Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from the Glam Cat!

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you're having a great day :) Since it's Halloween, we couldn't just have any ordinary Beauty Broadcast Live... it had to be a Halloween party! Click here to watch. I was so excited to dress up, and it was so much fun sharing the pictures you posted on the Beauty Broadcast Facebook page! There were some really funny and creative costumes! Late last week I decided I wanted to be a cat for the live show, so while at Target on Saturday, my pal Kalee and I found the "Adult Kitty Cat" costume- which consisted of ears, a bow tie, and a tail. It all had a pink sparkly theme to it, so I knew it was meant to be :) The next step was figuring out how I'd do cat makeup!
I saw this picture in a Google image search on "cat makeup". I believe this link will take you to the original source. I love this makeup! My plan was to use this look as my guide, and where the brown tones were used on this face, I decided to use pink to tie my whole look together. Also, a common theme that I noticed with all kinds of "cat makeup" looks was that they had black on the bottom of the nose, white surrounding the mouth, and the rest of the face is pretty much fair game for whatever designs you want to do.  
This little video shows the process in a nutshell! But if you want some more details on the products I used, here we go!
 1. White Stuff: After applying foundation, I used a white face paint-type product that came from a set of color correctors from Coastal Scents. Unfortunately, those are no longer available on the website, but any white makeup will do. I applied it with a foundation brush on my temples, on the sides of my nose/under my eyes, and around my mouth/chin. To set that and make it appear more white, I used a matte white eyeshadow from Milani called White Lie. 
2. Black Stuff: Next I started on some of the black facial details, using a combination of black face paint and black cream eyeliner. I used the cream eyeliner with an angled brush in any areas that needed a more precise line, and then used the paint when I needed color over a larger area. 
 3. The Eyes: I decided to jump to eyes at this point, since some of the other designs would end up overlapping. I used my Jordana 12 hr. Made to Last Eyeshadow Stick in Stay-On Black all over my lids and into my crease, and then I set it with the matte black shadow from the Urban Decay Smoked palette. . I also used a black pencil in my waterline. Then I used my Milani Ultrafine Liquid Eyeliner in Black Vinyl to extend the inner corner of the eye downward, and I also created a lot of little cat eye "flicks" on the outer part of the eye. I also dusted a matte hot pink eyeshadow from Milani called Shocking Pink just above my crease. 

 I was planning to do some false eyelashes with this look, but it really just covered up the details on the outer corner of the eye, so I decided not to. All of those wings practically look like false lashes anyway! 
4. Cat Markings: I pretty much freestyled the rest of the face, just making sure to get the look of a few whiskers around the upper lip area. One thing that helped me with some of the main lines on the face was first lightly drawing them in with black eyeshadow and an angled brush- and then topping them off with cream liner or face paint. For any pink markings, I used Milani Lip Flash in the shade In a Flash, and then set it with the matte pink shadow. On my lower lip I'm wearing Milani Color Statement lipstick in Rose Hip (the top lip is black).
So there's a final little step-by-step! I didn't shoot a full video on this because I honestly wasn't sure how it was going to turn out! I've never done a look remotely similar to this before, but I'm really happy with the way it came together! 
When Tyler got up, he poked his head in the makeup room and actually jumped when he saw me! We re-created that moment in this pic- LOL! 
Cupcake continues to be scared of me!! She really wasn't too bad this morning- until I put those ears on. Then she didn't even want me to pick her up! I think she didn't want to be upstaged by all the glam. Don't worry Cupcake, nobody can ever top your cuteness!! :) Thanks for checking out this post, and I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween!! 

Daily Nuggets...
  • There's a risk of severe weather here tonight... hoping we still get some trick-or-treaters. Otherwise whatever will we do with all that candy?!?! :) 
  • I feel the need to transform Tyler into something spooky when he gets home from work. 
  • I now have so many brushes to wash... that's actually the topic of today's Beauty Broadcast Express review! (coming soon)
  • My cat outfit is very comfortable (stretch shirt, leggings). I could get used to this!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour

