Thursday, December 31, 2009

Preventing A Glitter Makeup Disaster

Hello! It's New Year's Eve! I like sparkly objects just as much as the next person... but when it comes to makeup, you have to be careful with the glitter! The seemingly innocent decorative tool is deceiving... you think your sparkly shadow is confined to your eyelid... then you get in different lighting and there's glitter all over that snuck-in under the radar! Beauty Broadcast facebooker Tamara knows what I'm talking about... in fact, her question inspired me to write this blog!

"Hey emily i sometimes use eye shadows with glitter in them but they always go all over my face do you have any tips on what i can do to keep them set??"

I realize it might be too late for New Year's Eve beauty tips for some of you, depending on where you live. But you never know when the need for sparkly makeup will come along! I hope these tips will help you...
  • If you're using glitter on your lids, use a base or cream shadow of some sort. Something that is slightly sticky (Bee Luscious Shadow Magnet, ELF Cream Shadows, etc.)... but make sure you only use a thin layer.
  • Use a patting or pressing motion to get the glittery product on- not a back and forth sweeping motion. You're bound to get fallout if you do that. The ELF eye shadow brush is good for packing on product.
  • If you still get fallout on your cheeks- use a lightweight brush like a fan brush to dust off the glitter.
  • If it's still being resistant, try putting on a little powder with a brush. This can help to eliminate any excess moisture that's helping the glitter cling to your face.
  • If you're using any sort of glitter on your lips, make sure your lips are well-defined, and keep the area just outside your lips dry & moisture-free. If you're drinking & snacking, you really run the risk of screwing up this look, however.
  • Glitter on the nails is great! Won't go anywhere and looks festive!
  • If you find yourself in a storm of celebratory New Year's glitter at your party, forget about the rules! It's a lost cause at this point, so just have fun! :)
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a great 2010!


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Beauty Ticket!

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by the blog today! Also, thanks for the wonderful birthday messages following my last blog! That was so kind. I really had fun looking through the old pictures while I was home. A new thing I wanted to share today is my new connection with the website This is a webiste where you'll find lots of high-end makeup up to 85% off retail prices! As you know, I'm a bargain hunter and I want to experiment with a wide range of brands- so this is awesome! Some items on the site are seasonal/limited edition/overstock stuff etc. I'll be joining the site's Beauty Panel (there's an icon on the sidebar of my blog), reviewing products from different brands (that will be sent to me by Beauty Ticket) and letting you know what I think! (through blogs & videos like I usually do). If you browse the site, you'll see there are some AWESOME deals! Brands like Smashbox, Stila and YSL are being sold at really affordable prices. I did some Christmas shopping on the site and was very pleased with the quick shipping as well! :) Right now, there's a Year End sale going on which can save you an extra 25%! The code is posted on the icon below. Hope you'll get a chance to browse the site soon!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Birthday Update!

Hey everyone! It's my birthday!! :D I'm 26 years old. 1983 sure seems like a long time ago! I've been home for the holidays ever since Christmas eve- and haven't had the chance to pop out my computer for awhile! I'm at mom & dad's right now sitting at the kitchen table, watching the snow pile up, and listening to my cat eat LOL :D Their house in west-central IL is about a 5 and a half hour drive from where I live, so it's extra nice to have the day off from work tomorrow- so I can enjoy my birthday all day today! Tyler is here with me also :) Sometimes people ask me- do you feel like you got rooked having your birthday so close to Christmas? But as a child, my birthday always fell during Christmas vacation- so I could always count on having the day off. Also, with it being close to Christmas that means I usually get to spend it with my family :) Here are some pics of home:
the view from the back deck- it's been snowing pretty much the whole time!
Today we're planning to do some shopping, go out to eat, and we'll probably hit up the indoor go-cart track (which I LOVE). I hope you all have a wonderful December 27th! I plan to update you with plenty of reviews on my Christmas beauty goodies so be watching for that! For now, here are some random images from my childhood...

not long after I was born!


One of my favorite pictures with Pup (my sister) in the sandbox!

I still love corn on the cob!

Still waiting on all my teeth...

Birthday time many years ago!

Caught folding socks?! I guess I lost my love for this hobby.

Building a snowman with Pup!

With my brother Ryan!

She's not that sweet and innocent folks!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

QOTW: Tutorials... What Do You Want?

Hello! Can I just say first that I hate that I've only blogged once since last week!? What's up with that? Yeah, probably the whole Christmas thing. Gotta talk take a few minutes out to cover this Question of the Week though. I asked: What type of finish would you like to see in an upcoming eye tutorial? Here's what you said...
  • Matte: 117 (41%)
  • Shimmer: 67 (23%)
  • Glitter: 55 (19%)
  • Metallic: 43 (15%)

I will definitely take these results into consideration. It's pretty much the easiest way to get a feel for what you want to see. Because the bottom line is... it's hard to tell sometimes! When it comes to tutorials, I sometimes get comments asking for "more variety" or "something different" when it comes to eye tutorials. But it seems like a lot of times, a specific "something" isn't spelled out. If you're reading this, I'd really like to get your feedback on what you want to see in terms of tutorials. Here are some things to think about:

  • Do you want other makeup application videos besides eye makeup?
  • How about celebrity tutorials?
  • Neutrals vs. colors... what do you like?
  • I have well over 300 videos. I don't expect you to see them all... but I have done a lot of different things, so the more specific your suggestions, the better!

Thanks everyone! Have a good day!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

QOTW: Glam Gold Holiday Eye Tutorial!

Hello! What's up everyone? Typical evening here at my place... Tyler is playing some sort of football-related video game on the PS3, and I'm blogging! I have been really excited for this "Question of the Week" blog, because your votes determined what kind of tutorial I did! The question was- what holiday color would you like to see incorporated into an eye tutorial? Here are the results...
  • Gold: 152 (35%)
  • Red: 117 (27%)
  • Silver: 84 (19%)
  • Green: 70 (16%)

    Votes so far: 423 Poll closed

There you have it! Gold wins! (I did this tutorial the day before the results were final, but I saw what was in the lead and took a gamble- hey, I just have more tutorial time on the weekends!) What was really cool- I posted a review video on the Maybelline Dream Mousse products and many of you said you like the eye look I was sporting in that video- I'm so glad to be able to show you exactly how I did it. So do you like the interactive poll to determine what type of video I'll do? I think it's pretty fun. I plan to do other fun, holiday party looks, so stay tuned! :D Have a great day!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rediscovered Products

Hey friends! How are you on this lovely Monday? Yeah, I'm looking forward to the weekend too. I actually have a 3-day weekend coming up which is AWESOME. In other news... if you keep close tabs on my YouTube channel- perhaps you saw my Review on Maybelline Dream Matte Foundation & Concealer (plus some bonus thoughts on the bronzer & blush). Someone had asked about these products on my Facebook page, and since it had been YEARS since I'd tried Dream Matte Mousse Foundation, I decided to try it out again. It became a "rediscovered product" in my stash.

