Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Review: Remington Heated Clip Rollers

Hey guys! I wanted to do a review on a product I recently got as a Christmas gift from one of my sisters-in-law. I believe it cost around $30 and was available at Target or Wal-Mart. It's the Remintgon T Studio Collection Heated Clip Rollers!

Description & Claims:
This set of rollers contains 20 rollers in two sizes: 8 medium 1" rollers, and 12 large 1.25" rollers. The rollers appear to have a "slit" in them so they can sit on a heated bar. As the roller heats, so do the clips on them, which have ceramic heating plates. The whole set heats up in 90 seconds and it claims to set curls in 5 minutes. There is a place in the back to store the cord, and the rollers themeslves have "titanium tourmaline ionic conditioning". The set has a four year warranty, and prides itself in being the "World's First Heated Clips."

What I Like:
I love the amount of rollers you get and the fact that there are two sizes. I like to use the larger ones on the top layers of my hair and for my side bangs, and the smaller ones on the longer layers for more curl. Though I haven't used a stop watch on it, the set does heat up very quickly- I'd say 90 seconds is probably accurate (basically like many curling irons that heat up quickly). I totally agree with the fact that it will set your curls in five minutes- this is pretty amazing for a set of rollers!! I credit the heated clips for giving your hair twice as much heat as you use them. Also, I have very fine hair which is also layered, so it's often hard for me to wrap my hair around rollers and get all the ends to stay. The texture of the rollers is almost velvety and really clings to my hair without creating static- very easy to roll your hair up in these.

What I Don't Like:
There's honestly not a lot I don't like about these rollers. One thing that I was a bit worried about, and turned out to be a small issue is the fact that these clips- which clip basically all the way around the roller- can leave a bit of a dent on your hair near the roots. This is sort of hard to describe- but you want a roller to give lift directly from the roots- the tendency with these clips is to leave a little mark on the hair and that can cut down on lift. If you read on, you can see that this is correctable, and leaving them in for only five minutes or so doesn't give that dent much of a chance to set in. Another thing, the set is kind of large and would be difficult to travel with, but I guess that's to be expected with a 20 roller set.

How I Use the Product:
I roll my hair starting on the top layers with the large rollers, and then work my way to longer bottom layers with smaller rollers that give a tighter curl. I don't use any hair spray as I put in the rollers (I don't want to gunk them up), but I do use a curl enhancing protective spray by Thermasilk all over my hair before I get started. I leave them in my hair for between five and ten minutes and throughout that time I sort of shift the positioning of the clips on the top layers of my hair, just to lessen any dent that is forming. I generally have three rollers at my crown heading back, and then with my hair parted on the side- I go down each side (with the hair turning under). Once I take the rollers out, I use a product by Nick Chavez called Dry Volume Flocker (available on QVC) and just flip my head over to scrunch the curls. Then I *lightly* brush through them- and this tends to take care of any mark left on the hair by the clips. I'll usually pick up a section at the crown and back comb or tease it a little bit- and also tease the sides and then smooth it down.
In the picture on the top, I left the rollers in a bit longer (closer to 10 min.) Also, as I brushed it out- I did it so the hair made a bit more of a flip. Leaving the rollers in longer created more curl and makes my hair look shorter because there's just a little more lift. In the pic on the bottom, I definitely just left the rollers in for five minutes. You still get nice curl, but it isn't as tight. Also, when I brushed them out, I brushed the curls more individually as opposed to the hair as a whole. This makes it look a little longer and more like a flow of curl rather than one solid flip.

Overall Impression:
I really like this product, and I'd recommend it to someone who wants to give their hair a quick boost. Many people are under the impression rollers take too much time, so they go for a curling iron instead. I'm here to tell you- it takes far less time to roll your hair up in these than it does to stand around with a curling iron. (especially if your hair is long like mine). The heated clip concept makes it so these rollers create a curl faster than pretty much anything else. Once you brush it all out- the effect is great... lots of curl and volume. I would definitely recommend it!
♥ Emily

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

FAQ's... News & Makeup

Hey everyone! Hope your Christmas holiday was great! I got some amazing makeup gifts- check my YouTube channel for a haul video covering that type of thing! (I'll be posting it soon.) For now, I wanted to address some questions I get quite often about my job and how it works with makeup, hair, etc. Perhaps this will be of help to anyone hoping ot one day work in TV broadcasting, or just something interesting for those who watch the news and wonder how it all comes together!

