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One of my biggest struggles has always been growing out my hair.  About 6 years ago I box bleached my hair which was one of the worst things I have ever done. In result I had to chop all my hair off and I have been trying to grow it out ever since.

I have discovered my holy grail for shampoo and conditioner. Mane ‘n Tail Original Shampoo and Conditioner by Straight Arrow. Yes, it is technically horse shampoo but it also works just as well for humans.

mane and tail

My hair hit a plateau and would not grow past a certain length and I was always frustrated that my ends were always fuzzy and no matter how many haircuts or treatments, nothing seemed to work. That being said, this shampoo and conditioner is THE BEST and affordable!

I purchase mine from a grocery store of all places because you get the massive bottles for only $9.99 CAD or you can get the small bottles for $7.99 CAD but the extra few dollars is worth it.

I found it doesn’t make your hair dry, it has a nice smell to it, and I immediately noticed the shine in my hair. I’ve had comments on how much my hair has grown and even got a few people hooked on this product too!



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Alright everyone, I have got a good one for you today and I am SO excited to share. Drum roll please…

The Maybelline Fit me Loose Finishing Powder

fit me powder

It is a great loose powder to give you a flawless look without breaking the bank. I picked this up from Walmart for only $9.00 CAD!!!!!

I personally got a shade that is a tad too light for me but I have mostly been using it for highlight in my under eye area. I use a damp beauty blender to apply to the areas on my face I want an extra highlight or smoothing look. I found when I did bake with it, it did leave a harsh line from where the product was applied and I had to buff it out more than usual. If I use a brush instead of a damp beauty blender I don’t run into this issue. Either method still doesn’t leave the product to settle into my creases.

If you find you have textured skin and can’t seem to get rid of it, try this product! It goes on beautifully and amazingly blurs out imperfections! I even had two girls from work comment on how my skin looked recently. My secret weapon – Fit me, loose finishing powder! It also helps to control oil and shine all day!

If you’re looking for an inexpensive but yet AMAZING loose powder, this is your winner! The only thing I would say is the packaging is a little cheap and messy but otherwise, great drugstore product!







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Hi Everyone!

I am extremely excited for this post today. During the madness of Black Friday, I decided to be brave and venture through the mall on my break to check out Sephora. I happened to be walking by the Becca section, and I immediately stopped. I saw this palette and first of all couldn’t believe I got it on sale, and second it was freaking gorgeous! I basically ran out the store thinking START THE CAR. If y’all don’t know that Ikea commercial reference you need to stop what you’re doing and watch this

BECCA Apres Ski Glow Collection Face Palette Limited Edition – $54.00 CADbecca apres ski face palette

Honestly can we take a moment to appreciate this packaging!! If you are reading this and thinking you need this palette (Which I’m here to say you most definitely do!), get it quickly! I believe it may be sold out in Sephora but you can still order it on the Becca Website here

Below I have put the different shades that come it comes with. I’ve even gotten compliments on my skin and highlight since I’ve started using this.  On the Becca website it also gives you different combinations to get different looks. I find I’ve been using this for quick on the go looks as well as when I do a full face of makeup.


Since I have been using the Becca Apres Ski Glow Face Palette I actually don’t have anything bad to say about this product. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take it from day to night. A nice soft glow so everyday but then a bold statement for a night out. Let me know your thoughts below!



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EMMYS BEAUTY REVIEWS – Tarte Pressed Powder

Hey Everyone,

If you guys read my last post here, it was all about the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. This post is about the pressed finishing power I have been using with it for the everyday makeup routine lately.

Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Finishing Powder – $43.00 CAD 0.39 oz Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder

The colour was perfect and the packaging is beautiful, like all their other products. It definitely is a light setting powder to finish off that matte look. What I actually didn’t know when I first purchased it until I had looked it up on Sephora website is, “contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients vitamins A and E, antioxidants.”

I did notice my skin was feeling nice and soft after using it, and didn’t notice as much transfer or kickback in the powder as some other brands which was a nice surprise. I personally like a little bit more coverage in a power, and I found this to be a slightly too light for me.

Overall a nice product, would recommend for anyone who loves a soft and matte finish! It wasn’t a powder that was bad but also wasn’t one that left me amazed either. Let me know your thoughts about it if you have tried it yourself!



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Hi Everyone!

I would first like to start by apologizing for my lack of reviews and posts. So many things have been going on, but I have some stuff lined up to share with you all!

Over the past several months, I have heard such great reviews about Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. After a while I decided, I have to try it!

TARTE – Amazonion Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation 1.7 Oz. $51.00CAD

Tarte Amazonion Clay Foundation

First of all, what I LOVED about it was the shades. I personally have troubles finding a nice neutral foundation because I have fair skin with both pink and yellow undertones. Tarte definitely carries a wide variety with many different skin colour options.

If you have checked out my last few posts, I have mentioned my combination skin type. Oily + dry skin = an unhappy Emmy. This foundation was a really great coverage which you can build if needed.  The consistency is thicker than most, but still feels lightweight on the skin. It leaves a nice matte finish too! One problem I found was you need to work with the foundation quickly since it is so fast drying.

I was really impressed with how well it went on, the real question is how long does it last? Let me put it to you guys this way. I work in a very fast paced, intense retail environment. Recently we had black Friday which I ended up working a 12 hour day. 9am-9pm. I definitely put it to the true 12 wear test! When I got home afterwards I was actually shocked.  I usually have troubles with my makeup separating in my T-Zone. To my surprise my makeup looked pretty damn good by 9pm and I didn’t even do any touchups. My oils were controlled and my makeup hadn’t separated either!

