned their way onto this list and maybe even bumped some off.
let’s get to it, shall we?
i’ve repurchased some of these products more than 5 times this year. i mean when you find your favorite brow pencil, eyeliner, and dry shampoo you don’t tend to stray. it makes my target runs a little more manageable. let’s get real, that’s a problem we all need to solve. 😉
– nyx brow pencil
– e.l.f contour brush
– kylie cosmetics “ginger” lip kit
(this color looks good on everyone. take my word for it!)
– urban decay “buck” eyeshadow
(my perfect natural crease color.)
– revlon eyeliner
(stays. stays and NEVER budges)
– lush american cream conditioner
(smells SO GOOD.)
– batiste dry shampoo
– paul mitchell tea tree shampoo
skin & body:
– jo malone peony & blush suede perfume
(all time fave!!)
– johnson’s baby bedtime lotion
have any holy grail favorites of your own that i need to know about?
share them with me!