Work From Home Beauty Routine

Work From Home Beauty Routine | emmaelsewhere

I’ve heard a lot about working from home – both good and bad. From those who love it, words like “flexibility”, “productivity” and “creativity” are often uttered. Those who aren’t a fan of this lifestyle talk about procrastination and loss of professionalism. They cite weeks where they barely changed out of their pajamas, much less did their hair or makeup. The words “work from home beauty” simply did not exist in their vocabulary. Regardless, I was still curious.

In a fortuitous turn of events, I recently started a new position from which I get to work from home. To say that I was thrilled, both with this new position and the opportunity to minimize my lunch budget, is to put it lightly. I’m so excited to be working with this innovative new company!

My first course of action as a beauty blogger was to consider how I could adjust my routine to make it shorter and more lightweight. My inspiration was a mix between a Glossier vibe and model-off-duty makeup. That sort of light-coverage (but still color-corrected), natural yet defined look was exactly what I was going for.

Even if you don’t work from home, this work from home beauty routine can still work for you. Whether you’re looking for a minimal makeup routine or something that will have you looking great in your next selfie, check out the tips below for a perfect #MOTD.

Let’s Get Hydrated

This has hands down been the biggest switch in my beauty routine since I started working from home. I’ve noticed that heat/air conditioning (depending on the Wisconsin weather) takes a toll on my skin, more than an office environment had. For this reason, my work from home beauty routine actually begins the night before.

I’ve been focusing on my skincare routine more intently as well (more on that to come!), and that includes a rich moisturizer in the evening. I received the Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb in a recent Sephora Play! Box and have been loving it. It leaves my skin feeling plump and hydrated and keeps it that way until I rinse it off in the morning.

In the A.M., I use a lighter moisturizer from Aveeno and a moisturizing primer like the Becca First Light Filter, which also wakes up any sallowness.

Cream Products Are Your Best Friend

I say this as someone whose T-zone gets greasy on the reg, cream products can work for you. I promise. The ones that I’ve been gravitating for are face products – namely blush and highlighter. Since I was going for a Glossier vibe, they were the first ones to augment my makeup collection. The Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk is an incredible product for gorgeous pigment that can double as a blush and an almost contour on my skin tone. It’s a brown-y pink, which is perfect for warming up my winter skin. Yes, I have winter skin already – this is Wisconsin after all.

For highlight, I’ve fallen in love with the highly reflective Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight. I got a sample-sized version of this liquid metal in my Sephora Play! Box this past month and thought I’d give it a shot after hearing rave reviews on YouTube. While the formula can dry down quickly, I’ve found that making sure your skin is hydrated helps this highlight stay smooth and blended. Another pro tip: DO NOT put this on top of skin that has been set with powder.

Naturally Defined Eyes

With a lighter, more natural base, it’s important to use products that can keep your eyes defined so that your face doesn’t end up looking blank. Of course, the first pieces of this puzzle are your eyebrows. Defined and feathered eyebrows give your face dimension and structure, so let’s start there! I have moved on to the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Shape and Fill Pencil, which has a triangle tip for precision. I’ve started using a lighter shade so that I can fill in my brows without having them turn out blocky. Another product I’ve been using to create that feathered look is the iconic Benefit Gimme Brow. This product bulks up my brow hairs to make them look thicker and give them more dimension than pencil alone.

Beyond brows, I’ve been reaching for the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette to create an earth-toned eye look. I use a warm brown shade in my crease to create a shadow there, a dark brown shade on the outer corner for definition and a shimmery, lighter shade in the center of my lid to keep my eyes looking bright. After I swipe on my trusty L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, I’m good to go!

These tips make my work from home beauty routine so simple. By defining your features and keeping your base minimal, you can show up to your next video call looking fresh and ready to take on the world – or just ready for your next selfie.

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018 Review

Okay, okay – this one’s a little late to the game. The hustle (and more hustle) of Fashion Month got to me and Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018 ended without my review going up instantaneously. You can’t win them all!

Although tardy to the party, I promise that this review is bringing more of this season’s game-changing coverage. I’m saying “no” to trend reporting and long, detailed critiques and giving you a snapshot of the best moments of the week. Because let’s face it, I know you don’t have time to read thousands of words. You could be scrolling through this at your desk at work, or taking a study break from the midterms mess. I’m not judging.