Rather than re-hash my entire review of the product, which you can watch by clicking the link above (I initially typed "licking" in place of clicking but decided to correct it LOL)... I'd prefer to talk about this concept of rediscovered makeup. Think about this...

Have you ever had a situation where you tried a product very early on in your makeup-using days, maybe before you really even knew how to apply it correctly... then time passed, new products came out, and you just kind of strayed away from that initial product? So down the road you spy it at the store and think, why exactly did I stop using this? And you're just curious enough that you purchase the product again, to satisfy your own curiosity. Or perhaps this product is currently in your stash (hasn't gone bad) and you just decide you're going to try it again after a long haitus.

Has that happened to you? What is the outcome? Do you generally find that when you come back to a product you haven't tried in awhile- you like it better? Or do you just refresh your memory as to the reasons you stopped using it in the first place? I find myself in this predicament often, probably because I have a large makeup collection, and I also feel like I've been using makeup long enough for me to have tried certain products after they've been launched, stopped using for a substantial period, and then I come back to it. Since mascara is a product I go through more quickly, I find myself "rediscovering" mascaras a lot. What are some of your rediscovered products? I'm eager to get your feedback. Thanks for reading, and have a good day!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

QOTW: Holiday Glam!

Hey there everyone! Sorry I've been laggin' on the blog a little bit this week. I feel like I've been working continuously and I'm getting worn out! We're getting close to Friday though, right? And this time of year, weekends tend to mean holiday parties! So in this "Question of the Week" I asked: What part of your makeup will you play up for a holiday party? Here are your answers:

  • Eyes: 328 (76%)
  • Lips: 109 (25%)
  • Shimmer/Highlight: 45 (10%)
  • Cheeks: 35 (8%)

    Votes so far: 428

I actually thought the responses to this would be more evenly spread across the board. I know red lips and a rosy glow are usually signature looks for the holidays... but eyes are always fun to accentuate. Regardless of what features you decide to maximize for your holiday parties, I wanted to suggest some good products that can help you glam it up in every way! I've recently received some great products from Bee Luscious (there's your FTC disclaimer! and of course, you know that I will state my honest opinions about products no matter what). I have much more to review from this brand than just the products shown below- but these are some that I instantly loved and thought they were ideal holiday products. To top it off- all orders from the website are 35% off for the month of December! These items are part of the "2009 Holidays Black Tie Affair Collection".

  • Glamour Eyes Signature Quad Shadow & Liner: I adore these eyeshadows. I've come to love the way my brown eyes look when I use navy blues- and this is a nice, different way to get that smoldering smokey eye look. The 3 shadows in this palette are SUPER shimmery and they're so rich they practically feel creamy. Tons of color payoff. I like using the white as a highlight, the light blue on the lid, and the navy (my favorite shade) in the crease. The only downfall to this is the liner- it's a bit dry for my liking. It claims to be water-resistant (which it is) but I think that might also be why it's more dry and less creamy. Still- I enjoy the shadows so much I couldn't leave this out.
  • Love Affair Signature Quad Lip & Cheek: I've got to be honest- when I first got this, I wasn't sure what was the lip color and what was the blush! Then I tested the different textures and figured it out. The two shades on the top of the quad (a light creamy pink & a deep wine shade) are lip colors-- the ones on the bottom (a golden highlight and a rose shade) are for cheeks. I love the wine-colored lip shade! The texture is creamy, gives my lips a naturally stained and very full look. This stuff is all easy to apply with your fingers too. It's a great touch-up palette to keep in your purse. Give your cheeks a rosy glow, highlight, and put on your lip color. It's great!
  • Ultimate Lash Experience Mascara: If you take nothing else from this blog post, please understand this. This is one of the absolute best mascaras I have ever tried. It's hard for me to say that, but it's true. This rates high in pretty much every category I have for mascara. The traditional brush is tapered at the tip, making it easy to get to corners of the eye. The bristles are dense and closely packed... preventing the appearance that all of your lashes have stuck together in 5 different segments. One of the best parts-- the formula is not too wet, so volume is easy to build. Not only that- this is a micro-fiber mascara that give you awesome length. After a full day at work- the lashes stay in tact and don't get those squirly ends that flake off. Let's see what else... oh yeah, the packaging is gorgeous.
  • Red Velvet Liquid Metallics Lip Gloss: Are any of these qualities on your lip gloss checklist? Shiny, shimmery, bold, pleasant scent, non-sticky. That's what this gloss is. It has a brush-tip applicator and the color is a shimmery blue-toned red/burgandy. I'm going to warn you, it's really shiny. Blot your lips on a tissue if you want that berry-stained lip look.

There ya go! These are all great products to help you glam it up for the holidays, or to give as gifts! If you follow the links, you'll see that these aren't exactly drugstore prices... however keep in mind the 35% off discount for the month of December. Look for more Bee Luscious reviews here- and on my YouTube channel in the near future. Have a great rest of the week everyone!


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

You Ask! Choosing the Right Drugstore Foundation Shade

Hey everyone! Here's a very very frequently asked question that I believe I've answered many times individually, so when I saw it again today I thought- why not share my answer with everyone through a "You Ask" segment? On the Beauty Broadcast Facebook Page, Ashley said she was trying out a drugstore foundation that didn't work quite right. She asked...

"Do you have any suggestions for picking out the right color for your skin?"

photo courtesy

Here's my answer- (it pertains specifically to shopping for foundation in the drugstore, since you can test out foundation in a department store)...

Look for a foundation that you already own that is a close match to your skin tone. Take that with you to the store and hold it up to the foundations you're considering and pick the one that's the closest match. Even if the foundation you own isn't perfect- at least you can take it with you to the store as a frame of reference... "i want this shade- only less yellow" (or a little lighter, little darker, etc.) Hope this helps! :D For someone who doesn't yet own a foundation- hold the bottles up to your face and look in a mirror and make your best guess. As with all makeup purchases- there is DEFINITELY trial and error involved with selecting the right foundation.

There you go everyone! I hope this tip helps you as you make your selections, and also keep in mind that basing it entirely on color isn't always 100% correct. Different formulations and textures can sometimes have a different appearance on the skin. Also, unfortunately, the shade of the foundation in the bottle isn't always the same as it is on your face. I wish I could give you some fool-proof advice... but there are lots of chances for error in the drugstore foundation guessing game. Hopefully now you can give it a slightly more educated guess :) Do you have any tips of your own? Please share!

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blog Update:

There are a few small changes- and one big change to my blog! (The web address is now's in transition now but that links should be fully functional soon). Anyway- I made a quick video walking you through some of the new stuff- hopefully you have a few minutes to check it out! A big thank you to my brother-in-law Jeff for helping me make these additions to the blog... there will be more to come!

