Tip Tuesday - Kissable Lips

31 December 2013

With tonight being New Years Eve, I figured it would be a great time to post two tips to get soft, kissable lips!   

Tip 1- Moisturize 
Moisturize from both the outside and in. Drink lots of water to keep your skin and lips hydrated! 

Also you will want to find a lip moisturizer that works best for you.  Now I'm an old school kind of girl and prefer Vaseline over any other lip balm, salve, or moisturizer.  I keep a Vaseline pot on my night stand and apply it thoroughly to my lips before I fall asleep. During the day, I tend to go for a moisturizer that is a little less greasy than Vaseline.  I'm currently in love with the lip butters from The Body Shop. They have a great variety of flavors and retail at around $6.00.  

Tip 2 - Exfoliate 
The best time to exfoliate your lips is right after the shower.  Two household items you can use are a dry toothbrush or damp washcloth. You can use this by gently scrubbing your lips in a circular motion. 

Another great exfoliator are lip scrubs.  I have been using the Bubble Gum Lip Scrub from Lush Cosmetics. It's a little messy to use but for me it works great and tastes good too.  If you don't want to spend money you can always make a lip scrub by mixing sugar, honey or olive oil (I've seen recipes with both) and water. You will want to mix the ingredients together until it becomes like a paste.  

For either a store bought scrub or DIY scrub, you will want to apply the scrub to your lips the same way as above in a gently circular motion. 

Hope these two tips were helpful! Both me and Stephie want to wish everybody a happy New Years and a great 2014!

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Merry Christmas!

24 December 2013

So instead of Tip Tuesday, we just want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas! We hope it is filled with family, love, great food and conversation as well as tons of photo taking! Also we hope Santa is good to everybody!  

Regular Tip Tuesday will be back next week. Post Hint : Kissable Lips ;)

Holiday Wish Lists!!!

18 December 2013

Since the holidays are right around the corner we decided to put together our wish lists! Below you will find five of the top items we are dreaming about this holiday season!  

1. A Bloom Theory "All About the Beaus" fashion camera strap! I personally love the one with the charcoal strap and bow! They are just so girly and cute, definitely can personalize your camera!

2. I recently purchased an Instax Mini by Fuji (stay tuned for my review of the camera) so I would love to receive this yellow case by Nod Artisan! Such a cute carrier for it!  
NodArtisan Yellow PU Leather fuji Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Case bag

3. Fun film for the Fuji Instax Mini. The style I'm currently craving is the Stained Glass! It just adds something extra to the photos and you can find film to match your event.
Fuji Instax Mini Films Stained Glass Instant Film, 10 Photos/pack

4. A Lensbaby Spark for Canon. This unique looking lens gives the photo a "sweet spot" as they say, with the surrounding area being blurry. You just squeeze and move the lens to adjust the focus area. 
Lensbaby Spark for Canon

5. And of course, my ultimate wish list piece, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.  I've been saving, saving, saving, and some day I will be able to purchase this camera! In the meantime, if someone wants to be nice and buy it for me (hint, hint hubby!) feel free! :)

1. Probably like every other make-up artist/blogger, I'm hoping I will find the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette under my tree.  This palette is the 3rd (or 4th if you count the Basics palette, review coming soon) in the Naked series. The eye shadows in the palette are following the rose gold trend!

2. Illamasqua's Powder Blusher in Disobey. I have been craving this blusher for a long time. I don't know why I have never purchased it but I am determined to get it with any gift cards  I receive for Sephora this year. 

3. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque - this product just screams holiday!

4. A customized Inglot Freedom System 10 eye shadow palette. I've been obsessing over own one of these palettes and trying Inglot's products out.  To me, customized palettes are the best because there are always a couple of eye shadows you never use.

5. And lastly, a little non make-up but beauty related wish list item - the Clarisonic Mia2. Great make-up starts with great skin and from what I've heard this is a must have! It's rotating brush is supposed to clean six times better than with just your hands or a wash cloth.  I'm itching to try this! Definitely my top must have!

