Blogging/Photo Set up

Blogging/Photo Set up

I never imagined myself making a post like this for many reasons. One, I never thought I’d enjoy blogging this much. Second, I never imagined people would take an interest in my work! Lastly, I am my own worst critic so I just never imagined any of this!

I was recently complimented on my photos and was asked for any tips so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned. A lot of it has been trial and error. More often than not I get so frustrated I can’t capture my vision and I ask the Hubs for help. Thankfully he is an amazing support system and will gladly help. I am very grateful for everything including his support.

Let’s begin with the camera. For product pictures 90% of the time I use my Nikon D3300. This was a valentine’s gift from my husband. He believes in me more than I believe in myself so when I told him I wanted to take my blogging more serious he sprang into action. So far it has been such a great investment. I think it gives my blog a more “uniformed” look. We also used it to do my daughters easter pics saving us a good chunk of change. I haven’t purchased a different lens so I simply use the 18-55MM it came with. We have huge windows in our living room so that’s where I usually set up. I try my very best to catch natural sunlight since it gives the pictures the best look.  NIKOND3300

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For products I have multiple surfaces and backgrounds I use. Some are diy others I’ve purchased for taking home pictures. What I mean by that is for example the wood surface in the picture with the camera or the marble surface. For backgrounds I use poster boards in different colors. Usually its just white though and I’ll just add flowers I have for decoration or a fluffy pillow. I also use a tripod which is a ton of help to avoid any shakiness. IMG_2416NikonCamD3300

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These are the settings on the camera I normally use for product pictures with the zoom in manual so I can control it to my liking. 

For editing I use free apps from our Mac computer. Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 5.24.53 PM

Which are PhotoScape X and Pixlr. A simple google search will pull up a bunch of free editing options but so far these have been my favorites.

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This is what PhotoScape X looks open. I like this for more personal pictures. Such as the ones of my daughter

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This is what Pixlr looks like open. This is my usual go to for a quick fix on product pics. 

So by now you know I blog from our  Mac Computer. My husband bought this specifically for editing. He does car videos on his GoPro and so far its been amazing for that and for blogging. My goal is to one day be confident enough to do YouTube videos and so far all our research shows Mac has the best free editing software.

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This is what WordPress looks like on it. 

At our old house we had a desk but in our new apartment there’s a built-in desk area. And this is how it looks. It’s just a little nook. IMG_2425

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These photos were taken with an iPhone 6s. 
Just as a little fyi I don’t use the camera for selfies. I still haven’t played around with the timer, lighting, and settings enough to manage that. For selfies I just use my phone. Either the regular camera or Snapchat (Prissycutes add me) because of the fun filters.

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This is my Makeup Of The Day. All of these were taken with snapchat. The top right is the only one without a filter.

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These are filter free.

So thats it!

This is all just my opinion, what we have, and what works for me. None of this is a necessity.

Any tips you may have for me? Anything we can learn from each other??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it was helpful!

-Prissyđź’–
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

Monday Favorite

Monday Favorite

Chocolate Bar

Ever had that one palette that no matter how many different ones you own you always run back to?? For me its the original Chocolate Bar by Too Faced. I tell myself its the scent, the packaging, but who am I kidding! This palette has all the right shades for me. From two transitional shades and two highlight shades to amazing all over lid colors. If I could have one palette for the rest of my life it would be this one. It has the perfect combination of shimmers and mattes and enough range of neutral and vibrant colors.

Too Faced never disappoints when it comes to their palettes. Their shadows blend so well, are super pigmented, and  have almost no fall out. Thats very important to me because I want my pennies to be spent on well worth items.

The Chocolate Bar experience begins as soon as you open the palette and the smell of sweet chocolate envelops you. The eye shadows are pigmented with pure, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and includes 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums. Includes our signature how-to Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.  -from their website

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This is my travel palette (the love is real) and has had its share of bumps. Luckily its survived every drop and the only real damage is the pan coming off. When I do someone else’s makeup I use this palette 90% of the time unless they want something more dramatic. Sometimes I wonder if I should’ve gotten the Semi Sweet palette just to have as part of the collection but I don’t “love it”.

(The brushes pictured are Sonia Kashuk)

Anyone else feel the same? Whats your go-to palette??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!!

-Prissyđź’–
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

Here to Stay!

Here to Stay!

Laura Mercier

I never gave much thought to wrinkles and face creases until I became serious about makeup. I was doing fine with my banana powder from a contour kit I have. But, the more makeup I started wearing the more pronounce the crease under my eye became. My best friend assured me it wasn’t so bad (she’s my personal guru and go-to for advice!)but it still bothered me so much.

So I started doing research and research. Until one day my husband gave me that nudge and told me to “just buy it!!’. So I did! I was a bit hesitant because Nicole Guerriero claimed the translucent powder is ‘a bit drying’. Of course, I kept watching different videos of people who claimed to have the same type of skin as me. Also read some of the reviews on the Sephora website and I am so glad I did.  Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder is amazing.

