Vacation - be back in 10 days

10:38 AM

Hey guy, I'm going to Canada tomorrow and I won't have the Internet. I can't post but I'll be back in 10 days. Take care of yourself. Bye!

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Emily's Mediocre Life Advice | Be Happy When You're Sad

12:28 AM

Hey there, how's it going? Today's post is going to be a little bit different. I decided I'm going to start a series  called Emily's Mediocre Life Advice, as you can see from the title. I am by no means an expert at life. I spend most of my time pitying myself and watching television, actually. But along the way I have picked up some well-learned lessons.

I'm going to keep this short and simple. I'm not looking for any pity, I just want to share my advice with anyone with the same problems as me. Maybe you'll get something out of this too. I have been mildly depressed for the better part of a year. I cope. You know how it is, sometimes you just have those bad days.

Anyways, I want to help people. I enjoy making people laugh, it's one of the things in life that make me happiest. However, I tend to have a very awkward air. I make people laugh uncomfortably, which cracks me in turn up. But since text can be deceiving (I could be being sarcastic right now but I could also be being dead serious), I have a non humorous post about how to keep yourself happy when you're sad.

1. Keep yourself occupied.

By this, I mean to have a schedule. Don't spend all your time moping around feeling bad for yourself. Make plans, spend time with your friends, call your mother, go on a date with your significant other. Perhaps start a new hobby. Don't fill your life up to the point where you're always rushing about trying to get somewhere, but do have plans. You'll think about being sad less often.

2. Don't forget what's important to you.

Trust me, it's easy to get lost when you're sad. However, I've noticed that if I keep in mind what means a lot to me I'm less likely to get lost in the void. You know what void I'm talking about.

3. Think of the good things in life.

I really really hate it when people tell me this, but it's true. Don't think when you stubbed your toe on the counter corner this morning. That's not evidence that the world's out to get you. Don't think of the time that store employee was rude to you as proof that the world is out to get you. Focus on the positives of your life. They'll keep you going when times are tough.

There you have it. Try to keep your chin up, hot stuff. Hoped I helped in any way.


10 Facts About Me

11:33 PM

I'm rather serious on this blog. I feel like I never joke or make cute phrases. I've hardly said much about myself, so I thought that I'd make a post about myself (other than my Personal Thursday posts, which are on hiatus).

1. My name is Emily, and I live on the East Coast - specifically Jersey. I stand at 5'4", although I feel a lot shorter since I always slouch.

2. I love food, especially food I make, but I'm so lazy that sometimes I just Google pictures if what I'm craving instead of making it.

3. I suffer from insomnia, hence the title of my blog. It's okay. I take melatonin supplements sometimes to help me sleep, but often they leave me feeling even more exhausted in the morning.

4. I'd like to say I exercise regularly, but that would be lying. I'm much too lazy to, and when I do, it's half assedly jogging on the treadmill with my iPad in front of me playing the latest episode of a TV show I missed when it was on air. Which brings me to my next fact...

5. I love television. I have problem. I love it that much. If you watch a lot of TV then you understand where I'm coming from. 

6. Photography is one of my favorite things in this world. I enjoy almost every aspect of it, aside from the buying gear part because stuff is so damn expensive.

7. I'm not clumsy, but I'm far from graceful. I'm always messily shoving my hair behind my ear, trying to get a pebble out of my shoe, or dropping things when I can't afford to bend down for fear of spilling everything in my arms. I suppose I just get a lot of misfortune. I do tend to stumble over my words a lot, plus I speak quickly. Not a very good combination.

8. I love traveling. I think my favorite place that I've gone to so far was Grand Teton National Park. Beautiful. I dream of Paris.

9. I can't stand people touching my neck. I hate it.

10. I am terrible at guessing numbers of things. I could look at a jar of jelly beans and tell you there's more then ten and less then a million. Same goes for anything you really have to guesstimate the numbers by looking.

Okay, thanks for reading! You have a good day.

