Allure Beauty Blogger Awards officially launched this morning! Time to vote (and drink Midori!)


Wearing products I gushed over in the challenge! I primed my face using the Smashbox primer and I also have a sweep of bareMinerals’ Soiree on my lids. Love!

Today is the big day! After much anticipation and many sleepless (but excited!) nights, the first challenge in the five week contest was published this morning. I flip flopped several times deciding what to choose for my beauty obsession (I have so many!)… and ultimately ended up selecting… the color green. It sounds weird, but hear me out.

Not only is emerald the official color of the year, but the color green has been a secret weapon of mine for years. Check out my reasoning here (and see the national unveiling of me with no makeup and a big ol’ pimple). In the name of beauty, I bared my makeupless face (my acne prone skin still gets angry when I’m stressed) to prove that green based primers and concealers really can neutralize even the brightest red discolorations.

See, it disappeared didn’t it? I’ll drink to that! In honor of my fav color and today’s official contest launch, I’m declaring today Midori Monday. Fun fact: Midori is Japanese for “green.” Read on to learn how to shake up an Emerald Martini, courtesy of the fine folks behind my favorite melon liqueur. Cheers!


Emerald Martini

½ oz Midori

½ oz SKYY 90 vodka

Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cherry.

[The voting period has started! Click here to vote for me, Katie McBroom, to help me avoid elimination in the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards. You can vote every day! Each week a new challenge will be posted on Monday at 9 a.m. It would mean the world to me if you could take a minute to do this! Remember, by voting for me you become eligible to win awesome prizes like a trip for two to Hawaii!]

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