Sephora VIB Sale Haul

April 29, 2015

As some of you may have noticed, last week and the week before was the Sephora VIB Sale, where Sephora's VIB Rouge and VIB members received 15% off all products in the store. Everybody and their grandmother went crazy (especially online). If you read my Sephora VIB Sale Wish List, you may have noticed that I actually did not get a single thing that was on my wish list. Ironically, everything that I wanted was sold out in my Sephora. I guess that's what I get for going on Friday when the sale was almost half over. Oops. I know I could have ordered it all online, but I really hate waiting. When I want to go out and buy myself a product, I want it right then so I can try it out and swatch it. I'm also overly paranoid that something will break in the mail because that's happened to me before when I ordered my Lorac Pro palette—yes, I'm still jaded about that. That being said, I did take the chance to go ahead and get some products I either needed a back-up of or products I had been debating about trying, but wasn't too sure and now I'm so glad I did get!

NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder
NARS is one of my favorite brands, I want almost every thing by them. Although, the Laguna bronzer was one of those products that I was always on the fence about purchasing simply because I was afraid it would be too dark for me and too pricey; that is simply not that case at all anymore. Luckily it was one of the few things that my Sephora had in stock from NARS and I took the 15% off as plunge to get it. Now I can't stop using it! I absolutely love it, and I can see why everyone else does too. The description on Sephora's website says that is a slight goldish/brown shimmer, and if you look really close in the pan, you do see a slight shimmer. However, when you apply on your face, it definitely appears matte without any noticeable shimmer. It's obviously a cult classic product that is always hyped up because so many people say that it's one of their favorite brozners, and I am officially now one of those people too. I still think my Benefit Hoola bronzer is my ride or die bronzer, but Laguna is definitely a close second.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue
I had been wanting the Complexion Rescue for a really long time. I have heard countless of amazing reviews of it and some great first impressions too. The only reason that I didn't put it on my wish list was because I wanted to get a little bit more use out of my NARS tinted moisturizer before I went out and got another product that was basically another tinted moisturizer. But when I saw that they were out of my shade in the NARS Sheer Glow, I thought why not go ahead and give the Complexion Rescue a shot (it's a lot cheaper too), and I'm so glad I did! I have worn this almost every day since I bought it, and I haven't done that with a base product since I bought my Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. When bareMinerals said that this was a tinted hydrating gel cream, they weren't joking. From the moment I first apply it on my skin, it gives a sort of cooling touch to the skin, and as I apply it, I feel like it actually is hydrating my skin. I love that it's a gel cream, you guys know that is my favorite texture when it comes to a base product. BareMinerals says that it's supposed to basically be a tinted moisturizer, BB cream, and CC cream all rolled into one. But for what I basically just consider to be a tinted moisturizer, it gives so much coverage than I thought. It really does even out my complexion and cover my redness to where I don't need to go in with my concealer that much after. It gives off this radiance from within kind of look (and you guys know I love that), and I felt like the longer I wore it, the better it actually looked. This was definitely the best purchase I think I got from the sale.

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
This was a back-up that I basically needed. Since it's getting warmer, I've started wearing a lot more waterproof mascara. Normally I use the Lancome Bi-Facil waterproof eye makeup remover, but it's so expensive, and my Sephora does not sell it. I had heard a lot people talk about Sephora's own waterproof eye makeup remover, so I thought why not try it out! I have to say, I do still love the Lancome one just because it doesn't leave my skin feeling too oily or greasey. Also if it gets in my eyes, it doesn't sting. However, I do feel like the Sephora one removers my eye makeup a lot quicker. All I do is shake it up, pour some on a cotton pad, and just sit it on my eye and almost all of my eye makeup and mascara comes off in one swipe. I do think that I have to scrub a little bit more to get my mascara off with the Lancome one (which I know you're not supposed to do, but yolo). So I don't really like the oily film it leaves on my skin, but my eyelashes don't hurt afterwards so it's kind of in between with this one. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. I feel like with waterproof eye makeup remover, it's just one of those things where you just have to settle.