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The Unnoticed Necessity | Lip Balms

2:03 PM

hey bun buns, how's it going? i'm doing okay, studying for exams right now with my hair in a top not and no bra on (tmi? sorry boo).

What a terrible picture. I apologize.

today's post is about lip balms. lip balms are something we often don't think too much about, but yet everybody uses them. me? i love lip balm. they're one of my guilty pleasures. i have much too many for anyone's sake. i wanted to explain something of lip balms that most people usually don't know.

many lip balms contain a lot of wax. this isn't a necessarily a bad thing, but waxy balms do cater to a specific need. instead of providing moisture, they're designed to create a barrier and lock moisture in. and why do we use lip balms? to give our parched lips moisture. if our lips don't have moisture, and we apply something meant to lock in moisture, isn't it basically useless? if you're looking for something to provide hydration, use a balm that doesn't have wax in the first five ingredients. then apply a waxy balm on top to really lock in the moisture.

i don't recommend you use eos, chapstick, or burt's bees lip balms for the simple reason that they're all very waxy. instead, use something like carmax, palmers, nivea, or trusty rose salve.

okay y'all, thanks for reading! have a wonderful day.


Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm Unique Pink Review

4:05 PM

Good morning, afternoon, and evening. A few weeks ago I did a review on the Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Rosy Red, where I said I wanted to try out another shade from that collection, Unique Pink. Today's review is on just that.

I bought this tinted balm for $16 at Target, which is not cheap. The Clinique Chubby Sticks cost the same, and Clinique is a high end brand. Pixi does not test on animals and products can be purchased online (although this particular shade is sold out online) or in Target stores.

So the whole gimmick of these is that they are a lip staining balm that leaves a stain based on the pH level of your lips, so that each person gets a personalized color. Apparently all these balms are packed full of lip loving ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamins E and A, and shea butter. They have a strong peppermint smell and taste, which I personally don't mind, but if you're sensitive to scents it might bother you a bit. All of these balms are in a little twist-up crayon, so no sharpening required. They leave a glossy sheen on the lips that fades away when the balm is gone (maybe half an hour or so?) but the color does tint your lips for hours afterwards.

This particular shade, Unique Pink, applies on clear and then adjusts the color after a matter of seconds and you are left with a very natural "my lips but better" shade of pink. 

That little patch of dark towards the bottom of my hand (above the shadow) is the swatch
This swatch was so sheer I could barely photograph it. My particular color was a rose pink, very natural and pretty. I quite like this balm. I think it's handy and the color is great for any time, as it's your very own pink!

You should get this balm if you can afford it! It's very nice.


Beauty Basics | Skincare 101

5:46 PM

I like to remind people of the basics. The three most important beauty rules are to stay hydrated, happy, and put on sunscreen. But that's not the point of this post.

I think a lot of people are confused by all the products we have nowadays. There's so many, can you blame them? Serum, lotion, toner, moisturizer, night cream, spot treatment, etc. I'm going to take you through the basics of skincare.

Step number one: determine your skin type. Dry, normal, oily, combination, acne prone, and sensitive are the major skin types. This is going to help you through the rest of your routine.

Step number two: once you know your skin type, follow the three basic skin regimen rules: cleanse, tone, moisturize.

I'm going to go off on a bit of a tangent here about toner (sometimes called a lotion). Technically. This step isn't needed. A toner is basically meant to get the last traces of dirt, oil and makeup off your face (NOT remove makeup, your cleanser or makeup remover should do that!!) and balance the pH of your skin after the cleanser. However, some people say you must have it in your skincare routine. I have a toner, but do whatever makes you comfortable.

Step number three: stick to the routine! It takes your skin quite a while to get used to a product (30ish days) , so don't be surprised if the skin doesn't agree with at first. Give it some time. If it doesn't clear up, stop using the product. Obviously, stop using the product if there's a major reaction shortly after you start using it.

That's basically it. Everything else (serums, spot treatments, night creams, emulsions, etc) are optional and not something you have to incorporate into your routines.

