Thursday, March 27, 2014

Face of the Day: Subtle Glamour

Hi everyone!
I wanted to do a quick "Face of the Day" post to give you a closer look at some of the things I talked about today on Beauty Broadcast Live! The webcam quality isn't great when I'm doing that, so hopefully this gives you a better idea of the products and shades that I was trying to describe :) Overall, the look is very simple, but kind of glam in a subtle way. While I used some very full-coverage face products, I kept all of my eye makeup confined to my upper lid. It's a different technique from what I usually do, but I think it really makes the eyes look bigger. Here are the products I used! :) 
  • NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation in Light Medium
  • It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye (neutral medium) & Hello Light Liquid Brightener duo
  • Bare Minerals Summer Bisque (to set under-eye concealer)
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus
  • Milani Bronzer XL in Fake Tan (for contouring)
  • Tarte Cheek Stain in True Love 
  • Benefit Coralista Blush (to set the cheek stain stick... it has a kind of dewy finish)
  • Laura Geller Baked French Vanilla Highlight (forgot to snap a pic of it!)
  • Bare Minerals Prime Time Eye Primer (not pictured)
  • Stila In the Know matte palette (details on the shades used below)
  • NYX Two Timer Eyeliner in Jet Black (liquid end for winged liner)
  • Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliner in Nude in lower waterline
  • Jordana Best Volume Extreme Mascara (upper lashes)
  • Salon Perfect Demi Wispies False Lashes

Eyeshadow how-to...
  • I applied Wind (light cream) all over lid and under my brow
  • I blended Rain (cool grey/brown) in my crease with a fluffy brush
  • I used a small bit of Fire (burnt orange) just above my crease color
  • I blended over the whole crease area with Clay (cool pinky/beige)
  • Since this focus of this look is on the upper lid, I didn't apply any shadows on the lower lashline. With so little done to the lower lashline, it kind of reminds me of Marilyn Monroe's style :) 

I'm experimenting with a new brow palette from Too Faced called Brown Envy. It contains two powders (blonde and brunette), as well as a setting wax and a cream highlight. The kit also contains stencils, tweezers, an angled brush, and a spoolie wand. I like to apply some of the wax first with the angled brush, then I use the blonde shadow for a softer look on the inner parts of my brow, and brunette around my arch/outer part of the brow. I really like how these products help define my brows without making them look too heavy (which is easy to do!) I plan to try this more and eventually do a full review and demonstration for you. 
This is something I found at Ulta- the new (limited edition) Baby Lips "Pinked" collection. This shade is called Rose Rush. It gives a sheer pink glow to my lips- I LOVE the color. The staying power of this one isn't great. I have a couple of other shades from this collection to try and review also. 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I've been swatching TONS of lip products on my hands as I prepare for a new dupe video in the near future! :) I'm trying to find dupes for some of my much-loved shades, and it's not easy.
  • It's windy as can be this afternoon!! Hold on to your hat!
  • I made heated up some 3-cheese tortellini last night. SO GOOD.
  • Here's the Pinterest picture that I was talking about today on BBLive that was cracking me UP last night!! Haven't we all had this feeling?! I remember oversleeping one day when I was working at the station (forgot to set my alarm), and got a call from a co-worker asking where I was. I must have looked exactly like this!! LOL! The face! The hair! I can't take it!!! 

(found on Pinterest, of course)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Revlon Vintage Super Lustrous Lipsticks

Hi everyone!
Happy Monday to you! I just wanted to do a little post on the lipsticks I was able to find from the limited edition "vintage" collection from Revlon. Five Super Lustrous lipsticks from the good old days were recently re-released, and I found mine in a special display in Ulta. I haven't found any links to buy these online, but Nouveau Cheap has a great post on all 5 colors and where people have been finding the displays. The colors I found were Jungle Peach and Fifth Ave Red
Left: Jungle Peach, Right: Fifth Ave Red
Both of these are creamy formulas with no shimmer. Jungle Peach is pretty on its own (which is the way I'm wearing it in this picture), but I like it even more with a slightly deeper peach or neutral lip liner on the outer part of my lips. Something about that method makes it even more wearable. I find Fifth Ave Red to be particularly striking. It's an interesting red that's not incredibly bright, but just really rosy and gorgeous. I actually included that red in my recent round-up of lipsticks that I'm loving right now. If you haven't seen that video yet, here you go! 

