What I've Learned By Turning 23 | #OOTD

August 26, 2016









Dress: H&M | Sunglasses: Quay | Clutch: Revolve | Earrings: Gorjana | Heels: Steven Madden | Watch: Michael Kors

They say after you turn 21, birthdays just seem to go downhill from there. I'd like to disagree. I had the pleasure of having my first adult surprise party this year, thanks to my best friend. I normally hate surprises (#controlfreakproblems) and for anyone to go out of their way for me, but it was such a relief and a ton of fun to have a real party with all my friends together to celebrate.

Though I may or may not be wiser than when I was 21, I definitely have grew as person over the past couple of years. I've learned a lot about myself and have begun to understand who I truly am as an independent woman. It's no surprise that after graduating college that you start to question who you are and what exactly it is you want in life. You may not figure it out straight away, and that's okay! I certainly haven't. The most important thing that I learned was that my happiness is the most important thing to me. All my life I spent so much time trying to please others before myself, but when you're in your twenties, there will never be a better time to be selfish. Most people look at being selfish as a negative, but sometimes it can be a good thing! I'm not saying being selfish in a way where no one else in your life matters and you can hurt the people you love around you. However, being selfish in a way that makes your happiness and future self a priority: going after an awesome job even if it's across the country, or being straightforward with your feelings of the person you like right now. Whatever makes you wake up with a smile and proud of yourself, no matter how selfish you have to be, there's no better time to do it than now.

I know this went a little deep a typical Outfit of the Day post, but I think it's an important reminder that you have to wake up with yourself everyday of your life and your happiness is the only thing that can get you through it. I want to leave you with my one of my favorite quotes Robin Williams character said from my favorite movie, Dead Poets Society:
"To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

What's the most important thing you've learned growing up?

xo,
embur.

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The One Where I Graduated

June 7, 2016







Hello, World. It's Emily. I am officially a college graduate.

To say this has been a long awaited moment is an understatement. I never expected to go into school thinking it would take me five years and two degrees to complete. Now, I am the proud owner of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance. When I first started out in college, I wasn't at my university of choice. I cried so many nights in my bed alone in my dorm hating my first year of college. Although I did meet some great people and had the opportunity to live with best friend of 16 years then for a semester, they were shortly followed by a stream some awful people. I didn't feel like I belonged and thought about dropping out every single day. However, a small twinkling inside me kept telling me to stick it out, and that's exactly what I did. I spent more time in the library than in my dorm room and I raised my grades high enough to transfer to my dream school, University of North Carolina Wilmington. That year, I finished with my name on the Dean's List and an acceptance letter to UNCW.

My first year at UNCW was the biggest whirl wind of my life thus far. I met the most influential people in my life that year. Some came into my life as a blessing, like my roommate, Summmer, and best friend, Caitlin. Others came in and taught me some serious lessons, ones that taught me about love and myself especially. That same year, I joined a group of 100+ girls and was a part of the UNCW Dance Company. This group of talented and outstanding ladies will be my best friends for life. Joining the dance company and continuing my love for dance in my college career was the best decision I ever made.

During my junior year, I applied to the BFA Creative Writing Program - one of the toughest programs to get into in my school and state. I submitted my story under the genre of fiction, and a new passion in my life was discovered. I was accepted a few weeks later and added a second major to my list of degrees. In classes, I studied Poe, Keats, Melville, and Shakespeare. I learned the act structure of the film classics like Rocky, Casablanca, and The Wizard of Oz. I was astounded by the symbolism in my favorite books like The Fault in Our Stars, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Flowers for Algernon. It didn't take me long to discover my true love for young adult literature and screenwriting and insist that would be what I did in life. The same semester, I decided to take a leap and apply to study abroad. After a rough sophomore year, I knew I needed this break from reality and traveled to the new love in my life, London. My time in London is forever sketched in my heart. If any of you are thinking about studying abroad, I highly recommended just taking the chance and going for it. I learned so much about myself in my time abroad that I would have never learned in the States at my small college. Now, all I want is to go back to London. I promise I will be back soon.

Around this time, I was already a couple months into my YouTube and blogging career. I started Embur during my junior year of my undergrad. It was originally another writing outlet for me because no one around me was obsessed with makeup as much as I was. When I was a junior, I was in a bad place and searching for something to bring back my spark. Luckily, my mom gave me the idea to start this little space on the web. Only two years later, and I am so happy I listened to her. I am beyond thrilled that I have been able to take something I majored in and turned it into this amazing platform. It may not pay the bills, but it's nice knowing all those years haven't gone to total waste.