Do you do your own hair and makeup when you anchor the news?
Yep! Many people (including myself before I got in the business) believe every TV station has a makeup artist/hair person that styles the anchors hair and does their makeup, but the truth is that usually only very large stations have that. Your national news like CNN, Headline News, Fox News, etc... all have makeup and hair people. Some of the bigger cities likely do have someone as well, but you'd be surprised at how many places leave this up to the anchors themselves. Keep in mind, some stations may give their employees an "allowance" for makeup or clothes, or pay for them to get their hair done if it's at a certain place. Many stations may also have consultants that come in every so often to make sure the anchors have a good "look" for TV. Personally, I'm glad that I get to do my own hair and makeup. Though it would be less stressful at times, it's definitely something I love and enjoy!

Do you do your makeup a lot differently for the news?
My news makeup does differ from my everyday look in a few ways...
- More face color (like bronzer, blush) to stand up to bright lights in the studio
- More contouring- it seems to come off really well on camera
- More defined eyeliner- a soft line simply doesn't do enough to bring out the eyes on camera
- A "smokey" eye for news = browns, plums rather than blacks- they seem to cast too much of a shadow
- Overall a more careful makeup application- especially where under-eye concealer is concerned

Do your TV clothes come from a wardrobe or are they your own?
I wear my own clothes. Ever since I've become a full time anchor, I'm always looking for sales and good deals on clothes I think would look nice on air. You can't afford to spend a lot on any one thing, because having a large selection is more important (to me). I fear looking the same everyday so I try to be creative with jewelry too like an interesting necklace or earrings.

What face makeup works well under the bright studio lights?
What I use isn't very expensive! Though I do like to switch it up from time to time, lately I've been using Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation- and I set it with Mary Kay loose powder. The combo seems to work great- keeps from getting my shiny and lasts well beyond the newscast. My concealer is kinda pricey though- Bobbi Brown Corrector and Creamy Concealer duo. It's great for the circles! :)

Are you allowed to wear colorful makeup on air?
It's sort of an unwritten rule that the makeup you wear for the news should be fairly neutral. Especially when it comes to eyes. I do sometimes wear colors, but it's nothing really bold and in your face or glittery or anything like that. With lips, I can get away with a pretty big range-- I've worn deep reds, reds, pinks, nudes, etc. The whole theory on not being too colorful with the makeup is to not distract from what you're saying.

Hope this was an interesting post for you! Please let me know if there are any other questions I didn't cover! These are just some of the ones I get the most. Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's almost Christmas!

Hey guys! How are you? Can you believe it's almost Christmas?! My husband Tyler gave me a gift early that I can read while we travel back home tomorrow. It's SO cool! I didn't even know it was out yet, but he knows I like Bobbi Brown so he thought to pick it up at Barnes & Noble! It's called "Bobbi Brown- Makeup Manual". I know I've already talked about the Bobbi Brown Beauty book I have (It's in a past blog)- but this book is even better in my opinoin because it goes from beginner to pro... Talking about basic application, items you need, etc... all the way to what a makeup artist needs in their collection, what it takes to become a makeup artist, famous people in the makeup world, how to do makeup for pictures, tv, fashion shows, and the pictures are absolutely incredible!!!

I can't wait to really get into reading it, but if you get a chance to check it out at your local library or pick it up for yourself- I think you'd really enjoy it! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

♥ Emily

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sneak Peek- My First Hair Tutorial!

Hey everyone! If you're familiar with my YouTube channel- you know I do a lot of makeup videos, but haven't really come up with a good way to shoot my hair videos. What I've recently come up with isn't ideal, but it will work in terms of showing viewers how to create a particular style. Assuming my internet connection cooperates, early this week I'll be posting my first step by step hair tutorial on how to do this half up-half down style...

It's a great dressy look that also keeps your hair out of your face! The style takes less than ten minutes! Just wanted to give you all a preview! Check my channel for the tutorial in the coming days...

Have a great week!