What's on your holiday wish list? Let us know in the comments below!

* Since these are wish list items, we had to take photos from other sources.  Stephanie's wish list item photos are from Amazon. Erica's wish list item photos are from Sephora and Inglot

Tip Tuesday: The Rule of Thirds

17 December 2013

I believe this comes naturally to some.  You may already compose your photos following the rule of thirds and not even realize it.  Instead of centering your subject, you offset your focus to one side or the other. 

The rule of thirds follows the ancient Fibonacci's Ratio, which occurs in nature and is pleasing to the eye.  It's quite complicated and mathematical.  To simplify the idea, when taking a photo, while looking through your view finder, divide the frame into thirds, now set your subject to one side, and you've got it!  This also incorporates the artistic rule of negative space.  The negative space is as important as the space filled with the subject.  

Look through your photos and see if you've been following the rule of thirds.

happy (snowed in) sunday!!

15 December 2013

The hubby and I made home-made hot dark chocolate, watched Christmas movies, and finished decorating our tree.  What did you do while snowed in?

Tip Tuesday - Make-Up

10 December 2013

Eyebrow Proportion

One of the first things I learn during the make-up class I took was eyebrows and believe it or not there is a proper why to get the right eyebrow proportion for your face.  To me, eyebrows really finish the face and some times all you need is a little foundation, blush/highlight, eyebrows filled, mascara, and lip color to get a simple and quick look.

Above you see a diagram on how to measure the eyebrow proportion. To start take a straight object (eyeshadow brushes work great) and measure from the end of your nostril to the beginning of the tear duct. This is where your brow should start.  And then measure from the end of the nostril to to the end of eye and this is where your eyebrow should end.  

Now here comes the tricky part, the arch. The diagram above says to measure from the end of the nostril to the center of the pupil but I have also seen diagrams where it measures from the end of the nostril to the end of the iris to get the highest point. Personally, I prefer the end of the iris.  I feel it looks more natural.  

After you have measured and marked with an eyeliner or eyebrow pencil, it is time to tweeze away.  For tweezing, it is best to pull the skin taut between your index finger and thumb and then tweeze the hair in the direction it grows. Tweeze hairs line by line to you make sure you don't over pluck. 

Another tool I like to use is the orange tool shown above - an eyebrow razor. I use this to clean up between my eyebrows and to define the upper lines of my eyebrows. 

And lastly, for thickness, this will really depend on your preference as there is really no right or wrong. It is what you like and are comfortable with. Like I prefer my brows to be thicker and Stephanie goes for a thinner brow. Don't think you have to go for the "Cara Delevingne" look cause only that girl can work those brows! 

Oh, and excuse the not so great photo above. Stephie wasn't available and I had to improv :)

Bokeh (blur) ぼけ

06 December 2013

I'd like to take a moment to tell you all about my love, Bokeh.  Bokeh is Japanese for "blur".  It's those beautiful light orbs, the blur you look past in a photo that emphasizes the subject.  In my opinion, it's what makes photos so beautiful and interesting.  I'm a little obsessed. 

Sometimes I like all blur. 

Tip Tuesday: What should I wear to a photo shoot?

03 December 2013

What should I wear to a photo shoot?  We've gotten this question in the past.  If you're really concerned with what to wear to a photo shoot, here are a few pointers.

For a family portrait you should coordinate with everyone, but you don't have to wear the same exact outfit or be too matchy-matchy.  If one person is wearing a red shirt, someone else could wear red accessories.  And you don't have to choose just one color.   The white button down and jeans has been done.  Pick a color scheme: like olive green, red, and black. 

These sisters did a great job.  The olive green in Catie's hat matches Julie's coat.  The red in Julie's scarf matches Catie's hat and boots.

For an engagement shoot you can keep with a color scheme, but you can also wear your own thing.  Just keep the color tone the same.  If the bride-to-be is wearing neutrals, the groom-to-be shouldn't wear neon.

