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The Best and Worst of the White House Corredspondents’ Dinner

So, the White House Correspondents’ dinner was Saturday night. You know, the annual event where all the celebs go to the White House to…correspond.

So here’s a rundown of the best and the worst of the night:

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Love the One You’re With

(via Pinterest)

(via Pinterest)

For the past decade plus of my life, I’ve basically been beating my skin into submission–and only being semi-successful at it! Ever since I developed adult acne when I was 21, I’ve been slathering my face in chemicals, scrubbing it with grit, and stripping it of every oil imaginable.

Now don’t get me wrong–I’m still a strong proponent for exfoliating (three times a week, baby!) but one day, I decided to stop playing the disciplinarian who punished my skin for breaking out, and instead try to love it into obeying. And guess what? It’s working!

For going on about two months now, instead of using a salicylic acid cleanser and a salicylic acid toner, followed by a salicylic acid moisturizer and oil-free makeup, and a acne-fighting gel every night (you get the picture), I’ve been focused more on providing nutrients, antioxidants and a healthy dose of love (yes, love) to my skin, and I can honestly say my skin hasn’t looked this good in years! It’s brighter, has a more even tone, and I’m getting way fewer breakouts.

Here are some of the products I’ve been pampering my face with:


Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream: There’s a reason this has the word ‘magic’ in the name. Seriously. Charlotte Tilbury needs to just go ahead and make me their official spokesperson I sing the praises of every single thing in the collection so much!




Kypris Antioxidant Dew: This is just so lightweight and soothing! It balances my skin really well, and I literally feel like it’s hugging it with all the vitamins and extracts it has in it.







Glossier Milky Cleanser: You guys, I really hate being a part of the crowd, but this stuff really is the miracle everyone says it is. I absolutely adore the way it gets all my makeup off (even TV makeup, folks!), but is incredibly gentle while doing so. Yes, you really can open your eyes with this stuff all over them, and there is no stinging!





Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence: I just feel like I’m putting sunshine on my face when I apply this (can you see how into this whole loving your skin thing I’ve gotten?). It smells amazing, makes your skin crazy smooth, and, oh yeah–glowy!




Of course, I’ll still blob on way too much acne medicine whenever I get a big pimple and then have a big scaly red spot two days later, but I mean, you can’t just stop being who you are.

But in general, I’m thinking loving the skin you’re in, might just be the way to go!

So tell me: What skin loving products do you use that you think I should try out?


Peace, Love and Skin Love,

Educate Me: Essences

Welcome to a new series on Emily Suggests! Educate Me is going to be a recurring feature on the blog detailing a new concept, product or ingredient. First up, Essences!

By now, most of us are pretty comfortable with the idea and usage of serums, right? But, have you heard about the latest trend to hit our shores from Korea (you know those Koreans–skincare geniuses!)? Essences are a semi-new skincare category that are really starting to gain momentum. But what are they? And how do you use them?

What is an Essence?

An essence is a lightweight liquid that absorbs very quickly into the skin to deliver a dose of skin pampering ingredients, but also helps the rest of your skincare work better.

So in following the thinnest to thickest rule, essences should be applied after toner and before serum.

While essences are certainly not essential to any skincare routine, they are a luxurious addition that really make me feel like I’m treating my skin right. Need an extra dose of moisture? Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, it is. Skin looking a little dull? Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence will brighten and help fight signs of aging.

And since they are lightweight and quickly absorbed into the skin, they don’t feel like you’re adding an extra step, even though you are!

Do you have a product or ingredient you wish you knew more about that you’d like me to feature in an upcoming Educate Me? Leave a comment below, and let me know!


Peace, Love and Essences,

Get the Look: Alison Brie for Yahoo! Fashion

Alison Brie for Yahoo Fashion

You guys, how fab is this retro makeup look MUA Kathy Jeung created on Alison Brie for a Yahoo! Fashion spread? I’m seriously swooning.

And here’s how you can recreate the look:

First, Kathy prepped the skin with NARS Pro-Prime Oil Free Pore Refining Primer, and then used Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer to perfect her skin.

