Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bee Luscious Gel Liner Swatches

Hello everyone! Do you ever log on to a website to order some makeup online, and you realize it's very difficult to tell the true color of the product by the swatches or pictures the company provides? In my opinion, they should take the time to take some good quality photos of their products, because often those swatches really don't do the item justice! Such is the case with the Bee Luscious Gel Liners. A viewer asked if I could post some swatches of the ones I have to help people better identify what color they'd like to buy. I only have three, but here they are! The ones I have are brilliant colors with a slightly metallic finish.

Left to Right: Marcasite, Tanzanite, Oceanic

Marcasite is a gorgeous charcoal grey, Tanzanite- a deep plum- was featured in my Sugar Plum Eyes tutorial, and Oceanic is probably the brightest blue liner I've seen. I sometimes like using a thin line of that shade on my lower lashline for a nice pop of color- if you keep the line thin, it's surprisingly subtle! Once you apply these liners, either smudge them right away for a smoked out effect, or just let it sit for 30 seconds or so and the color will be unsmudgeable. I like that word LOL :) Seriously though, they don't budge once you apply them. You can definitely feel safe applying them to your lower lashline & you won't look like a raccoon 3 hours later!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Viewer Favorites!

Hey everyone! Thanks so much for the great feedback on the Emily Awards- it was fun to do and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! The other day I was on my Beauty Broadcast Facebook Page, and just realized how excited I get when I hear your success stories! It seriously means so much to me to hear that something I've recommended has been just what you were looking for. So to get even more input, I posed the question on my Facebook page- "What products that I've recommended have really worked for you?" I got so many responses! Many of you offered multiple items that you've tried and loved. It really means something when it's not just me that likes a particular product- but MANY of you do! Click here to see my video, and check out the list of YOUR top products below!

♥ Viewer Favorites! ♥


  1. NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny
  2. Revlon Colorstay Liquid & Pencil liners
  3. Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
  4. NYC Liquid Eyeliner
  5. Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette
  6. Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer
  7. Revlon Colorstay Foundation
  8. ELF Mechanical Eyelash Curler
  9. Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm
  10. (tie) Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Milani Minerals Blush, & Almay Triple Effect Mascara

(tallied according to your Facebook votes)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

2009 Emily Awards: FINALE!

Hello! Well it looks like the 4-part 2009 Emily Awards series is coming to a close! I had a fun, and sometimes stressful time trying to narrow down my favorites in so many different categories. Overall, it feels good to come up with a clear opinion on things. As I mentioned in my "Finale" video- this won't be the last favorites or must-have video that I do- but in terms of 2009 Awards- this is it. I had the most fun with this particular video because

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2009 Emily Awards: Part IV
Outstanding Tool

Best Brushes

Most Innovative Product

Most Innovative Packaging

Cutest Packaging

Best Smelling Product

Product That Needs to be in Your Purse

Most Valuable Product: Face

Most Valuable Product: Eyes

Most Valuable Product: Lips

*Denotes a 2-time winner

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

2009 Emily Awards: LIPS!

Hello friends! Hope the week is going well for you, and I also hope you've enjoyed the first two installments of the 2009 Emily Awards! It's been quite a project, but I've had fun with it. I've gotten a lot of good feedback from many of you, so thanks a lot for watching & reading! Now it's time to share my favorite lip products! (What seems to be one of the most addictive types of makeup for most of us! :) Enjoy!
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2009 Emily Awards: Part III
Best Lip Balm

Best Tinted Lip Balm

Best Lip Liner

Best Overall Lipstick

Best Overall Lip Gloss

Best Lip Plumper

Shade Favorites:





* denotes 2-time winner

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2009 Emily Awards: EYES!

How'd you like that super long video on my favorite face products of 2009? Well there's an even longer one for eyes! LOL :) I couldn't help myself. It was even harder to weed out my favorite eye products, but I think I've whittled it down to a great list of items that I love, and I think you'll love as well if you try them. Continue to watch for MORE installments of the 2009 Emily Awards here on, and on YouTube!
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2009 Emily Awards: Part II

Best Eye Primer

Best Cream Shadow

Best Overall Shadow Brand

Best Small Palette

Best Large Palette

Best Eyeliner Pencil

Best Liquid Eyeliner

Best Cream/Gel Eyeliner


*Denotes 2-time winner

Monday, January 11, 2010

2009 Emily Awards: FACE!

Hey everyone! It's time for the 2nd Annual Emily Awards! A time where I sit down and figure out exactly what products were my favorites during the past year. For the 2008 awards, I only made one video for all of my favorite products. Looking back at that list, I realized that I left out some key categories, and to really do it right, I would need to make multiple videos to share my favorites. And while I'm at it, why not offer a high end favorite AND a drugstore favorite- if I indeed have a superior item from both categories?! It's going to be one heck of a busy week- but I'm doing it! A series of Emily Awards- highlighting the best in beauty... according to me! :)

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2009 Emily Awards: Part I


Best Primer

Best Liquid Foundation

Best Mineral Foundation


Loose Powder

Pressed Powder


Contouring Blush

Colorful Blush

Cream Blush


Finishing Powder

* denotes a 2-time winner

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Stila Sun Gel Bronzer Review

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to pass along this review for a product from Stila called Sun Gel Bronzer. It's available for $8.99 on If you read my past blog, you're aware that Beauty Ticket offers a number of high end items at discounted prices. This particular product normally retails for $24! So to get it at a drugstore price-- I knew I needed to test it out and let you know how it worked.

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What it is:
A concentrated bronze-tinted gel. Can be worn alone or mixed (dilluted) with a moisturizer (face or body) to provide a tan glow. This is sheer color- there's no shimmer, glitter, or metallic-type properties. This won't come off until you wash it off... so you'll want to wash your hands afterward if you apply it with your fingers. But unlike a sunless tanner- it DOES wash off, so you can correct any mistakes. It has a light, fresh scent. Comes in a 1.7 ounce container.

swatch of the product (not blended in)
  • A multi-use product- can be added to any number of liquid face & body products.
  • You control the amount & how tan you want to be
  • A little bit goes a long way (in my experience)
  • Doesn't come off till you wash it off... this aspect gives the benefit of a sunless tanner
  • Cost on BeautyTicket is comparable to that of drugstore products


  • This really isn't a stand-alone product. It almost looks to orange-ish if you wear it alone (especially on lighter skin tones)
  • May take some trial & error on the part of the user to determine how much works

What I think: I'm all for sunless tanners- both on the body and the face. But some days you get up to get ready, you don't look as radiant as you'd like, and you just didn't take the time in the days before to get yourself all tanned-up. To give yourself an instant boost with none of the risks associated with sunless tanning (streaks, blotches), this Stila gel sun is a good option. Maybelline made something almost identical to this as part of their Mineral Power line... it was sold months ago and hasn't resurfaced in the drugstore. Bonne Bell makes a product called Gel Bronze- but it doesn't have the same won't-come-off-till-you-wash-it-off quality. Also- the Bonne Bell version isn't as pigmented and doesn't give off as much color. This product won't make you as dark as you might be with a sunless tanner, but the sheer wash of color is very easy to work with. You can control how dark you want to be- mix more or less in with foundation, body lotion, face moisturizer etc. You can feel a little safer using a product like this mixed with your body lotion as opposed to Bonne Bell because it is going to stay on you until you wash it off. It never hurts to add a little extra glow, especially in the dead of winter! Have a great day!

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to try by I am in no way affiliated with Stila, nor are my opinions influenced by the Beauty Ticket site.