Have you gotten your hands on any of these vintage Super Lustrous lipsticks? If so, what shades would you recommend? By the way, I don't find these to be incredibly long-wearing, but the red will leave a bit of a stain on my lips once the shine wears off. Such a pretty color... I'm sad that it's only back for a limited time! Anyway, thanks for reading and have a great rest of the day! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  •  Found out that the station I used to work at was evacuated this morning due to a suspicious package! How strange! Sounds like it didn't turn out to be anything serious, but it's always interesting when the news becomes the news. 
  • My March Madness bracket is busted! I had Wichita State going all the way... and of course Kentucky took them down over the weekend. 
  • In more lip product news... another new lip product is the topic of today's Beauty Broadcast Express review! Look for it at 5pm CST at
  • Important question for fellow Jelly Belly jellybean lovers: What is your FAVORITE flavor? If you had to pick just one favorite, what would it be? Mine has got to be toasted marshmallow. Pear and Watermelon are a close second. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Another New Chapter!

Hi everyone! 
I'm not sure who has or hasn't had a chance to check out my latest YouTube video, and it includes a small element of surprise... so if you like that kind of thing, check it out before you read on! :)  

But yeah... huge news for us! Tyler and I have been so excited about this, and we are blown away by the kindness you have expressed in response to our video. I mean, I knew I had some of the nicest viewers ever, but the love you've shared has just really touched us both. There have been so many sweet stories in the comments section about your own motherhood experiences and what the next 6 months will be like for us, and just so much encouragement and positivity. "Thank you" doesn't seem to cut it in this situation... all I can say is that I love and value you SO much. Anytime you share your kindness with me and "let your light shine", as I like to say, it inspires me to do the same. Thank you for letting me into your lives and accepting me and my family with open arms! Oh and I love how people are using the hashtag #babybroadcast -- it's so funny because I didn't even mention it in the video, but my family and I were joking about #babybroadcast after I found out I was pregnant! 

I made this little pic to share as a pregnancy announcement along with the video! Had to take a crack at Tyler's height! :) He's 6'6" and I'm 5'0"... it's the first thing most people point out when they see us together! And of course we had to include Miss Cupcake! 

So what comes next? I've had so many requests for some pregnancy update vlogs, and I do plan to do those on my vlog channel, BeautyVlogcast. In fact, I think I'll do one this week just getting you all up to speed on our situation- we've got 13 weeks to cover, so there's a lot to share! I thought I could give a little bit of a backstory on our lives & when hopes for a baby came into the picture. What else should I talk about? Symptoms? Cravings? Doctor appointments? When we're finding out if it's a boy or girl?How often do you want to see update vlogs? As you can see, I need your help!! :) I've noticed a lot of people asking how my family reacted when we told them :) Maybe I'll get mom on the phone and re-enact it! haha :) I told her the very MORNING I found out... couldn't hold it in!!

On you can make little pregnancy tickers to show your progress... I thought I'd put mine on here! :) Baby is the size of a peach now, but on Wednesday I'll move on to the next fruit! Not sure how accurate all this size stuff is, but it's entertaining for me to keep track of! :)

 BabyFruit Ticker

Daily Nuggets...
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! Are you wearing green? Tyler tried to pass off turquoise as green today, so therefore, he was pinched.
  • Today's Beauty Broadcast Express video involves a green product & a mini tutorial!
  • Ate a bunch of fresh fruit earlier... there is nothing like juicy pineapple!
  • Mom went to the dentist today (in my hometown- population 1,200 :) and she said everyone in the office knew the big news! Word travels fast- especially in a small town!  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Fast, Easy Pizza!

