Saturday, December 31, 2011

Best of Beauty 2011: Favorite Products of the Year!

Looking back over 2011, I can't believe how quickly it has come and gone!  I've had so much fun with my YouTube channel this year and I'm beyond excited to see what 2012 brings...

Last year at this time, I uploaded a video recapping some of my favorite makeup and beauty-related products of the year.  I figured I would continue the tradition in my Best in Beauty 2011 video.  I really tried my hardest (and it was very difficult) to narrow down all of my top picks and must-haves.  These were the "shining stars" from the past twelve months and I would truly recommend any of these products to my friends, family and - of course - readers and subscribers.

I can't thank you all enough for tuning in to my beauty channel as well as checking out my lil' blog.  It really does mean so much to me!  On that note I hope you have a wonderful New Year's Eve and an even better 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fave Beauty Tips & Tricks: Winter Edition!

Hey everyone!  You may recall a few months back I filmed a video featuring some of my favorite makeup and beauty-related tips and tricks.  I received a lot of positive feedback after posting that one so I decided to continue it as a series!  In this winter edition, I'll be showing you some of my favorite cold weather looks as well as some other fun ideas that I've been loving recently! Enjoy!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Smokey Emerald Eyeliner: Festive Holiday Makeup

List of Products:

UDPP in Eden
Smashbox eyeshadow in Bliss
MAC eyeshadows:
Swiss Chocolate
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Mildew
Loreal Carbon Black Extra Intense Liquid Liner Pencil (phewf!)
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
MAC Carbon e/s
Loreal False Fiber Lashes Mascara
Cargo Medium Matte Bronzer
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Cabo Coral
Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc
MAC Lipglass in Underage

Sunday, December 11, 2011

November Favorites: New Beauty Finds & Holiday Lights

Check out some of my favorite beauty products and holiday goodies for the month of November:

Laura Mercier Peach Mosaic Shimmer Bloc

Amazing Cosmetics Shimmer Blush in Cinnamon Spice

L'oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara

MAC Arena Eyeshadow

Cargo Medium Matte Bronzer

Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation Primer

20 bulb mini light set

Yankee Candle - Rhubarb Plum

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Video FAQ's: Camera, Lighting & Other Ramblings...

Hi everyone! A few months ago I was toying around with the idea of filming a video about...well, filming videos!  I've said this many times but the number one question I receive from my subscribers relates to making videos. So many of you have asked about my camera, lighting, editing software....the list goes on!

I'm also aware that an astounding number of my viewers have their own beauty channels as well.  You guys are always sending me your videos and tutorials on YouTube and Twitter :) Which, by the way - I LOVE to see! So keep sending them my way!!

I'm obviously not a professional, but I have discovered a lot of things over the past year (some just as recently as a few months ago) that have made my little filming hobby so much easier. Most of my tips in the video below were discovered purely through trial and error...and lots of it!!  Learning about video and film can be somewhat frustrating and time-consuming, I know this from experience!  So, hopefully I can save some of my viewers a little aggravation and a lot of time by sharing some things I've learned on my YouTube journey.  The tips in this post are by no means hi-tech (think lower-than-low tech), but nevertheless have made a huge difference in the quality of my videos.  Hope you enjoy!  Oh yeah, for everyone who takes absolutely zero percent interest in this topic, I'll be posting another video tomorrow ;)


Friday, December 2, 2011

The Perfect Nude Lip: Tips & Favorite Products

After lounging around the house for the majority of today I decided I was really in the mood to film a new video...ahhh yes, productivity! So, I decided to go with one of my favorite topics: nude lips! This is a staple wintertime look for me, especially when paired with a bold, dramatic smokey eye..the perfect combination for holiday events and get-togethers, or just a night out!

My quest for THE perfect nude lip color has led me to try many a pale lipstick.  Some good, some not so good, some downright horrifying.  However, in this post I'll show you some of my tried-and-true lip products for achieving this striking look and some quick tips for easy application! Now go and get your nude on! ;)


Products Mentioned:

Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening Gel
Softlips Vanilla lip balm

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brulee
Revlon Lipstick in 070 Soft Nude
MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme d'Nude
MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC20
Pur Minerals Lipstick in Iced Topaz
YSL Rouge Volupte 1 Nude Beige

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Pencil in Natural

MAC C-Thru Lipglass
MAC Underage Lipglass
Benefit Ultra Shines gloss in Life on the A-List
Benefit Ultra Shines gloss in Nudie-Tude

The Swatches:

Lip Color L to R: Pur Minerals Lipstick in Iced Topaz,
YSL Rouge Volupte #1 Nude Beige, Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Creme Brulee,
Revlon Lipstick in Soft Nude, MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme d'Nude,
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 (swatch barely shows)

Liner & Glosses L to R:
Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses Lip Liner in Natural
MAC C-Thru Lipglass, MAC Underage Lipglass,
Benefit Ultra Shines gloss in Life on the A-List,
Benefit Ultra Shines gloss in Nudie-Tude