Hey everyone!
As I've mentioned in several recent videos and posts- I absolutely love Sonia Kashuk's Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colors! I started with one, and then the ball got rolling and I've picked up several new colors since. These are $10.99 each at Target. I feel like these are a total hybrid between lip gloss and lipstick. They are so shiny, yet they have great color intensity and they just feel so moisturizing on the lips! I think they're more shiny and a bit thicker in texture than Revlon Lip Butters (which I also love). I also feel like they tend to fill in the little lines in my lips, making them appear more plump! These are not a long-wearing lip product, so if you're going out, plan to take your Shine Luxe Sheer with you for touch-ups. Still- they're just amazing. So I figured I'd give you an update on all the shades I have, in case you're interested in trying these for yourself! 
Sheer Pink Lust
This was the one that got me addicted! To me, this shade is the definition of "pinky nude". Over the past couple of months, if I've needed to wear a nude lip, this shade is my go-to. I know "sheer" is in the name, but I feel like it's actually pretty full-coverage on my lips. I can't see my own lip color through it at all. Good stuff!! 
Sheer Seashell
Shine Luxe Sheer in Sheer Seashell... say that 5 times fast! While the first shade has more of a pinky tone, this one is definitely more golden. It also has a subtle golden sparkle in it, which isn't super visible once the product is on my lips. I don't reach for this shade quite as much as Sheer Pink Lust, but I still think it's super pretty.
Sheer Fuchsia
Here's one for the pink lovers! While I feel like every other shade I have seems to VERY closely mimic the color in the stick (what you see is what you get), this one actually does seem more sheer than what I was expecting. It still has fabulous shine, and I still love the color that I get on my lips. I think this mid-toned pink would work well on a lot of different skin tones.
 Sheer Plum
Here's the classic fall lip color! I'm in LOVE. I love that this shade is deep, but not too deep for everyday wear. It's everything I want a plum lip color to be... just a hint of purple tone in it, but not too much at all. Did I mention that these are shiny? :) This shade knocks my socks off.
 Sheer Rouge
This is the newest addition to my Shine Luxe Sheer collection. It's a stunning classic red that I think really brings life to the face. It's not out of this world bright, but it's not remotely burgundy either. Just good old fashioned cherry red. I'm so glad I got this because I think it'll be so fun to bust out during the holidays! (or any random day!)
I realize this post was pretty much an all out rave for these products, but I love them so much. This past Saturday night, Tyler was keeping Sheer Pink Lust in his pocket for me, and the next day when I couldn't immediately locate it... a bit of panic came over me! These are the bomb, and I wouldn't be surprised if I try more in the future. Next time you're strolling through the makeup aisles of Target, I'd advise you to treat yourself to one of these. It's a little tube of awesomeness. ♥

Daily Nuggets...
  • My pulled pork in the crock pot yesterday was a success! Basically I just put the pork roast in the crock pot with some water, then discarded the water once it was cooked and started shredding. I added in some Famous Daves Apricot Bourbon barbecue sauce and it was delicious. You should've heard Tyler as he ate it!
  • Today I'm doing yet another crock pot project- it's the applesauce that TiffanyD mentioned in a recent video. It's not finished yet, but the house is smelling amazing, as promised! :) I picked up a few red pears and added them into the mix. 
  • Apparently it's National Cat Day! I'd tell Cupcake, but then she'd probably start expecting extra wet food.
  • Tonight's Beauty Broadcast Express video is a review of those new Revlon Shadowlinks eyeshadows! Check it out!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Party Costume Recap!

Hey everyone!
Hope you're having a good Monday! Tyler and I had such a fun weekend visiting our friends Kalee and Jonathan in Kansas City! As you may know, Kalee recently took over as morning meteorologist at KSHB in Kansas City, so this was our first time visiting them! When Kalee told me about an epic halloween party that was happening at chief meteorologist Gary Lezak's house- we knew we needed to make this happen! In the weeks leading up to the party, we brainstormed some costume ideas for the four of us, and settled on Gilligan's Island! Oh- and to all who asked- "Is Tyler super tall or are you super short?"... the answer is both! He's 6'6", and I'm 5'0". Kalee is actually a bit shorter than me! Jonathan is the one person in the picture of normal height! LOL! :)
Tyler was Skipper and Jonathan was Gilligan (I'm guessing they saw this pose in a Google image search?) I'm pretty sure they already had everything they needed for their outfits, but they did have to go out and find some hats. I love how Tyler's hat almost looks miniature on his head! LOL! And Jonathan makes an awesome Gilligan, doesn't he?! Love it!
A lot of these pics came from Instagram! Click here to follow me.

 For the ladies- I was Mary Ann and Kalee was Ginger! Here you can see our before and after transformation! We both ordered our outfits on Amazon... they came with wigs but the Mary Ann wig was pretty similar to my own hair (except for some super long bangs that would've been in my eyes all night!) so I decided not to use it. The Ginger wig, however, was perfect on Kalee! I wasn't sure what shoes to wear at first, but we found these red flats at Target earlier that day and they worked great.  

