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Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

8 May 2014

Products EVERY Beauty Blogger Owns

I have been an avid beauty blogging fan for about 3-4 years now and I've seen a lot of products come and go.

Some things though, just keep on giving.

Here are the ones I seem to see again and again and again.

I'm pretty sure every one of these has won awards in their own right too.

  • Bioderma Crealine Micellar Water - never has anything been so hyped in all the years of beauty blogging as this.  It is a good product, but I think has fallen out of favour as the pancea to all your skin care worries.
  • Soap & Glory Body Wash - I have pictured the Sugar Crush version as that is what is in my shower, but it represents all of them.  I still love this, even my Husband loves this. A treat without breaking the bank as it is nearly eternally on 3 for 2 at Boots
  • Batiste Dry Shampoo - Again I have pictured the tropical as this is my favourite smell, but all of them have been reviewed and reviewed again on nearly every beauty blog ever.
  • Real Techniques Brushes - A product design by a Beauty Vlogger, that is a must-have in most people collections.  I really like the blusher brush, but I could take or leave the stippling brush.
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo - On many people Holy Grail lists, and for good reason, I believe.  This has really lessened the frequency of breakouts for me and deserves it's place in the Beauty Blogger Hall of Fame
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation/Serum - I think Lisa Eldridge was the first on the scene with this great everyday foundation.  It suits dryer skin better than oily but still a lovely foundation for the price.
  • Clarisonic - I think this may actually knock the Bioderma Crealine off the top spot for hypedness (not a real word.) At £120 it is not cheap either.  I bit of a disappointment for me I'm afraid.
  • Seche Vite Top Coat - This is a evergreen favourite among the community with good reason, nothing works as well, long live Seche Vite
  • Revlon Lip Butters - You couldn't read a blog or watch a blog without being harassed by these last year, luckily the furore has died down and they have been replaced in most beauty bloggers hearts, but I bet every blogger owns one (at least.)
  • Sleek Contour Kit/Face Form - The first foray for many into the world of Kim Kardashian Contouring. Put your hand up if you haven't over done it with this baby one day and ended up looking like a russian prostitute.
  • Bourjois Bronzing Powder - The chocolate smelling bronzer ubiquitous to all blogs.  I personally prefer Benefit's Hoola but for price, this can't be beaten.
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows - whether it's Permanent Taupe or On-and-On Bronze these are a firm favourite with good reason, they last like no other and don't break the bank.  Shame about the limited range of colours that they are available in.

What have I missed?

What did you feel you could never read another review, haul or favourites post of again?

10 Mar 2014

Beauty Blogging Photography For Beginners

I think that taking photos for my blog, is both the most fun and the most annoying part of blogging.  I love it when I get a great shot, but I hate the effort I have to go to achieving it.  I studied photography whilst at university so you would think I would be good at it, but great photos require effort, and I'm lazy.

Anyway enough about my lack of personal get-up-and-go and on with the photography tips.


I have a Canon Eos 400D which is actually my husbands but he doesn't have a clue how to use it when not on auto mode, so I have adopted it.  Luckily he is one of those men who has to buy the whole kit when he gets into something, so I have also commandeered a tripod, spare lens, UV filter and remote control.  I tend to shoot using the standard lens as the other one is so heavy it is hard to work with.  The larger lens is great for work at a distance say 4 meters or more, it is also better at shooting a wide angle, so if I wanted a shot of a room I would use the big boy.


The tripod is great for shots where the light is poor as it allows me to shoot using a longer shutter speed and not worry about blurring.  Obviously I can also use this for OOTD posts too (if I ever get up the courage to do one!)

I also have an iPhone 4S which I love to use to take pictures on.  I use this for the majority of selfies as I can see what I am taking as I do it, which is obviously a massive advantage over the SLR.  I tend to use it without the flash where possible as it tends to take odd coloured photos with it.  I like the immediacy of the iPhone and the fact I can take a shot whenever/wherever, but what it gains in connivence it definitely lacks in adaptability.

No 1 Tip - Learn How to Use Your Camera

Read the manual or search online if like me you can never find it when needed.  It makes such a difference learning to turn the dial past M.

As a basic guide to using an SLR, this cheat sheet by Miguel Yatco can't be beaten. Print off a copy and pop it in your camera bag.


Taking Product Photos


I have seen people use all sorts of backgrounds to good effect, however the only rule is that it must not clash with the product you are photographing.  I tend to use either a mirror or a plain white board (aka as spare shelf not needed in wardrobe) You need to be pretty careful using the mirror that you don't accidentally photograph yourself or anything else inappropriate.


I like to add other items to my photos as it gives them context, candles can imply relaxation and pampering, magazines can be used to denote high fashion, flowers (my personal favourite) just look cute.  Have a look around your home, I bet you can find some appropriate props to stop your picture being just another white background shot.


Now this is where all my problems are.  I am lucky to have a large bay window in a south facing room which lets in lots of natural light, which is the sort we are after.  However because the source of the light (the window) is only on one side of my product/face/whatever, I need to use another light source to fill the light or you just get a very heavily shadowed shot. I usually shoot standing with the light behind me, facing the bed.


I use either this cobbled-together foil binder or this tall lamp.  You just use the binder to reflect the light from the window back onto the product, by pointing it back at the subject. The tall lamp is good but as it is artificial light it makes the product/person looks warmer when photographed.

Selfies/OOTD Posts

To take outfit-of-the-day posts without the help of friends or husbands (and thereby save you some major embarrassment) you are going to need;
  • A Mirror
  • A Tripod
  • A Remote Trigger


Set the mirror up behind the tripod so you can see what your doing.  Then set your camera to autofocus and turn on the remote trigger option.  Next it's the awkward bit, stand in position and take your first test shot.  You will then need to go back behind the camera and check how it came out.  Are you in focus, did you chop part of you off, is the photo light enough etc.. You will be guaranteed to have to make adjustments and then you try again.  This can get a bit tedious after the 10th trip back to your camera, at which point I usually give in and stick to using my iPhone. 

Post Production (digital touching up)

Currently I use iPhoto for basic editing and then PicMonkey which is a web-based photo editor that produces great results without having to get into vectors/layers and curves (not really sure what I'm doing there.)  Nearly all of my photos have had only minor touch ups in post production because of my woeful skills in this area.  This is one of the things I am just learning and so hopefully you should see an improvement over the next few weeks.

Thats about it,  I don't really know much about photography and I'm learning all the time, but I thought I would write this so that some beginner bloggers will be spared the endless messing around I had when I first started.

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