Some other tips I think are worth mentioning... 
• No logos.
• Don’t wear anything too trendy.  Keep it classic. 
• Make sure your clothes are ironed.  We can smooth it out a little in Lightroom, but it’s always better to be crisp the day of. 
• Ladies - accessories, it completes an outfit.
• And wear something you would normally wear, that’s your style.  If you always wear a cardi, then wear a cardi for the shoot.  You want to still look like you. 
In the end, wear what is comfortable for you.  These are your photos, so it's whatever you want.  I hope this was helpful.  If you still have trouble getting it together, Erica and I could always go through your closet before hand to help you style something.  If you have any questions, let us know!

Happy Sunday!!

01 December 2013

we're so excited to start decorating for the holidays!!

Tip Tuesday - Make-Up

26 November 2013

The Do's and Don'ts of Mascara

Mascara it comes in many forms - waterproof, lengthening, volumizing, you name it!  it can be your best friend and worse enemy. Without it no make-up look will be complete and some times it's the only thing we need. 

Below are some of the do's and dont's. 

Do - Pick out the right color for you.  There is a reason mascara comes in different shades. If you are a blonde, the brown shades will give you the more natural look. And if you are a brunette, the darker shades are for you.  

Don't - There is no need to pump the mascara. Girls, you know what I'm talking about. We have all done it but this is a big no-no. Pumping the wand will actually cause air to get in the tube and dry out your mascara.

Do - Curl those lashes before you apply.  Mascara on its own is great but when applied to a fresh curled lash it's even better. So get out that curler and get as close as you can to the base of your upper lashes, turn you hand up a little, and squeeze away.  

Don't - Make sure you don't apply your mascara and then curl your lashes. Doing this can cause your lashes to stick to the curler and break.

Do - When applying your mascara to your upper lashes, start at the base and move the wand back and forth as you pull up. After that use the tip of the wand to get the inner corner and outer lashes.  This will help get all the lashes and give you a full look.

Don't - Don't be afraid of those drug store brands. High price tag doesn't always mean a great product. Yes, mascaras like Benefit's They're Real are great but L'Oreal and Maybelline have some great lines as well.  

Do - Change your mascara every three months! Mascara has the shortest shelf life of all make-up. There are three factors that make mascara prone to grow bacteria - it is exposed to air, its dark and wet.  

Hopefully these tips will help! 

Mascaras pictured :

happy sunday!! harvest edition

24 November 2013

we hope you're all having a great weekend!  here's to a short work week, can't wait for Thanksgiving!!

Tip Tuesday - Photography

19 November 2013

Get Outside!

One of the simplest tips I can give - Get Outside! You won't be able to get great photos by staying inside all day.  Every time I go for a walk to the park or to the beach I take my camera with me; you never know what you'll see!  You may see a family of deer at the park or a rundown dock at the beach - nature has many surprises!  Sunrise and sunset are one of my favorite things to capture as they can make for some gorgeous pictures.  

So get out there and bring your camera with you!  Share some of your outdoor photos in comments if you'd like! 

Tip Tuesday - Make-Up

12 November 2013

It's Tip Tuesday!  This means that we will be bringing you a new beauty or photography tip!  Keep checking back each week for a new tip and hopefully learn something new!

How to Make Your Make-Up Last

I don't know about you but I hate when I look in a mirror a couple of hours after I've applied my make-up and half of it is off already!  In high school, when I first discovered make-up, I used to spray my face with hairspray thinking this would help make it last.  Well, I would like to thank whoever it was that got me to realize there are actual products out there that are made specifically to help with melting make-up and I can put the hairspray down!

Here are three simple and easy tips to help make your make-up last!

Tip # 1. Apply a face primer. This comes in all textures from creams to gel forms and some even have dual purposes.  This would be the first product you apply after you cleansed, toned, and moisturized your face.  Make sure you evenly apply it to your face and let it set in before you apply your foundation and concealer.