We went with some really glamorous makeup on Kalee! I wish I would've gotten a clearer shot of her look (the one close-up on my phone is in really dim lighting), but you can kind of get the idea. I used some of the metallic golden shades in the LORAC Pro palette on her eyes, and added some thick winged liner- topped off with Salon Perfect Demi Wispies false lashes. For lips, she's wearing Urban Decay lipstick in Manic (a berry/red shade). Isn't she adorable!
 For Mary Ann's makeup, I basically went with my usual face routine (foundation, concealer, powder), but I added a lot more bronzer than usual (she was very tan in every picture I saw!) I kept my eyeshadow very simple- just some basic neutrals- but busted out my Red Cherry #43 false lashes. To make the eyes appear larger and more round, I used a white liner in my lower inner rim, and just barely lined the lower lashline with some brown shadow. The lips are a light nude/pink- Sonia Kashuk's Shine Luxe Sheer lip color in Sheer Pink Lust (LOVE this shade).
Kalee and I stocked up on extra decorations that day, and got to Gary's early to put them up (which was really fun!) and then the party got started! There were SO MANY cool costumes there- I wish I had taken more pictures! Our friend Mel was a fierce flapper- she just looks perfect! And don't you love the #halloweencostume?! Gary was Julius Caesar... and I gotta say- that guy is absolutely hilarious! To all who live in Kansas City and get to watch him and Kalee do the weather-- you are lucky! :) 
 It was also Stormy the Weather Dog's birthday!! There was even a video tribute to Stormy, which I loved. Stormy and Gary's other dog Breezy also showed off some pretty cool tricks. My heart just melts when I see people get super excited about their pets. They really are part of the family!
Thanks to Kalee and Jonathan for having us over for the weekend! It was an absolute blast and I can't wait to get together again! Love you!! ♥

Daily Nuggets...
  • This Thursday I'm going to be sporting a different costume for a special Halloween Edition of Beauty Broadcast Live!! 9am CST. Click the "Live" tab above for details on how to watch. I hope everyone else will dress up too and send pics of their costumes!
  • New Beauty Broadcast Express video tonight will feature a holiday palette!
  • I've got a pork roast in the crock pot so I can make pulled pork for dinner.
  • The World Series is all tied up! Hoping for a Cardinals win tonight! (sorry Red Sox fans!)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ELF Holiday Palettes at Walgreens

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to share a little Walgreens find with you. I noticed quite a few different ELF holiday products on sale, including these eyeshadow palettes. There were a few palettes that were quite large as well! I've never tried ELF's new eyeshadows with the triangular shapes, so I figured I'd pick up this neutral palette (the only shade I saw that was on display), along with one of the Beauty Books (there were a couple of color options on these). I thought all of the white and gold packaging was really cute, by the way!
6 Piece Eyeshadow Compact ($3, Walgreens)
 At a glance, you can tell that there's nothing matte in this palette. I'm not so sure how I feel about the triangle-shaped pans. I mean, nothing is so small that you couldn't fit a brush into it, and a couple of the shades are quite generously-sized. But when you look at some of those acute angles (remembered something from geometry!!!), at some point- if you use up a lot of the shadow- you'll struggle to get into those corners. This palette does not include a mirror, but it does have a double-ended sponge tip applicator. 
When I first touched these, I immediately thought that the use of a primer would make a big difference. While some of the shades were nice and smooth either way (and surprisingly pigmented!), the primer really improves the application of the very flaky and shimmery white and gold shades (at the center of the palette). The primer I used was ELF's $1 Eyeshadow Primer. While nothing in the palette is matte, the deepest brown is the least sparkly/shiny color of the bunch. 
 ELF Beauty Book - 10 Piece Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($5, Walgreens)
The color variety in this palette really caught my eye. ELF puts out these Beauty Books every so often, and in the past, I've actually had pretty good luck with them. For 5 bucks you're getting 9 large eyeshadows, along with a double-ended sponge tip applicator, a Brightening Eyeliner in Black, plus some instructions on how to create a look. I'm not a big fan of the eyeliner... it's a dry, very old-school pencil liner. Now let's check out the shadows...
There's such a variety of shadows in this kit, both in terms of colors and finishes. For these swatches left to right-- I did the top 3 shadows, then the middle 3, then the bottom 3. I also used the ELF $1 Eyeshadow Primer in the bottom picture. There are two entirely matte shades in this palette- the first one in the line of swatches, and also the 7th. I was SO surprised at how buttery and smooth those shadows were- even with no primer! Shades 3 & 4 (the lilac & peach) on the other hand, looked gorgeous in the palette but were extremely flakey with no primer. As you can see, the primer had the biggest effect on these two shades-- with primer, they go on much more smoothly and are less dry. All of the other shades range from a metallic to a satin finish and were consistently good. Love that greenish-teal, as well as the deep grey. 