QOTW: Holiday Shopping for the Man in Your Life

Hey Everyone, Emily here! Thanks for stopping by the blog. In every question of the week post I do, I like to offer some sort of "take away" for those who read it. Some practical advice, whether it's about makeup, clothes... heck, some of them are pracitcally pshychology! I knew I wanted the "take away" of this blog to pertain to Christmas shopping for the man in your life- so why not ask my husband Tyler to do a guest blog? Take it away, Tyler! (P.S. you'll see a lot less exclamation points, but still- great content! LOL :D)

Emily & Tyler with their Gingerbread House: Christmas 2008

"Holiday Shopping for the Man in your Life"
...and Question of the Week Results
-a guest blog by Tyler

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I'm writing this guest blog for last week's 'QOTW'. I'm not sure how Emily usually does this so I'm just going to give the results and throw some commentary in. She would also like me to give my top ten gift buying tipsfor the man in your life, so I'll see if I can come up with ten semi useful ideas. The question of the week was: "When do you start your Christmas shopping?" How would I have voted? I'm glad you asked. I bought a gift on the Saturday after thanksgiving this year which is pretty early for me. Usually I don't start till around a week or two before Christmas. I haven't bought Emily anything yet in case you were wondering, but I have some ideas. On to the results...

  • Number one with 39% of the vote was early December-I pretty much expected this would be a popular choice, but I wouldn't have guessed it wasnumber one.
  • Number two with 28% was before Thanksgiving- really, people do this? That's a long time to keep all that stuff stored. Then again the question was "start" so even buying one thing would qualify.
  • Number three with 17% was right after Thanksgiving-I figured this would be number one. I guess more people like to avoid crowds than I thought.
  • Number four with only 3% was the day before Christmas-This number kind of surprised me, I thought my dad was the only person who did all his shopping the day before Christmas. It works pretty well for him, but then again, the only person he buys anything for is my mom. The rest of the giftbuying is left up to my mom who seems to be 100 percent cool with that.

Now on to my top 10 tips when you're shopping for the man in your life around the holidays...

  1. Ask the guy-I realize this isn't that original of an idea, but I guarantee you any guy would rather know what he's getting and have it besomething he wants than to have the gift be something he didn't want and besurprised. For the rest of the list I'll assume you asked and he couldn't think of anything.
  2. Find his hobby/interest, go to the store that specializes in that type of thing, and ask them what the newest and coolest thing is that has come out lately. Just make sure he doesn't have it already.
  3. Look at the magazines he reads-around Christmas a lot of magazines have a gift ideas section
  4. Tickets-Depending on what he likes to do, tickets to a sporting event, concert, or something else are a great idea. The best part is, depending on your budget, you can bundle a bunch of stuff with the tickets (t-shirts, jerseys, other memorabilia.....)
  5. Gift cards-They are not a bad idea for a guy as long as you get them from the right place for the specific guy. They work really well if the guy you're shopping for likes something like video games. You can just get a gift card for the price of a new game and then you don't have to worry about getting one you're not sure if he'll like.
  6. Find something that the guy you're shopping for would normally buy,but is too cheap to get for himself. Specific examples are going to depend a lot on the guy. Just think of something that he really likes, but buys generic or a cheaper version- and buy him the premium stuff.
  7. Netflix- They sell a lot of gift memberships for different amounts, depending on the number of DVD's you get at a time. You can also get streaming movies online or from a Playstation 3 and possibly even x-box (I'm not positive on that one though).
  8. Magazine subscriptions-find a magazine that he has bought a few times but doesn't subscribe to.
  9. Listen for something he complains about-does he use something a lot that's either worn out or doesn't work as well as it used to? Buy him a new one. Tread lightly though, make sure it's something that he would want replaced. Some guys get attached to certain things and wouldn't want to throw it out. Just make sure it's something he complains about and wants to replace himself- not just something that bothers you.
  10. This is more of a "don't" than a tip, but still useful. Don't buy him a suggestion gift. Don't buy him a piece of exercise equipment if he needs to lose weight or something like that. Christmas gifts are to make the person you buy them for happy, not for your own purposes. Don't put the guy in a situation where he has to pretend like he likes something that might actually offend him.

That's my take on gift giving for the man in your life. Hopefully you getan idea or two from this list.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Favorite Neutral Eye Palettes!

If I created a list of most asked makeup questions, this would be on it: What are some of the best eyeshadow palettes for everyday use? My short response is that neutral shadows are great for getting an appropriate look for day, night, or any special occasion. In palette form- neutral shadows are extremely practical and user-friendly. They don't contain bright, vibrant colors... but again- this general question I get comes from those seeking an appropriate eye look for an everyday natural look. Maybe in the future I'll compile a list of my favorite bright palettes! But for now- enjoy my list of top neutral palettes!

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Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

QOTW: First Impressions

This "Question of the Week" might give us a little more insight into how we see others- and how others see us! I asked: What's the first thing you notice about someone's physical appearance? You answered...
  • Face/Makeup: 171 (46%)
  • Outfit: 77 (20%)
  • Hair: 60 (16%)
  • Body size/shape: 59 (16%)

    Votes so far: 367 Poll closed

Almost half of those who responded to this question said Face/Makeup... that's what I said too. I think we just naturally make eye contact with people, and if makeup is something you generally look for or create an opinion on- you're probably going to notice that. The remaining votes were pretty evenly split among the other answers- outfit, hair, and body size/shape. Perhaps this could be a slight reassurance to those who're self-conscious about their weight- it's not necessarily the first thing people see! Regardless of your feelings on this question, I thought I'd offer some "first impression tips" I found online- for a circumstance where you're meeting someone new (parties, interviews, significant other's famliy, school, etc.). They're not entirely appearance-related, but they might come in handy, and lessen your fears of meeting new people.

How To Make A Strong First Impression: 7 Tips That Really Work

Source: Bill Lampton Ph.D.


