Sunday, 30 March 2014

Meet My March Advertiser



I'd like to introduce the lovely Naz who is my March Advertiser. She runs Follower of Fashion a fashion and beauty blog, her fashion posts are always gorgeous and love her outfits. This month I have loved her Motel Jumpsuit, the front zip detailing is gorgeous. You can check this outfit post out here.


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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

MAC's Maleficent Collection 2014

MAC Maleficent Collection for Summer 2014

It's very rare that I will blog about new makeup collections prior to their release, however with the announcement that MAC were teaming up with Disney for their Maleficent 2014 Summer collection I had to know more!

To tie in with the release of Disney's Maleficent MAC will be releasing a 14 item collection inspired by the evil queen herself, and I will honestly say I was surprised by this range (in a good way of course). Following the bright and bold Disney Villains range I was expecting something along the line of those. However, gone are the iconic faces and instead Maleficent's wings decorate many of the range's packaging. The range has a lot of emphasis on neutral shades from their natural beauty powder to neutral eyeshadow quad. Lip wise MAC have opted for a classic red, which I was quite surprised at, due to the fact MAC's Villains collection was predominately purple for Maleficent. 

Included in the range will be: Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast, Nail Lacquers in Nocturnelle, Flaming Rose and Uninvited, Eyelashes in 30 and 36, Sculpting Powder in Sculpt, Beauty Powder in Natural, Eyeshadow Quad which includes: Ground Brown, Concrete, Carbon and Goldmine, Lipstick in True Love's Kiss (Amazing name!), Lipglass in Anthurium, Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick, Eyeliner in Rapid Black and lastly Eyebrow Pencil in Fling.

There are quite a lot of items within this range that are permanent items such as the four shades in the MAC quad and the Eyebrow Pencil in Fling. 

The Maleficent range I believe is due to be released in June, and I honestly cannot wait for this arrival. Not only am I looking forward to the film, but want to get my hands on a few beauties from this range. Whilst it may not be quite what everyone was expecting I do feel that there are some gems to be had.

Are you looking forward to MAC's Maleficent collection?

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Beauty Blogger Tag

beauty blogger tag
The Beauty Blogger Tag

A little while ago the lovely Steph from MerryMusing tagged me in her Beauty Blogger tag, and I don't know why it has took so long to do. However I am here now, and looking forward to doing this tag.

Why did you start blogging and how long have you been blogging for?

I started blogging all the way back in 2011, and had been reading beauty and fashion blogs long before then. I would always read these blogs and think I'd love to do this myself, so one day I went ahead and started my own little site in the blogging world.

Whose blog did you fall in love with first?

It would be Fleur from Fleur De Force, it was one of the first beauty blogs I ever read and the first that I kept going back to. 

What was the first blogosphere hyped about product that you bought? Was it worth the hype?

This would have to be Urban Decay's Naked Palette, I actually remember going all the way to Debenhams and buying the last one. I had never spent such a high amount on makeup before so I guess it's rememberable for a couple of reasons. Fast forward a couple of years with all 3 Naked Palettes under my belt I can safely safe it was worth the hype. 

What are your five favourite things about blogging and being a Beauty Blogger?

Wow this was hard to narrow down.
  1. The community, if you follow me on Twitter you will know I'm an avid participant in the bblogger chats every Sunday and Wednesday and it's a brilliant way to chat to some lovely people. I have also had the opportunity to meet some lovely people whilst at events, and I can't wait to get myself into a routine so that I have the time to attend more events in the future.
  2. Photography, my blog has allowed me to re-ignite a passion for photography. I used to love taking a camera out with me just to take photos of any little thing and then whilst at uni I kind of lost this passion. However my blog has meant that I love taking photos again and has really shown as I have gone through about 4 cameras since starting my blog.
  3. Discovering new blogs, one thing I love about blogging is reading and watching others blogs/videos. I can spend a good couple of hours checking out new posts and are always on the lookout for new blogs to follow. 
  4. Having something I feel proud of, I used to be one of those who'd flutter from one thing to the next and never seeing something through to the end. However since starting my blog I have found myself with something that I like to continue to do and ultimately feel proud of - and that is honestly one of my favourite things about blogging. 
  5. Expanding my makeup collection, becoming a beauty blogger has allowed me to experiment with makeup in a way that I had never thought possible. It may be hard to believe but growing up I used to be quite the tom boy, and then I went through a phase of heavy gothic makeup. However since starting my blog I have experimented with makeup, and gone from owning just 5 makeup items to probably 100s - yes that's including everything from makeup brushes to nail polish.
What have you learnt from being a Beauty Blogger?