Okay people, thanks for reading!

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NYX Megashine Lip Gloss in Tea Rose Review

8:57 PM

Come on in! I didn't see you there. Come, sit down. Let's have a talk. What about? How about the NYX Megashine Lip Gloss? Hmm?

This lip gloss was $5 at Ulta. I have mine in Tea Rose, which is a natural looking pink. NYX products can be purchased online and in select drugstores. NYX is a cruelty free company.

This gloss has a doe-foot applicator. It's a pretty big applicator, a little bit smaller than the first joint of my pinky. It dispenses a perfect amount of gloss on, not too much and not too little. This particular shade looks very nice when paired with a pink lip, which is what I do. However, it has nice pigmentation on it's own. (I don't have a swatch for you, so sorry, but it's pretty much the color of the tube). It has average lasting time, around an hour and a half to perhaps two. These are hydrating and very very shiny, as the name would imply. It smells delicious. Like candy. Mmmm.

Overall I think this is a very good gloss. I'm going to pick up more as soon as I can!


Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner + Serum Review

1:14 PM

Hey y'all. I'm back with another review, today is on a liquid eyeliner, specifically the Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Eyeliner + Serum.

I got this eyeliner for about $11 at Target. Physician's Formula products can be purchased online and at drugstores. This eyeliner is availble in three shades, Black, Ultra Black, and Deep Brown. It's also available in felt-tip form. I have the brush tip one in Ultra Black.

So this eyeliner has a fair amount of ridiculous claims. It claims to be long wearing, water and smudge resistant, and also to grow your lashes over time with continuous use. I didn't buy it for the lash serum, but I haven't seen much growth anyways. Either way, I haven't used it long enough to say.

This eyeliner comes in very sophisticated packaging, a sleek, silver pen. The formula is fed through the brush tip, which is tiny and precise. It looks very expensive and classy. I quite like it.

As for formulation? It's not as pigmented as I imagined. I'd read some excellent reviews on it where people raved about it being super pigmented. It's not bad, just not as opaque as I'd expect. The first two swatches (from left to right) are with one swatch. The last one is two swatches. The picture doesn't show it very well, but the last swatch is significantly darker than the first two. So you have to layer it to really get it to be ultra black. The problem with this is that if you apply another layer after the first one has dried, the brush picks up the dried eyeliner and wipes it away. Apply another coat of this before the first one has dried if you really want an ultra black.

Anyways, after that little rant about the pigmentation, it's not a 24 hour eyeliner. Some people boast about it not going anywhere, but that (for me, at least) is just not true. It won't smudge, that's true, but it fades off by the end of the day. And I'm talking school day, so around 7 hours. It removes very easily with water, so if you're just wearing eyeliner on your eyes than removing your eye makeup will be a piece of cake.

Okay, that's it for today! Thanks for reading.

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Burt's Bees Lip Gloss in Evening Glow Review

8:41 PM

How are you this fine day? I'm doing well. I'm also presenting you with a review today, on the Burt's Bees Lip Gloss in Evening Glow!

I bought this lip gloss at Target (cannot remember price. Website says $9, but I don't think I paid that much). Burt's Bees products are sold at drugstores and online. They are cruelty free, but not vegan.

Can we talk about this packaging? It's so cute. There's a honeycomb design on the handle of the applicator!

So this gloss has a doe-foot applicator. It applies okay. Not enough product, in my opinion, but it's not too bad. It keeps you from going overboard with the gloss, I suppose.

Evening Glow is a sheer red, I quite like it. It gives my lips a nice red tint, a natural one though, as if I'd been sucking on a cherry. This gloss isn't sticky at all, and it's quite hydrating. I usually pair it with a red tinted lip balm for a natural red. The formula lasts about an hour to an hour and a half on my lips, which is average for a gloss. 

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Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb Review

11:41 PM

Hey guys, I'm really tired today... This is just going to be a quickie review on the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb.

I got this at Target. Burt's Bees products are natural and not test on animals, but not vegan friendly because of beeswax.

