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It’s Official! I’m one of Lucky Magazine and P&G’s New Voices of Beauty!

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Ok, I know I’ve been babbling about this contest for weeks, so I’m very happy to announce that I was officially selected as one of the four New Voices of Beauty in the Lucky mag and P&G contest! This means I’m an honorary blogger for awesome P&G brands including COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene and Secret! I heard the word this morning and have been floating ever since!

So now, I get to travel back to my favorite city (I’m sure by now you all know which one that is!) in January for a weekend full of exclusive New Voices of Beauty experiences including meetings with Lucky staffers, editors and P&G Beauty representatives, and a “Day in the Life” video shoot.

In addition to my New York trip, I’ll also receive a year’s worth of P&G Beauty products, access to an exciting selection of VIP events, and exclusive content opportunities for my blog. Did I mention how excited I am about this?

I can’t wait to share the latest and greatest from these brands with you! I’m also hella stoked about my approaching Lucky adventure. Hella. Now I have some serious shopping to do because this Florida girl does not have New-York-in-January hanging in her closet right now!

Anyway, I want to thank you guys again so much from the bottom of my heart. I could not have gotten this far without you (and the over 10,000 votes you contributed to help me win this contest). Stay tuned for lots more to come from Martinis and Mascara + Lucky + P&G! :)

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Lucky Magazine’s New Voices of Beauty Contest Continues through Next Week

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Just wanted to take a minute to thank you all SO MUCH for all of the voting you’re doing in Lucky Magazine’s New Voices of Beauty Contest! I’m currently in first place which is super exciting, but it’s still anybody’s game! The voting period continues through Dec. 6 and then the winners will be announced in early January. Voting is 25% of the overall scoring process and then the rest will be determined by a panel of Lucky Magazine editors and P&G Beauty representatives. Eek!

Remember, you can vote daily and it just takes one click! Thanks again for all of your support. I could not do this without my awesome readers!  For more on the contest, check out my original post, and click here to vote for me. To see me stumble through my interview, see below (and try not to laugh at the unfortunate placement of my face in the YouTube thumbnail). ;)

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Allure Magazine’s Best of Beauty Issue is Officially on Sale! (And I’m in it too!)

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Remember that little contest I was in? And the photo shoot that went along with it? Of course you do! You all are the reason I placed in the top three and received the Most Buzzworthy title in the 2013 Beauty Blogger Awards! So, thank you again so much… because I truly could not have done this without you.

The October issue of Allure hit the shelves this week and I finally got my hands on a copy tonight. I literally danced around Publix with the cashier as I was checking out. It is so surreal to pick up a magazine in the store and see your face in it when you flip through the pages. I feel incredibly honored to be included in Allure’s famed Best of Beauty issue… and their biggest issue ever!

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In addition to me gushing about my love of cosmetics and cocktails, the mag is packed with useful beauty goodness… like the details on the 246 amazing winners from Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards! Find out the hardest-working anti-agers, most effective frizz fighters, and the mascara that will make eyes bigger, brighter, and sexier (“Best of Beauty,” page 282). Plus: the most innovative new beauty products on the market (“The Big Breakthroughs,” page 203), worth-it splurges, and an award-worthy makeup palette for under $8!

It is definitely a must-read for all beauty fans… and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it. Speaking of which… here’s a sneak peek at part of my story (“The New Beauty Stars,” page 148):

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So exciting! To read the rest you’ll have to pick up a copy of Allure… on sale now at a newsstand near you! :)

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Martinis and Mascara Named One of Beauty High’s 50 Best Beauty Blogs

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This calls for a cocktail! I heard the news earlier today that StyleCaster‘s Beauty High editorial team selected my blog as one of the top 50 beauty blogs alongside amazing sites like Lauren Conrad’s The Beauty Department. I was also thrilled to see some of my other favorites like my friends Arielle and Cara in addition to a slew of other amazingly awesome bloggers. I read many of these on the regular, so I’m honored to be included in the same group!

Check out the list and support your local beauty blogger. There’s no such thing as bookmarking too many! ;)

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Behind the Scenes: My Allure Magazine Beauty Blogger Awards Photo Shoot

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True confession: I have daydreamed about walking into the Conde Nast building since I was the editor-in-chief of my high school yearbook. So, to say that visiting the Allure offices was exciting for me would be a massive understatement.

Since those days I’ve often second guessed my career path… I began on the journalism route then took a severe left turn when I embarked on my journey into the beauty industry… before ultimately ending up trying to make a name for myself in a field that’s a strange hybrid of both.

It was when I was inside the elevator at 4 Times Square, on my way up to the photo studio for my shoot, that it clicked. That every decision I have made, traditional or not, has lead me to this moment. And this moment is awesome.

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The studio was incredible – almost as incredible as the rows of designer shoes awaiting my freshly pedicured feet. Cara, Tati (who are both just as sweet and beautiful as they are on their blogs, btw!) and I were whisked into a rotation of fashion fittings, manicures, makeup sessions, and hair styling.

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It’s no secret that I am not a sample size… so I was a little nervous about how they were planning to style my wardrobe. Then I laid eyes on my rack of killer dresses from Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Jason Wu, and Michael Kors and those fears quickly faded! I ended up wearing a beautiful black, curve-friendly Diane von Furstenberg dress (top left in the style board photo) and…wait for it… a pair of electric blue Manolo Blahniks. Hello, lover!