A lot of things actually, from html to design. Apart from the techie stuff I have also learnt a lot about beauty I know that might sound a little silly, but I have picked up so many makeup tips - stuff that I probably wouldn't have known if it weren't for blogging. 

Have you changed anything since becoming a Beauty Blogger?

Yes, the amount of money that I spend on beauty products. Like I said before I owned probably 5 beauty products mainly Miss Sporty. Now I'm walking up and down beauty aisles looking for the newest releases and have spent so much on a range of high street to high end makeup. 

What advice would you give to a Beauty Blogger just starting out?

The one piece of advice I'd give to anyone starting out would be to be passionate about what you are doing. By loving what you do you will easily find your own style and voice and the enthusiasm will really come through in your writing. Don't be in it just for the free stuff, I have heard a lot going round that some are in it for the freebies, but this shouldn't be the reason for blogging - do it because you have a passion for it. 

What are your top 5 makeup brands?
  1. MAC was something I had always been aware of due to the hype surrounding the brand and since trying their products out I cannot fault the brand. It's probably my most purchased brand due to my love for their lipsticks, powders and much talked about range releases.
  2. Benefit this kind of speaks for itself. Benefit have gorgeous packaging and this is how I get drawn in so easily. Not only is their packaging gorgeous but their products are also just as great, I own pretty much all their boxed blushers and a lot of my makeup consists of Benefit.
  3. Urban Decay have to get a special mention as the Naked palette was my first high end purchase. The brand have become renown for their Naked palettes and is simply the reason for Urban Decay being included in my top 5. 
  4. Real Techniques cooked up quite a storm with their amazing range of makeup brushes. Not only are these brushes amazing they are also reasonably priced. It's safe to say I own most of the collection and all there isn't one brush that disappoints. 
  5. Rimmel holds a special place in my heart, this is the first brand that I tried as a teenager and still use today. Despite the high street price tag their products perform to a high end level, including the infamous 107 lipstick. 
Recommend your top 5 beauty products
  1. Urban Decay Naked Palette, you knew it was coming. The Naked Palette is an absolute must for anyone, despite it's high end price tag you are actually getting a bargain when considering the individual eyeshadow price. The palette can easily take you from day to night and is one of the only palettes I have ever come across where you can use every shade included. 
  2. Benefit They're Real Mascara, I know a lot of people are divided when it comes to this product, however since it's release in 2011 I have been an avid fan since. I think I'm on about my third tube of the stuff, and I adore how this looks on my lashes. It instantly gives the appearance of longer and thicker lashes.
  3. Rimmel Kate Moss 107 Matte Lipstick, this isn't really a shade I'd have gone for a few years back. However this is one of those colours that everyone must own, I find it just works for every skintone. It's the perfect matte lipstick, it provides a great coverage and lasts all day.
  4. Collection Concealer, I think most people have either heard or tried this product. For such a cheap product the results are amazing. This concealer manages to cover blemishes without appearing too cakey and lasts most the day. Honestly if you don't have this concealer you really need to give it a whirl.
  5. MAC Creme Cup, I think I have mentioned this several times before, but this is my all time favourite MAC lipstick. Personally I find this to be the perfect nude, and works for almost any occasion. I even have a spare bullet ready for when my first is finished (yes it's coming to the end of its life).
I really hope you enjoyed this tag as it has been a while since I have done something like this.

I tag:

Claire and Nic - agentsmythblog
Caitlin - lace thrills

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Mac Morning Rose

Mac Morning Rose
Mac Morning Rose
MAC Morning Rose - £15.00

Now you may have come to realise that I am somewhat of a MAC lipstick junkie, I can never resist a new release. The Magnetic Nudes collection was no different, despite the amount of nude shades I already own I knew that I still needed to add MAC's Morning Rose to my collection.

Morning Rose is described as a soft cool rose, and once applied gives a medium pink with warm undertones - something that is completely different to all my other nude shades yet ever so flattering to wear. I find that the bullet appears lighter to how it actually looks on the lips, I wore this for my graduation and couldn't get over how dark this shade was in comparison. This is one of those shades that instantly brightens and perks up your complexion, a sure way of knowing you're on to a winner. The lipstick itself is a Cremesheen finish which means that it's very hydrating and applies easily and evenly.