At this moment, my personal favorite, is the Smashbox Photo Finish primer. It definitely does what it says and this is one of the products that can offer dual purposes. You can find Photo Finish primers that also help with moisture, color correction, and even blemish control.

$10.00 - $49.00 
(pricing varies on size as well as specific product)

Tip # 2. Try an eye primer.  Eye primer is applied to the lid of the eye before eyeshadow. This product will help with the eyeshadow from straying or creasing as well as makes the pigment of the eyeshadow pop.  And here is a little hint, apply your eye primer and let it set. Usually I will apply the eye primer and then work on my eyebrows.

The pictured eye primer is Benefit's Stay Don't Stray. This primer has been in my top eye primers since I have tried it.  It works great and forms almost a foundation type base on your eye lid.


Tip #3. Finish up with make-up setting spray.  After you have applied all your make-up spritz it with a finishing spray.  Make sure you spray evenly, usually three sprays is enough. Personally, I found that I like to spray before any mascara is applied.  This will help keep your mascara from running under the eye when the mist hits the face. 

Above is the Urban Decay All Nighter. I have yet to try another brand but I've heard Ben Nye, Skindinavia, and MAC have some great setting sprays. 

$14.00 / 1 oz
$29.00 / 4 oz

Happy Sunday - Stephanie

10 November 2013

Each Sunday I'm going to share a picture that I have taken. The picture may be anything from nature to home decor to some new place I have explored on my travels; you may even see my cat, Osa, once in a while.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to go out and take pictures!

Make-Up Reviews - Erica

07 November 2013

So once a month you'll see a post up for a make-up review.  I'll be reviewing either new releases or products that may be older and I'm just discovering. Below is an older review that I'm just posting but honestly, I am still using these two products in my daily make-up routine.

Stila "In the Know" Eye Shadow Palette

Stila offers a three eye shadow palette series called "In the ____".  There's "In the Know", "In the Garden", and "In the Light". Each palette offers 10 decent sized eye shadows as well as one of their Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner.  I decided to purchase the "In the Know" palette from the series as I liked how it offers all matte eye shadows.  I have never tried Stila eye shadows before purchasing this palette and I am very happy I made the plunge.

The "In the Know" palette has become part of my daily eye make-up routine. I love switching up the colors to make different looks. The shadows are extremely pigmented and with the right eye shadow primer will stay all day. The major thing with this matte shadow palette is you have to make sure that you blend very well as the lines are not as forgiving as with shimmer shadows.

I definitely recommend this palette to be part of any make-up collection. The shadows are great in size, neutral colors, and have lasting power. 

Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

So I have been on the hunt for a new eye shadow primer.  On my last Sephora trip, I decided to try Shadow Insurance by Too Faced.  This primer is more of a liquid based than cream based which I wasn't too sure I would like.  

After giving it a few weeks as part of my daily make-up routine, I'm impressed.  It makes your eyeshadows pop, helps with any creasing and gives the shadows a great base to last.

New Addition

08 September 2013

Photographing families is the best.  This family wanted new family portraits with their new addition, baby Julianna.  We took photos around their home and afterward Ginger, who is such a foodie, cooked us lunch!  How does she find the time?  Check out her FB page: Better Than Take-Out

For Mom

10 August 2013

We were asked to take photos for Christopher and Caroline's mother's birthday.  They chose Twin Brooks Park to take the photos.  It was a great spot.  There were wooded areas, beach, a playground, stone bridges and some wild life.  We love the idea of giving a disc full of photos to your loved one as a gift.  We hope Mom liked the photos!

Baby Love

07 July 2013

Family portraits are one of my favorite types of photo shoots.  It's amazing when you can capture the love of a family in pictures.  We went to a local college campus and found this wonderful garden to take photos in.  You can find the most unusual places to take photos, but that's what makes them unique. 

We had two cameras going so that Erica and I could catch all the magic moments, posed and candid.