  1. The greatest way to make a positive first impression is to demonstrate immediately that the other person--not you--is the center of action and conversation.
  2. You'll make a superb initial impression when you demonstrate good listening skills. Give positive verbal cues: Hmmm. . .interesting! Tell me more, please. What did you do next? Keep the exchange going!
  3. Use the name of a new acquaintance frequently. Example: Judy, I like that suggestion. Or: Your vacation must have been exciting, Fred. You show that you have paid attention from the start, catching the name during the introduction.
  4. Be careful with humor. Although a quip or two might serve as an icebreaker, stay away from sarcastic remarks that could backfire.
  5. Give up the need to be right. Confrontations with somebody you've just met will destroy rapport before you even start building it.
  6. Appearance counts. Don't dress for the job you have now, dress for the job you want to have.
  7. Speak clearly, confidently, and convincingly. Listeners judge our intelligence, our cultural level, our education, even our leadership ability by the words we select--and by how we say them.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Makeup Tips for Glasses Wearers!

photo courtesy

Hey everyone! I'm very excited about this blog! I was on my Beauty Broadcast Facebook Page answering some questions, and a Beauty Broadcast viewer, Ashley Knox, posted some pictures! She will occasionally throw up a makeup photo or two, and I love seeing them! I really enjoy her enthusiasm for makeup, and I always like seeing photos of peoples' makeup! Anyway, I noticed in her profile pic Ashley was wearing glasses, and considering how many questions I get asking for makeup tips for those wearing glasses- I thought she might be a great person to ask for some tips! I only wear glasses now and then (ususally it's contacts)- so I asked Ashley if she would post a few tips on the Facebook page. She graciously did- and I want more people to see it- so I thought I'd make it into a guest blog post too! Enjoy the tips, and thanks Ashley for taking the time to do this! :D
Makeup Tips for Those Who Wear Glasses!
A guest blog by Ashley Knox

It is actually hard to answer this question because everyone has such different features. But, I think some across the board tips would be:
  1. Not wearing too much shimmer, and wearing a matte color in the crease really adds depth that can be lost under frames. Also not wearing loose glitters because they can fleck off onto your glasses.
  2. Since glasses tend to make your eyes look smaller...apply makeup in such a way that makes eyes larger. For example: keeping darker colors away from your eye...keeping a lighter lid color, tight lining the lower lash line with white and even keeping most of your mascara away from the root of your lashes. I find that using dark eyeliner is fine but not on the water line. I think it's better on the lower lash line (where the hairs are) and swept above the lashes on the lid. I like to do false lashes on the outer corners of my lid also to make my eye appear wider. Also really concealing dark circles under eyes is important for making eyes look wide awake.... Anything to make the eye appear larger will make them prettier behind glasses.
  3. The top rim of glasses tends to cut off right at about your crease and it can look too intense if you bring the color much above that. So, I think for everyday looks...I would say don't take shadows too much above the crease but instead add something fun on the lower lash line because this is a place that is well seen through the lenses. I like to maybe use a glitter liner (these don't flake like loose glitter) or a fun shadow color that complements the color of my eyes (like green and purple). Putting more detail on the lower lashes actually will get your makeup noticed, even behind frames.
  4. This is a normal tip for everyone, but especially for glasses wearers, pluck and shape those brows! I think eyebrows are SO important for girls with glasses because for the most part they're seen better than the eyes! Not to mention they frame your face and your frames! :p Hope that helps!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Is being nice a bad thing?

Hey everyone- this is not a makeup-related blog- so if you're not interested, I won't be offended if you take this opportunity to check out! That being said- this pertains to a situation that was brought up at work today... which really caused me to think about my life as a whole and the way I'm perceived. During a meeting at work, the act of calling people out on their mistakes was brought up. Someone mentioned- *if Emily were to call someone out, people would really take note because she's so nice* (laughter). I'd first like to note that many who seemed to show agreement with this comment don't really work side by side with me on a regular basis to even know exactly how I respond to certain situations... but regardless... it seems they feel they've got me figured out- and I've been pegged as a "nice person". Are there worse things to be called? Absolutely! But in some instances- being known as "the nice one" can also be code for "the one without a backbone". At least for me, that's what it meant back in grade school, high school, and college (according to those who didn't really KNOW me as a person). So naturally- I had that negative flashback when the phrase came up in today's meeting.

Here's a little history lesson... from kindergarten through 8th grade, my dad was my principal. I couldn't get away with being a "Diva"... everyone would say I thought I had some sort of right to do that since I was the principal's daughter. The alternative for me was to be nice. It still didn't earn me a lot of friends, but at least people didn't think I thought I had some sort of license to rule the school. Then came high school. A point came when we were practically coachless for cheerleading and once some of the older girls left, it was mentioned that I "wasn't enough of a bitch" to make the squad successful. In other words- I was too nice. I flashback to this moment quite often. In my opinion- once again I couldn't get away with being a Diva because I was the girl on the top of the stunts- I was incredibly self-conscious of people assuming I felt the need to be the center of attention- and also needed to command the rest of the team! I went out of my way to be nice- and if I had to be "mean" I did so with much caution. We remained a tight-knit team with great abilities and respect for one another. A similar assumption was made about me in college- (cheerleading squad was once again coachless) and I had to take charge. I still managed to keep my cool, be nice, and found that it got me far.

Here's the bottom line: you don't have to be a bitch to be a leader. There's a difference between having high standards and holding others accountable... and being mean and disrespectful. Sometimes it's a fine line- but it's a line I feel like I've walked all my life. Now I'm a news anchor. Once again, a role where I could easily become the dreaded "diva". I've seen it happen to others, and just knew I didn't want to be the mean, unapproachable lady on the anchor desk who thought all should cater to her and do as she commands. I've always tried to be the anti-diva... probably because I've seen lots of divas in action- setting an example for what I didn't want to be. Kind of ironic that I got that diva magnet (shown above) as part of some sort of grab-bag present. I glance at it on my refrigerator from time to time... my little reminder to keep both feet on the ground. And that in my opinion- it's ok to be nice. It doensn't mean you're weak or opinionless. A person can still be assertive, while maintining others' respect. Some people may see your niceness as a negative thing- but if you believe you're doing what's right... don't stray from your course. Be nice, state your feelings, but have tact and compassion.
Thanks for taking the time to read!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

QOTW: How Much Would You Spend on Lip Gloss?

This week's "Question of the Week" was pretty straight-forward... what's the MOST you'd spend on a lip gloss? Here's how your answers stacked up...

  • $5 (or less): 79 (21%)
  • $10: 118 (32%)
  • $15: 71 (19%)
  • $20: 55 (15%)
  • $25: 24 (6%)
  • $30 (or more): 14 (3%)

I wasn't exactly surprised by these results. I figured there would be votes across the board in eaach category- but $10 is a pretty average price range. Between the 5 and 10 dollar mark is where you'll find many drugstore lip glosses... there are actually quite a few less than 5 bucks, and that was the second most popular answer. Since many people aren't willing to spend more than $10 for a lip gloss- I thought I'd share ten great lip glosses under ten dollars! This is a variety of really nice glosses that are in the ideal price range for many of you! Some are glosses you've heard me talk about before- and others are new to me! The products are listed below in the same order they're pictured. Please be aware- in some cases the prices are approximate, and may vary depending on where they're purchased.

