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Sunday, August 26, 2018


Hey guys!

If you've been following me for the past couple of months, you'll know that I recently moved into a new apartment.  And with moving comes home decor and decorating - which I absolutely LOVE!

I thought I would show you a couple of the things that I have brought into my new home to make it feel more homey, and maybe give you some idea, but also give you a little look into my home :)

One of my FAVORITE candle scents from Bath and Body Works "Midnight Blue Citrus".  Lighting a candle always make my home feel a little more cozy and homey.
I actually got this cutting board as a gift from my boyfriend; I got the Minnesota shaped one and he got the North Dakota shaped one.  Although his is a little more practical to cut things on....

I bought this off of Amazon as a spoon rest to put on my stove.  It's adorable!

On my TV stand, I like to keep random knick-knacks that I've collected over the years.  These include sand from Oceanside California, a rock from the Grand Canyon, a snow globe from Switzerland, and a random hedgehog ornament that I picked up at a thrift shop YEARS ago.

I bought this cute little guy off of Amazon with full attention of planting a little succulent in the top of his head, and I hopefully eventually will, but for right now, he is just sitting on top of my TV stand, silently judging me.  I am Groot!

In the corner by the patio door, I have my plant children:  2 Bonsais and a Money Tree.  I am actually pretty proud that they are still alive and thriving #greenthumb

A close up of one of my Bonsai trees.

In the bathroom, there is a cute little corner of the counter where I keep all of my favorite every day skin care products (from left to right): Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque, NIOD Flavanone Mud, Lancôme Energie De Vie Liquid Care Moisturizer, Lancôme Advanced Génefique, Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Those are a couple of my favorite bits in my new home!  I would absolutely LOVE if you shared with me a couple of your favorite parts of your home with us!  Do you have any knick knacks that mean a lot to you?  Or a favorite keepsake item?  Let us know in the comments below, and also send it to me on twitter and instagram.  Both @emilyciernia :)


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wanderlust | Banff National Park

I had made a post MONTHS ago talking about how I really wanted to go to Tokyo (still haven't made it there...hopefully eventually!), but then I knew that there are a ton of other places I wanted to go, and so I thought I would bring back my 'Wanderlust' series.  Today I am going to be talking about....Banff National Park!


Sunday, August 19, 2018


Happy Sunday all!

I was just spending my relaxing afternoon scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, and I discovered that today is World Photography Day 2018.  And it made me excited because photography has become such a huge part of my life, and I appreciate it and its ability to make me express my creativity,  So I thought, to celebrate World Photography Day, I would share with you, some of my favorite photos I have taken over the past year or two that I am really proud of :)

Do you have a favorite photo that you have taken?  Please share it with me on twitter and instagram @emilyciernia and #WorldPhotographyDay

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Hey guys!

Happy Wednesday!

I recently went back home to my parent's house to hang out with them along with my sister, which was super nice.  I always have a great time with my family :)

Anyways, my sister and I went to Lucy's Burgers for some lunch, but it turns out that on the weekends, they only serve breakfast until noon, and we happened to get there at 11:30am.  We were both too awkward to leave after we've been led to our table so we just stayed!  But I'm not mad about it because I love brunch.  LOVE.  IT.

I got the croissant sandwich with a side of hashbrowns.  Mmmmmmmmm I'm salivating even typing this and inserting the pictures.  My sister got a belgian waffle with just a little whipped cream...and it came with a heaping pile!! I don't think she complained about it at all either ;)

What's your favorite breakfast food?


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A LOOK AT | NIOD Flavanone Mud

Hey guys!

Welcome back to Emskeeso.  You may have noticed that we got a little makeover over the weekend, and you would be right!  I figured it was about time that we spice things up a little bit considering there are more people here now and also because sometimes it fun to have a makeover :)

ANYWAYS.  Back to what I wanted to take about: skin care.  The particular product I am going to be discussing today is from NIOD.  I have heard some very positive things about the brand NIOD, but I've never actually tried any of their products before.
Before I talk about the specific product, I want to briefly cover the history and mission behind the brand.  NIOD stands for "Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science".  Essentially, the mission behind NIOD is scientifically advanced skin care that offers skin care solutions that respect your skin's health while delivering long lasting, visible results.  That sounded really appealing to me so I decided to do some perusing around their website.  NIOD is a part of the parent company DECIEM which own The Ordinary, Stemm, and The Chemistry Brand amongst a few of them.  I have used several of The Ordinary serums and I really enjoy them so I knew I would probably enjoy NIOD as well.

The one particular product that I purchased was the Flavanone Mud.  According to the website, the Flavanone Mud "is a three-phase rinse-off decongestion system that disrupts neither the skin surface equilibrium nor its density. While FM can be classified as a masque for categorical convenience, its approach varies substantially from that offered by the concept of masques today both in terms of its way of positive visible influence on the skin as well as its respect for dermal integrity."  Essentially FM is a masque used to decongest the skin and increase the overall skin's integrity.

The premise behind this product was really interesting to me, so I decided to try it!


The glass bottle it comes in is very minimalistic with only a simple one sentence instructions on the back.  It has an aluminum - like screw lid, which is very easy to open and tighten to close.  Overall, the packaging is nice and clean.


I was actually quite surprised when I first opened the packaging to find that the product!  Like a bright reddish-orange color.  It definitely has a distinct smell...I can't really figure out how to describe the smell.  I've been sitting here for several minutes to come up with a way, but all that I can think of is chemically, but not overwhelming.  It just has different scent than I've ever smelt before.

Ease of Use

SUPER easy to use.  Just take a scoop full of the product in your hands, spread it on your face in a thin layer, avoiding hairline and eyes.  Leave on for 15 minutes or so (until dry) and then wash off with a warm wash cloth.  One thing that I wanted to mention here is that the packaging states that (and I've read other blog posts about this) is that your skin might feel a slight burning sensation for several minutes after you wash this mask off.  According to the NIOD website, this stinging sensation is a result of the detoxification and exfoliation agents found in FM.  (Note: please test this out on a small patch of skin for skin sensitivity before use, and also seek treatment if the burning sensation lasts for longer than several minutes.)

Final Verdict

Overall, I really enjoy using this product!  I have only used it 3 times so far (once a week for 3 weeks), but I have really felt like my skin has dramatically changed.  It is a lot more smoother and clearer and I think that it is doing it's job well.  i am excited to keep trying it out and see what it is like using it the long term.

Have you ever used FM?  Or any of the NIOD products?  Please let me know because I would LOVE to try more of their products.  Any that you love and would highly recommend?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


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