Monday, April 15, 2013

Get to Know Me: The Beauty Blogger Tag!

Hey everyone!
I was on Twitter yesterday and came across a tweet from fellow blogger Lacey about blog tags! She did this one on her blog, Lacey's Beauty Reviews, and asked if I knew of any other tags. I haven't noticed a whole lot of these on blogs (or I've forgotten to save links from what I have seen), but they seem like fun so if you want to shoot me or Lacey a link of a blog tag to try, feel free! Meanwhile- you should definitely give Lacey's blog a look. She has really in-depth reviews on a variety of makeup products. She knows her stuff when it comes to makeup, but she's also really good at expressing it in her writing. Now let's get started with the tag! 

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is naturally VERY straight. It's also very fine, so when I do nothing to it, it tends to hang quite flat to my head. My preferred style when I'm just wearing my hair down is to throw in some velcro rollers to add volume. 

2. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
It's just my natural color right now. The last thing I did to my hair color-wise was probably about a year and a half ago, and it was semi-permanent Clairol Natural Instincts... I believe the shade was Ebony Mocha and it's just a tad bit darker than my natural color. I felt like it added some texture to my fine hair, but now that I've gone so long without it, I guess I don't really see the need. Who knows, I might try it again at some point... but I never stray from my natural hair color very much. Fun fact:  I've never had my hair cut or colored in a salon... my mom is a former cosmetologist so she has always handled any of my hair-related needs!

3. Do you wear the same style everyday, or do you change it?
I love changing up my hair. I do have a go-to look (velcro rollers), but I also love throwing it up into a bun, a ponytail, etc. That's part of why I like having long hair- it allows me to have some variety with how I style it. 

4. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
Just like I've never been to a salon for my hair, I've also never had my nails done in a salon. I think it's the way I was raised LOL. My mom was always so capable with these kinds of things, I think I just thought everyone out there could be a do-it-yourselfer. Not that there's not a lot of great talent out there in the salons (I'm sure there is)... I'm just comfortable doing it myself. For months I used Mally's at-home gel nail system, and that's probably my favorite thing because of how well it lasts for 2+ weeks. But lately I've been experimenting with some other fun spring colors & designs.

5. How often do you change your nail polish?
When it's just a regular polish, I pretty much have to do it weekly because of chipping. When I use Mally gel nails I'll have it on for 2 and a half or 3 weeks with no problem. The only thing that makes me feel the need to change it then is the fact that my nails grow out a bit. 

6. Do you polish your toes in the winter or just the summer?
I tend to have them done in the winter, but I switch it up way more in the summer. Sometimes I do the Mally gel nails on my toes! :) All in all, I don't do my toes as often as I do my nails. 

7. How long does it take for you to put on makeup?
If you keep up with my videos you know I was (barely) able to pull it off in 5 minutes... but I prefer to take much more time. I don't like being rushed in general when I'm getting ready! On average, I probably take 35 minutes to do my makeup. Sometimes more if I'm paying special attention to new products or techniques I'm trying, and sometimes less if it's a more low-maintenance look. Either way, it's an enjoyable and relaxing process for me. 

8. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
I do my face first. I suppose it's just the way I'm most comfortable doing it, and when my face is looking nice and even, I guess it just sets the stage for what I'll do on my eyes. If I started with my face not done, for some reason I think I'd over-compensate and do too much on my eyes. Who knows!

9. Do you collect makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
This made me laugh out loud :) I'm a collector! Blogging/video making is my life-- I'm always trying new things. For that reason, I don't consider myself a typical makeup user. I do feel like my large collection has really been my education... trying lots of products translates into knowledge and the ability to make lots of comparisons. Sometimes people criticize that, but I look at it this way.... would you be critical of a carpenter who has a lot of tools? (okay... off my soapbox now :)

10. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Very often! I'd say I wear them several times a week, and pretty much always on special occasions. I never knew how before I started really getting into making YouTube videos. And it did take me a long time to feel comfortable putting them on and wearing them. Now- it's like second nature. I love big drag queen lashes!