10 Under $10

  • Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lip Glaze in Lasting Shimmer (drugstore, $8) Shimmery, opaque peachy-golden nude. Slightly thick feel- long wearing.
  • Coastal Scents Smacks in Sheer Tan (, $2.95) Sheer, yet ultra shimmery golden nude. Great with a tan.
  • Hard Candy Plumping Serum Lip Gloss in All American Girl (Wal-Mart, $6) Sheer, slightly plumping neutral lip gloss.
  • ELF Mineral Lip Gloss in Trendsetter (, $3) Slightly shimmery, smooth & creamy neutral gloss.
  • NYX Diamond Sparkle Lip Gloss in Rose Sparkle (, $4) Gorgeous pink gloss with concentrated shimmer. Nice alone or over lipstick.
  • Cover Girl Wetslicks in Tutu (drugstore, $5) Light pink shimmer, nice as an accent color in the center of the lower lip for a plump appearance.
  • Maybelline Volume XL Seduction Plumping Lip Gloss #115 (drugstore, $7) Fairly intense plumping tingle. Bright- but not too bright pink. Gel like formula, but not sheer.
  • NYX Girls Round Lip Gloss in Amethyst (, $2) Slightly metallic, medium berry shade. Texture is not sticky or sheer.
  • ELF Super Glossy Lip Shine in Mauve Luxe (, $1) Deeper berry tone containing SPF 15. A nice fall/winter shade. Not slick & slippery, yet not overly sticky.
  • C.O. Bigelow Cinnamint Mentha Lip Shine (Bath & Body Works, $7.50) Great for cinnamon lovers. A clear gloss that will add life to any matte lipstick. Tasty flavor!

As you can see, my selections are a mix of shades and finishes. Hopefully these swatches (which correspond with the glosses above) give you an idea of how these will appear on the lips! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and have a great day!


Saturday, November 14, 2009

I Love Palladio Tinted Lip Balm!!

Hey everyone! I'm so excited to tell you about Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm! :D It's a brand available at Sally Beauty Supply- and I've recently been checking out some of their products (there are some GREAT ones)- but this tinted lip balm is a real treasure. Tinted lip balm is something I often feel let down by. Sometimes it's not moisturizing enough to be called a "balm", and other times it's barely tinted enough to be referred to as "tinted". So after trying out this Palladio TLB (my hip new term for tinted lip balm LOL) I had to immediately include it in my latest "Shopping List Ideas" video, then purchase more- and blog about it! :D

(left to right: Bronzy Pink, Golden Pink, and Rosey)
The first shade I tried (and featured in my Shopping list ideas video) is Bronzy Pink. The name pretty much sums up this shade perfectly, and I enjoy the amount of color it gives off. These give color that reminds me of a lipstick, but they are SO moisturizing- if you weren't looking in a mirror, you'd just feel like you were putting on a lip balm. They are surprisingly long wearing, and they seem to fade leaving a light stain all over your lips (especially Rosey). I'd describe the scent as light- to barely there. I like how there are a variety of finishes. As you can see, Bronzy Pink and Golden Pink both have some shimmer, while Rosey is a creamy, non-shimmery shade. There are 5 other colors ranging from Orange to Brownie that I've yet to try. You can see the swatches below- they correspond to the TLB's shown above.
These are really fantastic for only $3.99 apiece (or $3.79 with your Sally's Beauty Club card!). You can check them out on Sally's website, or head to your local Sally Beauty Supply store. Again, I was so impressed with the first one I tried, I had to go out and get a couple more. They'll be a fixture in my purse and makeup bag- and I hope you get the chance to try them out yourself! Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

QOTW: Battling Dry Skin!

Hey everyone! Depending on where you live, you may have noticed the weather starting to turn a bit colder! I don't know about you, but that tends to have a pretty big impact on my skin. (especially during the winter when the air gets really dry!) So for this "Question of the Week", I asked- How do you keep your skin moisturized during the cooler seasons? Here's what you said... (you could select multiple answers)

  • Apply a lip balm: 171 (58%)
  • Apply extra body lotion: 149 (50%)
  • Use a rich facial moisturizer: 149 (50%)
  • Use a foot lotion: 47 (15%)

    Votes so far: 294 Poll closed

Not surprisingly, many people do feel the need to layer on the moisture this time of year! I definitely answered all of the above! It's almost essential to go through these steps after a shower to really lock in moisture and keep skin looking supple and radiant. Remember that exfoliating (on face and body) is very important as well to get rid of those dead skin cells. It doesn't necessarily need to be done daily- but maybe a couple times a week (and before sunless tanning to make sure it goes on as evenly as possible). Below are some of my favorite products for each category mentioned in this "Question of the Week"...

  • Cococare Cocoa Butter Lip Balm (SPF 15)... This was mentioned in one of Tyler's first videos as his favorite "beauty" product. He swears by only having to apply this before bed and his lips retain the moisture throughout the night and the next day as well! After a little of this is left on my lips from a goodnight kiss- I'm convinced it's truly a fantastic lip balm- even for those who're plagued with dry, chapped lips! It's available for only about $1 at Walgreens, and probably other drugstores too.
  • Bath & Body Works Body Cream... A rich body cream as opposed to the typical lotions with thinner formulations really makes a difference! I especially love the Bath & Body Works body creams in Japanese Cherry Blossom (shown here) and Vanilla Nior. Without feeling greasy, the moisture stays with your skin, and really makes you feel hydrated! Cost is around $10 at Bath & Body Works stores (but be on the lookout for holiday sales!)
  • Merlot Moonlight Radiance Night Cream... in the picture above- you're looking at the $2.99 travel size I found at my local Walgreens store. They also sell a larger full-size, which is a bit more expensive. I'd heard good things about this moisturizer with natural grape seed (and it smells like fruit loops!) I wanted to recommend a moisturizer that I thought would provide that extra jolt of hydration, without being "too much" for oily/combo skin types. If you've never tried a night cream, this might be a good option to really moisturize skin amid dry air conditions.
  • Silk Bee Elan Vital Foot Moisturizer... Remember when I reviewed the all natural line of moisturizers called Silk Bee? They are wonderful- but lately I've been really loving the extra moisturizing Elan Vital Foot moisturizer. The texture is absolutely luxurious and leaves your feet feeling super soft! It's fragrance free, at costs $11 at

Please keep in mind that these items worked great for me, but that's not a 100% guarantee that you'll love them too! I just wanted to pass along some items that I'm really impressed with that I hope you'll discover as well! :D Have a great day everyone!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Share your Tips about Q-Tips and Win!

Hey everyone! Just wanted to make sure all my bloggin' buddies knew about the giveaway I just started on my YouTube channel. Here are the details!
  • Head to my Q-Tips Giveaway! video on YouTube
  • Make sure you're a subscriber!
  • Add a comment under the video about your favorite use for Q-Tips!
  • The last day to submit a comment is November 13th
  • One winner will be selected at random and announced on November 14th
  • The prizes include 4 adorable Q-Tips Vanity Packs plus a cute jewelry box (I show it all in the video)
  • Do not submit more than one comment! I'll be able to figure that out.
  • If the prize will be mailed to your parents address- make sure it's ok with them that you give it out.
  • The prize will be mailed directly from the people at q-tips (I'll pass along your address to them)
  • This is open to international viewers.

