LovelyUs Product Review: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

30 January 2014

Erica and I want to bring you reviews, every so often, of products that we use.  The first review is for the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8.  I bought the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 for our "photo booth".  For parties we wanted to be able to set up a backdrop, with props and be able to give guests instant photos to take home with them.  This camera works pretty well for that purpose. 

The Instax Mini 8 gives you a credit card sized photo instantly.  The camera comes in several fun colors and there are other Instax that will give you a little bit larger of a photo.  If you purchase the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 you will get the camera, camera wrist strap, and instructions.  You must purchase the film and 2 AA batteries separately.  I've just bought the basic film with a white frame so far, but it also comes in different colors and patterns.  The camera was about $60 and if you buy the film in bulk you can get a good deal. 

Before you take a photo you have to adjust the power of the flash.  That's simple enough, all you have to do is turn the dial around the lens.  There are five options for the flash strength.  The instructions tell you to set the dial to the setting higher than the lighting you're in.  So, if you're indoors, you should set the dial to Hi-key, if you're outside and it's cloudy you should set it to the little house.  You can see the photos I took indoors and the little house looks bright enough, but you could use the Hi-key if you want a little more 
"exposure".  Another tip is to stand about two feet away from the subject.  That way the flash reaches the subject and it's in focus.

You can see I took the same photo five different times to show the different strengths of the flash.  Hi-key is the brightest and the bright sun is the darkest. 

One negative to the camera is that the view finder is a little small and hard to see out of, so it takes some getting used to.  

Overall, I'm so glad I bought this camera.  It's so much fun.  I hardly ever print photos anymore and need to work on that.  But with this camera, I have a photo right away.  It's great to have a variety of cameras.  I would recommend this for anyone who loves to take photos. 

Tip Tuesday - Advance & Recede

28 January 2014

One of the most basic rules of thumb I learned during make-up school was "Advance & Recede".  The rule is used for contouring and highlighting and means this. Any features that you want to appear smaller or inward use a contouring color. Any features that you want to appear larger or forward use a highlighting color. 

Most girls that use make-up on a daily basis understand the principle of highlighting and contouring but there are more uses for it than just applying to your cheeks and eyebrows. Here are some other ways :  

Apply a contouring color to shade your lower jaw if you have a double chin.
Apply a highlighting color to the bottom lip and jaw region (in a "V" shape) for a receding chin.

Apply a contouring color to the hollows of your cheeks for definition.
Apply a highlighting color to the hollows of your cheeks to correct sunken or hollow cheeks.

Too thin, apply a highlight to the outer vertical slope on each side.
Too broad, apply a contour to the outer vertical slop on each side.
Too short, apply a highlight to the center region as well as a contour to the sides of the nose.
Hooked nose, apply a contour to the protruding portion of the nose only.

These aren't the only examples as there are more options for highlighting and contouring especially when it comes to face shapes and eyes.  Stay tuned to the next couple of Tip Tuesdays for make-up as every other week a face shape will be featured and the rules of thumb for highlighting and contouring those specific shapes. 

happy (sweet) sunday!!

26 January 2014

These miniature gummi bears are my favorite!!  Any time we go to Bishop's I have to buy them.

Tip Tuesday: Get Inspired!

21 January 2014

I know for me, sometimes it's difficult to get inspired, I can get "photographer's block".  This can especially happen if you've ever tried a 365 project.  There are so many beautiful things to capture and it can be overwhelming. 

I'm most inspired by music.  I connect with lyrics from a song and get inspired to take a photo to match that feeling. 

What is your inspiration for creativity?

Happy 1st Birthday Maddy!

20 January 2014

We were so honored when we were asked to photograph Maddy's 1st birthday party.  This is a great way for a family to enjoy their party without worrying about taking their own photos.




We set up a photo booth which all the kids loved.  There were also out-of-town family members there and they really appreciated being able to take some fun photos home with them.


It was a really fun day. 

Happy Sunday!!

19 January 2014

So, we updated the cover photo on our Twitter and Facebook pages and took lots more photos for more blog posts.  Can't wait to share them all with you!


17 January 2014

We don't know about you, but we read A LOT of blogs! Everything from A Beautiful Mess to The Beauty Department, we are blog-reading obsessed! 

To keep track of all the blogs we read, we joined a little website called Bloglovin'.  This awesome site let's you subscribe to all your favorite blogs and it will update your Bloglovin' feed when your favorite blogger updates their sites.  There is also a coordinating app.

Since we are all about spreading the blog love, we will be featuring a new blog each month. This month is one of Erica's favorites.