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I am determined to own these heels one day. And by one day, I mean when the Manolo Blahnik Fall 2013 Collection hits stores in September. Can you start a Kickstarter campaign for shoes? Is that a thing?

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Nail expert (and longtime Marc Jacobs manicurist) Elisa Ferri toned down my bright summer nails to create a more season appropriate look for the fall issue. She used Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Beige. It’s a gorgeous neutral tone with a subtle iridescent shine. I never want to take it off.

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I was a bit nervous about having my makeup done because I’m so particular about how I do it. Well, that worrying was completely unnecessary because brilliant artist Junko Kioka was the mastermind behind my makeup that day. I was furiously taking notes on the products she was using… and will most definitely add some of them to my own kit soon (Kett Fix Crème makeup, Estee Lauder DoubleWear, and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to name a few). I don’t think I’ve ever felt more beautiful!

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The amazing DJ Quintero upped the glam factor even more and gave me some major Veronica Lake meets Jessica Rabbit hair. He set it with Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hair Spray. My hair was touchable and soft, but the style stayed perfectly intact. That stuff is miraculous!

Each of us had our own set in the studio, brilliantly crafted by Allure Fashion Editor J rod Lacks and photographer Jason McDonald. I won’t spoil too much detail on that – you’ll have to buy the October issue of Allure to see the finished product!

Here are some more backstage highlights from the shoot:

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After our whirlwind photo shoot, we embarked on a tour of the Allure offices, complete with a stop at the beauty mecca that is the Allure beauty closet (more on that later). Here’s a peek at my stash:

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As if the day couldn’t get any better, we were invited to meet and chat with editor-in-chief (and author of Allure: Confessions of a Beauty Editor) Linda Wells.

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It. Was. Amazing.

Thank you again to everyone reading this for all of your support during the contest and beyond. I would not have been able to experience this memorable day if it weren’t for you!

I’m back in Florida for now… but I’m definitely stuck in a New York state of mind. Stay tuned for more (yes, more!) on my Allure experience… including my top ten picks from the Allure beauty closet!

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It’s official! I’m Allure Magazine’s Most Buzzworthy Blogger of the Year!

Ok, so I know in my last post I said I’d be happy whether I earned a fancy title or not… but guess what?

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I earned two fancy titles!! Who even knew that could happen?! I’ve been floating since noon on Tuesday when Allure magazine published the official Beauty Blogger Awards “Meet the Winners” page. When the clock struck 12 and I saw my face pop up there twice I almost fell out of my chair! I am officially the Most Buzzworthy Blogger of the Year… and I also claimed a runner-up spot for the overall contest. Not too shabby! I’m so so thankful to all of you out there who helped get me to this point. I couldn’t have done it without you!

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The fiercest of them all Mally Roncal said she thinks I’m fun and the adorably awesome Coca Rocha said she related to my hangover beauty solutions entry. Whhhaaat?!

My head is still spinning from the whole thing. Next on the agenda of my whirlwind Allure experience is a trip to New York for the official photoshoot sometime within the next few weeks. The photos from that shoot, along with a feature story on us winners will appear in the October 2013 issue of Allure. Don’t worry, I’ll remind you to pick up a copy before then! ;)

Thank you all again for reading, liking, sharing, tweeting, and for your general awesomeness throughout the past five weeks. I feel like such a huge chapter is closing, but an even bigger one is just beginning. Stay tuned to Martinis and Mascara for lots more news, reviews, and advice – served to you straight up! Cheers!!martini

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Voting for the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards officially closes at noon today!

bbaToday marks the closing of the final round of the 2013 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards. These five weeks have been incredible. This has been without a doubt, one of the busiest, craziest, happiest, most productive time periods of my life.

I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but I really can’t put into words exactly how much it means to me that my readers, coworkers, family, friends, and some people who don’t even know me, have banded together to create such a support system for me. It’s still blowing my mind that so many of you put yourselves out there, week after week, asking for votes on my behalf! The amount of people pulling for me, sharing the voting links, and tweeting away over the last five weeks is just unbelievable. I was voted “Most Buzzworthy” for four weeks in a row… and I could not have done that without you guys!

I really poured my heart into these contest entries and I’m so glad that I made it through every elimination so I could share all five of the challenges with you. I am so honored to have made it to the final four, but honestly, I feel like I won when I got that first call from Allure. This contest has been an incredibly validating experience. I can’t even describe how good it feels to know that the experts at the leading beauty magazine in the country think that I create quality content. So, no matter what the final verdict is, I’ll be happy whether I earn a fancy title or not.

Onward and upward! ;)

Here’s what happens now…

  • At noon today, the voting officially ends, and I stop begging for votes and cluttering your Facebook/Twitter feeds.
  • I pretend I’m not freaking out until Tuesday at noon when the Beauty Blogger of the Year, two runner-ups, and Most Buzzworthy Blogger titles are announced.
  • Cocktails for all of us. Lots of ‘em!

 [P.S. For the last time (::sniff::), don't forget to vote for me, Katie McBroom, to help me become Allure Magazine's Beauty Blogger of the Year! Voting for the 2013 Allure Beauty Blogger Awards closes today at noon. 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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