Please take part- this is a great little prize package, thanks to the great people at Q-Tips! If you don't win and would like to purchase the new Vanity Packs for yourself, check out,, your local Walgreens store (and probably other drugstores as well). They're only a few bucks a pop!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

QOTW: Favorite Fall Footwear

It's question of the week time once again! Here's what you said to this question: What's your favorite fall footwear?
  • Tall boots (upper calf): 87 (31%)
  • Short/Medium boots: 82 (29%)
  • Sneakers: 40 (14%)
  • Flats: 39 (14%)
  • Heels: 15 (5%)
  • Clogs/Loafers: 14 (5%)

Tall boots win! It's my fall favorite too! I'm a fan of classic black boots that zip up the side, and I have a brown pair I love as well. If you're curious about the boots shown above, I got the brown pair last year at this time from Wet Seal... they have a soft suede-like feel and come about 3/4 of the way up my calf. They were around $20, and I believe they have similar boots in stock this season. I got the black boots at a store called "The Shoe Department" at my local mall. The brand is Torta Caliente, and they cost between $30 and $40.

I like most of my boots to have heel, just because I feel like it gives my legs a sort of elongated look. I'm a fan of tucking skinny jeans in the boots, and leggings look cute like that too. How do you like to wear your tall boots? What are some great brands or styles? Feel free to share in the comments section! :D

Have a great day!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

You Know You're Obsessed With Makeup When...

a shot of one of my lipgloss drawers

Just for fun- I posed this question on my Beauty Broadcast Facebook page: ... The thought came to me when I was searching for a pen in my purse and kept pulling out either an eyeliner or lip liner... at that moment, I thought- wow, you know you're obsessed with makeup when something like this happens. I thought it'd be fun to hear your take, and I was thoroughly entertained while reading your comments! Many made me laugh out loud, or think- I thought I was the only one who did that! LOL :) At the time I'm writing this, there were 75 comments- so I picked some of my faves to post here...

You know you're obsessed with makeup when...
  • "You empty out your underwear drawer to make room for more makeup. :)" -Dania
  • "When bonding with your two year old is watching Makeup Tutorials together and she calls it 'painting'" -Laura
  • "You're in hospital and you send your mother to MAC to get the new collection." -Alison
  • "When you have a weekly/monthly budget (as if it's a necessity like groceries). I'm guilty of that." -Elena
  • "When you buy more mascara, even when your old mascasa is still fresh!" -Misty
  • "When you hide packages that come in the mail from your husband and hope he never notices the exponential growth in you collection (guilty again)!" -Cynthia
  • "When your down and sad makeup is the only thing that makes you happy..(.i mean it)" -Sirsha
  • " HAVE to do "the rounds" at the drugstore even if you were there just yesterday." -Jacqueline
  • "When you spend hours watching make up tutorials on youtube and u are notoriously known for getting in trouble for putting on make up in class : / lol." -Katelyn
  • "When you also join beauty broadcast on facebook....." -Louise

Have you joined Beauty Broadcast on Facebook? You should! You can share tips & pictures, ask questions, and get updates on the latest BB videos and blogs. Get a Facebook account started (if you don't have one already), head to the Beauty Broadcast page, and click "Become a Fan"! Have a great day everyone!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Playing with Purple- and Pup!

Hello! The face you're looking at isn't me, it's my beautiful sister Kelly a.k.a. Pup! Though we're about 15 years apart, we have a great relationship- and when we get together (like we did this past weekend) we always have a great time! I love Pup so much and I just wish we could be together more often! She's been there for me during pretty much every major moment of my life, but what's also really cool-- Pup and I can have the most fun & memorable times just goofing off! One of those times came over the weekend when Pup told me to "go nuts" and do some fun & different eye makeup! I took those words to heart, giving Pup a bold purple eye look with some of the most pigmented shades I have access to. Though it's a variation from Pup's natural beauty, I think it's bold and fun-- and she carried it off beautifully!

As you can see from the little image I created above-- I used my Creative Me palette from Coastal Scents. This is similar to the Fierce Pink & Purple look I recently did on myself, only that was heavier on pink and this is more purple. I actually shot this look with Pup as a video tutorial- but due to the way I was positioned in relation to the camera- my voice didn't pick up that well the entire way through. So enjoy the bullet points! :D
  • Prime the lid with a shadow primer (I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance)
  • Pack a bold matte purple shadow onto the lid, blending into the crease as well
  • Deepen the crease & outer V with a rich black shadow
  • Brighten the look- with a light touch, use a matte fuscia shade to blend over the outer border of your shadow look (leaving space between the shadow and the eyebrow)
  • Highlight under the brow and the tear duct area with any shimmery white shade
  • Line the upper lashline with a black liquid liner, and define the bottom lash line using a black shadow and an angled liner brush.
  • Complete the look with mascara... or false lashes for extra drama! Pup is wearing Andrea Mod Lash #53

We had fun doing a little post-makeover photo shoot. Pup makes a gorgeous model! Here's Pup with her precious cat Bunny! (Bun has no tail).

Fun Facts about Pup!

  • Pup is an incredible artist, and also teaches high school art
  • The seasonal Reese's Peanut Butter products (PB eggs, pumpkins, etc.)... Pup loves them
  • Pup is a fan of the band U2 and has created a number of U2 cartoon images
  • Pup is a nickname that I've used for her ever since I was a small child!
  • She's a wonderful cook. She's always preparing a wide range of gourmet meals!
  • Pup has a loving husband named Jeff!
  • My sister is incredibly smart, loves to read, and will always win at Trivial Pursuit!
  • Today someone at work said, "she does art, AND she cooks too?" I responded, "She's pretty much a Renaissance woman."

Want more Pup? She talks about her artwork, cooking, and more at her blog:

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 26, 2009

QOTW: Weekend Makeup Routine

Hello everyone! How does your makeup routine change on the weekend? That was the "Question of the Week" I posed... and here are your responses!
  • No makeup: 43 (9%)
  • Less than usual: 96 (20%)
  • Same as weekdays: 111 (23%)
  • More than usual: 106 (22%)
  • More, only for special occasions: 118 (24%)

    Votes so far: 474 Poll closed

Wow! The responses were a lot closer than I expected on this one. The majority said "More, only for special occasions"... and I was part of that group as well. It was closely followed by "Same as Weekdays", "More than usual", and "Less than Usual".... so I guess it's safe to say, most of us are wearing makeup to some degree on the weekends! Being one who makes videos on YouTube, I definitely take advantage of weekends to do tutorial videos. But for anyone who is just learning about makeup, I'd advise you to use spare time on the weekends to experiment! If you have a spare afternoon and you don't have to go anywhere, test out a new look you'd be scared to wear to work or school! Wash it off and then try something else! You'll be surprised at what you'll discover... and you'll never know what the final result will be with some of those bright, fun shades- unless you try it! :D

Speaking of weekends- here are some photos I posted on Twitter from my weekend! Tyler and I, along with my mom and dad met up at my sister and her husband Jeff's house. It was wonderful and I was sad to leave!