WEN by Chaz Dean Fig Cleansing Conditioner
I have used WEN before, although I'm not sure if I've talked about them before on my YouTube or blog. I was so happy when they started selling WEN in Sephora because I think it's such a great brand that a lot more people should really use. At first, it does sound weird saying that this is the one product that you use on your hair. You don't need shampoo, conditioner, deep condition, leave-in conditioner, or a detangler. As someone who doesn't wash their hair a lot, I was thrown off a bit back when I started using it because I wasn't sure how it was supposed to clean your hair, and I need that. Somehow, someway, I don't know the exact science behind it, but it does clean your hair without leaving it dry and lifeless. The thing that I love about the WEN Cleansing Conditioner, and why I've gone back to it is because when I wash my hair at night, I don't wake up with this dry frizzy hair that can't hold a curl or stay straight. It gives you that second day hair immediately. When you use a regular shampoo and conditioner, you strip the hair of it's natural oils. The WEN Cleansing Conditioner not only cleans the hair, but puts it back in natural oils better than a regular conditioner could ever do. It gives my hair life without making my hair look too orange or brassy. It makes my hair feel healthier, even though it's not. If you have not tried it, I would definitely check it out. The girl at Sephora said that the Fig one was good for red hair, I'm not 100% sure about that. I did notice that the Fig one has left my hair feeling better than the Cucumber Aloe, Sweet Almond, or Lavender one has. So I've tried all of them, and this one for some reason, I like the texture it leaves my hair feeling the next day a lot more.

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This was a product that I wanted to just get a back-up of since it's getting warmer and I sweat like a gorilla in the rainforest around this time of the year. I love this setting spray because it really is like hairspray for your face. I use it every night when I go out, and I've even used it when I go to the gym or dance practice and I want to have on a little concealer, mascara, and my eyebrows done. I don't see a lot of movement from my makeup when I use this spray. My makeup is not broken up by the end of night when I use it. Especially on my nose, that's where I tend to lose makeup the first because it can get a little oily. I still lose a little on my nose and the top of my forehead near my hairline, but not as much as usual. It's to be expected I lose a little bit here and there because you can't beat the heat all the time. It's still a great spray that I will always use when I know I need to stay flawless.

So that is everything that I bought at the Sephora VIB Sale. I know I didn't get as much as a lot of other people, but home girl is college student trying to learn how to actually budget money still. I am very pleased with what I got, even though everything I originally wanted was sold out. I think I got some great products that I will continue to love and use for a long time. Did you participate in the sale? If so, what did you get in the sale? Let me know in the comments down below!


Disappointing Products No. 1

April 27, 2015

Sometimes, even in the beauty world, things don't always work out. No one likes it when they are really excited to try out a new beauty product, and then the product falls flat and fails to impress us. You tried so hard to commit to the product, but you never could see eye-to-eye. No matter how hard you tried to make it work between you two, it was obvious that you weren't happy anymore. Now you had to face the facts - it's time for a break-up.

I hate break-ups as much as the next girl, but when it comes to all things beauty related, I'm not ashamed to toss in the towel sometimes. I'll usually give the product a fighting chance, hear their side of the argument and see what they claim that they can do for me, but if I'm doubting it already, then that means a third or fourth chance is probably not worth it. I hate being disappointed in a product because, most of the time, I really want to love it. I really do! I just have to remember that every product is not going to be my soulmate. Every foundation is not going to be the Ross to my Rachel, even if we do take a break.

I know this is a rather short post, but I mainly wanted to let the video do the talking this time. I hope you guys enjoyed it as well! Are there any products that you regret purchasing that I should be warned about? Have any of these products disappointed you? Let me know in the comments down below!


