Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sharing the Love: Co-Worker Style

A portion of the News 3 This Morning crew after our Halloween Show.
Click here for the crew's entertaining Halloween JibJab video! :)


Hey everyone! Happy Halloween! Often times we see "Share the Love" videos on YouTube, highlighting someone's favorite channels (I plan to do a video/blog about this sometime soon), but what first occurred to me, was how many of my morning newscast co-workers and friends have taken their interests and hobbies online in some way. Many of them were so helpful in getting the word out about the YouTube contest I'm in, so I want to return the favor. I'm lucky to work with such multi-talented people! From bluegrass to wrestling- chances are, you or your significant other might be interested in my co-workers online endeavors! :)


Kevin's Wrestling Write-ups!

My co-anchor Kevin is a huge wrestling fan! He's been watching wrestling for 25+ years and his blog- "My 1-2-3 Cents" is packed with pictures, opinions, and past encounters with wrestlers. Since I've been on the morning show, he has booked several wrestler interviews, and they are always quite entertaining! I know a love for makeup and girly things has brought you to my blog, but if you like wrestling or have a boyfriend or husband that does, head on over to Kevin's blog! Tell him Emily sent you! :)



Ross the Racing Superfan!

Ross is an associate producer and "Racing Superfan" on News 3 This Morning! He does segments pertaining to local racing and/or Nascar 2 times a week. It's definitely his passion! He has a YouTube channel showing his segments and additional video (Ross has applied to become a YouTube partner!), and he also has a brand new blog! He also updates a special Racing Superfan racing page. Whether you're a Nascar fan or a racing novice- you can learn a lot from Ross!


Weston's Bluegrass Band!

Not only does he work the craziest hours of us all, but he also performs in his bluegrass band, Beaucoup Creek! Weston's group has been together since August of 2007. Their music is described as a mixture of traditional bluegrass, folk, and gospel with a modern twist. The band has a nice website, along with a Facebook page to keep their fans updated! There's also a neat feature on the Facebook page where you can sample the band's music. Nicely done, Weston & friends! :)


Scott & Laura's Economic Insight

Scott is an associate producer on the morning show, and he and his wife have recently developed several online offerings that pertain to precious metals and the economy. Laura is a copywriter, journalist, and precious metals investor. I had a great chat with Laura last week... she's developing a lot of the content and Scott uses his editing skills on the video side. This channel is in its early stages, but has lots of useful info. If you want to learn more about gold and silver, check it out!


Hope you have a wonderful week!

Emily

Friday, October 29, 2010

On the Rise!

What it is:
On the Rise is a new contest hosted by YouTube. Beauty Broadcast is one of 4 growing channels selected to take part! The channel with the most votes gets a special feature on the YouTube home page! What an honor!

What I need:
Your votes!

How to vote: 2 CLICKS.
CLICK HERE, and in the poll in the upper right- click beside "emilynoel83".
No registration or sign-ins necessary! Easy!

NEXT STEP: SPREAD THE WORD!
Here is a short & sweet link to post to your Twitter, Facebook, wherever you want!


Hope you enjoy my little video to let everyone know about this competition! There are still 4 DAYS LEFT, and I would greatly appreciate your support! Thank you SO MUCH to those who have taken the time to spread the word to friends and family.

Beauty Broadcast is a VIEWER-DRIVEN channel and it will only continue to be that way with any continued growth! It's my passion to make beauty videos, answer your questions, and take your requests. Your support for my channel has made it what it is today....


Monday, October 18, 2010

New Series: Revved-Up Reviews!


Hey everyone! Let's face it... one of the nice things about YouTube is that you can do exactly what you want! You can talk about any given topic for as long as you want (within reason) and then post your thoughts to the world! I enjoy that, and will continue to "take my time" with many of my videos. But yesterday, while laying on the couch brainstorming video ideas, I thought- what about putting some limits on myself for a special series? Keep the videos short & sweet, yet very complete... sharing the info you need about certain products. It seems like doing a rambling 10 minute video is easier than keeping it short and concise... but sometimes don't you just want a quick review? Just some solid info, focusing on one product, without sorting through a haul or a favorites list or a ton of rambling?