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An extremely lightweight, sheer and silky setting powder that contains the finest French “cashmere” talc and a unique light-reflecting ingredient that creates a “soft-focus” appearance for fine lines and imperfections. The oil-free powder sets makeup to prolong wear leaving a natural look without appearing cakey or powdery.
Non-comedogenic -from their website .

It is another item that is worth every  pretty shiny penny! I am not big on baking, if I’m honest it intimidates me, but a quick sweep of it and BAM! Crease be gone! Now, when I say that don’t think it completely got rid of it. Its just how my under eye is. What I do mean is since wearing it I’ve noticed my makeup doesn’t cake up in there. I thought it was the concealer I was using so I started hoarding concealers in hopes of finding one that would solve the problem. Then the makeup gods brought me closer to Laura Mercier. I recently ran out of setting spray and its starting to warm up in Florida so I freaked! Then I remembered a friend mentioned it can be used for an all over setting powder. I gave it a shot and. . . I AM HIGHLY IMPRESSED. It did the job, lasted 8+hrs, and kept my makeup looking good. I swear by Skindanavia and Urban Decay’s De slick and the powder held up as good as if I would’ve sprits myself with either of those!

The brushed photographed with the powder is just an elf blush brush. But it can be applied with a beauty blender or makeup sponge as well. I haven’t noticed a difference. Anyone know if there is??

I definitely recommend it because its for sure going to stay as part of my collection!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!!

-Prissyđź’–
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

Monday Faves!

Monday Faves!

Todays post is going to be part favorites part face regime. I struggle with acne. Theres no denying it. Some days/weeks its calm and almost none existent and others I have huge mountains on my face. I’ve never been ashamed or embarrassed of my acne but I will admit, I am jealous of clear skin. Makeup just looks better on clear canvas.

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I usually wash my face in the shower and I use the Burt’s Bees natural acne solutions purifying gel cleanser. Its gentle on the skin that it can be used every day.

• Clinically proven to wash away acne causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities
• Soothes acne-prone skin
• Non-irritating
• Helps reduce acne and prevent breakouts with Salicylic Acid from Willow Bark
• Noncomedogenic
• Dermatologist Tested

Then I use the pure-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum. This trial size I received in my Ipsy bag and I love it! It is for all skin types. Intensive hydration, firms, brightens, and decreases puffiness. I use it during the day and night. I will definitely buy the normal size, asap!

After all that I moisturize my entire face with the philosophy’s renewed hope in a jar. This moisturizer is so gentle on the skin. Doesn’t make me oily so its a great base for my foundation.

philosophy skin labs’ original breakthrough moisturizer is changing the face of skin care again. the revolutionary lightweight, whipped formula of hope in a jar is renewed and infused with a new innovation: clinically proven skin renewal technology. this groundbreaking formulation features a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, 3 forms of hyaluronate plus an asian fruit extract, delivering an even longer-lasting glow and continuous hydration benefits. reaffirm your commitment to beautiful skin with renewed hope and face the future with a whole new outlook.

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On days I won’t be wearing makeup I do a scrub (usually only twice a week). For that I use the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. I was once told using a scrub every day was actually making my skin produce more oil because of how harsh a scrub can be. It was doing amazing things to my blackheads but my face was a total butter ball. So I cut it down to twice a week. So far its good. To bring back some moisture to my face I moisturize with the Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturizer. This formula is very thick and makes me oily so I usually use it at night. But, boy, does it leave me feeling soft. So soft!

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At night I take off my makeup and use the Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel. I think this was the product to truly help with my acne. I noticed a big change once I started using it. It’s a bit pricey but very worth it. Then I do the charcoal mask by dermale. This left my skin feeling amazing! It didn’t irritate me or cause any redness like mask often do. This sample size I also received in an Ipsy bag. (I know, I’m obsessed!) But I hope to purchase the full size because it feels incredible. I do the mask once a week. Then I just moisturize my eyes and face like usual.

I’ve spent a lot of money trying to find something that worked for me. I am in no way trying to change how I look or who I am. I just want to better my skin. My skin is maturing and it’s time to start taking real care of it. This is just what works for ME and are products I LOVE! In those infamous media world words. . .’They are my Holy Grails.’ (LOL!!) I know I need to incorporate wrinkle reducing products. Also, I have been told my acne is hormonal. Womp Womp!

Any products you have that you recommend?

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!!

-Prissyđź’–
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

Brushes. . . Brushes Galore!

Brushes. . . Brushes Galore!