Morning Rose is one of those shades that on firs glances happens to look like your average nude and quite similar to other lipsticks that fall into the vast category of nudes, however it's a completely different story once applied to the lips. I always bang on about how Creme Cup is my number one favourite MAC shade but sometimes find this can leave my face looking a little washed out, however this doesn't. It leaves my skin looking healthy and I think that is an important factor to consider when finding the perfect nude.

I found that this lasted for around 4 hours which is fab for a Cremesheen finish and think I only re-applied once during my graduation. It also appears glossy on the lips which makes it a perfect shade for the warmer months when you want to opt for a bronze or neutral look, this will honestly work with most looks from a gorgeous smokey eye to a gentle nude.

I think that this is a gorgeous shade to add to a nude collection, if you are looking for something a little different and something that will stand out amongst those paler pinks. Morning Rose is one of those shades which is perfect for everyday use and is one of those nudes that will flatter most skintones without washing you out. And after only a couple of uses has cemented its status as one of my favourite MAC nudes.

Did you get anything from the Magnetic Nudes collection? I'd love to know.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean

Soap and Glory Peaches and Clean - £8.00

Soap and Glory's Peaches and Clean is something I have seen doing the rounds lately on the blogging front, but I can understand why. I received this product in Soap and Glory's Yule Monty Christmas set, and for some reason I don't know why its took so long to use. It was love at first use that has helped to keep skin feeling clean and refreshed. 

If you own the original Peaches and Clean you may notice that the brand have revamped their skincare packaging, and honestly I really adore the new look. Whilst they have opted for the minimal approach compared to their bright and retro packaging, yet the brand look very clinical and quite grown up - a combination I like. 

Peaches and Clean is described as a 3-in-1 daily face cleanser which helps to remove makeup and impurities in one clean sweep, and is designed to remove makeup whilst re-engerising your complexion instantly. This deep purifying cleanser helps to de-clog the t-zone whilst boosting circulation and cell respiration. 

I find this cleaner really simple and easy to use, and tend to use it whilst in the shower as a way of cleaning my skin after a day of wearing makeup. All you need to do is simply pop a couple of pumps into your hand and then massage into your skin and neck, whilst doing this you will feel it melt into the skin. I have heard you can leave this on a bit longer and use as a face mask but if like me you want to just clean your skin you then just rinse with water after a minute or two. The cleanser claims to be balanced for all skin types, however does contain parfum and alcohol so it may not be the best choice for those with dry skin. However from the view of oily/combination skin I find this a dream. 

You have to give Soap and Glory props for acknowledging one the most common beauty slip ups - sleeping in your makeup - which they mention on the bottle, making this the perfect product to clean your skin the morning after. 

One thing that I instantly noticed about this product was the inviting scent, it definitely lives up to its peaches name due to its peach and goji berry extracts, which doesn't only smell divine but is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C. You get a burst of an almost yoghurt like peach scent which seems to have a minty bite and you can definitely smell and feel the minty side when applied to the skin (or is that just me?). I absolutely love this scent and you can always count on Soap and Glory to give their products gorgeous scents. Despite having a strong scent I find that this doesn't irritate the skin at all, which is a major bonus as I tend to have issues with stronger scented products. 

For £8 this is a great product especially if you don't want to splurge out on higher alternatives. It's a bit more expensive that my trusty micellar water but I don't mind due to its deep cleansing properties. I will more than likely repurchase this in Boots 3 for 2 offer as you can never have enough Soap and Glory skincare. 

Overall Peaches and Clean is a lovely product, it doesn't always remove all traces of my makeup but I can feel it cleaning deep into my pores. My skin is always left feeling clean and refreshed and is such a soft product to use on the skin. I find that it helps to keep the skin cleaner if that makes sense, and my breakouts are fewer and farer which I can't say whether it's down to just this one product or my current routine. And most importantly will leave your skin smelling gorgeous. 

Have you tried Peaches and Clean? I'd love to know your thoughts!

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Blog Sale

I wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous jewellery that my work sells, and so thought the best way would be through a little blog sale. 

