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!!