Spring Drugstore Beauty Tutorial

April 21, 2015

I love spring beauty products and there has been so many new launches recently, especially from the drugstore. When it comes to my makeup in the spring, I really like to have that glow from within kind of feel. I also like to slowly start incorporating color into everyday looks. Now I say slowly because I'm a neutral eyeshadow girl at heart. So when I bought the L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2, it was kind of a big step for me. Besides this, the only real color I ever used was in my Urban Decay 3 palette or my Lorac Pro palette, and those aren't that crazy. I figured purple would be appropriate though because it makes my green eyes really pop!

A lot of the products that I used in this tutorial look very familiar to you because I have been talking about them non-stop since my spring beauty haul. (I know, I sound like a broken record, but these products are just that amazing.) This look that I did with these new products are becoming my favorites, if they already weren't in my March favorites. The Maybelline Master Prime in Blur + Illuminate is becoming a possible holy grail primer for sure.

One of the newer items that I was trying out in this tutorial was the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr with Comfort Serum Skin Perfecting Full Coverage Foundation. I know, it's such a long name that I want to punch Rimmel in the face for it. You are all aware of my annoyance for long product names. However, I am not annoyed by this foundation. I love it - honest. I rarely do like drugstore liquid foundations, especially when they promise me full coverage because I never get that result. I don't believe I get full coverage with this foundation, it's definitely more medium, but I actually don't hate it. For a natural spring look, I think it works really well. It blends into the skin very evenly and doesn't cling to any of my dry patches or pool up in my pores. It definitely helps even out my skin and redness without caking up or suffocating my skin. As far as the whole 25 hour appeal, I never plan on keeping my makeup on that long so I can't verify how true that really is. I honestly beg of you not keep your foundation on that long, please. Overall, I definitely hope to be using this more and more in the future.

I love this L'Oreal La Palette Nude 2, too! I have been waiting and dying for this to come over to America so badly, and now it is finally here! Granted, I don't believe that it is exactly the same as it is in Britain, which makes me a bit upset because that one looked amazing and had a lot more warm brown tone eyeshadows in the palette. These are the ideal drugstore eyeshadows. Honestly, the best ones I have ever tried and are so comparable to Urban Decay's. These shadows are buttery, pigmented, long-lasting, just basically everything you want from the drugstore. Although it's kind of pricey for drugstore eyeshadow, I think it's appropriate just because they are that outstanding!

I hope you guys like this tutorial, let me know if you guys have tried this palette and what you think of the look. What is your staple makeup product this spring from the drugstore? Let me know in the comments down below!


Sephora VIB Sale Wish List

April 16, 2015

Sephora VIB Sale Wish List

As a lot of you may know, Sephora has started one of their big VIB sales, with VIB Rouge members kicking off this past Sunday and VIB members starting yesterday until 4/21. Both members can receive 15% off, and I will leave the coupon codes at the end of this post too. I look forward to this sale every year because I love spring makeup and seeing what new goodies brands are coming out with. My 'to-buy' wish list keeps getting longer and longer as months go by, and even though I wish I could, I definitely will not being buying everything that I am going to mention in this post. Lord knows, I got student loans that need to be paid too! I really love reading what other people have on their wishlists, so I thought why not share mine as well!

1. Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in No Pressure!
I love cream products for spring, and lately I have been loving my Maybelline Color Tattoos so much that I thought it was time to take it up a notch and try out some high-end cream shadows. Every time I pass a Benefit counter or go by it in Sephora, I always swatch a couple of these babies because they are so pigmented and creamy. No Pressure! is also just the perfect color for everyday wear as well.
2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer
You all know I am a huge concealer junkie, and I have heard nothing but amazing things about this concealer. I'm telling you, the minute Jaclyn Hill mentioned it in her monthly favorites, I ran to Sephora to swatch it. It seriously is the most weightless and airy concealer I have ever swatched, but yet it still has such an insane amount of coverage. If I get it, I'm really hoping it will go great under my eyes unlike the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer that creased terribly.
3. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
This is a foundation that apparently everybody and their freaking mother loves. I figured since I love the NARS Tinted Moisturizer so much then I should try out more of their base products. This baby has been around forever, but I'm always hearing mixed things so that's why I still don't have it. I may cave and get it, or even just get a sample to try.
4. NARS Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base
Another NARS product that everybody loves and I desperately need. I have been eying this baby for months now because I'm almost out of my LORAC primer and my Urban Decay Primer Potion. My lids have been oily a lot lately, so I'm hoping this baby will do the trick!
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
I have gone back and forth trying to decide if I honestly want this palette. I like the contour shades in it, but I've been iffy with the highlighting shades. I like a strong highlight, and when I swatched in store, they didn't do much for me. I honestly might just get it because the contour shades are so gorgeous. I hope it's worth the hype!
6. Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer
When I saw these lipsticks on Sephora's website, they screamed spring to me! I definitely want to check these little babies out. I heard the pigmentation is amazing, especially because they have primer built in. They also seem really creamy and I want every color!
7. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight
Another product that I swatched the other day in the store and fell head over heels in love. Can you tell I've been on a highlighting and contour spree lately? I love the idea of this. It reminds me a lot of the NARS The Multiple, but more affordable. I think it would be perfect to just swipe on in the summer time for an easy, ready-to-go look.
8. Sephora Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45
I have heard the fabulous Essie Button talk about this brush loads of time on her channel and blog, and you guys know how much I love my brushes, so I figured it would be a great one to add to my collection for foundation. I love my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, but it can't hurt to get another one so I don't have to wash my Real Techniques' one so much.
9. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
I have had my eyes on this beauty since it came out forever ago, but I have never had the guts or money to ever buy it. I keep telling myself that I will buy it one day and maybe that day is real soon! I love the single one that I have in Mood Light and I really, really want/need more!
10. NARS Dual-Intensity Blush in Adoration
This blush is just freaking gorgeous that I could literally stare at it all day long. I loved it when NARS came out with the Dual-Intensity eye shadows, so these blushes were the topper to some of the most beautiful products that NARS has ever came out with and I need it in my life ASAP.
11. Benefit Roller Lash
This mascara is all the hype right now and I can honestly see why. It just seems like it would give me everything that I want with my lashes, that extra curl and length can really open up my eyes. I really hope it everything I want because I definitely want to buy this. I've been on a mascara high so much lately, why not get another one!
12. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
I love Tarte's blushes, they honestly have some of the best on the market. Tarte blushes just scream spring to me. I really want to have exposed in my collection now too! Spring is the perfect time for new blush, so I need to get my hands on it.
13. Tarteguard 30 SPF Lotion
Summer time is approaching and my fair skin is not ready for it! Tarte has recently came out with a new line of sunscreen for the face and I need to get this ASAP. I like usually special sunscreen for my face so it doesn't clog my pores or make me greasy and oily. I really hope this stuff is great!

Since I am a broke senior in college, I clearly will not be buying all these beautiful products, but I do plan to buy some of them. I also plan to do a mini-haul on here after the sale for sure, so stay tuned for that. If you want to participate in the VIB sale, use the coupon code: VIBLOVE and recieve 15% off! What do you plan to buy during the sale? Let me know in the comments down below!


The Sunday Post: Keep Dancing

April 13, 2015

There's a reason that I haven't been active here on my blog or my YouTube lately, and it's not that I got writer's block or lazy. My entire past few weeks - especially this week - have been consumed with dance. I also realize that this is going up after Sunday, but I'm getting to that. For those readers that don't know, I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, so clearly it has been a huge part of my life. This past weekend was my university's dance company's showcase. All 90 girls in the company have been working and practicing for this show since August. It's such a huge deal to everyone and especially to the seniors.