Tyler & I on the road! :D

My sister Kelly a.k.a. Pup after I did fun, dramatic eye makeup on her! Look for more pics of that in an upcoming blog! :D

Have a great day everyone!

Emily :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coastal Scents Creative Me Palette #1

photo courtesy

Hey everyone! If you've seen my Fierce Pink & Purple eye tutorial, you know these aren't your everyday shadows. The shades in the Coastal Scents Creative Me Palette #1 are some of the brightest, most pigmented shades I've ever used. This magnetic palette (filled with shadows) costs $21.95. It also holds Coastal Scents Hot Pots- and if you want, you can pick up these "Creative Me" shades individually. I enjoy how the palette comes with a big mirror and keeps all of my brightest shadows available in one place. Here's a look at the swatches- they correspond with the rows in the palette... (I used the CS Eye Poxy 2 Primer under these)

In terms of creating looks with these colors, so far I've only done a tutorial using the shades in the pink/purple color family (minus the red). I definitely want to do more tutorials using these shades- but I want to do what YOU want to see. So in the comments section please let me know what color combinations you'd like to see a tutorial on. While they're split into obvious color families in the pictures and in the palette- I'd like to switch things up... maybe using the pink & the aqua for example. Anyway- just wanted to give you a closer look at the colors! Thanks for visiting my blog today, and please don't forget to answer the latest "Question of the Week" in the sidebar!

Monday, October 19, 2009

QOTW: Yes To Makeup Artists?

photo: Jin Pak via

Look at the model in this picture. Is she in deep concentration, the kind that always comes about as you apply liquid liner? Is she looking at a collection of lip glosses, concerned over what might look best with her outfit? Is she wondering if her summertime foundation will still look right as her skin loses its tan as we head into fall? The answer to those questions is likely NO. That's what her makeup artist is there to take care of. Some people would love to hand that responsibility over to an expert, others would not. And some might like to do it just now and then. I find this to be an interesting concept, especially among makeup lovers, so in this Question of the Week I asked: If your job provided a makeup artist- would you want your makeup done for you?
  • Always: 162 (33%)
  • Often: 172 (35%)
  • Only Occasionally: 118 (24%)
  • Almost Never: 28 (5%)

Votes so far: 480 Poll closed

As you can see- some interesting results! While I realize many of the people who view this blog have a pretty big interest in makeup, the majority still said they would "always" or "often" have a makeup artist do their makeup for them if they had the opportunity. Still, the group that said "only occasionally" wasn't far behind at 24%. I was in that group. This is a question that I think about often, because one of the questions I'm so often asked because of my job is, "Do you have a makeup artist doing your makeup before the newscast?" My answer is no, and unless you're living in a very large city, chances are your anchors are doing their makeup themselves too. While I believe a makeup artist could do a wonderful job on my makeup, my daily makeup routine is something I enjoy. It's a time for me to experiment with new products, try something new, and frankly, just have some quiet time before an undoubtedly hectic day gets underway. In an ideal world, having a makeup artist do my makeup "occasionally" would allow me to learn a thing or two from them, and then practice it on myelf the rest of the time.

So that's just my 2 cents... but this poll leaves me wanting to know more about YOU. Why did you answer the way you did? Why do you- or don't you- want a makeup artist doing your makeup if you had the chance? Also- are YOU a makeup artist? How do you feel about having someone else do your makeup? Please elaborate in the comments section! Hope you enjoyed this "food for thought" question and have a great day!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Products I'm Trying!

Hey everyone! How's the weekend been going? Mine's been good so far! I just wanted to take a minute to let you guys know about the new products I'm testing out and will probably soon review, or include in tutorials.
  • Maybelline Super Stay 24 hr. Makeup... Meet the latest long-wearing drugstore foundation! I've received dozens of requests to review this product. Some of my current favorite drugstore foundations (Revlon Colorsty & Rimmel Lasting Finish) claim to last 16 hours... this is the first time I've seen a foundation claim to last for 24 hours! Do you really want to wear a foundation that long? Is that even healthy for your skin? Probably not, but it's comforting to know that it could if you get in some sort of marathon-day situation. This foundation claims to have a "micro-flex forumula" that can withstand heat, sweat and humidity. It claims to be "zero-tranfer", oil-free, and suitable for all skin types. I will definitely let you know how this works for me! (by the way, the shade I purchased is Classic Beige).
  • L'oreal Wear Infinite Eyeshadow in Milla's Blues... this isn't a new product- but I was scouring the drugstore a couple days ago to find a drugstore version of my Smashbox Glamour Eyes palette for brown eyes. I used that on Kalee when she made a guest appearance in one of my videos- and many of you asked what a drugstore version of that might be... I advised Kalee to pick up Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips shadow in Smokey Blue eyes- but this 4-pan palette seems very close to the Smashbox quad as well. I'll report back on this!
  • Coastal Scents Gel Liners... these have been around for awhile but this is my first time trying them. Coastal Scents recently put out some new shades so I thought it'd be fun to give them a try. I put a few of the shades I'm trying in the picture: Stellar (sparkly charcoal), Beach Glass (teal), Flirtatious (pink), and Wicked (silver). I like that some of these colors aren't your typical liner shades, so I'll experiment with them and see how they work as an eyeshadow base. (there's a 15% off sale on these right now at )
  • Coastal Scents Loose Mineral Shadows... I'll see if these loose shadows live up to the fantastic pigmentation of the Coastal Scents palettes! As a whole, loose shadows have been kind of hit & miss for me, so we'll see if these pack a punch. Colors shown above: Flirt (pink) and Smoochie (plum).
  • L'oreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara in Blackest Black... does this look familiar to anyone? It's definitely trying to be a drugstore dupe of Givenchy's Phenomen'Eyes mascara. I was intrigued by this little spherical mascara brush when that product came out, so when I saw it for 20 bucks less at the drugstore, I just had to give it a try. The smaller brush is supposed to allow you to get to your lashes easily at any angle. How well will it work? I'll test it out and let you know!
If you've tried any of these products- please let me know what you think of them!