11. Do you do a full face of makeup everyday?
Most of the time, yes. Some days it's a lighter look than others, but I usually have at least something on my eyes, lips, and face. 

12. Do you wear makeup when you're home alone or with family?
Yep! My career now kind of revolves around trying out beauty products, so even when it's just me here, I'll probably be wearing makeup! :) It's not a situation where I wear it because I feel like I have to, but because it's really fun for me and I enjoy the process. 

13. Will you leave the house without makeup?
Yes I will, but I don't like to do it often. I'd say it's extremely rare, actually. And it's kind of a two-pronged idea... I like doing my makeup, so it's not a chore for me. Also, when I'm out and about here locally, there are a lot of people who know me from the news. I'd rather them not think, man- that girl looks wayyy different from the way I think she looked on camera! lol. I'd prefer to not cause shock/concern as I run into people in the aisles of the grocery store. 

14. How many high-end products do you have?
I haven't actually counted, but I don't have as much high end makeup as drugstore. I'm more likely to have high-end palettes and gift sets (I've always thought they are a better value). I'll be more likely to pick those up than individual high end products. I definitely have more high end makeup than I had when I started making YouTube videos, and I think that's a good thing. I'm able to make more comparisons with the drugstore products and determine what's actually worth the price.

15. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you're getting dressed?
When I was doing the news and waking up in the middle of the night, I would pretty much always have my outfit picked out ahead of time. Now, I don't tend to do that anymore- unless I'm planning for a special event or traveling. On the average day I'll just pick something out as I get dressed. 

16. How often do you change your handbag?
I have one main bag- my Isaac Mizrahi large bag- that I refer to as the mothership. LOL! It houses everything, matches everything, and is a good go-to. I feel like I just grab that one most of the time. But if I want to take a clutch or a different bag altogether (this might happen a couple times a week)- I'll just transfer what I need out of my main bag. 

17. What time do you wake up and go to sleep?
I wake up around 6am and go to sleep between 10 and 11pm. I feel so normal saying that! I used to go to bed at between 6 and 7pm and wake up at 1am for the morning news!

18. How often or when do you workout?
Tyler and I have been getting back into the groove of working out and we're doing it together in the evenings several times a week. We've just been doing it in our house- he's good about coming up with different exercises and it helps me to have a partner (drill sergeant) to stay on task :) 

19. Left handed or right handed?

20. How tall are you?

21. Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak a little bit of Spanish. I took classes on it in high school and college, but definitely can't speak it fluently. 

22. How many pets do you have?
We have one cat- Cupcake! =^..^=

23. How often are you on Blogger?
I'm usually putting a blog on here 5 days a week, but even when I'm not posting myself, I'm probably reading a post on here almost daily! 

24. Do you read comments posted on blogs?
I don't usually read what's posted on other people's blogs, but I do read what's posted here on mine! Although it can be hard to keep up with the comments that are coming in on older posts. 

25. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I do have sort of a mental list of things I'd like to try. Sometimes I put it on my phone if there's a lot. 

26. How did you come up with your blog name?
It's just named after my YouTube channel! The idea of Beauty Broadcast came about because I was involved in TV news broadcasting... so it just kind of made sense to me. My YouTube channel/blog are like my own little broadcast- about makeup! :)

27. What kind of camera do you use for your photographs?
I use a Kodak EasyShare camera for my pictures, or sometimes even my iPhone. 

28. How often do you clean your house?
I've learned that cleaning the whole thing all at once is too much work. So I have different parts of the house that get cleaned on different days throughout the week. So the whole thing is cleaned pretty much weekly, with clutter straightened up as-needed. 

29. What's your favorite color?

30. Do you swear?

31. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
Writing another blog post that'll go up later this week on the Ladies Home Journal Gloss Daily blog, shooting one, possibly two videos, and editing! And I was reminded to clean as well!