That's what I'm going to give you in my periodic
Revved-Up Review Series...
in under 5 minutes.


Check out the videos I've posted today!





Saturday, October 9, 2010

College GameDay Makeup Tutorials!

It's football season... so why not try a makeup look inspired by your favorite team! I love watching college football, and most Saturday mornings, ESPN College GameDay is on in our house. For this tutorial series, I have a weekly poll. Each week you vote between two teams that will actually be facing off on Saturday. Whichever team gets the most votes is the team that will "inspire" that week's tutorial! You find the poll in the right sidebar of this blog, just scroll down a bit.

Of course these looks are great for fans or cheerleaders, but they're definitely appropriate for a night out or just a day you feel like adding a pop of color! Feel free to customize the looks to include your favorite colors! Below are links to all of the GameDay looks I've done so far!








Thursday, October 7, 2010

Girl Confessions Tag!

Hey everyone! Hope you enjoy the pathetic pic of me on the couch with my good 'ole Cepacol "Maximum Numbing" throat lozenges. Saw this survey on The Cupcake Cartel's blog & thought I'd give it a go! She's super sweet & also has a YouTube channel you should check out! I tag everyone to do this tag on their blog as well! :)

1. What color is you hair?: Dark Brown

2. Drama?: It creeps in from time to time, but I'm happy to say my life is largely drama-free

3. Are you a girly girl?: Yes, when it comes to makeup & fashion. But I always enjoy a ballgame & a hot dog & hanging out with guys.

4.
Who was the last person you hugged?: My husband, Tyler

5.
Small or large purses?: Both- depends on the occasion. I take a large purse with my whole life in it to work, but clutches are nice for a fancy dinner.

6.
Are you short?: Um, yeah. 5'0".

7.
Do you like somebody: I like many more people than I dislike

8.
What would you do if someone smacked your butt?: Depends on the smacker.

9.
Do you care if your socks are dirty?: I wouldn't want to wear dirty socks. Once they're in the laundry basket, they really aren't a concern anymore.

10.
Do you dress up on Halloween?: Yes

11.
Are you double jointed?: No, but I do have very flexible thumbs.

12.
Where is the weirdest place you have slept?: Can't really think of anywhere unusual. I will say that I hate sleeping in vehicles & find it very difficult.

13.
Has anyone touched/smacked your butt in the past 24 hours?: For the past 24 hrs. my butt has been pretty firmly planted on this couch due to sickness, so butt smacking opportunities have been few & far between.

15.
Do you call anybody by their last name?: Yes. I use nicknames often as well.

16.
How many guys will read this just because it says “Girl Confessions”?: maybe a few?

“X” Marks the Spot:

[X] I do wear make up
[X] I have cried at a movie theater.
[X] I can put mascara on without opening my mouth.
[ ] I get jealous.
[ ] I think Johnny Depp is sexy.
[X] I love to laugh.
[ ] I like death metal.
[X] I like rap.
[X] I like country
[X] I carry a purse.
[X] I’d be lost without my computer.
[ ] I own a Spice Girls CD.
[X] I own a Britney Spears CD.
[X] I own a boy band CD.
[ ] I get bored watching football.
[X] I’ve never been called a spoiled brat.
[ ] Guys are confusing.
[ ] I’ve been called a bad influence.
[X] I have/had a piercing other than my ears.

17.
What color is your bra that your wearing?: Gold

18.
Do you prefer light or dark haired guys?: Either

19.
Are you currently frustrated with a boy?: Nope

20.
Do you have a best friend(s)?: Yes- a short list consisting of friends & family

21.
Have you ever had your heart broken?: Not romantically, but have had heartbreaking circumstances in life.

22.
What size shoe do you wear?: Depends on the designer and style, usually a 8-9

23.
Do you like your life?: Yes. Very blessed with a variety of opportunities & good people

24.
Has one of your friends ever stolen a boyfriend from you?: No

25.
Have you ever jumped in the pool with your clothes on?: Don't think so

26.
Do you have more friends that are girls or boys?: More boys, but it's probably close to equal

27.
Do you wear extensions? Clip-in extensions- occasionally

28.
Have you ever slapped a boy in the face? : Yes. I'm pretty sure I apologized though.

29.
What are your biggest fears?: Losing a loved one.


30.
Have you ever cried yourself to sleep?: yes

31.
Have you ever not been able to get someone off of your mind?: yes

32.
Do you believe in the saying “once a cheater, always a cheater”?: I can see why people might think that... but there are always exceptions.

