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!

-Prissy💖
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

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

On Wednesday We Wear PINK!

On Wednesday We Wear PINK!

Anyone else obsessed with Mean Girls?? I know I was/am lol. I didnt know what I was going to do with makeup today but I knew I wanted to wear makeup. I was going on a week of being makeup free and I was getting bored. So since it’s Wednesday and on Wednesdays we wear pink I gave this look a shot. I kind of just winged it and only knew I wanted to use pink, of course! This is to make up for missing last weeks #MOTD

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On the eyes I wore:

  • Almond truffle on the crease & bottom lash
  • Divinity for the brow bone
  • Totally fetch on the outer corner & bottom lash
  • Sprinkles all over the lid
  • Satin sheets for an inner corner and nose highlight

All from the Too Faced Bon Bons palette. I’m not usually bold with color but I am so happy I gave it a shot. I don’t know when I’d wear something like this maybe date night on the beach? I tend to stick to neutrals so these bold pops of color are different/new for me.

Whats your favorite color for spring or for a pop of color???

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-Prissy💖
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

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

Monday Faves, Kinda. . .

Monday Faves, Kinda. . .

I mentioned in my previous post we were going to be moving soon and finally it happened! Although we did go from a house to an apartment I cannot be happier. We lost a back yard and a garage but we gained a 3rd bedroom which I am super happy for. This will be our “guest bedroom” and my makeup/shoe room! Sadly I couldn’t get up a #MOTD over the weekend since we were so busy and I skipped on the makeup but I do apologize!!

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Let me begin by telling you guys I AM ALL ABOUT REPURPOSING RECYCLING THINGS! I mean it. I am constantly looking out for things I can re use or give it a new purpose. We all see on pinterest these ideas of using mason jars as brush holders and while I am all for it . . . I won’t spend money on a jar just for brushes. Instead I use Classico Spaghetti sauce jars. I started doing this because I noticed the jars had measurements on it so I went on a huge jar saving binge, LOL! I use these jars for makeup brushes, measuring cups, cotton pad holder, and to drink out of them. I have even stained some and use them to decorate.

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I also took this hot pink basket from my daughter to hold my palettes. I gave birth while my husband was deployed so I didn’t have a nursery and I had to get creative when it came to putting baby clothes away and these $1 basket from Target were a life saver, then and now! I saved the gelato container because it reminded me of the Bath and Body works big candle everyone cleans out and uses as brush holders but since I don’t use candles, lol, this will do. I saw on Facebook a cool idea about using contact paper to wrap it in so maybe I’ll give that a try since the container does have letters. The acrylic lipstick holder I purchased at Marshall’s for something insanely cheap like $5.99.

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So for now this is my little set up. I still have to set up some more products that are packed away and some more brushes. I also need to set up our Jordan’s (you didn’t think I meant heels did you?!?) lol. I also need a chair but I am so happy to be out of my husbands way. My makeup stash was taking up our bathroom counter. So this Monday this is my favorite. . .  my OWN little space. I can’t wait to get some wall decor up and my shelves for the extra stuff!

What’s some stuff you like repurposing for your makeup room/stash?!? Or a good place to buy makeup storage (besides ikea sadly it isn’t an option for us)?!?

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-Prissy💖
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

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

Dear 18 Year old me. . .

Dear 18 Year old me. . .

Have you ever been asked, “If you could go back in time and  tell your 18 year old self anything what would you say??” That question always gets me thinking. Since this is a blog about makeup and what not I will be telling my 18 year old self the importance of moisturizing. I don’t think I ever cared. I did use a moisturizer but it belonged to my mom. I figured that she looked young for her age so why not use it too and it was free (haha) who doesn’t love free??

Another thing I wish I knew the importance of is spf. At such a young age I thought using sunblock only when I went to the beach was enough. Little did I know or understand uv rays and how they’re not only out just during summer. I do know during summer I used a tinted moisturizer with spf 15 but any other time of the year I didn’t bother with my daily moisturizer having spf. As an adult I am scared this will affect me down the road.

I’d also tell myself my eyelashes falling out with a certain mascara means I’m allergic to it so STOP using it. I used to have long thick lashes and suddenly that changed. I noticed it happened when I used a certain mascara. Luckily I never went through a bright blue shadow phase or black eyshadow (lol) so I got lucky with that. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup so my teenage makeup routine was black eyeliner and mascara.

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Then I grew a little left the nest and started my party stage. Which meant I was using a lot more makeup. . .and I wish I could tell myself to wash it off before bed. As an adult I get so mad at myself for not getting into that routine at a younger age. My excuse was always, “I’m tired!” or “I don’t have makeup remover wipes”. As an adult now I understand the importance of washing off my makeup and hydrating my skin. Not just with a good eye and face moisturizer but with water (drinking plenty of it).

This past week I ran out of my makeup remover wipes so I stopped wearing makeup completely just because I hate using a makeup eraser on a full face of makeup. Then I remembered I have my trusty Purity wash by Philosophy. Like always I use my Equate oil-free eye makeup remover to take off my eyeshadow, liner, and mascara. I am not particularly picky about brands when it comes to this I just make sure it doesn’t irritate me. I have had other brands do that. I soak a little cotton pad and hold it against my closed eye for some seconds to break down the makeup and then gently wipe. Once thats off I wash my face with the face wash. If I didn’t do a full face of makeup thats all I do then I just moisturize like usual. If I do I’ll wash off my makeup with Purity then  I use a second face wash or a scrub. Purity is pretty amazing and does the job (I even use it to wash my stubborn  foundation brushes and beauty blender) I just double up if I need it. It is a pricey wash but SO worth it. . . in my opinion.

