Where have I been?

Hello ELB family! I've missed blogging so, so much. I don't really know what exactly has been keeping me away. It's hard to pin point the exact thing but here is an idea of what I've been up to...


So I guess you could say I'm not the typical high school girl because I was completely dreading prom. Yes it's fun to dress up and get your hair and nails done and wear a pretty dress, but to me, it was just not worth the stress or ungodly amounts of money for just one night. I sucked it up though and went to my senior prom which was surprisingly kind of fun. Once you ignore the fact that every girl there is sizing up every other girl there to see who's hair/nails/makeup/everythingfreakingelse looks better, then it's actually quite enjoyable. One word of advice for future prom attendees: make the most of it. Dancing and enjoying the food made it 100000x better!


Yes... the day finally came! Finished my senior year believe it or not. I knew I could do it physically because I was a great student and already accepted/enrolled at my dream school, but I didn't know if I could mentally handle another year of high school. Luckily, I did it and believe me, no tears fell from these eyes (Jojo reference. If you get this, chances are I love you) when the moment finally came to walk across the stage. The picture on the bottom left was taken my a friends parent and truly captures my sense of relief.


Thankfully, no pictures exist of me working. If pictures of me working did exist, it would feature me looking like a miserable, fake smiling, blob. I have been working 20-30 hours a week this summer which leaves little time for blogging so this is definitely a major reason why I've been away from the ELB site. I've been working at a department store this summer (I wont disclose the name while I'm still working there, maybe another day) and let me tell you, it is pure HELL! Obviously there are worse jobs out there and I'm lucky to be in a job but I still absolutely dread my 8 hour shifts from hell. Honestly, the horrors of my job deserve their own post so I will save the rest of this rant for later...


So I haven't been up to only work and no play. That is not how I role. In fact, on days where I have nothing to do, I consider it an accomplishment to leave the perimeters of my bedroom/kitchen. I've been loving hiking this summer. I'm not exactly the athletic type, but I do like active things. Hiking is one of those things that I hate while I'm doing it, but getting to the top of the mountain makes the whole thing worth it. I've also spent time at my family's lake house in Maine which is one of my favorite spots for deep thinking (and where I got back from last night). And just chilling out with my family, my dog, and my boyfriend has pretty much summed up my summer so far.

And last, but not least stressful, I have been preparing for college next year. I already attended orientation which was surprisingly fun and I've already met a few friends who I will be meeting up with this summer. I cannot wait for a fresh start next year, but I'm stressing over things like the difficulty of classes next year, buying stuff for my dorm, and clothing (what the heck to do I bring to college?!). College preparation posts will be coming soon, for sure.

Sorry I've been gone for so long. I'm thinking of changing the blog up a little bit to make it a bit more personal, like this post. I do still love beauty (obviously!) so I will still be posting reviews and hauls and such. I'm not going to set a strict schedule of when I'll be posting because it'll be a little bit too much. However, I will be posting more (I promise!).

Thanks for reading. Follow my links and comment!


Review: Maybelline Volume Express Cat Eyes Mascara

The brush is very reminiscent of the Falsie's mascara, but thinner and the formula is a lot less wet. I also really like the packaging. It definitely stood out to me because of the cheetah print and that was honestly half the reason I purchased this mascara.  It's advertised as giving your eyelashes a "spiked" effect.
Lashes before mascara

Lashes with mascara (on top)
Application: The brush was a little difficult to get used to but once I was used to it application was very simple.
First Coat: It wasn't exactly a dramatic mascara and I noticed an average lengthening of my lashes at all. However, I really liked the look of the "spiky" lashes. It separated my lashes well but at the same time made my lashes very voluminous.
Staying Power: Flaked off of my eyes A LOT! The spikiness created a lot of clumps in my lashes throughout the day.
Overall: Average mascara. Honestly, I'd skip it. If you really like the look of spiky lashes, I think this is the best drugstore mascara for spiky lashes that I've found. However, it's overall just an okay mascara and I'd definitely choose the other Maybelline mascaras over this. Go for the falsies or one by one (both by Maybelline) for a great drugstore mascara bargain.

Rating: 5.5/10

Thanks for reading! Hoping to post a lot more (at least twice a week!) lately, so please subscribe if you haven't already!

Hope you all had great holidays!

want to be updated more?!/emlovesbeauty

business inquiries? want to become an affiliate?
comments, suggestions, questions?

Fall Shoe Haul

Brown Flats: Mossimo & Co (Target, 14.99)
Brown Boots: Rocket Dog (Marshalls, 89.99)
Stone Nude Flats: (Marshalls 19.99)

Love you all,
Contact Me:

Halloween Costume Ideas!

So, I was doing some brainstorming on what to be for halloween and I figured, I could show some cute ideas to you girls! I hope these are helpful, and please keep in mind I do not own these pictures... they are all from (which you should definitely check out!)

Love this idea for a group costume! I'd probably wear leggings and a tub top underneath. 

I think this is what I am leaning towards being! It's so flirty but not too uhm... hoochie! LOL

Coolest Sexy Four of a Kind Cards Group Costume
You don't even have to do this in a group! It's so cute.
Flo from Progressive Insurance, created by matfran on Polyvore  Jordyn's halloween costume!!
How funny is this? Such a cool idea if you're going for a funny costume.
Black Swan Costume
Black Swan. Love the makeup

Small Sephora Haul

Sephora Brand Kohl Pencil in "Black", $8

Clinique Advanced Concealer in "Matte Light" (way too light for me!) $16.50

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara in "Black" $19

Yay for free samples! "Escada Especially Escada Eau de Parfum",
"Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer"
and "CoverFX Clearprep FX Matte Foundation Primer"

Coupon Codes:

Enter the following codes at check out:

Free Deluxe gift with $25 purchase:

Free Philosophy sample:

Free Shisheido lipstick with purchase:

Free Laura Mercier Deluxe Moisturizer sample:

want to be updated more?!/emlovesbeauty
business inquiries? want to become an affiliate? emlovesbeauty@yahoo.comcomments, suggestions, questions?