33.
Have you ever had a good feeling about something?: Frequently

34.
Do you ever wish you were famous?: Yep, I told mom I was going to be famous one day

35.
Are you currently missing someone? A lot of people
]

***This guy or that guy?***

Punk/Goth or Gangster?: neither one sounds appealing right off the bat.

Preppy or Cowboy?: Either one

Face or Body?: Both, mostly face

Sweet or Sexy?: I'm stealing Cupcake's answer--- Sweetness is sexy

Armani or Abercrombie?: Either

City-slicker or Rural Guy?: Either, leaning toward rural

Blue, Green, Grey, or Brown eyes?: I'd love Tyler regardless of eye color, but I like his blue eyes

Contacts or Glasses?: Doesn't matter


***Your pick...***

36. Eyeliner or Mascara?: Mascara

37.
Louis Vuitton or Dooney & Bourke?: Louis Vuitton i guess. I'm not big into brands.

38.
Heels or flats?: Heels

39.
Skirts or pants?: Both (not simultaneously)

40.
Socks or leggings?: leggings. or jeggings!

41. S
weatshirts or jackets?: Jackets

42.
Flip Flops or sneakers?: Flip flops

43.
Straight or curly hair?: I like it both ways!

44.
Hoop or dangling earrings?: Both

45.
White or black?: Black

46.
Victoria’s Secret or Bath and Body Works?: Bath & Body Works

47.
Smoothies or lattes?: Lattes

48.
Diet or regular sodas?: Diet

49.
Orange juice or Apple juice?: Orange

50.
Pearls or diamonds?: Diamonds

51.
Vintage or boho?: whichev.

52.
Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen?: Whichever one is keeping herself out of trouble

53.
Lindsay or Hilary?: Is that even fair? I'll go with Hilary.

54.
Ipod or cell phone?: cell phone... but i love my Shuffle

55.
Friends or family?: Family & friends that become like family

56.
Lip gloss or lip stick?: Both, sometimes together, sometimes separate

57.
Manicure or pedicure?: I'll take both. I always do them myself though!

58.
Tiffany’s or Chanel?: let's go with Chanel

59.
Love or peace?: Love, and hopefully that creates peace

60.
Sunglasses or purses?:There are times when you can't do without either one!


***
In a guy…***

Funny or Serious?: Funny, with the ability to be serious.

Romantic or Daredevil?: Romantic

Cute or Hot?: Either

Dark Eyes or Light Eyes?: i like light

Long Hair or Short Hair?: short

Curly Hair or Straight Hair?: striaght. curly is ok too.

Good Dancer or Good Singer?: Either is fine, though I don't tend to have musical requirements

Basketball Player or Football Player?: Football

Jock or Rebel?: jock i guess. But this question is basically 2 stereotypical categories.

Smoker or Non-smoker?: non smoker

Druggie or Clean?: clean. seriously?

Has a Motorcycle or Has a Sports Car?: I'd be cool with both!

Beard/Mustache or Clean-shaven?: I usually like a little scruff

Younger or Older?: my age or older. Though Tyler is technically a month younger. oops!

Player or Loyal?: Loyal! gotta love the no-brainer questions.