Bottom Line: While the $3 palette has a nice combination of neutral colors, I'm not jumping up and down over it (probably because I already own a LOT of neutral shadows). And while they look pretty with a primer, there's just nothing really unexpected or unique about the palette, and I would've liked at least one matte shade in there. I was really impressed by the Beauty Book, and just astonished at how nicely those matte shades go on. I like that you get a couple of colors to pop things up with, but mainly there are lots of pretty neutral basics. A pretty great deal for $5, in my opinion. Have you run into any other drugstore holiday palettes that you'd like me to test-drive? Let me know! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • YouTube has been strange this week. I've already had an upload fail once today... hoping it ends up working for me!
  • World Series tonight!!!! GO CARDINALS! :) 
  • We've turned on the heat here... it's definitely feeling like fall!
  • On that note, I've also busted out my slippers. Nothing like the feeling of warm, fuzzy slippers!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Eye of the Day Featuring Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette

Hi everyone!!
Hope your week is off to a good start! It's good to be back here on the blog... I've had a few days away due to my travels last week to QVC for the Customer Choice Beauty Awards! (I'm planning to do more on that soon- it was amazing!!) Anyway, today's review on Beauty Broadcast Express is all about the Urban Decay Vice 2 palette. Check it out, if you haven't already! 
That video was purely a review, so I didn't get into the eye look I was wearing... instead I figured I'd save that for the blog! :)  It was not a very dramatic or bright look at all (which this palette is definitely capable of)- but I still wanted to show it since it made me think "fall". 
By the way- my lip color is the new NYX Butter Lip Balm in Ladyfingers (review pending!), and my blush is the Ioni blush in Ecstasy (I find that line at Fred's Super Dollar). My foundation is Cover Girl's Stay Fabulous 3 in 1. 
(Click picture to enlarge)
1. First I applied a primer all over my lids, and then used Dope (a shimmery peach champagne) around my inner corner. This is also my highlight under the brow.
2. I used Radar (shimmery bronzy-brown) all over the lid and into the crease
3. I blended Toxic (shimmery rose gold) just above the crease, on the border of the brown
4. I smudged Lovesick (black sparkle) on the outer part of the lower lashline
5. I also added Ambush (brown shimmer) on the rest of the lower lashline
I finished the look by lining my upper & lower inner rims, as well as my upper lashline with a black pencil. Then I used L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara (see review here) on my upper and lower lashes. 
 What do you think of Urban Decay's Vice 2 palette? Any favorite shades? I'm partial to the neutrals, as well as the greens. Damaged is a pretty deep emerald and Stash is a gorgeous golden olive shade. Overall though- compared to other holiday palettes I've been checking out- I don't think this is my favorite. Stay tuned for more reviews! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm making tacos tonight!
  • Had to run an errand this afternoon & Cupcake was already sitting in my computer chair. Therefore, she officially supervised my video upload while I was gone ;)
  • I'm getting a root canal in a couple weeks. Not excited about it, but not really dreading it (they tell me I won't feel a thing!)
  • Saw an amazing bumper sticker today that simply said "Cattitude". Was about to pull my phone out to take a picture when I realized someone was in the car. (I try not to share too many of my crazy cat lady tendencies in public :) 
  • Speaking of cats... it's Cat Week on Ellen!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Maybelline Fall 2013 Limited Edition Color Sensational Lip Gloss

