Monday, October 29, 2012

Motivational Monday 3

Happy Motivational Monday! Let's get this week started off right and on a positive note.
But first I want to wish those in hurricane Sandy's path safety from the storm!
Today's MM is about being yourself. I think everyone out there has struggled at some point with staying true to themselves when the world wants us to constantly change. It is important to always be reminded that each and every one of us is unique and special.
Never stop being YOU!


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recent Instagram + Outfits

{ Leggings (similar) // Bracelets // Top: not sure! // watch }

Love using my new airbrush makeup machine!

Cozy sweater time

{ Top (similar) // denim // Bracelets // watch }

Newest bracelet in the shop! The Gunmetal

Cute way to store my favorite jewels

{ Top: Kensie // Bracelets // Necklace: Gorjana }

{ homemade granola }


Pasta & Wine

I love making homemade Zeppoles!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Motivational Monday 2

Todays Motivational Monday is all about being healthy. Eating right and exercise is a daily part of my life. And if you follow me in Instagram: NaturallyEm, then you know I do indulge sometimes (hello cupcakes!) but all in moderation! I hope that these pictures will inspire you to start this week of healthy and happy!

Happy Motivational Monday!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vapour Organic Foundation Review & My Everyday Face

Woo finally here! If you watched my videos on YouTube, you know that I like to use makeup products for at least a month(skin care for longer!) before giving a thorough review and expressing my true opinions on it. So with that, I am going to show you some pictures at the end of me before and after applying the foundation, and then some with a full face. And these are un-retouched pictures btw!! I usually don't retouch my pics but I thought I should disclose that since these are pre/post makeup pics!

As far as changing your foundation for the colder months, I don't really conform to that 'myth' and here's why. Most people switch up to heavier foundations for fall/winter etc. and I don't really understand why! When I think of heavier, I tend to think thicker, cakier formulas right?? To be honest, our skin is drier in the colder months and when we cake on heavy foundations, it tends to cling to the dry patches. You should be using lighter and more moisturizing foundations! The first 2 ingredients in this product are moisturizing and that's what you need to look for.

{ eek! No makeup! haha }

{ With the foundation only done }

The Review:

As you can see, it covers most imperfections with minimal product. I think this was 2 very light layers. I am shade 115. TIP: Never put thick layers of product on your face! Always do thin layers and build if needed.
I would classify this as a light to medium coverage foundation. The website says it uses 'light reflective technology to diminish fine lines, pores, and wrinkles'. I truly do think it has a soft focus effect on the skin. And they have a great color range for the lighter skin tones like mine, and my shade blends seamlessly into my skin. The finish is quite satin (in between matte and luminous) and I do have combo/oily skin so the finish is important to me. I find that if I use a setting powder in my T-zone (my favorite!) that it stays all day and keeps me from looking too oily! 

The Thing About Natural Foundations.....
They don't contain silicones so if you were to purchase this, you need to know that the formula will feel a little bit different on your skin. Not a bad different at all, but just different! I have found it is best to use your fingers to apply. It helps the product to melt into your skin!
Another great thing about this beauty brand is that they offer samples so you can try anything they offer! I have found that most green brands and websites like Spirit Beauty Lounge also offer the sample service. 

From the Vapour Website:
"Vapour raises the bar for revolutionary performance and purity with Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation. Effortlessly achieve the look of radiant, healthy skin and a more even complexion. The Soft Focus line is designed to balance all skin types, including combination and oily skin. Soft Focus leaves a smooth base for color makeup application while achieving a natural soft satin finish."
"Made with 70% Certified Organic ingredients and 30% natural mineral pigments & vitamins. Nourishes with Organic Pumpkin and Papaya complex and brightens skin with Organic Camellia.  Infused with Vapour’s face specific infusion of anti-inflammatory Frankincense, antioxidant Tulsi and moisturizing and calming Lotus flowers."

Foundation // Blush // Mascara // Luminizer }

{ Blush in Spark & RMS Luminizer }

Full Face

I would say this is my everyday face. I am obsessed with makeup but I really don't wear that much haha. Some people think that just because I love trying out new products and things that I would wear a lot but this is my exact day to day face. It is very simple, and very 'me'. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any requests please leave me a comment!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Motivational Monday

Mondays are rough on everyone and I think it's best if we all start our weeks with a good inspirational quote or two. I find that if I read these and really try to apply them to my life I am much happier. So I hope to inspire you all on this Monday!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012



  [dreem]  Show IPA noun, verb, dreamed ordreamt, dream·ing, adjective
a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passingthrough the mind during sleep.
the sleeping state in which this occurs.
an object seen in a dream.
an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.
a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie.

I am most interested in 3-5. Dreams. How many of you are truly following your dreams? Probably not that many.

This post was going to be about something totally different but a recent conversation with a new friend re-inspired me to keep dreaming, and never forget my true dreams. Our lives are meant to dream and to live out our dreams each and every day. If you're not, then you must re examine your life! One of my biggest dreams is to travel the world. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled many, many places thus far, but for me, to keep traveling is to keep dreaming. Never ever forget your dreams and never let anyone tell you that you cannot achieve them!