Maybelline Stylish Smokes: Review & Swatches

Hey everyone!
How has the week been treating you? Mine started fine, and then I got a horribly sore throat! It started small on Tuesday, and then in the night & early Wednesday things got worse. I could tell I had a fever in the night, and my throat hurt so bad- I had to really strain to talk and swallow. Needless to say, I couldn't go to work & anchor the news! Wednesday afternoon I saw the doctor and he prescribed me antibiotics for strep throat. He said I'd be contagious for about 24 hours and confirmed for me that my throat was "super swollen". It was definitely worse than any sore throat I've ever had, and it has restricted my voice big time. So I wasn't able to to go work today either. (Our first day in HD, I'm bummed). My throat still hurts a lot, but I don't feel the headachey, feverish, borderline ear-ache symptoms I had yesterday. I've purchased some soft, cool foods like yogurt, applesauce, and also some popsicles- which are supposed to soothe the swelling. My advice- see a doctor if you are experiencing an unrelenting sore throat that's affecting your ability so speak and swallow. Nip it in the bud before it turns into something worse! Thanks to all who've tweeted me and facebooked me with kind messages!! :)


Now to the content you're really after-- my review of the Stylish Smokes quads! I opted to do this in blog form due to my vocal difficulties. Thanks to Ashley for requesting this! She's a regular on the Beauty Broadcast facebook page & has also started her own YouTube channel.

This collection is not brand new to Maybelline. It's been out for awhile, but not until recently have I purchased the entire set. They cost somewhere between 5 & 6 bucks, depending on location. As you can see, you get a generous amount of each shade, and 2 sponge tip applicators with each palette. All palettes label the shades as lid, crease, brow bone, and outer corner. It's a good default way to apply them, but use your own preferences and creativity to create different looks! Overall, I REALLY like these palettes because each of them comes with a really dark shade! So many drugstore palettes give you 3 or 4 colors that are all light to medium shades with nothing to really give you some contrast! Read on to see how I feel about each individual palette!

left to right: Natural Smokes, Charcoal Smokes, Emerald Smokes, Amethyst Smokes



NATURAL SMOKES


The Natural Smokes quad is my favorite! While all of the other palettes contain shimmer in all of their colors, this palette has 2 matte shades (the bottom 2). ALL of these colors are pigmented, and those top 2 colors are truly gorgeous! (shimmery taupe & shimmery brownish-copper). You can get a really nice smokey eye with this kit- and that matte brown is super blendable and BUILDABLE. Terrific palette for fall! Gives you lots of options- you can leave out the dark brown for a more natural look- or use the brown as a liner!


CHARCOAL SMOKES


This was the first palette I purchased from the Stylish Smokes collection. Because I wasn't absolutely crazy about it, I didn't go ahead & purchase the others for awhile (had to be convinced by fellow youtubers). I think those top 2 shimmery shades are fabulous, the highlight shade was nice, but not really unique, and the black shade was a disappointment. I had to dip back into the palette 3 to 4 times to get the swatch you see there of the black. You CAN build it up on your eye to get some contrast, but I will usually turn to another black in my collection from NYX, MAC, or Cover Girl that is easier to work with-- with less effort. Out of the four, this palette probably comes in 4th place-- but it's still not bad and I wear it quite often to work (minus the black shade)


EMERALD SMOKES


YAY for Emerald Smokes. This is a close, close second for me behind Natural Smokes. The shades in this palette are SO unique- I don't run across them very often in the drugstore. I love the way this looks on my eyes! You really can achieve anywhere from a subtle olive look to a deep sultry green look! I like wearing the brighter green labeled "crease" all over my lid- because it really pops! The brow bone shade has a pretty yellow undertone- SO gorgeous! And that darkest green with sparkle is truly pigmented and DARK! I loved using this palette in my Michigan State gameday look & got lots of good feedback. All of the shades are shimmery, but they're all so beautiful, I don't mind :)


AMETHYST SMOKES


Amethyst smokes- the last palette I picked up in this collection. That gorgeous purple with the blue undertone kept drawing me in, but I could tell that the black was the exact same black that was in Charcoal smokes & I knew I hated that color! Seriously, Maybelline! Why would you re-use the single worst color in the whole collection?! I'm not trying to be mean, but come on! That purple shade on the upper left is beautiful, and the other purple is lovely as well. The light shade is nothing all that special. The purples are the saving grace of this palette and have allowed me to create some lovely looks. Just be prepared to sub in a better plum or black for the black that comes with the set. This palette is 3rd place for me.


That's all everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read this long blog! Hopefully it gives you some solid info on these palettes & lets you know what ones you might be interested in buying! Have a good day & good luck to all the others out there who are dealing with sickness as the weather changes! Feel better soon! :)
Em