Hi everyone!!!
Happy Tuesday! I had an amazing weekend getting to hang out with Kristin Gehm in Chicago! It's kind of the halfway point between where we live, and we just had a blast (there will be a video coming). But she gave me some gifts-- including these incredible lip glosses that she's been raving about! They're limited edition for fall from the Maybelline Color Sensational line (the same line that makes Almond Crush- which I love!) I was never able to find these new shades, so being the makeup-loving friend she is, Kristin tracked them down for me up in Wisconsin! Thank you!!! ♥
The deeper shade is #305 Raspberry Ablaze, and the pink-ish color is #310 Berry Brilliance. 
These are creamy, shiny colors with no shimmer. They don't feel sticky on the lips, yet I think the staying power is pretty impressive. I've been wearing Raspberry Ablaze today and have gotten groceries and eaten lunch... while there's not a lot of shine, there's still plenty of color hanging around on my lips, and it hasn't gotten sloppy running outside my lip line. I also like that I can get full color with a minimal amount of product- without having to build it up with tons of extra gloss. Goopy lips are not fun!
Here I'm wearing Raspberry Ablaze- while the color seems to have a lot of purple tone to it in the tube, it seems like more of a classic berry shade on the lips. Absolutely love it!  
And here's Berry Brilliance. As you can see, the two shades aren't incredibly different, but Berry Brilliance is a bit brighter and more pink (and I actually feel like I see more of a difference between the two in person). 

I just wanted to get this post out in case you find any of these glosses hanging around in special Maybelline displays in your local drugstores! If you end up missing out on these limited edition glosses, definitely check out the regular Color Sensational line. I have a few of the lighter shades- Almond Crush (sheer champagne), Luminous Latte (honey/nude), and Glisten Up Pink (light pink shimmer), and I really enjoy them! Are there any other limited edition collections you've been trying to hunt down?

Daily Nuggets...
  • It's a rainy, dreary day here!
  • I like the sound of the dishwasher running.
  • More editing to do now- trying to get ahead for the days I'll be gone later this week.
  • If you might be interested in winning an amazing new holiday palette- keep an eye on my Beauty Broadcast channel tomorrow... just sayin'!
  • I went the new Ulta in my area today! OMG. I thought it was opening this weekend, but turns out their "soft opening" is this week! It's amazing and it seems so big! I'm going to have to control myself... 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Watch Emily on QVC's Behind the Beauty!

Hi everyone!
I'm am SO EXCITED to tell you about an incredible project I'm taking part in later this week! If you're a fan of beauty, chances are you've heard about QVC's annual Customer Choice Beauty Awards. Well... I'm going to have a role in the awards show this year! I'll be appearing on air and online throughout the show-- keep reading for the details! 
Here's the low-down: Thursday night from 9pm to midnight Eastern, you can tune-in to the beauty awards on QVC-- but this year QVC is trying something new in addition to the live awards on tv... they're doing a webcast throughout the show called "Behind the Beauty", and I'll be hosting it! I'll be sitting down with the award winners (some of the biggest names in beauty!) after their presentations to talk about their inspirations, new projects, and all sorts of things! I want to dig deep and find out more about the people heading up the world's biggest beauty brands- this is going to be SO FUN! I would LOVE to have your input-- what kinds of questions should I ask the beauty award winners? Let me know in the comments section! You'll also be able to tweet your questions throughout the show! :) 

Here's the schedule for Thursday night:
  • 9pm EST: Customer Choice Beauty Awards Begins on QVC - I'll also be on QVC (on TV) at this time, introducing Behind the Beauty!
  • 9:30 to 11:30pm EST: Behind the Beauty webcast! I'll spend 2 full hours (LIVE) with the leaders in the beauty industry! Check at this time for the link to the webcast! If I get a specific link sometime this week, I'll insert it here. 
  • Midnight EST: I'll be back on QVC (on TV) at the end of the beauty awards to wrap up with the host! 

 Here's a pic from my first visit to QVC when we shot the Fall into Beauty videos! Can't wait to go back for the Customer Choice Beauty Awards, which I typically watch every year at home on the couch! :) Now I'll actually be in QVC's studio chatting with the people I've watched for years! Unbelievable. Can you tell I'm excited?! Any tips to keep me from being too star-struck? I hope you'll tune in for the on-air show to see who wins the awards, as well as the webcast for the inside scoop! :) It's going to be an unforgettable night! 

One more thing: 
Just thought I should pass this along- in case you're interested in owning EVERY WINNING PRODUCT from each of the 37 categories in the Customer Choice Beauty Awards! QVC is hosting a sweepstakes called Pin It Pretty where one lucky winner will get that incredible prize. I know there are a lot of Pinterest ladies out there! Click here for all the details on how to enter (it's super easy) and GOOD LUCK! :) 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