If you know me personally then you already know that I am a make up brush junkie! If you are just joining me and plan to stay a while you will soon find out that, I AM A BRUSH JUNKIE! It started with this unrealistic  idea that I needed a specific brush for a specific face section to be any good. With people on youtube, instagram, and pinterest shoving content down your throat it’s easy to get caught up in these unrealistic expectations. More brushes doesn’t make you any better or less of a makeup lover, trust me! Now a days I’m more of “conscious” shopper. Is it animal cruelty free, does it shed, whats the price?? (lol)

So here I am today to talk about a brand I love and to rant, a little.

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I never put much thought when I bought a sharpener. I figured they all do the same thing right?? WRONG!!!!! Im a bargain shopper, a ‘we don’t have much money’ shopper, so naturally I opted for the $0.99 sharpener and I regret it soooooooo much! I’ve ruined a few eyeliners and lip liners. So finally I told myself I’d waste a little more on something that in the long run would save me money. My old sharpener was not sharpening at all, would break off whatever I did manage to sharpen, and at times would completely pull out the product. Anyone else experience this? Any suggestions on a good sharpener??

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Is anyone else obsessed with Real Technique brushes?? They are such good brushes and so affordable. My hope is to one day own all the sets they have (lol) I can’t help myself! The story behind the Real Technique creators is pretty awesome. It’s every girls dream come true. . . or maybe just mine! Here’s the Real Techniques website 

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This here is their blush brush. I always walk by it in the store and admire it. Finally I threw it in the cart and let the hubs pay for it. GUILT FREE! These brushes are so worth it. I’ve washed mine multiple times and have yet to experience ANY shedding. For me that’s a plus because I hate when I get little bristles left behind that itch. They are easy to clean and are synthetic too.  This specific brush retails for $9 on their website. Not bad considering a MAC blush brush is $35. I’ve seen them for sale at Ulta, Walmart, and even some Walgreens. 3:3:16-4

(Btw excuse the dirty brushes. Tonight is bath night for these babies) Pictured here: the big orange one is Powder brush $10, Pink dome brush is the Blush brush $9, Big white one is a Duo-Fiber face brush, the other small white brush is also a Duo-Fiber contour brush which comes in a set with another brush (Duo-Fiber eye brush) and retails for $20. The other orange brush is part of the Core Collection and its a Contour brush, this set retails for $18 and it includes 3 other brushes. The two purple brushes are from the Starter Set and its a Base shadow brush and a Brow Brush, this set retails for $18 and it includes 3 more eye brushes. The bag is from Ipsy.

So lets talk brushes! Any that you love and suggest??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!!

-Prissyđź’–
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)

Monday Favorites (with a twist)

Monday Favorites (with a twist)

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Have I mentioned I have a toddler?? Today I was photographing some of my favorite face products when little Miss Sky decided her ponies needed to be in the pictures. She went through all the trouble of setting them up that I decided to just keep the photos, lol!!

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We have all heard the hype of this product all over youtube and as a person who has a hard time moving on from products I genuinely like I couldn’t bring myself to buy the big tube of this product. Instead I went on the Too Faced website and purchased the ‘Most loved’. I can’t find it on the website now but its similar to their ‘Beauty expert darlings’.

toofacedThe Hangover Replenishing Face Primer and Booster is an awesome primer I will definitely purchase full size. Here is some info straight from the Too Faced website:

MORE TO LOVE:
The unique combination of coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers work together to:
Hydrate and brighten skin
Promote skin’s elasticity and tone
Soothe and smooth the skin
Get all the priming benefits you love while looking like you received eight hours of sleep and drank your daily dose of H2O
Vegan Friendly
Paraben Free

I have oily skin and this does not make me extra oily. I wouldn’t say it controls it quite like the Porefessional but like this says it does provide that “dewey” look without being super oily. The coconut water provides an amazing scent and its so light weight. Unlike other primers this is so light on the skin.

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Next, is the It Cosmetics Bye Bye under eye concealer. I received this little small sample in my Ipsy bag for the month of February and let me tell you, I’m buying FULL SIZE! I love it. I don’t  have severe bad under eye bags but on some days they do still poke through my foundation. I apply an eye cream, face moisturizer, primer, and then this stuff. I let it sit while I do my eyes, then my foundation. Normally with just this I don’t need to ‘highlight’ with another concealer. However, if I do, it doesn’t feel thick or cake-y!

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And last but definitely not least is the Estee Lauder Double wear stay-in-place foundation. This foundation controls my oily face for sure. This is my to go foundation for the last year going on two! It applies well with both a beauty blender or brush. Usually one application is enough but if I ever need it I can definitely do two applications. But, if I need a light application I opt for my beauty blender and if I need more coverage a brush does the job. It does have a matte finish. With these 3 products my foundation routine is so easy and sweat/oil proof. I’ve worn this combination for 8hrs + and it holds up so well!

If you had any doubt about any of these products let me be the one to tell you they are worth every pretty penny. I’m a stay at home mom so I make sure all the products I buy are worth it!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully I put you on to some awesome new products. Sky and I both hope our pictures put a smile on your face!!

-Prissy & Skyđź’–
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)