The Sartorialist was the first blog I have ever read. It is owned by photographer, Scott Schuman. He takes these amazing photos of individuals on the street who have exceptional style and catch his eye. Scott is based in New York City and travels the world!

I have loved this site ever since I found it. It is such a simple site which is nice because it doesn't take away from the amazing photos. I find myself constantly visiting it to get inspiration for an outfit.  And I'm not going to lie, whenever I go to NYC I always hope I will spot Scott on the street taking a photo of someone!

This is definitely a site I think everybody should read and follow on Bloglovin'.  Also don't forget to follow LovelyUs as well. :)

Tip Tuesday - Make-Up

14 January 2014

The Color Wheel

Knowing the color wheel for any form of artistry is a must.  Being a make-up artist or even just doing your own make-up, knowing the color wheel will help you with things like covering imperfections and how to bring out your features.  

Looking at the color wheel, you will have your primary colors on the three main corners of the triangle. The primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. From there, you will have your secondary colors or the colors that are made when you mix the primary colors together. Your secondary colors are orange, green, and violet. And lastly, you have your tertiary colors which are the mixture of the primary and secondary colors. These colors are yellow orange, red orange, red violet, blue violet, blue green, and yellow green.  And obviously, from looking at the image above you can see that the color in the middle (or brown) is your neutral color. 

Now here is how you can use this nifty tool for make-up.  You will basically use the opposing color to the color you are either trying to cover up or trying to stand out. Alittle confusing I know but here is some examples on how it works.

If you have redness or pimples, you will want to use a green concealer. But if you want to bring out green eyes, you will want to use an eyeshadow that has a red undertone or even violet colors. 

If you have dark circles under your eyes, you will want to use the opposing colors for the blue or violet which will be either a peachy concealer or yellow based concealer.  For bringing out blue eyes (or violet eyes if you are Elizabeth Taylor) gold, bronze, champagne, or beige shadows will help. 

And for brown eyes, most of the colors will bring out your eyes since they are a neutral color. Personally, I like going with bronzes, peaches, violets, and blueish greens. 

So as silly or kindergarten-ish it sounds, knowing your color wheel is a must!

Tip Tuesday: Know Your Camera

07 January 2014

Whether you use your camera phone, a point-and-shoot, or a DSLR, know your camera.  Read the user manual front to back, know the menu settings, and know what every button is for.

The better you know your camera, the better your photos will come out.  If there's something you want to change about the way your photo is coming out, you'll know exactly what you have to do to correct it. 

It takes time and a lot of practice, but it's worth it.  Knowing your camera will make you a better photographer.

Drug Store Beauty

04 January 2014

I'm not the make-up person at LU but I did want to share some of my favorite drug store beauty products, Erica approved. 

eos lip balm
I was a Burts Bees girl, but am converted. I love these little baubles of balm. I have very sensitive lips and these don't irritated them at all. They're made with all natural ingredients and come in 8 flavors. 

Crest White Strips
I use whitening tooth paste as well but sometimes you need a little boost.  It's great for special occasions and you will see results right away.

Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara
I actually use this in con junction with Benefit's "they're real" mascara from Sephora.  I first apply the Benefit mascara and then Illegal Length on top. "they're real" gives me the fullness and Illegal Length gives me length!  I don't know if it's the actual mascara that makes a difference or the brush?

Revlon Cream Blush
Gotta put a little color in those cheeks. I prefer cream blush over powder, because it gives a little dewy glow that's more fresh looking.

Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat
For the longest time I've been trying to figure out how to get that "just manicured" shine, but at home. I found the solution!  This does the trick, and my at-home mani lasts so much longer.

You don't have to go to the department store make-up counter or beauty supply store to find great beauty products.  I'll let you know if I find any other treasures at the drug store.  

What are some of your favorite drug store beauty products?

Pantone Color of the Year - Radiant Orchid 18-3224

02 January 2014

A couple of weeks ago Pantone released their color of the year - Radiant Orchid! Like past colors - Emerald, Tangerine Tango, and Honeysuckle; Radiant Orchid will sure to be a big trend in fashion and make-up.

Here is the snippet from the Pantone website about Radiant Orchid :
"Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple - one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health."

Here is some make-up that is on par with the Color of the Year!

5. SIGMA Essential Kit - Make Me Crazy

* Photos taken from the Sephora, MAC, & Sigma websites

Happy 2014!!

01 January 2014

We've had such a great year at LovelyUs!  We are looking forward to growth and more creative adventures in 2014!!