♥ Emily's Journal ♥
It's journal time once again! Is it just me or did this weekend totally fly by? I've been feeling a little under the weather lately- so that stinks. Tyler has come down with a cold and I'm catching it for sure. I'm definitely getting some good out of my hand sanitizer! ha! On the up-side... I got my November Elle yesterday! It was the strangest feeling to be standing there in Wal-Mart looking at myself in a magazine... but so cool! I bought a couple of copies, and my mom bought four LOL! Exciting stuff!
I went to the Inspiring Women Gala at SIU yesterday (you may have noticed a picture I tweeted about it). It's an event where a handful of women in southern Illinois are honored for their service and accomplishments- and then the money raised goes toward scholarships for young women who'll attend SIU next year. It's quite a fancy event! Lots of pretty outfits, good food, fancy desserts... I went with several ladies I work with at the TV station, and one of our station's managers was honored as one of the "Women of Achievement" so that was cool!
I went shopping today! I stopped by big lots and picked up a couple of cute things for my niece- has anyone seen the little $2 Martha Stewart kids craft things? They're little sets including everything you need to make puppets and barnyard animals out of felt, etc. So cute! I also went to Cato (never really go there, but given these sales- I'll definitely be going back!) They have some great shoes so I picked up some cute peep-toe heels with neat buckles and some moccasins (Thank you Kalee for exposing me to the world of adorable, faux fur-lined moccasins!) yay for shopping! :)
Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

If you had to pick 1 lip gloss...

That's the question I posed on my Beauty Broadcast Facebook Page today! I posted it this morning- and as of 4:10 in the afternoon I had 83 responses! Many different kinds were mentioned, but here are the top 5 brands...

  1. MAC
  2. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush
  3. Revlon
  4. C.O. Bigelow
  5. (3-way tie) Lancome, Smashbox, Bare Escentuals Buxom Lips

Since I asked the question, it's only fair that I come up with an answer too, right? After spending far too much time trying to pick just ONE lipgloss... I am confident in my choice. Pictured above is Jordana Pretty Shine Lip Gloss in Lovely. It's a brand available at Walgreens, and items in that brand are usually 2 for $3. Why did I pick this shade?
  • It's almost always with me in my purse
  • It has a gorgeous shine and shimmer
  • Consistency is slightly thick, but not sticky... lasts a decently long time
  • Overall, it looks pretty neutral but at times appears to have the slightest berry undertone
  • It's the shade I'll put on if I haven't yet picked out an outfit because I know it will look good with everything
  • It's cheap
  • Clearly- it's loved. The label has been completely rubbed off.

I have so many- too many- lipglosses in my collection. I have some light nudes that I LOVE. I have some reds and deep plums that are wonderful as well. But if I had to pick just one and throw everything else out... this Jordana lipgloss is the one that I'd have to pick. Now that I've forced myself to think about this somewhat depressing situation... I'll revert back to my world of enough lipgloss to doll-up a small army. Have a fantastic day!


Monday, October 12, 2009

QOTW: Makeup For a Night Out

Hey bloggers! In this past Question of the week I asked: What do you do makeup-wise for a night out? Here are your responses:
  • Take day's makeup off & start over: 191 (50%)
  • Touch-up your daytime look: 159 (42%)
  • Leave daytime look the same: 14 (3%)
  • Don't wear night out makeup: 13 (3%)

    Votes so far: 377 Poll closed

I was surpised that the majority of people who answered this question actually start from scratch for a nighttime makeup look. It really wasn't something I started doing until recently(when I started making makeup videos and wanted an extra chance to do a tutorial). But the truth is- we don't ALWAYS have time to start fresh, sometimes we can only touch-up. Even a minor touch-up can make a big difference, you just need to know what features enhance, and how to make them shine! I'll get to some tips in a moment, but first- some pictures to give you an idea of what I mean by "day" makeup and "night" makeup... (and keep in mind- I'm not a big "rules" person when it comes to makeup... so if your daytime look is slightly more dramatic, or your nighttime look is more natural- that's fine! Go with whatever makes you feel good! These are just some ideas).


  • FACE: flawless skin with a natural finish... really letting your skin shine through with a lighter-coverage base- (tinted moisturizers, light mineral powder foundation). Bronzers and blushes can be used, but keep the concentration of color more muted.
  • EYES: Keep shadows and contouring light... think pastel and neutral shades. If using liner- make it a fine line, and false lashes are not a must for day.
  • LIPS: Think neutral/earthy shades. Light glosses and tinted balms in tones of pink and bronze are great, as are rosey hues that make lips look more naturally pigmented.


  • FACE: Full coverage makeup, paired with a deeper concentration of bronzers & blush. Additional contouring on cheekbones, as well as highlighting to work with lighting that might be slightly more dim.
  • EYES: More dramatic- smokey effects with liner, brighter colors, false lashes... Think glamorous, sexy, and defined.
  • LIPS: Nighttime lips can go one of two ways... a deeper shade to add to an "old Hollywood glam" look... or a barely there nude to create major contrast with a deep smokey eye. Whatever you choose... you have the option of two totally different looks!


Now that you have a visual understanding of the general differences between day and night makeup- you can start thinking about how to take your next look from day to night in case you don't have much time. I have a YouTube video about makeup touch-up tips... but this blog is focused specifically on taking a look from a natural to dramatic...

  • Clean it up! Use q-tips and eye-makeup remover to clean-up any under-eye smudges that have developed throughout the day. Make sure to blot with the clean end of a q-tip so there's no makeup remover residue.
  • Create Contrast! Add a little bronzer all over the face- then concentrate it in areas you want to contour... cheekbones, forehead, jawline, etc. Then use a highlighter to bring light to other areas- tops of cheekbones, down the noze, browbone, etc.
  • Glamour-eyes! All you need is a deep black, brown, or charcoal grey shadow. With a contour brush, deepen your crease, blending outward in the outer corner for a more dramatic look. You may want to use that same shadow with a liner brush to re-intensify your liner. Curl lashes- or add a false set!
  • Lips: the look changer. Your choice of lip color can transform your look. When you have time- test out both a nude lip color and a red or berry lip color and take a photo of each. Think about the overall look you've achieved in each situation- and decide what you want to try for your next night out! Remember- red screams glamorous, while nude will only add to your mysterious smokey eye!

Hope this blog was helpful to you! Perhaps it will make the transition from day to night makeup a bit more smooth- especially when you're short on time! Have a great day! :D


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Weekend with Kalee!

Hey everyone! Hope you've had a wonderful weekend! Mine was great because my friend Kalee came to visit! She came down for SIU Homecoming and we did a little bit of everything... eating, shopping, napping, tailgating, makeup... you name it! Kalee used to work with me at the station I'm at now- but now she lives about 3 hours away, doing weekend weather at a different station. It's sort of our dream to be together at the same station once again someday! Until then- we'll just have to make more visits! :D

Fun Facts about Kalee:
  • She is shorter than 5 feet tall! (I'm right at 5 ft.)
  • She loves to sing (especially country), and she's great at it! It could probably be a career for her if she decided against the whole weather thing ;)
  • She has a super cute little puppy!!
  • She has a blog! Click here to check it out! Follow her!
  • She's on Twitter! Click here to follow her (these pics came from our twitter pages)

Kalee and I also took some time to make a makeup video! It's "What's in Kalee's Makeup Bag?" We had a blast! Plus Tyler made a special appearance at the end :D Have a great week everyone, and thanks for stopping by my blog!