As per, here are a few rules for the blog sale:

- Unfortunately this blog sale is UK only
- Paypal only. If you see an item you'd like to purchase please comment below stating which item/s you'd like and send payment as a gift to charlee.greenhalgh@hotmail.co.uk
- When an item is sold it will be clearly marked as so in the post
- There will be a shipping charge of £1.50 plus 20p per additional item. All items will be send via second class Royal Mail
- Items will be shipped within 5 working days
- No returns only


Crystal Pen £10, Crystal Cufflinks £8

Ball Set £16 or Earrings £6 / Necklace £10

Crystal Pearl Bracelet £10, Shamballa Style Bracelet £12, Black Crystal Bracelet £10, Leather Bracelet £6, Double Crystal Bracelet £10

Twisted Mesh Bracelet £15, Tennis Bracelet £12, Baguette Tennis Bracelet £15

 Agate Bracelet £12

Candy Square Earrings £9, Crystal Drop £10, Crystal Earrings (part of set) or £6 

Mesh Hoops £10, Small Studs £8, Pearl Flower (part of set or) 6 , Blue Butterfly (part of set or) £4, Hoops £5

Blue Butterfly part of set £14 or £10 for necklace, Crystal £12 or £16 for set, Bow £12

Heart £14, Pearl part of set £12 or £8, Mesh necklace £12

Weave Ring £10, Pearl Ring £9, Eternity Ring £8

Some of these do come in different colours so if you're interested just let me know.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A Guide to Mac Lipstick Finishes

Mac Lipstick

I wanted to do something a little different today, purely due to my love of MAC lipsticks. I always used to find myself getting easily overwhelmed when looking at the lipstick counter in MAC. However now I like to go and have a nosy through the vast array of colour shades to pick new ones to add my to ever growing collection. What makes MAC lipsticks amazing, is the fact that they do not end with the wide range of colours, but they also offer a great variety of lipstick finishes. With 9 (13 in total including non-standard finishes) different finishes to choose from I hope this post offers some insight into the wonderful world that is standard MAC lipstick finishes.

Standard Mac Lipstick Range

Amplified

Amplified lipsticks are not only smooth and creamy but also highly pigmented. The opaque coverage is very similar to that of matte lipsticks, however the creamy formula means that this finish won't dry your lips out. This is a great choice for those who don't want to opt for the matte look but want to try something different. Amplified lipsticks last for around 3-4 hours and I think there are only a couple of colours available, these include: Chatterbox and Sensual Sparks. 

Amplified Creme

Amplified Creme lipsticks I find are very similar to Cremesheen, as the formula is very creamy and glossy. Coupled with the same pigmentation of the amplified formula, these lipsticks are very moisturising and hydrating on the lips. The only downside I find with this formula is that because of the glossy formula the wear time for this is around the 2 hour mark, and does have the tendency to bleed unless you use a lip pencil to line the lips. Amplified Creme shades include: Craving, Girl About Town and Up The Amp.

Cremesheen

Not only are Cremesheen lipsticks the most popular MAC finish but are also a personal favourite of mine. Cremesheen lipsticks do exactly what they say on the tin and that is providing a creamy and highly moisturising finish to your lips. These lipsticks provide a good pigmented colour to the lips and leave your lips looking glossy. For that reason they aren't the longest lasting lipsticks, and last around the 2-3 hour mark. However I find this the most easiest and flattering formula to wear and shades include: Creme Cup, Hot Gossip and Speed Dial. 

Frost

Frost formulas are as you can imagine very shimmery, so I don't always find the shades very flattering. However when you swatch certain shades it's impossible to not find them stunning, and personally I find a lot of the lighter shades wearable, it's when you get to the darker shades that I find the problem lie. Because of the shimmer they don't always look good once applied to the lips. For this finish you really do have to swatch in MAC to get a true idea of how they will look. Frost lipsticks provide quite a good coverage and last for around 2-3 hours. Shades include Angel and Creme de la Femme. 

Glaze

Glaze formulas are probably the sheerest that you will come across when it comes to MAC lipsticks, despite this Glaze lipsticks are perfect for natural looks and I always find they give a your lips but better look. I have found Glaze lipsticks to be very moisturising however only last a couple of hours tops. Shades include Hue and Pervette. 

Lustre

Lustre formulas are quite similar to glazes, they give a sheer coverage yet are still quite glossy. The coverage is better in comparison to glaze formulas and I find these to be one of the most easy to wear formulas. Shades include Patisserie and Syrup. 
Matte

Matte lipsticks are the one formula I was a little hesitant about trying, however I don't know why. Matte formulas are one of the most drying lipstick, yet provide the longest staying power of all. I can easily get anywhere from 4-6 hours depending on the shade I'm wearing. As the name suggests matte formulas don't contain sheer or gloss, they are simply opaque and provide some stunning shades. Shades include Ruby Woo and Please Me. 

Retro Matte

Retro Matte formulas win the award for being the most drying formulas of all MAC lipsticks, however provide the truest matte formula (yes even when compared to the Matte formulas). Again just like Matte lipsticks these provide great staying power and can last between 5-6 hours. There are only a few shades to choose from, but all are bright and striking. Shades include All Fired Up and Dangerous. 