Now, here I am. Two degrees, one stole, two cords for Dance Company and writing for Her Campus later, and I am ready to take on the world. There isn't any talk of graduate school now, maybe ever. I may never be ready to fully adult, but I am thrilled to finally be done with it all. The stress of late night papers is over, and pressure to find a job and pay back my loans is on. It never ends, but this is only the beginning.

Thank you for sticking through it all.

xo,
embur.




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My Key To Glowy Skin | Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

May 5, 2016

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Say hello to my new best friend, and say goodbye to dull skin! This is literally JLo in a bottle. Almost everyone and their mother in the blogging world has raved about this spray, and there is a clear reason as to why it has such a cult following.

Whether or not you are fan of facial sprays, if you love having dewy and glowy skin, the Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist will be your savior. As of late, a lot of brands have been releasing their own facial sprays since Tatcha launched of this marvelous one. I, myself, have never been adventurous in testing out different sprays, apart from the Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. I always assumed that it would only make my T-Zone oilier or make my makeup wear off more quickly; however, this little gem has proven me wrong. The minute I heard other YouTuber's with dry or combination skin like Jaclyn Hill raving about this, I knew I had to get it. At first, I was afraid it wouldn't live up to all the hype, especially after Kim Kardashian's makeup artist saying he used it on her. I thought it was too good to be true, but I am beyond thrilled to have been proven wrong!

Unlike any other mists I have tried before, this particular one is looked at as more of a a serum like moisturizer according to the Tatcha brand; therefore, I do apply this before my makeup following my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream instead of on top of my makeup. Although you can use it over your makeup if you want and it will work fine. I love using it underneath because the silky texture of the mist allows for foundation to glide on with ease, prevent concealer from creasing, and powder products from appearing too cakey while nourishing the skin underneath. What else could you ask for?

Besides the radiant benefits that are in this mist, it is also packed full of soothing and hydrating ingredients to help calm the skin. My face feels unbelievably comfortable and not sticky in the slightest. I've been so careful with trying not to use it every single day since I'm running low on it because it truly is that remarkable. Anytime I know that I want to look totally flawless, this is the first thing I grab on my vanity. Not to mention, the packaging is stunning just sitting out beside my brushes. So if you have been on the long hunt for fresh, dewy, healthy skin, then look no further. With summer right around the corner, this is sure to be your best friend too.

Have you tried the Tatcha mist?

xo,
embur.

REVIEW: Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon

April 26, 2016



As most of my readers know, I am a brow fanatic. I treasure my brows more than my own life sometimes. Most of the time, I tend to stick to my cherished Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, but lately I have wanted to try more affordable brow products. I adore brow pomades, so when Maybelline released the Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon*, I was all over it. A lot of the time, drugstore brands don't release brow products in an auburn shade, so the fact Maybelline caters to the rare ginger made me extremely happy as well.

The smooth, waxy texture allows for the formula to color and shape the brows in place. I believe it's a product that everyone can use, whether you're a brow-pro or just kicking off your brow game. I love this for the days I don't have time to fuss around and need to get out the door. Just a couple swipes with the crayon, then I take my Sonia Kashuk brow spoolie to brush out the product to give it a more natural look, then I'm good to go! It's literally that easy. Because it's a pomade, the pigmentation is outstanding. I don't even feel the need to set my brows because of it's comfortable, waxy texture. As a girl who lives at the beach, this baby can withstand the heat and humidity for sure!



As far as the size of the crayon, I did find some pros and cons. A pro for me is since it is on the chunkier side, I don't have to spend 15 minutes just trying to outline my brow and making it so perfect. Therefore, if you are looking for that "Instagram Brow" style, this product may not be for you. Even if you have brows smaller than mine, it may not be for you either. Nevertheless, for my thick brow girls, this crayon is just what you need. Just a couple swipes and you will have flawless brows.