Whew! That was a long tag! I tag anyone who's interested in doing this for their blog. I think it's great if you're new to blogging to let people get to know you better, but even if you've been blogging for a long time- this covers some questions I get asked a lot. Have a great day everyone!!

Daily Nuggets...
  • Tyler is not feeling well this morning :(
  • I watched so many episodes of Golden Girls over the weekend, it's not even funny. Scratch that-- it was VERY funny. 
  • Do you have a fun night out coming up? Check out my latest video
  • Just ate scrambled eggs, salsa, and a piece of toast for breakfast.
  • The whole time I was making it, Cupcake was getting excited- thinking SHE would get more wet food. Does your cat tend to get excited every time you go to the kitchen?? =^..^=


  1. I did this tag a while ago ^^ It was fun reading your answers Em : ) xx

  2. I haven't done this tag yet, thanks for the idea!
    I think a lot of the tags I have seen on beauty blogs have been adapted from beauty youtuber tags. I have done the I Love Drugstore Makeup tag and the Four Or More tag.

  3. This was great. Thanks for taking time to do this. You have made my feel "okay" with all my make-up. :)

  4. great blog for the newbies around here.
    Indeed, my cat Ninii gets crazy everytime I go to the kitchen or open any kind of can ( she even licked some natural chushed tomato remaining on the can cap I let her smel ( like:look, it's not your food, just tomato and you don't like that)XDDDD)

  5. This was so fun to read!
    I hope I can get enough blog followers eventually to do something like this, heehee.

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  7. This was so much fun to do! Thanks for posting, here's my blog response :)

  8. I also enjoy putting on makeup and usually wear a full-face to my nanny job. I'm comfortable wearing no makeup but it's just too much fun being able to put a look together!

  9. I decided to do this tag too! Here is mine: Blushing Antics

  10. I wanted to try gel nails, but I've heard that the light is like a tanning bed for your hand, and a lot of women who do it regularly have gotten skin cancer, do I think you can see why that scares me a bit.

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  13. Reading your Daily Nuggets made me smile.. I am a huge Golden Girls fan and spent this weekend having a GG marathon

  14. Reading your Daily Nuggets made me smile.. I am a huge Golden Girls fan and spent this weekend having a GG marathon

  15. I did this tag too! I'd love it if you check it out :D

  16. This was really interesting, loved it! Curious about something though - with your love of makeup and growing up with your Mom being a Cosmetologist, did you ever consider going to Cos School or anything?

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  18. I'm the same height as you! Yay! I just did this tag too hehe :)

  19. Funniest thing! - On YouTube, you seem like you should be taller :D I think it's because you have such a confident voice! Love Golden Girls!

  20. Loved this!! Especially 10 and 11 since I'm the same way! Even when I fractured my pelvis in a car accident and was stuck at home besides Dr. appointments, I would still do a full face every day because I enjoy it!

  21. Loved this post so much! I love the name Cupcake for a cat, so cute!


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  23. My boyfriend's cat stands in front of the cabinet that houses his wet (favorite) food every time my boyfriend gets something for himself. The cat doesn't always get it. lol!

  24. OMGosh - when I'm in the kitchen, my two kitties follow me around hoping to get more moist food. They are beggars

  25. I really enjoyed reading you answers Emily!
    I went ahead and did this on my blog so my readers could get to know me better! I love the idea of that.
    Not to bring out my crazy fan girl on you Em, but I just want to say how much I truly appreciate you. You make me feel like I'm not a crazy person to be in love with makeup. There for a while I got so much grief from everyone and I just almost felt ashamed for what I was doing. Then I thought hey, EVERYONE has DIFFERENT passions, so why should anyone judge mine? I don't judge people for what they choose to do with their lives. They shouldn't judge mine either!
    I just came to realize through you that it is okay for me to express myself. That I shouldn't be ashamed of doing what I love! And maybe, over time, I will switch to a career path that deals even more with makeup, not just blog.
    Just wanted to thank you Emily, you are seriously an inspiration and I am just blown away by what you do!


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