Biggest Moments of Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018

Off-White presented a collection inspired by the people’s princess, Princess Diana herself. In every piece that walked down the runway, the gorgeous icon’s signature laidback style was integrated with modern streetwear. Much like everyone else on the internet, I was truly inspired by this show.

What’s more French than the Eiffel Tower? Saint Laurent took advantage of the stunning scenery by showing their collection directly in front of the iconic landmark. When I close my eyes, I can still see Kaia Gerber stomping down the runway, making a name for herself at Paris Fashion Week.

And finally, a non-Fashion Week moment. Balmain announced that they would be partnering with Victoria’s SecretVictoria’s Secret Fashion Show in a move that makes so much sense I can’t believe we haven’t thought of it sooner. You can find me posted up in front of the TV, waiting for the to air.

My Picks for Best Collections of Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018


Joseph Altuzarra did not disappoint in his first show since leaving New York. Each look that came down the runway had a unique flair and didn’t mimic any of the “trends” that we’ve seen this season. There were so much individuality and voice throughout the collection that I’m officially calling this one of my favorite shows of the season. P.S. I want those mid-height gladiator boots.


Rodarte was another show that stood out from the crowd for me. Known for almost having a “theme” to each collection (one year, Star Wars was the defining characteristic), this year’s was clearly dark romanticism. Sheer paneling, ruffles, and shaggy fur coats were the three must-try aspects of this showing.


Pierpaolo Piccioli is still crushing it. Valentino continues to be one of my favorite shows, season after season, for its elevated take on eveningwear. However, the gowns weren’t the only standouts to me in this collection. Shiny outerwear had a glamorous but utilitarian feel, while fanny packs made a case to become the next big accessory.

My Picks for Best Beauty Looks of Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018

Isabel Marant

You know I love a naked face with a bold brow, and that’s just what Isabel Marant gave us. A wash of bronzer, thickened brows and highlighted inner corners made for the perfect “I just got back from vacation” face. This look never goes out of style.


Consider this one similar to the Isabel Marant look above, but with more highlight. Undereyes were brightened with a light shade of concealer, while the cheekbones, nose, and even the forehead were given the reflective treatment.

Proenza Schouler

Are you starting to sense a theme? Proenza Schouler jumped on the naked face train and took it one step further. Brows were fully filled in, the face was highlighted and bronzed and, the finishing touch, hair was slicked back to show it all off.

Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018 Review

Feeling the Fashion Week overwhelm yet? With so many articles flooding the web, I’ve even started to feel it myself. Every piece comes off the same. “This is the best new trend!” “Everyone will be wearing this next season.” “This designer expertly took a nostalgic look and made it new.” I’m just. So. Bored.

How many new things can be said about each collection? I truly feel for the incredibly talented people who work for Vogue Runway who manage to review each showing with care and consideration. I’ve found that I simply do not have the attention span for it and, if I know you like I think I do, neither do you.

This year on the blog, I’m doing things the way that I want to do them. I’m writing the round-ups that I’d actually want to read! Below you’ll find all of the most important information from Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018, split into digestible sections. Into it? Then start scrolling…

Biggest Moments of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018

They’re back! The most iconic 90’s supermodels stomped the runway in an emotional finale with Donatella herself. The show tapped into nostalgia, while paying tribute to Gianni Versace 20 years after he was killed.

Moschino trotted out its models wearing extravagant gowns that made them look like floral arrangements come to life. Although the collection was highly instagrammable, it drew unfavorable comparisons to John Galliano’s similar collection for Christian Dior in 2010.

As usual, but nevertheless still eye-catching, Dolce & Gabbana‘s “model squad” closed out their show in a sea of black leotards and sparkling headpieces. Leading the pack were It-Girls like Hailey Baldwin, Sara Sampaio and Elsa Hosk.

My Picks for Best Collections of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018


If you thought that I wasn’t going to pick Versace as one of my favorite collections, you’re crazy. This show had everything: high-glamour gowns, nostalgic prints and the return of the Supers. Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours, Versace!