Hi everyone!
Yesterday I posted a picture of our dinner on Instagram - French bread pizza! Lots of people asked how I made it, so I thought I'd share some details in a blog, and link to the blog where I found the recipe called French Bread Pizza... Done Right! This blogger- What's Cooking with Ruthie- said she'd tried a lot of french bread pizza recipes that result in a soggy crust. Apparently the key is to bake it at a really high temperature, really fast! Thanks for your research, Ruthie! Her post includes some other fun pizza recipes, too! :) 
It's so easy, it's almost embarrassing. To those who asked if I made my own loaf of french bread-- no. Here's what I did...
  • Buy a loaf of French bread
  • Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees
  • I put foil on my pan for easy clean-up
  • Slice loaf in half
  • Spread pizza sauce on each side (I put half of the jar on each)
  • Add toppings (I used green pepper, mushrooms, black olives, and Tyler's side had turkey pepperoni)
  • Top with cheese
  • Bake for 5 to 7 minutes

Then I just sliced up the pizza, which is all hot and melty on top, and delightfully crisp on the bottom. The middle is soft, yummy bread. I've actually never made pizza like this before, but Tyler said it might be his new favorite way to eat it. It was so filling! We ended up with lots of leftovers for lunch today. I think this is a great type of pizza for people who love to load on the toppings... because this thick French bread crust can definitely handle it! Also- it's just so darn fast. Talk about an easy, inexpensive dinner! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • It is a gorgeous day outside! 70+ degrees and sunny. I sat with Cupcake on the deck swing for a bit.
  • I'm wearing shorts. Shorts!! 
  • Speaking of the 'Cake, her vet checkup is tomorrow! Oh joy.
  • I'll have a new tutorial video up tomorrow. It's on the "sandwich method" for eyeshadow that I mentioned in my recent Best in Beauty video. But feel free to also eat a sandwich while you watch!

Monday, March 10, 2014

New at Ulta! Pixel Makeup

Hi everyone!
I hope you had a great weekend- and aren't dragging too much from the time change! :) I wanted to share a little haul with you from a new brand I found at Ulta. I realize this might not be new to every Ulta, but it was definitely a new addition in the drugstore section of my local store. The line of makeup is called Pixel- and you can check out more of the products on Ulta's site. The website says it's exclusive to Ulta, and is "department store quality without the department store price." The line includes products for eyes, lips and nails, and prices run between $2 and $5.99. I got my products when the line was marked "buy one get one half off"- and that seems to be the deal currently on Ulta's site, too! This is definitely a haul and not a full review-- but I do plan to review the products once I have a chance to use them! :)
Pro Eyeshadow Singles - $3.99 each
Something interesting about the packaging of these singles is that the sponge-tip applicator is actually part of the lid! You just slide it out to open up the product. According to the website, there are 24 shadows in this line. There seems to be a variety of finishes, too.
I got the shades Demur (shimmery peach) and Darling (matte blue). Judging by the feel of the swatches, I'm really impressed. The texture reminds me so much of the Prestige brand eyeshadows (especially the shimmery peach)... almost walking the line between powder and cream, and definitely not chalky or dry-feeling.
Pro Eyeshadow Duo - $5.99 
I have this in the shade Inspiring- it's a shimmery burgundy/mauve and a gold. Much like the single, this shimmery duo has a fabulous texture that's not the least bit chalky. I'm excited to try a look with these shades on my eyes, because I think they'll be quite vivid and smooth.  

Lip Butter - $5.99
This Lip Butter is in the shade Devoted. It's a super-pigmented lipstick with some shine (doesn't take any work to build up the color). This is such a true red, and this afternoon I'll be watching it closely to see whether it starts to feather outside my lip line. It's so smooth and feels kind of moisturizing... I'm wondering if it's too good to be true! If it ends up wearing well, I'll be back to pick up more of these! It looks like the lip butters come in 18 different shades.

I'll be sure to follow-up on how these products worked for me! Keep an eye on Beauty Broadcast Express for future reviews. In addition to the products I picked up, there are also eyeliners, baked shadows (that looked TINY in person!), more lip products, and nail polishes. Have you tried anything from Pixel? What do you think? 