I was supposed to graduate in May of 2015, but transferring universities and adding a second major, it just really put me behind so I have to add one year, making me a super senior and graduating in May of 2016. It feels very strange saying "Class of 2016", because I always thought I'd be Class of 2015. Granted, I am sort of glad I have an extra year, so now I can save up more money and have more time to figure out what in the world I am doing after graduation. However, I knew when it came to my dance showcase, I wanted to perform with my seniors. I wanted to perform with the Class of 2015. I wanted to be in their last dance with them, even though, it wouldn't necessarily be mine. So even though I wasn't going to be graduating, it still meant so much to me to do their senior dance (see first picture above) because these were some of the girls I fist met when I joined this organization. Most of these girls were some of my best friends that I have had in college, so not dancing along their side like I have been for the past three years that I have been apart of this organization, I know it's going to be very different and very hard. Whenever I doubted myself, I turned to them. Whenever I needed to laugh, I turned to them. Whenever I had to vent, I turned to them. Whenever I needed a true friend that could except me for who I am, I always knew I could turn to them. I have great and fantastic friends all over, and even some that I have known exceptionally longer, but having a friend that expresses their emotions the same way you do through dance, that connection is very special to me. There is truly nothing else in the world like that feeling when you can pour heart and soul into a dance and have someone else by your side knowing exactly what you are feeling in that moment. Dance is such a rare language that I was able to finally speak fluently because of these girls.

Growing up, I was never that girl that got along with other girls. I had no clue why girls never liked me. I even had a lot of girls who constantly bullied me. Besides my best friend that I met in my ballet class when I was 3 (who is still my best friend to this day), I never made any true long-lasting friendships in any of my dance classes. So to have a group of at least 90 girls as my friends - but these 10 particularly - no one truly knows how much that means to me. I know that whenever I look back at my time in university, I will think of all of these girls and my time with them. Through the late night practices in the tiny studio above the gym and the itchy sequin costumes, this group of girls will always be my family. I honestly owe them so much because they brought me back to life, and I have no idea where I would be in my college career without them.

I didn't mean to get all sappy, because that's definitely not me, or to write a novel for you. I just really wanted to take this time and this post to really dedicate it to these girls. That is also why this is going up a day late because I couldn't being myself to pour all this out at first, and I wanted it to be perfect for these girls. They truly don't know how much they have helped me grow as a person and really helped me find out who I am. I would have been lost without some of these girls by my side, and I am so thrilled that I get a round two with them next year. I'm certainly no where near done with them yet, and I know we have lot more dance left to go.


Monthly Favorites | March

April 7, 2015

Can we just take a minute real quick to look back and realize that it's already April? 2015 definitely needs to slow down. My spring semester is quickly coming to the end and I'm not ready to let my best friends go! Anyways, you know what time it is then. It's that of the month time that I actually love where I share with you guys my monthly favorites for the month of March, and let's just say, March was very good to me. A lot of the things I was loving this month were from my spring beauty haul that I did a few weeks ago, but I didn't have the chance to really review all the products back then. Now that I have, I have fallen so hard in love with some of these products that there may be a couple of new holy grail items!

However, not all of my products this month were from my spring beauty haul. I did have one lone item that I have had for quite some time now, and when I was de-cluttering my makeup collection, I came across the Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Illuminator and I fell back in love with it all over again! I forgot how pigmented this highlighter was. If you want a nice liquid highlighter from the drugstore, I would definitely check out this line. I have it in Pink Light because I truly prefer more pink-toned highlights since I have a pink undertone in my skin. I feel like they look a lot more natural on me, and this product even looks natural too. It does have some sparkle in it, but it's not over the top by any means.