Overall it is a great foundation, and I would definitely recommend to anyone who cannot find a good shade to match their skin or is oily. My only concerns I had was how fast drying it can be and of course it is a little bit of the pricy end of foundation.



Packaging 10/10

Cost 6/10

Coverage 8/10

Long wearing 9.5/10


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EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEWS – Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition Palette



Let me start by saying I have tried several makeup palettes and this one is by far one of my favorites. It’s the Carli Bybel deluxe edition palette. If you haven’t heard of her, here is Carli Bybel’s YouTube channel. She uses her palette in several of her makeup tutorials which is inspiring to see the different eye looks she creates.

This palette has 21 everyday shades of matte, shimmer AND highlighters. The matte blends out smoothly and the highlighters are stunning. They are very pigmented so trust me when I say a little goes a long way!








It almost seems too good to be true and you’re probably wondering how much you gotta dip into the funds to own this beauty. Check out  BH Cosmetics to order for yours for only $22.50!! This isn’t sponsored in anyway I am just really excited to share a gorgeous palette without breaking the bank.  Sometimes things come up that can be a financial burden and I’ve been there many times but this is not only affordable but a great find. The packaging is beautiful and the colors are pigmented and blend smoothly. The only thing I am going to mention is if you go in to pick up product from the palette make sure you have a light hand otherwise is does break a part easily.

I hope this was helpful and if you would actually like to see my own swatches let me know!


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EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW – Make up primer

Let me just jump right in and say, for the longest time I never used makeup primer.  I didn’t think it would make that much a difference. I wish someone would have shook some sense into me back then because I couldn’t have been more wrong! If you are in the same boat as I once was, I am that person that’s about to give you a wake up call!

There are different primers designed for different skin types but regardless it is a base for your foundation to go on more smoothly. It smooths creases, blemishes, large pores and helps give you a more flawless finish.

Again, I have that oily/dry combination skin and always find my makeup will separate in my t-zone area. By mid day, I will catch a glance of myself in the mirror and see half my makeup is missing. After some experimenting I managed to find two primers that work wonders for my skin. One is on the higher end scale and the other can be found at your local drugstore.

The first and more expensive one is HOURGLASS veil mineral primer. There are three different sizes as listed below. This primer is definitely worth the investment because of it’s extremely light weight and silky feel.  It leaves your face feeling and looking instantly smooth for a flawless finish and it is oil free! Let’s not forget to mention how beautiful the packaging is!

1.) Travel size 0.31oz – $24.00 CAD

2.) Large 1oz – $63.00 CAD

3.) Jumbo 2oz – $87.00



If you’re not sold on wanting to make the commitment than let me tell you about the affordable option. The Rimmel Stay Matte Primer – $8.98 CAD (Give or take depending where you go)

This is my everyday primer because I personally love a long wearing matte finish and this definitely does the trick. It has a thicker consistency compared to the Hourglass and feels more like a facial cream but it’s also fast absorbing and long lasting!


If you are also new to using makeup primer, here are a couple quick tips I use:

1.) Start with a clean face.

2.) Use it sparingly, Only apply a small amount otherwise your foundation may not set on your face correctly and clump.

3.) Give yourself enough time when doing your makeup and let your primer set for about 15- 20 minutes prior so your foundation blends more smoothly and lasts all day.

I hope this is helpful in anyway and if you have any other tricks I would love to hear your feedback!



Hourglass veil mineral primer 9/10

Rimmel stay matte primer 8/10

















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EMMY’S BEAUTY REVIEW – My top moisturizer

Over the past few years I have experimented with different types of moisturizers for my combination skin. I go through periods of having my skin really oily and then extremely dry skin. I am talking severe dry patches on my skin, not even makeup could cover. It would always start to separate and leave my face flaky. It was quite embarrassing but also frustrating that nothing ever seemed to work, UNTIL I somehow stumbled upon my holy grail that I still use to this day.

SEPHORA COLLECTION – Intensive instant moisture + cream (1.69 oz) $29 CAD


This cream not only provides instant moisture but it also absorbs quickly, leaving my sensitive skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. It has a really great but subtle scent and does not leave your skin feeling oily. (I’ve even caught my boyfriend using it a few times) I’ve had times of pretty bad acne on my nose and chin and this has honestly helped clear my spots and overall tone my skin. It is incredibly affordable and the formula goes a long way!

If anyone has also tried this moisturizer, leave a comment below! I would love to know if this worked for you.

Emmy’s beauty review 10/10

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Making the transition

Hey everyone,

I have been away for a while and been doing a lot of thinking to decide what I want to do for this blog. I’m happy to announce I have come to a conclusion – Beauty and lifestyle blogging.

I know this may been so unoriginal, and I debated the idea because of that. When I think about what I’m passionate about  and how I want to inspire people, I think about blogging about beauty. I want to inspire people to try new things or to help gain the confidence they need to get through whatever they have going on in life. It has truly helped me and I hope I can do the same for someone else.

I appreciate everyone that has already followed my blog from my previous and I really hope that you all continue to follow my journey as I experiment with my upcoming posts.  If you have any suggestions on what you want to see, I would appreciate any feedback or comments!