Happy (almost!) Thanksgiving! Makeup tips for Thanksgiving

Last year I put together a guide to Thanksgiving makeup and beauty. From helping your makeup to last all day from assuring you don’t break out from overindulging from all the rich goodies, it’s worth a quick read again this year!

Thanksgiving Beauty Tips

Have a fun, safe and thankful day on Thursday!


Urban Decay 500 Point Sephora Reward

I had quite a few points to spend at Sephora during a recent online purchase. I purchased a re-up on my Dior Lip Glow lipstick and then cashed in 500 points for the Urban Decay reward and also used the code “Blitz” to get a deluxe sample kit of a variety of products. Basically, 10 large samples and one lipstick later, I was really pumped to get my Sephora Box!

The Urban Decay reward had a few products in particular I was interested in trying. First, it had the anti-aging eye primer. As you know, I love their classic eye primer. I thought if it was possible to combine elements of an eye cream with my eye primer, it was something I had to try. Well, unfortunately, the new take on this old classic just isn’t the same. Can you say…creases? I tried three shadows with it, including an Urban Decay shadow, and all creased by the end of the day. Something that never happens with the classic primer.

As you can see in the picture, Urban Decay classic primer has a slight tint and blends easily with skin.

Eye Primer

Click this image of the bottle to go to Sephora.com for a mini-size of the classic primer for only $12!

Next up in the Urban Decay package was their All-Nighter spray and B6 Complexion Prepping Viamin Spray. I absolutely love the fact that these came in “trail-size” or deluxe sample size bottles. The All-Nighter spray typically comes in a huge bottle that I feel would take months and months to go through. The smaller size is absolutely perfect. Click here to try it in only 1 oz for $14!

While I need to give the primer a few more tries before forming a definitive opinion, I do like the All-Nighter spray and feel it does a perfect job of setting your makeup for the long haul. The primer has some really interesting statistics and studies around it, click here to read more.

Last in the box was a pot of  Urban Decay eyeshadow in Mushroom, a wonderful grey smokey eye color that is extremely versatile and applies smoothly. You can find that exact shade here at Sephora.com.

Overall, if you have 500 Sephora points, I’d highly recommend cashing them in. The makeup prep spray and the All-nighter sprays are worth it alone. But hurry! Those rewards tend to go fast and this one might not be around for much longer! Happy shopping!

Updates and Photos on Emily’s Everyday Beauty

Morning glowing gals!

Check out the huge list of updates to Emily’s Everyday Beauty page! Changes include a new hand cream on my desk at work, a new eye primer, a fabulous new leave-in conditioner that I highly recommend you try and more!

Plus, I uploaded a new photo of my slightly-messy makeup drawer. It’s loaded with some of the samples I’ve been trying lately and will be writing about later this week!


L’Occitane en Province Almond Body Oil Review

I’ve been searching for a magical body oil for months now. While I’m really interested to try some of the tinted oils, like the classic from NARS, I also wanted something I use for hydration every day.

After much research, I headed to Nordstrom and bought L’Occitane’s Almond Supple Skin Oil. Of course, the reviews sucked me in because they touted how wonderful it smells. Sure enough! It smells like crushed vanilla almonds. Absolutely divine.


It’s said to be potent enough to diminish the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite while smoothing and moisturizing skin. I haven’t been using it long enough to tout any long-term benefits but I love the smell and wish I could bathe in it morning and night. Which you almost can because they also make a shower oil.

Truth be told, it’s winter in Colorado and the air is unbelievably dry. I’m not sure anything short of a straight shea butter could really moisturize and soften  your skin. But this does a pretty darn close job. I’ve been using it each morning and love catching a whiff of the light scent throughout the day. My skin does still feel nice at the end of the day, although I feel I need to reapply lotion at night as well.

It’s $40 for  3.4 oz bottle (yay something you can travel with!) and I’ve used about a third of it in a month. I might need something even thinker for winter, but this absorbs quickly, smells great and will be a summer beauty staple.

Buy it here for $40 from Nordstrom today! Remember, Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns, on the off-chance you don’t LOVE it!