Satin

Satin formulas are quite similar to Matte lipsticks, whilst not as drying they do provide a subtle sheen on the lips. The easiest way to describe Satin lipsticks would be as semi-matte, I find that these last for around 3-5 hours depending on the shade. I like these when I don't want a full on bright matte shade and shades include Brave and Rebel. 

I hope this post has been insightful, I'd love to know which you favourite MAC formula is?

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

I Graudated


Last week I had been a bit quiet on all aspects of my blog and social media, however with good reason. Leading up to last Wednesday I was preparing for my graduation (finally), after completing my studies last June the time had come to finally graduate. Honestly I had mixed emotions about the day starting with nervousness to excitement to falling asleep on the sofa at 9 that night - I blame having to get there for 8.15am.

Honestly the day was perfect, after waiting over 6 months to graduate it was all worth it. Our ceremony was held at Birmingham's Symphony Hall and I had never been there before, but such a stunning location. I graduated with a 1st class degree in Media and Communications (for any of you that wanted to know) and blood, sweat and tears went into my grade. It was lovely to catch up with people that I hadn't seen since finishing university, and it was if time hadn't passed.

First photo is just little ol' me, and if you had known the stress that went into my dress. I was looking for a backup dress the day before as each time I tried the dress on it felt a little tight. So I spent two days drinking 2 litres of water, and honestly helped my dress feel comfortable for the day. Second photo is me and the boy, who was my rock during my time at uni. Bless his soul reading my essays, dealing with my uni tantrums ect, he was there through it all. Then there's me and my girls, who came to be my closest friends during university, and am so glad to have met these two people! Lastly you can't not go to graduation and not throw your hat in the hair, yes I was thinking Legally Blonde all the way in this instance. 

The ceremony was amazing, we had the talented Jeff Lynne and Laura Mvula receive honorary awards. It was quite scary walking over the stage, not only being one of the first names called in my year but to walk in high heels. I was telling myself keep your hat on, and don't fall! Luckily enough I kept my composure and didn't fall. I was so surprised during the ceremony when reading the little guide that you receive was to see my name mentioned in the awards section of the book, I had been awarded the Rod Piling Award for Journalism - something that goes to one student in the year, and I will be getting the award in the summer.

Overall I had an amazing day, and was so happy to share it with the people I love the most.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner

The Body Shop, Rainforest Shine Shampoo, Rainforest Shine Conditioner
The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo and Conditioner - £4.50 each

Now its been no secret that recently I've been suffering from an irritated scalp which has resulted in a sore scalp, severe redness and a flaky scalp. So on my quest to find a shampoo and conditioner that would not irritate my scalp and I ended up trying the Body Shop's Rainforest Shine range after reading some fab reviews. I was pleasantly surprised by this little duo, admittedly I had never tried any of the Body Shop's haircare range before and so didn't know what to expect.

The Body Shop's Rainforest Shine Shampoo is designed to cleanse hair leaving it looking healthy with incredible shine. The shampoo is suited for those with normal to dry hair, however have found that this works perfect fine for my hair which is oily at the roots. What interested me most about this shampoo is that it contains pracaxi oils, cameline seed oils, community trade olive oil, sugar and aloe vera which are all natural ingredients that are great for the hair. I thought it would be interesting to see how my scalp reacted to using a product that was silicone, sulphate, paraben and colourant free as previous shampoos always seemed to contain at least one of these ingredients. 

The Body Shop's Rainforest Shine Conditioner is designed to smooth the hair's surface for incredible shine and prolonged radiance. Just like the shampoo this conditioner is suited to those with normal to dry hair, however have yet to encounter any problems as someone with oily roots. The conditioner contains pretty much the same ingredients as the shampoo and again is silicone, paraben and colourant free. 

I have been using this duo now for a good few weeks and have found it to be a great combination for my haircare. I have found that certain shampoo and conditioners leave my scalp literally burning after use however these are non irritating on my scalp and don't feel any sensitivity when coming out of the shower. Using these products has helped with my irritated scalp, significantly reducing the flakiness and redness of the scalp. 

My hair always feels soft and shiny and after using this, and have noticed that it has reduced how quickly my hair gets oily. Since using these I have noticed a significant difference in the appearance of my hair, I have found it a lot more manageable and a lot less aggravated by certain branded shampoo and conditioners. I have found that even when using heat my hair still seems to be in great condition, and some nights it even feels thicker which is an added bonus. 