Emily :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My Makeup Wishlist

Before I embark on my final Christmas shopping trip to finish getting gifts for friends & family, I must admit, I'm thinking about those makeup items I hope to receive on Christmas Day! :) Since I'm usually a bargain shopper, I take opportunities like Christmas and my birthday to ask for those splurge gifts that I'm less likely to go out and buy for myself. Here are a few of the things from Sephora that I hope to get! :)

Laura Geller- Baked Basics

I've heard a lot of good things on YouTube about Laura Geller's baked basics line. She's been on QVC before and I've been so tempted to make a purchase but I thought I'd hold out for Christmas.This set has Balance N Brighten- a color corrective powder foundation- And also Bronze N Brighten- which is said to be able to be used as bronzer, blush, or even eyeshadow. The third product is Blush N Brighten- in an interesting berry shade that is supposed to go on sheer. Plus it all comes with a brush and that cute case. I think it's all mineral makeup.

Smashbox Eyeshadow & Brush Collection

This kit looks like a dream come true for Smashbox eyeshadow lovers like myself. It's 8 different duos, plus some great looking brushes. I have a few trios from this brand- and I LOVE them. They're so pigmented, and I've been wanting to try more. This set seems to have a nice variety of colors, and I know Smashbox's brushes are awesome. Can you imagine the tutorials that could be donee with this set?! Also I think pretty much all of these colors could work for anchoring- nothing too wild & crazy, but still some nice colorful shades.

Smashbox Gift of Glow Collection
In case you couldn't tell, I love Smashbox haha :) This set seemed like a really good value to me. The whole thing costs $37, but it's a $127 value. I'm really excited to try the Flash Powder- it's described as "soft luminous gold"- so I think that will be a really flattering look. As you can see you also get a lip gloss and the waterproof Shadow/liner in Hollywood- a dark warm brown, with the brush to use it with. Isn't that little pouch so cute too? Oh the possibilities....

If Santa is good to me, I'll definitely be posting some reviews and tutorials on these products! Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)

*Photos Courtesy

Friday, December 19, 2008

Face of the Day: 12/19/08

Hey everyone! I thought It'd be fun to do a "face of the day" (FOTD) post here on my blog. It's pretty easy to do when I'm on the news, because I can just watch it back on my Tivo, pause it and take a pic with my camera... and I know I'm under good lighting when I'm anchoring :) Since I haven't come up with a better method other than taking a picture of the TV- there is slightly more contrast, in other words, dark things look darker than they actually do. But overall it's a pretty good representation. I may do this for just everyday looks as well in the future. It's almost like getting a tutorial... only you just see the finished product- and all the items it took to get to that point! Hope you enjoy it!-- BONUS- this look is all drugstore with the exception of just a couple of items!

-First I used my Laura Geller Spackle Primer (just a sample I have- love it)
-Used my Coastal Scents Stlippling brush to aply the Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation- in Soft Beige
-Maybelline Mineral Power concealer in Sand around my nose for redness
-Bobbi Brown Corrector in Bisque on inner & outer corners of eyes
-Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer & Sheer finish loose powder duo in Natural
-Set everything w/ Mary Kay loose powder in Beige 1
-Applied a light dusting of the matte bronzer in Milani Sunset Duos in Sunset Beach (top, center)- I use this all over my face
-In key places sun would hit your face, I used Wet & Wild Bronzer in Tahitian Tan (left)
-CoverGirl Cheekers in Golden Pink as a cheek contour (bottom, center)
-Milani Minerals blush in Mai-Tai on apples of cheeks

(refer to pic w/ eyes closed to get a good idea of how I used these)
-On left- Jane Mineral Eyeshadow in Dune (used the lighter shade all over lid)
-Middle- L'oreal HIP shadow in Foxy (used dark brown shade in crease, and more heavily in outer corners
-On right-Cover Girl shadow in Golden Sunset- used center shade, "Golden Sunrise" all over brow bone- right up the the brow, and highlighted under the are w/ the light shade, "First Light"

-First lined the top lashline with Revlon Colorstay liquid liner in Blackest Black
-Lined lower lash line with Revlon Colorstay pencil liner in Black Brown
-Curled lashes, and applied a coat of Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara in Rich Black
-Used Duo Dark Tone Waterproof eyelash adhesive to apply Andrea Mod Lash eyelashes #53
-Applied one more coat of 2000 Calorie Mascara to bond real lashes to falsies

-Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment to add moisture to lips
-Mary Kay lipstick in Amber Suede
-Topped with Maybelline Lip Polish in Nude Flash (gives it a golden look)
*Hope you enjoyed this FOTD! Look for more to come in the future! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What I'm Watching

If you ever stop by my YouTube channel, you know I sort of like to "teach" my makeup techniques to the viewers. Well, when I'm not making videos, I'm also learning a lot from other You Tubers. So I thought I'd give you a short list of some of the other people I'm watching- and why you should check them out too! (note- there are many more who I love to watch- this is just a small list!) Who are some of your faves? Please share!