One of the holy grail items that I am still obsessing over is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer. I know that I must sound like a broken record when it comes to this tinted moisturizer, but it's honestly worth all the hype it deserves. When I say that this product is amazing, I'm not lying at all. I have never seen a tinted moisturizer with such great coverage and is not too orange for my skin type. It blends in seamlessly and does not pool up in my pores or even attach it's self to any dry patches. I do put on my regular moisturizer before applying this, but I also just don't believe in being over moisturized because I'm so dry, and I think it really helps this product go on a lot smoother.

Another amazing product that I can officially consider a holy grail would have to be the Anastasia DIPBROW Pomade. Now I know I am definitely sounding like a broken record for sure when it comes to not only this pomade, but also with Anastasia Beverly Hills' products. That is simply why I'm not going to talk much about this product so much in this post. If you want to read my full review of it, check out my blog post where I did on a full review of it. Other than that, I will say it is worth the hype and I have slowly started incorporating it into my everyday brow routine.

I was obviously very into illumination and radiant natural skin looking makeup this month, so another product I have loved this month was the Maybelline Master Prime in Blue + Illuminate. I love primers that have an illumination effect because that glow is going to appear much more natural on the skin like it's coming from within. A lot of drugstore primers that I have tried tend to be a lot oilier than I hope, but that's not the case with this primer at all. I think it has the perfect texture and goes on very smooth under my foundation. Ultimately, it looks very natural on my skin since it does have that pink tone to it. I definitely love this primer way more than the Almay CC Luminous primer that I tried a while back. That primer seemed a lot more oilier compared to this Maybelline one. As far as a blurring effect, I don't see that at all - at least not with this particular one. I would say if you wanted one that is going to give you that effect, I would go for the Blue + Smooth primer from this line. Other than that, I love this primer and it has been my favorite one from the drugstore so far.

So there you have it, these were my favorites for the month of March! I hope you enjoyed the video. I do plan getting back into the groove of blogging again real soon. Hopefully after this week, everything will be back to normal here on Embur! In the meantime, what have you been loving this month? Let me know in the comments down below!


The Sunday Post: Easter Weekend

April 5, 2015

Happy Easter! I hope you all had a wonderful day and weekend. I certainly did as I lay on my couch devouring a chocolate bunny. I can't believe that it is now April. This year literally needs to slow down because my friends will be graduating soon and I'm not ready for that! I'm also not ready for summer yet. Your girl needs to hit the gym and get her sunless tan on real soon.

Nevertheless, I hope you all had a lovely weekend as did I. This past weekend I went hiking on Stone Mountain in North Carolina. It's a tradition that me and father have every Easter weekend, we hike a different mountain and have some bonding time. Let me tell you now that my calves are really feeling it right now! I don't think we have ever hiked such a steep mountain before. However, we have hiked higher mountains for sure. Even though this is not the highest mountain we have hiked, the view was worth it at the summit. We haven't reached the summit of many mountains because a lot of them tend to be quite tall for a one day's hike. Although one day we would love to do a backpacking trip and camp along the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike parts of the infamous Appalachian trail.

Since we live in North Carolina, we luckily have the gorgeous Appalachian mountains. Then on the other side of the state is the coast which is where I live - I know, North Carolina has the best of both worlds. I'm the kind of girl that loves living at the beach where it is always warm and my allergies don't bother me because salt air is amazing. Every now and then, though, I do like to slip away to the mountains because you can't get a view like the picture above every day. That's such an amazing place that you can really feel so close to God, and on Easter weekend, where else would you rather be than closer to our Father!

Although this weekend is about something more special than chocolate and presents, I was happy to receive a few chocolate goodies from my grandmother. I was pretty gutted that I didn't have a chance to enjoy a nice Easter dinner with my family tonight because I had to travel back to my apartment on the coast for school tomorrow - unfortunately. However, I was thankful to have time with my family this weekend and I am also very luckily that I have my chance to see them again this coming weekend as they are coming to visit me for a performance I have!

I hope you all had a beautiful weekend. Did you have a chance to spend time with your family? What were your Easter plans? Let me know in the comments down below!