Daily Nuggets...
  • On Saturday night I got to pretend that I was an American Idol judge :) I was on the judging panel for Southern Illinois Got Talent-- a show to raise money for Good Samaritan Ministries. That organization is fabulous, and I did a lot of stories on them when I did the news. Good Sam does a lot for those in need-- it's an emergency shelter, food pantry, soup kitchen, and so much more. We judged the top 10 finalists (a lot of local singers/groups)- who were all really good- and I tried to use Keith Urban-like insightfulness in my feedback. Not that I succeeded in that, but it was fun :) And it was followed by an Elvis tribute show- complete with lots of hip shaking and elderly ladies in the audience going wild! I couldn't believe my eyes.
  • Yesterday Tyler and I went on a hunt for a new pair of khaki pants for him. Finding a pair that fits his 6'6" frame is not easy. Big & Tall sizes for pants tend to be TOO big. Macy's didn't have a single pair in his size! I think he'll be ordering online.
  • Making french bread pizza for dinner tonight! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

LORAC Pro & Naked Basics Comparison

Hi everyone!
One of the most frequent kinds of requests I receive pertains to comparing makeup palettes. Recently on the blog, I've done shade comparisons on LORAC Pro & LORAC Unzipped, as well as the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette and Naked 1 & 2. I've also compared the Naked Basics and NYX One Night In Morocco palettes, and I also have a video sharing dupes of the specific shades in the Naked Basics palette. Do you see a theme? They all involve neutral eyeshadow palettes that contain lots of basic shades. At a glance, they might seem a lot alike, so naturally we want to know just how similar these palettes really are. I like doing these posts, because, while reviewing makeup can be so subjective and just a matter of personal opinion... really comparing shades side-by-side give sort of an objective, factual angle to things. Recently, I got a new request on Twitter:
Thanks for this idea, Jessica! When I think of "basic eyeshadows" both of these palettes come to mind. I was surprised I've never done some side-by-side swatches to help everyone see how similar- or different- they really are. So let's get started!
The Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is on top, and the LORAC Pro is below. While the Pro has 10 more shadows than the Naked Basics, there are definitely certain shades that appear to be very similar. The Naked Basics is a mostly matte palette, while LORAC Pro is half matte, half shimmer. Here's an overall look at each palette...
Urban Decay Naked Basics swatches: 
Venus, Foxy, W.O.S., Naked2, Faint, Crave
LORAC Pro swatches: 
Top row (left to right): White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black. 
Bottom row (left to right): Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate.

I decided to do side-by-side swatches of any shades that I thought could be similar between these two palettes. Just so you know- the lightest couple of Naked Basics shades really had no close comparisons in the LORAC Pro palette. As you'll see, some of the other shades are pretty close... and others aren't nearly as close when swatched- compared to the way they look in the palettes. 
Urban Decay W.O.S. -- LORAC Cream
I thought they seemed so similar in the packaging, but in swatches, you can see that the UD shade is much more peachy. Both do have the same matte finish, though.
Urban Decay Naked2 -- LORAC Taupe
While both of these shades seem to be of similar depth, the tones are different. Naked2 seems like a cooler tone than Taupe.
Urban Decay Faint -- LORAC Sable -- LORAC Espresso
I thought Faint might be similar to a couple of the deep browns in LORAC Pro, so I swatched them all together. As you can see- Sable is a much warmer tone, and Espresso is a bit darker than Faint. So it's pretty close, but no exact matches here.
 Urban Decay Crave -- LORAC Black
Black and black! Both are matte finishes, an this is the most exact match that I could find between the two palettes! 

 I could see how you might wonder if the Naked Basics is a necessity if you already own the LORAC Pro. A lot of people really enjoy the compact size of Naked Basics, as well as the fact the shades are, indeed, BASIC- and can be nice supplements to other palettes that don't have a matte brown, for example. Besides the black, there are just subtle differences between some of the shades in the two palettes. If my YouTubing and blogging didn't revolve around reviewing and comparing beauty products- I probably woudn't buy Naked Basics and instead just stick to LORAC Pro. I feel like I have all the tones a need in there, plus different finishes. But if the subtle differences shown in this post are super important to you- or you're a palette-collecting junkie (I see you out there!) you might consider having both. I hope this post was useful to you, and thanks again to Jessica for requesting it! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I think I've worked on this post in about 3 different sittings. It's been a busy morning!
  • Cupcake was supposed to go to the vet for a regular checkup today- but it got rescheduled for a week later. Looks like she lucked out!!
  • Just ran across this link on Twitter- if you're a fan of QVC host Lisa Robertson, she shares her favorite beauty products on Glo MSN. 
  • You should see my facial expression when- for 3 straight days- I get a UPS My Choice email saying my Sephora delivery has been delayed another day. Oh the anticipation!
  • Saw this pic on Pinterest and I just love it! That FACE!!