Les Copains

Les Copains did it again! After I featured their collection in my Milan Fashion Week Fall 2017 roundup, I didn’t think that I would ever be writing about them again. Consider me proven wrong. Les Copains has their own handle on the sartorial definition of bohemian. By incorporating burnt orange and brighter reds into their mostly neutral collection, the clothing popped – and made me want to save up for a few pieces.


Etro started out with a bang – drawing me into the collection with bright white look after bright white look. As the models continued to file down the runway, they began easing into a more muted, 70s color palette. I can’t say that I was mad about it. Jewel tones mixed with earth tones in perfect harmony and gave us a more modern take on the popular 70s-inspired styles that are in stores now.

My Picks for Best Beauty Looks of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2018

Alberta Ferretti

There’s nothing that I love more than a lived-in beauty look. Smudgy eyeliner and flyaways, like those at Alberta Ferretti, scream off-duty model. The models’ cheekbones were chiseled, their foreheads were bronzed and their lips were a pinky-nude, but it almost looked like they weren’t wearing makeup. Sounds like my kind of look!

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana are the kings of winged liner and red lips – but against all odds it never gets old on their runway. Once again, the designers chose glamorous, sophisticated Italian women as their muses. Flowers tucked into their strands and a pale gold glimmer spread across their lids kept the look as natural as could be expected at D&G.


Tod’s was the home of the ultimate no-makeup makeup look. Kendall Jenner walked the runway with flyaways that were slicked to her forehead, and little else on her face but defined brows. Here’s the catch: I would only try recreating this look on a good skin day. Every blemish, dark spot or bit of texture would be visible with this minimal makeup. The risk is yours to take!

London Fashion Week Spring 2018 Review

The air is chilling and the leaves are changing, which can only mean one thing: it’s Fashion Month! As an avid follower of fashion, it’s one of two times a year in which I simultaneously feel joy and serious FOMO. Each new collection that makes its way down a runway can either leave me in awe or in disbelief. Well, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. I’m either head over heels for the clothes or I’m thinking to myself, “What the F is that?”.

If you’ve gotten used to hearing my trend breakdowns year after year, then it’s time to snap out of it! We’re doing things a little differently on emmaelsewhere this time around. Gone are the tips on “how to wear this in real life” because let’s be honest, no one really does. We’ve done away with the celebrity red carpet forecasting because, to be honest again, we’re over it. This year, we’re sticking to the need-to-know aspects of each fashion week and breaking them down into bite-size chunks. Sound good? I know it does. Let’s get started.

Biggest Moments of London Fashion Week Spring 2018

Topshop cast the most *noteworthy* models, which was to be expected. With It-Girls like Jourdan Dunn and Hailey Baldwin working Topshop both on the catwalk and on the sidewalk, you know this elevated collection will sell out of stores with ease.

Croc lookalikes were spotted on the runway at Christopher Kane, cementing the idea that the “ugly” shoe is here to stay. Still not a fan.

Ashish went witchy in a move that is both seasonally appropriate (ahem – at least for Fall 2017…) and right up my alley. This goth meets mystical showing had all the right moves and made a differing statement during a Fashion Week filled with frills and sugary sweetness. Cool girls everywhere – this is your collection.

My Picks for Best Collections of London Fashion Week Spring 2018

Ralph & Russo

Ralph & Russo was just fun. Each piece that came down the runway made me smile – and that’s saying something for a 50 piece collection. Whether it was the use of metallic shine, oversized jackets to tone down supershort dresses, or sheer gowns with fabric in just the right places, this collection had it all for me. Every model looked like they loved the look that they were in, and it made me feel like if I was wearing it I would too.

Temperley London

There’s nothing that I love more than a collection that is fully immersive, if not completely realistic. Temperley London came through with that vision this season with clothing that made me feel like I was in a daydream about a luxe tropical vacation. Tiny turbans and bright, sunwashed colors brought me to Summer 2018 – and made me forget all about Winter 2017.

Christopher Kane

This collection had sugar and spice, but he left out the nice. Although extremely feminine in color and texture, this collection contradicted itself with cagelike strucutre and heavy footwear. Paired with rumpled, moody styling, Christopher Kane gave us an education in how to feel girly, without giving away your tough exterior.