She contoured the cheeks with Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder in Sahara Dusk and used Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in In Love (55).

She used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil to get those super bold brows.

And now those stunning eyes! Kathy created the bold cateeye with Inglot Eyeliner Gel in black, while Alison’s lashes were accentuated with Artémes false lashes and then coated with Circa Beauty Optical Illusion Lash Lengthening mascara in Extreme Black.

And the amazing shadow is Inglot Freedom System Matte Eyeshadow in 367.

For the lips, she used Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Coral (18C) and NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Bolero and NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Lodhi.

And check out all the photos here!



Peace, Love and Retro Makeup,

I’ll Tell You What I Want, What I Really, Really Want

The big day is almost upon us, which means it’s time to get shopping! And no matter what your take is on Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re going to be buying at least one gift, amma right? Because even people that bemoan the Hallmark nature of the holiday are still trying to look good to their loved ones.

But since finding the perfect gift can be hard and time intensive, may I suggest a gift card? You heard me right! My husband and I started dating just a couple of weeks before my birthday, and since he really didn’t know much about me, but knew that I loved to shop, he went to the mall and bought me several gift cards to different stores and wrote me a nice card about giving me the gift of shopping. Pretty much why I married him.

But since I’m pretty sure we all agree that a Bath & Body Works giftcard ain’t cuttin’ it for Valentine’s Day, may I suggest Giftbar? They provide gift cards to a curated list of local merchants in various cities. So you can give the gift of shopping local, give the gift of luxury and give the gift of shopping all at once. Sweet, right?

So here’s what I’m pining over from the Giftbar Atlanta merchants–and what your loved one could have the joy of buying if you gift her a Giftbar card! HINT HINT HUBBY!

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

1. Deborah Lippmann Sweets for My Sweet collection (via Woo Skincare + Cosmetics) 2. Relica Wisdom & Luck Necklace | 3. Mara & Mine Jem Skeleton Loafer | 4. Harvey Faircloth Field Jacket | 5. Lafco Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Candle (via Woo Skincare + Cosmetics) | 6. Ultracor Ultra Silk Camo Tech Print Leggings | 7. Glowdry Blowout | 8. Tiffany Chou Meeko Ring | 9. Ulla Johnson Clarice Crochet Top (call W. Port for availability)


Peace, Love and V Day Gifts,

As Seen On TV: Red Carpet Beauty Trends

We all know I love a good red carpet, which means award season is pretty much the March Madness/sports championship of my life. So I was super excited to head over to Atlanta & Company and break down this season’s hottest red carpet trends and how you can get them.

Check it out and get details on where to buy the products, after the jump. Also, stay tuned for my second red carpet segment, coming soon!

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Get the Look: January Jones’s SAG Awards Makeup

In case you haven’t noticed, guys, January Jones is gorgeous. Like textbook, perfect beauty.

Get the Look: January Jones's SAG Awards Makeup

For the SAG Awards, makeup artist Melanie Inglessis created the most dreamy look, and here’s how you can recreate it:

“January’s Schiaparelli gown is so beautiful and feminine and the sea foam color is so complimenting to her skin, so we wanted to complement the look with a soft blue/grey smokey eye.” -Melanie


To prep January’s skin, first Melanie cleansed and applied Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask and left it on for 15 minutes to energize and brighten the skin. Then she removed it with a cotton pad and Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner.

Then she massaged Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil onto the skin for hydration, and took off any excess that didn’t absorb into the skin with a tissue sprayed with the Burt’s Bees Toner.

To prep her lips, she applied a generous layer of Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm with Kokum Butter and left it on until she was ready to apply the lipstick.


Next she applied Sisley Paris Phyto Teint Expert Fluid Foundation with a wet Beautyblender.

Under the eyes, she applied Benefit Ooh La Lift mixed with Cle De Peau Concealer in Ivory to brighten up the under eye area.

Melanie wanted a natural look to the skin, but used Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder to the T-Zone to keep down unwanted shine later in the day.

She added Sisley Paris L’Orchidée Rose blush to just the apple of the cheeks.


