emeraldB Empties for 2016 – Make-up

2016 Empties Makeup

I don’t wear a lot of make-up on a daily basis. As you will see below, it’s usually foundation, concealer, and mascara (and lip balm but that’s not very exciting).  I do enjoy playing around with make-up but I’m not a morning person. When forced to choose between extra sleep and a fully made up face,  sleep always wins.  As a result I don’t have many “empties” in the make-up category but here is what I do have.
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emeraldB Empties for 2016 – Skin Care

2016 empties skincare

Many beauty bloggers do monthly posts of “empties”. I’m doing a post of “empties” for the entire year, but then again I don’t consider myself a beauty blogger. I really don’t like to waste products so I try to only buy what I can consume. Since I’m not very heavy-handed with products, I don’t generate that many “empties”. But, here are the skin care products that I did use in 2016. Continue reading “emeraldB Empties for 2016 – Skin Care”

A Day at Ancient City Con

Rey Full Scavenger

Thought I’d post a few photos from last weekend’s Ancient City Con in Jacksonville, Florida. We spent the week before rushing to complete the final version of Rey’s Full Scavenger costume from the The Force Awakens so that I could wear it on Saturday. It’s been 10 months in the making and I’m happy to call this one DONE!

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7 Sunscreens for Summer

Natural Facial Sunscreen

Now that Summer is officially here, it’s time to break out the sunscreen!

If you’d like a primer on sunscreen, then the EWG website is a great place to start. Long before I was aware of the greener, cleaner options for beauty products, I found their annual sunscreen guide while searching for alternatives to avobenzene and other synthetic sunscreens. As a result, I’ve been strictly relying on physical sunscreens for several years now. However, since I’ve switched to natural beauty, I realized I needed to find sunscreen options that not only relied on a physical sunscreen as the active ingredient but also minimized other chemicals. Continue reading “7 Sunscreens for Summer”