However, this particular brow pomade is unlike any I have ever tried before due to it being in a crayon form. I wasn't sure how I felt about it at first since the tip is fairly large in comparison to my brows. At the start, you have a sharp tip; but I fear as time goes on and I continue to use it how well it will work for my tiny brows. The crayon does twist up from the bottom, like the ABH Brow Wiz, so you can't take just any old sharpener to it. Moreover, since it has a plastic casing and too large of a tip to use in any of my sharpeners anyways, I don't know how long I will be able to use it until it gets too dull. I did try to take my Sigma E75 Angled Brow brush to the crayon to see if I could use it like that after it wore down, but it did lack the pigmentation that it originally had straight from the bullet. The biggest thing I did not like about using it with a brush was that I lost the feature I loved most about the crayon: speed.



Even though the speed and time it takes me to do my brows isn't the biggest deal-breaker for me, I still adore this pomade. I definitely think if you are the kind of girl that is new to the brow game, or an old pro, you will love the ease this crayon gives you. (Also, hello! It's super travel friendly too!) If you have very thin brows, you may not be a fan, but if you have full brows and want an extra boost, this baby is for you! Either way, I definitely would recommend giving it a try at least once. So stop "brows-ing" around and check out this game changer!

Have you tried the Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon? What do you think?

xo,
embur.



*I did receive this item as a sample from Influenster, but all opinions are my own. To read my full disclaimer, please click here.

Monthly Favorites | February

March 15, 2016




February felt so outrageously long ago, yet it flew by so quickly. It was all-nighter after all-nighter all through the month for me, so I am thrilled that it is over. However, that just means I am a month closer to graduating and that is purely terrifying. Nevertheless, I am here to recap a couple of my favorites from the past busy month! This month I had a bit of lull with beauty products because I just was not experimenting with new things since I literally had no time to. However, the products I did use in the month of February were on constant repeat. I knew that I could count on these little guys and they really helped me out a lot.

The first thing that I was beyond thrilled about in February was my Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Toliette that I treated myself to on Valentine's Day. I did a full review and post on this gorgeous perfume a week ago if you want to have a look for a more detailed review of it. This is such a lovely fragrance that I will constantly be wearing throughout spring. It's so feminine with a touch of warmth that it is beautiful for everyday wear. I also was so thankful I came across my Boscia Exfoliating Peeling Gel because it was my saving grace this month. My skin took a turn for the worst and felt so dehydrated and dry. I had so much texture and dry patches that no moisturizer was getting rid of it, but this little baby definitely made such a dramatic difference. It helped give me a smooth canvas for my makeup providing a beautiful even finish. I also have expanded my love for Verb's hair care products and after I cut my hair a couple days ago, I have been wanting that model-day-off "messy" look and the Verb Sea Spray has helped create that look so simply and easily. It doesn't make my hair sticky or crunchy. It gives it a lived-in feeling that is very flexible and smells incredible.



As far as makeup in the past month, I did a lot of rediscovery. I found a lot of products in my stash that I had completely forgot about for some reason and I have not stopped using them since. One of my most favorite products that I constantly mention in videos and tutorials is the NYX HD Studio Finishing Powder. It's your basic white translucent powder, but I love this one particularly because it is so light weight, it's very finely milled, and is ideal for setting my concealer underneath the eyes. It helps prevent creasing and controlling the oil in my t-zone if I don't want to set my whole face with powder. I also have been reaching for my Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul palette so much. I don't remember why I tossed this to the side when I first got it because I am such a huge fan of Stila eyeshadows. The formulation is outstanding, they are super blendable as well as holding great pigmentation. I already have the all matte Mind palette and am so utterly obsessed with it (like you would have to pry that out of my cold dead hands), but this one has been my go-to as of late.

The new L'Oreal Color Riche shadows, specifically the one I have in the shade Pain Au Chocolat, are unbelievable. I am so shocked that this is a drugstore shadow because these are some of the most finely milled shadows from the drugstore that I have found yet. They don't skip on my lids, they don't kick up a lot of extra loose powder, and they really are something to pay attention to. I have the L'Oreal La Palette and I never reach for it. The palettes never wowed me, but these individuals are truly phenomenal. I cannot rave about them enough! I've also been going back to my MAC Pro Longwear concealer so much lately that I had to give it a mention in my video. That little baby has been a holy grail of mine for years now, and I honestly have no idea why I stopped using it. I ran out of my NARS eyeshadow primer last month, so I tried the concealer as a primer, much like a lot of freelance makeup artists do, and I loved what it did to my eyes and makeup. It evens out the color of my lids as well as giving a long lasting finish to eyes as well. If you have this concealer and have never used it as a primer, I definitely think you should give it a try!

What were some of your favorites in February?

xo,
embur.