For the eyes, Melanie started with Fiona Stiles Beauty Radiant Aqua Eye Veil in Galaxy Way as a base, and applied it all over the eyelid and barely into the crease, as well as at the lower lash line.

Next she took Sisley Paris Phyto 4 Ombres in Mystery, and used the light grey as a base over the cream, the dark grey on the crease to create dimension, the beige shade on the brow bone and in the inner corner of the eyes, and the dark blue at the outer corners. Then she blended them all thoroughly.

Then she took Sisley Paris Phyto Kohl Perfect Eye Pencil in Black and tightlined all around the eyes and smudged it, for a soft smokiness.

Finally, she curled the lashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler and used two coats of Sisley Paris So Intense Mascara in Deep Black.


The last step was coating the lips with Burt’s Bees Lipstick in Nile Nude.

Get the Look: January Jones's SAG Awards Makeup

Let me know if you try out this look!


Peace, Love and Dreamy Makeup,

SAG Awards Recap

Saturday night was the SAG Awards, otherwise known as everyone’s favorite awards show! The celebs love it, because they get to eat and hang out with their peers, and the viewers love it because it’s only ‘good’ awards (i.e.: no sound mixing–sorry sound mixers), and it’s a quick two hours long. Another reason I love it? It was on Saturday night, which meant I didn’t have to stay up late to get my blog post up on Monday. So three cheers for the SAG Awards!

Here are the most important fashion and beauty moments of the night:

I love a good red carpet ‘do that looks doable in real life, which is probably why I love Queen Latiah’s hair so much. It’s super cool, and it looks like something I could recreate at home.


Remember these?


Well, Sola Bamis took those dresses and said, ‘I’m gonna take those giant bows and make them even more giant. And yellow. And asinine.’ But you know what? I think this dress is a marketing tool! Betcha didn’t know her name on Friday. And I bet you’re talking about her now.


You know Gilly from Game of Thrones? Well, allow her real-life counterpart, actress Hannah Murray, to show you the power of makeup:


We can’t go any farther without mentioning Nicole Kidman, who gets a nod for her necklace, a mix between the Heart of the Ocean and Arwen’s Evenstar necklace, and also, for wearing her hair down, which she never does.


I used to feel awkward about how much I adore Kiernan Shipka, because how can a 16-year-old be a style icon? But then I just gave in. The girl is as cool as her clothes, and she was my favorite of the night in her Erdem gown:


The Best Dressed Man was easily Taye Diggs (and no, it’s not just because he follows me on Twitter):


As for makeup, there was a tie for best of the night, with Saoirse Ronan taking one spot, for this dreamy, ethereal look:


And January Jones, who I’ll have a complete ‘how-to’ breakdown for tomorrow:


I have to give Marisa Tomei a shout-out for what is probably the most underrated look of the night. I bet you haven’t seen a lot of talk about her, but the Zuhair Murad gown, the easy waves–it really is fabulous:


And now something I never thought I’d say: Julianne Moore is my worst of the night. It genuinely pains me to say that, since she’s always a dream. And especially when she’s wearing green, because she looks so stunning in (emerald) green. But here we are. And she’s wearing this dress that makes her look awkward and lumpy and sickly. I can totally see this dress looking amazing on a hanger, but fit for the red carpet, it is not. I think the only person that could pull it off is a size 0 high schooler at prom:


And now, the best dressed are:

Naomi Watts. The detail on this Burberry gown is stunning, and she’s a vision, from head to toe:


So, I had no idea who Lily Rabe was, until I imdb’d her while watching the red carpet. Turns out, she’s been in a ton of stuff, just nothing I’ve ever watched. And I guess she doesn’t hit a lot of red carpets, since I’m on those like a hawk. Regardless, I’m head-over-heels for her look! I love canary yellow on the red carpet, and I love print, and she’s gone and given us both with this Lela Rose gown.


The best surprise of the night goes to Anna Faris. I genuinely like Anna. She seems like a cool person and a good mom. But girlfriend struggles on the red carpet. It seems if she manages to get the gown right, there’s a beauty hiccup. But man, she looked amazing! The Naeem Khan gown is tailored and chic (and you know I love a red carpet sleeve!), and the hair and makeup are lovely.