Julie has some AWESOME videos. She has a nice variety of makeup, hair, and nail vids, and she also does some nice editing on the videos, keeping them very clear and concise. She shares some gorgeous eye looks, and I love her strategy for creating french tips.

I love that she does reviews/hauls/tutorials on a lot of affordable products. She's so sweet, and does some really pretty looks. I also love watching her haul videos to see what things I might want to pick up next time I hit the drugstore!

She's one of the first gurus I started watching on youtube. I love the tutorials, and even though I use a lot of drugstore products, I trust her reviews of various high end items. She is the reason why I tried out the Everyday Minerals free sample kit! Her tutorials are well-lit and always easy to see and understand. She makes makeup look easy!

I would say Irene a.k.a. Pinkiecharm has the most beauty reviews on YouTube. It's truly her speciality. She must have one heck of a makeup budget because she's always purchasing new things- from drugstore to high end. Her reviews are thoughtful and complete. I've definitely made a few purchases based on her reviews. Also, if you are one that enjoys "Must-have" type videos- she does them monthly.

So next time you get on YouTube and don't really know where to start- hopefully this post gives you some ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Beauty Broadcast's New Look!

Hey everyone! I hope you like the new look for my blog! I think it's a little easier to read this way and all the sections seem a little bit more separated from one another. I'm still trying to learn all the ins and outs of web editing and I'd like to do something a little more fun with the heading... so if anyone reading this knows how to create something like that- please let me know! It would be fun to add in a picture maybe or an interesting font. Anyway, I think I'm making progress for now!

Also, what sorts of things would you like covered in this blog? My YouTube channel is one of my main outlets for information, but would you like to see additional reviews here? Stuff about my career/personal life? Please take my poll on the right and let me know! :) Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

Here are some recent "news looks"...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Makeup Gift Sets

Hi Everyone! I have a question for you. You know those jumbo palettes- the kind at Wal-Mart or other drugstores that appear to be some sort of generic brand? They might be displayed in a train case or makeup bag, and may include a number of shadows, lip glosses, blush, etc. Here's the question- are any of these really any good? It has been years since I've had one of these sets that's typically sold around the holidays. I think a brand called "The Color Workshop" puts out some of them. If you've had experience with them- are they better/worse than other drugstore products? Are any particular sets worth buying?

Just so you have an example of what I'm talking about-- The one pictured below is called the "50pc Elegant Train Case Beauty Collection" on

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Classic Holiday Look!

Are you a fan of those looks that incorporate a classic red lip? It's perfect for the holidays, and I'm really excited about a full face tutorial I recently posted on my YouTube channel, Beauty Broadcast. I've gotten some great feedback so far, and I'm proud to say I used all drugstore items to create the look! It's easy and fun and I hope you all decide to give it a try! Also, if you have any requests for special look tutorials an reviews, please let me know! Send me a message on my youtube channel, or email

Monday, December 8, 2008

Update and Colorstay Eyeliner Review

Hey guys! It's been awhile since my last post... a LONG while! Sorry about that! I have really been concentrating on putting out more videos since becoming a partner on You Tube, and it's been hard to keep up both, but I'm going to make a conscious effort to do so! I'm going to set a goal of making a daily post or at least a post every couple of days on this blog! Some might be extended info about a video I've made, others will be something different altogether. hope you enjoy!


I've been a fan of Revlon colorstay products for a long time, and the eyeliners (both liquid and pencil) are some of my favorite products in the line. I've used black & black-brown shades, but recentlly I tried the Blackberry shade and I love it!

I don't have any colorful liners in long-wearing formulas, so I really like having this deep plum liner that also lasts. The color isn't as deep as black, so it's even more important that what you put on actually stays put. The color is soft but can also be very smoky and dramatic if you want it to be. The plum is really unique, it seems to make my eyes sparkle more than brown- while still being a natural alternative to black. A plum liner is great to have in your collection- and you won't be disappointed with Revlon Colorstay! Costs less than $8 at most stores.