A 250ml bottle of each will set you back £4.50, so whilst they aren't some of the cheapest hair products available they are some of the most effective. However if you do have a Body Shop card these can be a great way to make savings on products such as these during your Birthday month. 

Overall I would recommend the Rainforest Shine collection for anyone who suffers from a sensitive scalp that is prone to redness and flakiness. What's even better is that this duo is better for the environment due to their natural ingredients. 

Have you tried this range before? I'd love to know your thoughts. 

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

My Photography Setup

Photography Setup

This post has been requested by a lot of you, and whilst I had a bit of time over the weekend I thought I'd snap my photography set up for you all. My photography setup has changed a lot since I first started blogging, and I am really happy with the setup I have now. I am in no way a professional when it comes to photography, but studying media at college and university allowed me to get a basic understanding of photography. When it comes to taking my blog photos these are settings I have learnt work for me from practise and I hope come in handy for you. 

Warning: This post will be long so read with caution.

Firstly since late November all of my blog photos have been taken with the Canon 600D SLR, I find this an amazing entry level SLR and very easy to use. I love that you can buy a vast array of lenses for this camera which can really effect that your photo turns out. 

The lenses that I currently own for my camera at the 18-55mm standard kit lens and the Canon 50mm lens. The 18-55mm lens is the standard lens that comes with the camera, and I don't use this much nowadays, however it's a great lens to start off with when learning about your camera. The one I use most often is the Canon 50mm lens, I find this a lovely lens for taking blog photos as it produces a sharp image with beautiful blurring of the background. The only downside is that you have to be quite far away when taking photos or recording videos (yes I have tested the lens so watch this space when I get round to filming).

Onto my setup, this is something that has grown from my little white card setup. I now have this lovely white table from Ikea and a larger piece of card from WH Smiths, I love this setup as it creates a white crisp backdrop for all my photos. You may notice in my photos I like to get a bit creative with little details including flowers and crystals, so I thought I'd show you a photo of these. My pink flowers are from the Range along with the smaller crystals. The heart crystals have all been purchased from eBay and like to store them in my candle holders when I'm not burning anything. 

As you can see in the first photo I like to take all my photos close to my bedroom window, with my bedroom being in the loft I always thought the lighting would be terrible but have come to love my room. I simply lift the blinds up on both windows so that I have light coming from both the left and right hand side of my room and it provides an ample amount of light that is perfect for photos. 

To take my photos I always use the Manual setting on my camera, this means I can adjust settings such as ISO levels and aperture. I have popped an image of my settings so that you can see the ones that I use. The first icon highlighted in green is the shutter speed which is calculated by seconds, this is how long the shutter stays open when it's taking a photo. I find my settings work well to my lighting conditions however if you want photos lighter or darker you just need to adjust this number. The F number stands for aperture which adjusts the sharpness of images, and the lower the number the sharper your image will be along with a blurred background. The ISO stands for the cameras sensitivity to light, and this for me is what really makes a photo. If it's quite light outside I will usually opt for 100 or 200 however if it's darker outside I will normally bump this number up to 400 and above. 

I like to view my photos on the LCD screen as I can see how the image will look when took, and I just find it generally easier. Depending if my camera chooses to focus I will go between automatic focus and manual - which allows me to choose where I want to the focus to be. 

My first L'Oreal photo is the original photo took from the camera with an ISO of 400, however I like to edit my photos on photoshop. The second photo shows the finished photo which has basically been brightened/auto curved/exposed and a little bit of saturation. I then have a Photoshop action that I compiled together to give me the vintage effect you can see in the final photo. If you are interested in the action let me know and I'll try and save it as a file for you all, it just basically involves a lot of curves and selective colourings. If you want to add an effect to your images you can Google a lot of actions to find anything from vintage to over exposed and it's all about finding what works for you. 

I do use a tripod, but you don't necessarily need one, I just find it helps steady my camera more than my hands. I also have a remote for my camera which is the best thing since sliced bread, as it provides ease for taking swatch photos such as lipstick and will come in handy for my videos. 

I have spoken about using an SLR but you don't necessarily need one to produce great photos, some of these photos were taken with my iPhone and if you want to venture down a good camera route I would definitely recommend a bridge camera these are in the middle of a point and shoot and SLR. It gives you the chance to get to grips with more detailed settings before making the plunge down the SLR route. 

If there is anything else you'd like to know just let me know, I hope I have covered everything.


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