And giving us a major argument for the wonders of strobing is Emilia Clarke. Just a radiant, glowing queen (of dragons):


And of course the saddest part of every awards show, in memoriam, when we look back at the faces that are no longer with us. Like Ray Liotta’s. Goodbye, Ray Liotta’s old face.

Did I miss your best and worst moments of the night? Leave a comment and tell me what they were!


Peace, Love and SAG Awards,

To Be Real

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

In high school and college, almost all of my friends were brunettes, and I was always jealous of their no makeup look. We could roll out of bed, and they looked so much more put together than I did with my super blonde lashes.

Over the years, I’ve tried to dab a little bit of mascara on my lashes for a slightly less dead ‘no makeup’ look, but it never really works. I always get clumps, or it just ends up looking like I need eyeliner. It’s never given me the look I was seeking.


Enter Benefit Cosmetics’ brand new They’re Real! Tinted Primer. It was made to boost the look of your natural lashes if worn alone, or to amp up the volume if worn under mascara.

When I applied the primer to my natural lashes, I basically felt like it gave me the brunette lashes I’ve always wanted. The formula left my lashes feathery and clump-free, so it really did just make me look more awake, but not like I had on any makeup.

Then as a primer, it helped amp up the volume of my mascara. A lot of mascara primers make my lashes look thicker, but it’s really hard to get there without any clumps (Don’t come at me with the clumpy mascara trend. I hate mascara clumps!). This made my lashes look longer and thicker, but also separated and clump-free–without any combing and fussing!

Here you have the before/primer only/primer and mascara breakdown:


So needless to say, I’m sold! I’m not only wearing this stuff alone almost every day just so I feel better about myself when I look in the mirror (remember: I work from home!), but it’s also become a part of my full makeup routine as a primer.

Do you use a mascara primer? If so, which one?


Peace, Love and Lash Envy,

Do You Want to Know a Secret?


Most people that know me personally know that I don’t wash my hair if I can help it. I never wash it more than once a week, and if I can stretch it a day or two longer, I consider it a personal victory.

To be clear, I’m not talking about the whole ‘no ‘poo’ thing. I love me some products. I’m talking about getting my hair wet at all for a full week.

I remember back in college having a little contest with a friend to see who could go the longest without washing their hair. I honestly don’t remember who won, but I remember bragging to everyone that I had gone five days. Now I scoff at the idea that that was a long time!

And honestly, what started as me just hating how long it takes to wash and dry my hair (a minimum of an hour and a half just for the drying) has now become me taking better care of my hair.

That’s right, did you know that it’s actually bad for your hair to over-wash it? I feel like this concept is slowly making its way in to common culture with the presence of dry shampoo and our consumption of internet articles, but it seems most people still wash their hair way too often–even, gasp, daily!

Of course, I’m fortunate to have really thick, fairly dry hair, which means it’s easier for me to stretch between washings, but no one should be washing their hair every day. No one!

(via June issue of Elle Mexico. Photographed by Santiago Ruisenor)

(via June issue of Elle Mexico. Photographed by Santiago Ruisenor)

Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wash Your Hair As Often

1) Every time you wash your hair, you’re getting rid of the natural oils on your hair and scalp, which actually protect and condition your hair.

2) Washing your hair is terrible for your color. Both highlights and lowlights suffer each time they’re washed.

3) Heat styling is bad for your hair. And since you’re using heat tools every time you wash your hair, washing=damaging.

4) Hair looks better a little dirty. Why do you think so many products help create the ‘dirty hair’ texture and look? Because sparkling clean hair isn’t the best hair.

5) It saves time. Seriously. Even if it doesn’t take you as long as me to style your hair. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So by not washing your hair, you’re basically winning on all fronts! You’re saving time, your hair is healthier, and it looks better. In the words of the latest The Bachelor villainess, Olivia, #winning!

Plus, dirty hair gives you an excuse for wearing fabulous braids and topknots.

So tell me–how often do you wash your hair?


Peace, Love and Dirty Hair,