10 years later I like to think I am a little wiser when it comes to my health both internal and external. Beauty begins in the inside so health and hydration is important to me along with properly caring for my skin! Like many beauty guru’s say “your skin is your canvas” so I try to care for mine as much as possible. Undo all that damage I did as a care free teenager.

If you could go back in time and tell your 18 year old self anything beauty related what would it be??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-Prissy💖
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

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

Monday Favorites

Monday Favorites

One of my favorite things to do on my down time besides reading, online window shopping, is watching videos on youtube. Some people I watch because I genuinely like their talent but others I like watching their video blogs or ‘vlogs’. Here is my top list of Youtuber’s I like to watch. They’re in no specific order.

First of is Jazminesong . . .I have spoken to her one on one. She is so talented, nice, and down to earth. We follow each other on snapchat and she’s given me pointers and has helped me whenever I have any questions.

Second is Lustrelux. . . I came across Katy when I subscribed to all of the Ipsy beauty gurus. She is so funny and has amazing talent.

Then we have Kathleenlights. Chances are you’ve seen her or have heard someone talk about her. I started watching her channel because she was also a military spouse and that made her so relatable. Not to mention she looks so much like my best friend. Also, Kathleen does a lot of drugstore looks and if you watch her for a while you’ll notice she genuinely uses drugstore products.

Nicole Guerriero , I think everyone knows her. She’s like the OG of youtube. I like watching  her beauty videos but I LOVE her video blogs ‘vlogs’ she has the cutest personality and like me knows the lyrics to almost every song she listens to. She loves cats and at times my daughter and I watch just to see the cats.

What would Lizzy do is my favorite makeup vloggers. Her personality is contagious and her makeup looks are so easy to recreate.

I am slightly obsessed with makeup videos. I always turn to youtube for reviews and makeup looks. I like challenging myself by recreating looks and maybe one day when I gain some confidence I’ll start my own channel but for now I’ll just watch and admire.

Who are some of your favorite youtubers or “beauty gurus”??

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
-Prissy💖
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

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

Monday Fave!!

Monday Fave!!

We are in the middle of moving which is such a drag! We’ve started taking down everything from the walls which included my makeup shelf. Luckily it’s not an insane amount of makeup so it was easy to pack.


For Christmas my mother in law got me a makeup traveling case to keep my makeup away from my toddler. But it’s come in handy now that we’re moving. It’s amazing and a must have for anyone that moves like we do. (My husband is active duty). So I know I’ll use it a lot.


It has multiple and adjustable compartments. The center is also open and deep to stack stuff in there. On the trays I have lip products, anything in a tube, and single eyeshadows. In the center I put my palettes. Which by the way I saved all the original packaging. I’m a bit of a hoarder 😟 (lol) so that’s come in handy! I also put all of my ipsy bags, cream contour palettes, and the brushes I don’t use every day in the center.

  
 As you can see I have already dug through it even though I did set aside a makeup bag with every day essentials. The case itself is super sturdy as my 3yr old tested it out as a stool! The outside is a faux snake skin material. The inside trays are a hard plastic and the big compartment is felt lined. It comes with a detachable strap which would come in handy for a traveling makeup artist. . . Which is my ultimate goal! It’s pretty heavy so I’m thankful for the strap.

Anyone else this particular about their makeup during moves or vacations?!? 

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

-Prissy💖
Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes

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

#MOTD

#MOTD


It’s been storming and gloomy in good ol’ Florida so I haven’t been in the mood for bright spring colors. Initially I was going for a “no makeup” makeup look but then.  . . Makeup happens!


I had done a dark berry lip Cherry bomb by Wet n Wild but decided it was too much just to lounge around the house. Even after I wiped off the lipstick (with a makeup wipe) it left a stain behind which I actually liked better. Haha!! Question, anyone else feels like no mascara on the lower lashes makes a look look softer? Or is it just me?


Here’s pretty much the same look just with a different lip. In this one I am wearing Stockholm by NYX. Excuse the hair like I mentioned it’s been raining a lot here.

I absolutely love using my bronzer as a crease shade on days I’m going simple. It just gives the lid some definition without it being too overwhelming.

You will also notice in the above photos I filled in my eyebrows which is something I don’t do often. I’ve always had very thick eyebrows so usually a clear gel has been enough but lately I’ve noticed some spots where I’m missing hair. I’m a nervous/anxious/stress picker so I’ll yank on them if I feel any of those. Im not proud of it but luckily makeup does help with that since I refuse to wax my eyebrows thinner! Anyone else do this?? Just another reason to love makeup! All I do is fill them in with a dark brown eyeshadow and a small angled brush (#215 by Luxie) and set it all with an e.l.f clear eyebrow gel. IMG_1806

Snapchat filters are everything. HAHA! Now, on that silly note I will part!

What are some of your favorite “no makeup” looks?!

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoy similar ones!
-Prissy💖

Ps. If anyone’s interested my snapchat is: prissycutes
And my Instagram is: 00scilla (those are zeros lol)