ELF Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows

Hey everyone!
Hope you're having a good day! This morning on Beauty Broadcast Live I mentioned these eyeshadows from ELF, but the webcam never does swatches justice- so I wanted to blog about them so you can really see what I'm talking about! :) These "Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadows" are part of ELF's studio line, and cost $3 apiece on ELF's website. There are a total of 7 shades available. They have a very unusual texture- which the website describes as "whipped gel". The product feels very lightweight- almost spongy to the touch. Texture-wise, they kind of remind me of Maybelline's Dream Bouncy blushes only a little lighter & more like a mousse.  
The shades I have are Soiree (a pinky-mauve), Gala (shimmery brown), and Party (black with silver sparkle).  
Here are the swatches for Soiree, Gala, and Party. As you can see, these are really sparkly products, and they swatch with the full color you'd expect from a cream product. Normally I'd use a cream product as a base for a powder, but these shades have such a dazzling sparkle, I actually prefer to use them to top off different looks. I just tap my finger into the product and it leaves a very pretty effect on the center of the lids. While I very much agree with the word "Lustrous" in the name of this product, the "Long-lasting" claim is pretty questionable. I don't have any problem with the staying power when I lightly tap these onto an existing eye-look (keep in mind, I'm not using LOTS of product with that method), but I do experience creasing if I wear them alone. They don't set to be completely smudge-free, and I feel like the glitter can easily transfer upon contact. 

Bottom Line- if you're looking for a pretty way to top off a special occasion look, these are gorgeous! If you plan to use them alone, you may notice some fading, creasing, or glitter transfer. They're not as long wearing as other cream shadows like Maybelline Color Tattoos, or Milani & Jordana shadow sticks. If you look at these as an employee in the office... these shadows aren't the workhorse of the group, but they will hang out and look pretty!   

Daily Nuggets...
  • Posted my Makeup Geek Favorites video this evening!
  • A workout on the mini trampoline is happening once I finish this post!
  • I need a formal-type dress for an event that's coming up. Went out a couple hours ago and found nothing... it's very hard to find the happy medium between sparkly prom princess and mother of the bride. 
  • Tomorrow is #tydayfriday on Beauty Broadcast Express!! He had a lot of requests for this week's review! :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Four Fun Eyeliners for Fall!

Hello friends!
Do you ever get into an eyeliner rut? While I switch up my eyeshadows quite often, sometimes I really have to make a conscious effort to use something other than black or brown eyeliner (I'm especially bad about always wanting to reach for a black liquid eyeliner pen!) Spring and summer seem to be the season for bright colors, but I've rounded up some pretty gorgeous colored liners that I'm going to be working into my fall looks. They have a wonderful richness to them that works well to define the eye, while providing an unexpected twist to the look. As an added bonus- they're all SUPER long-wearing and go on very easily!
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Deep Blue ($4.49,
After first falling in love with the Rimmel ScandalEyes in Nude, I tried some of the colors in the line and I really love this one. It's deep enough to give me the definition I want around the eye- so it's a nice substitute for my usual black. Unlike my next few liners, this one doesn't have any shimmer. 
 Jordana 12 Hr. Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Jade Jewel ($2.49,
Could this green be any prettier? It has a little sparkle but I still find it to be a dark enough liner to nicely define my eyes. These are some of the most affordable liners in the drugstore (I find them at Walgreens) and they still have incredible staying power. To learn more about the other liners from Jordana, click here for my review. 
Tarte Skinny SmolderEyes in Sunstone Bronze ($19,
I'm pretty sure this is one of the smoothest, most easy to apply pencils I own. I believe I got it as part of a Beauty Test Tube, but had kind of forgotten about it until Kristin Gehm raved about these... and now I LOVE using it on my lower lashline. There's a little smudge tip on the opposite end of the liner, so I'll use that to sheer out the shade you see above and it looks SO PRETTY on the lower lashline, particularly when you have black in the inner rim and some rockin' lower lash mascara. Great for your bronzey-brown eye looks! FYI: As I was looking up the price for this, I saw this SmolderEyes kit on Ulta's site! 
NYX Slide On Liner in Jewel ($7.99,
Who owns a mauve eyeliner?! Such a unique, gorgeous color. Like the Tarte liner above, this one isn't super deep, so I'll be using this as a little accent on my lower lashline. I think it'll play nicely with eye looks ranging from plum to burgundy. Whenever I pop one of these lighter, shimmery liners on the lower lashline, I feel like it gives the lower lashes a pretty backdrop. Make sure to smudge it out a little for a really pretty, blended look. 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Did you see yesterday's haul video
  • I have so many windows open on this computer right now. I'm confusing myself.
  • I really need to do my nails.
  • Last night I made something called "Mini Cheeseburger Pies" - they were really good! I added some extra cayenne pepper & seasoned salt to the burger mixture & Tyler and I really liked them.