Rhubarb is a clear red that feels very waxy. There is a strong minty smell. It's sheer but gives my lips a nice red sheen that can be built up. It's not very hydrating, but when paired with a corresponding lip gloss or over a lip balm the color feels very comfortable to wear on my lips and does not fade patchily. This color lasts maybe an hour to an hour and a half.

Overall I think this is okay. They're something nice to toss in your bag for lazy days or on the go, but I wouldn't rely on this for lip color.


Nivea Lip Butters Review

9:24 PM

I freaking love lip balms. I have way too many, enough to last me at least three lifetimes. The Nivea Lip Butters are lip balms that have been raved about, and I just knew I had to pick some up.

I'd originally gotten all three scented ones (Raspberry Rose Kiss, Caramel Cream Kiss, and Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss), but I gave one away to my friend. For the record, all three of them smell freaking amazing.

Nivea products can be bought in certain drugstores. They were around $3.50 for each at my local Target. They come in little tins and Nivea does not test on animals, but they are not a vegan brand.

Raspberry Rose Kiss

Caramel Cream Kiss

Both of these are thick balms. They smell amazing. People say they taste amazing, but I really don't taste anything. Caramel Cream Kiss doesn't do this as much as Raspberry Rose Kiss, but they leave a white cast on your lips. For this reason, I only apply these at home. As for hydrating the lips, these are so good. They contain vitamin E and no waxes, which is great. The balmy feeling doesn't last for very long, but they provide hydration for hours.

You should definitely go get some. They're very good, especially for the price.

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How to Get Through School | Exam Edition

12:24 AM

Not related to school but I think this is just beautiful

Finals are fast approaching for those of us that are still in school. For all you lucky ones whoi have finished, I am sincerely jealous. I wanted to share with you some knowledge that I've picked up on how to get through exams.

1. Study in sessions/take breaks often

I like doing this because I can have me time while studying; for example I'll study for an hour, and then let myself watch an episode of my favorite show. You might think it's counterproductive, but I find that it actually helps me focus more when I'm done with my break.

2. Eat brain food

Self-explanatory. You won't be hungry and if you're the type that likes to eat while they're studying this is only going to help. I recommend fruit, very good for you with natural sugars.

3. Fiddle with something

Play with smething in your hands. I'm sure you have a stress ball or something like that in your house. For me, I like to spin pens. It's trick might sound a little weird to those that can sit still for hours, but for all you folks that are a tad (or a lot) bit ADHD this will be a lifesaver.

4. Pace yourself

This and the sessions tip go hand in hand, I think. Personally, I'm a lazy asshole so I do tend to cram for everything. I'm aware that that is not a good habit at all. Take my advice, don't be an Emily.

5. Sleep well

Teachers, friends, and family always tell you this - because it's true! You don't want to be falling asleep during the exam, even if it's because you were up so late last night studying for it. Being asleep during the test isn't going to do you any good.

6. Make lists

Checking something off a list is strangely satisfying. I reccmend making lists of things to study in order.

7. Don't neglect yourself 

Last, but certainly not least, remember to take care of yourself. Eat a good breakfast before the exam, get lots of sleep.

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Surviving the Heat | I'm dying in the humidity

9:09 PM

So I don't know if you've noticed... But it's June. Crazy right? It seems like the year just started and we were all laughing about the fact that we didn't die on December 21st. But since we're not dying then, we're definitely dying now because it's so freaking humid!

I don't live in a place that gets super hot, like Arizona, but I think I'd rather live there because it gets so humid here sometimes. At least it's dry out west. I have been simply smoldering in this humidity. It's pretty bad. I've compiled a list of things to do in order to survive the heat.

  1. Drink water, and lots of it.
  2. Keep your hair out of your face.
  3. If you're going to be outside, wear sunscreen and drink lots of water.
  4. Carry around a little dry shampoo.
  5. Don't think about how hot you are!
Okay y'all, that's it for this quickie post. Thanks for reading! Stay cool!

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