My Picks for Best Beauty Looks of London Fashion Week Spring 2018

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane met every mark this season – from a stunningly moody collection to an equally entrancing beauty look. Dewy skin highlighted an otherwise very nude face at his Spring 2018 show, while dark, thick brows framed the face. I wont’ say much about the hair (there really isn’t much to say) other than that a middle part never goes out of style.

Ralph & Russo

Another collection that scored big on the beauty front as well as on the sartorial side was Ralph & Russo. Similar to Ulla Johnson at New York Fashion Week, Ralph & Russo played with an extremely opaque – almost metallic – white shade on the inner corners of the eyes to make them pop. This placement and color choice resulted in a wide-eyed, almost futuristic look that I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of this year.

Versus Versace

Two words: liquid liner. Modeled after the iconic Donatella Versace herself, models stomped the runway with the thickest wings imaginable. With an eye surrounded in dark, inky liner it’s safe to say that the rest of the beauty look paled in comparison. As for the hair? Well, it’s always perfected bedhead in Versaceland.

New York Fashion Week Spring 2018 Review

It’s that time of year again, fashionphiles! Welcome to Fashion Month – one of two times throughout the year in which we continuously refresh Vogue Runway for the latest collections, look for any opportunity to see a collection presented live and vigorously critique every look that comes down the catwalk.

You’re probably used to seeing roundups of each trend that we saw this season. But that’s not how it’s going down on emmaelsewhere. In an effort to make these roundups actually exciting and not filled with “couldn’t care less” jargon, I’m giving you the info that you need to know from each fashion week. Let’s do this.

Biggest Moments of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018:

Kaia Gerber made her runway debut at Calvin Klein, in a nod to her mother’s storied past with the brand. As the offspring of mega-model Cindy Crawford, Kaia has a clear natural talent for the catwalk. We’ve all been predicting it for months, but now it’s official – Kaia is going to be the new It Girl. She has the famous genes to make her interesting to the general populace (á la Gigi Hadid/Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenne), but with the model royalty to back up her claim to the throne. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Gigi Hadid lost a shoe while rocking the runway for Anna Sui this season. In a picture-perfect moment (that probably got Anna Sui’s collection more press than it otherwise would have had), Bella stepped up to the plate and the sisters closed the show arm in arm. You’ve gotta love a moment like this!

Leslie Jones lost her mind in the front row at the Christian Siriano show. Known as an incredibly funny comedian who isn’t afraid to speak her truth, Leslie let her opinions be known at this year’s show. Her overjoyed expressions and exclamations made us all smile and remember that hey, fashion is supposed to be fun!

My Picks for Best Collections of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018:


Every year I tell myself that I’m boring for loving Marchesa, and every year I can’t help it anyway. There’s something about over-the-top princess gowns and romantic embellishments that gets me every time! This year’s florals and fabric that looked almost foamy will surely be present on red carpets everywhere.

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta was a surprise to me this year – and a good one at that. After taking the helm at the fashion house, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim have made an incredible effort to preserve Oscar’s vision, while implementing their own taste. This year’s show was *everything*. Denim, architectural gowns and patterned shirting made this my #1 “I want to wear that” collection.


Zimmermann’s boho meets resort meets streetwear collection was a major “YES” moment from me this season. Every piece had its own personality, and I can imagine so many of the bloggers that I follow wearing each look. Some of my favorite aspects of the collection were the use of cutouts and oversized tops with a lowcut neckline. Safe to say I’m into Zimmermann!

My Picks for Best Beauty Looks of New York Fashion Week Spring 2018:

Derek Lam

File this one under looks I want to recreate. The rosy lips, glowy skin and shiny eyeshadow at Derek Lam gave me serious 70’s vibes, which is right up my alley. Lush brows framed the face to add some structure to an otherwise blurred-out look.

Fenty x Puma

With the recent drop of Fenty Beauty, it was only fate that Fenty x Puma would be the talk of the season. Highlight and bronzy blush (Fenty Beauty of course) from cheekbones to temples was the name of the game. While I don’t think I would rock this look in real life, on the runway it translated into a badass, yet neutral look.

Ulla Johnson

If you were looking for a more editorial, graphic beauty look, then Ulla Johnson came through for you. Wearable, yet very edgy, this stark white under eye detail stood out in a sea of bronzy, natural beauty this New York Fashion Week. Matched with intricate contrast piping in the collection, this look made the biggest makeup statement.