My Favorite Point + Shoot Cameras

I have an DSLR and a mirrorless camera AND a point and shoot. There are some really nice point and shoot cameras out there that if I had endless amounts of money, I would totally get. Currently, I use the Sony WX300 point and shoot camera. This is what I usually have in my purse and pull out with friends for snapshots or selfies. You know, the usual. I will be straight up, though, you get exactly what you pay for with a point and shoot. I know this for a fact from my two and a half years at Peoria Camera Shop. If you get the cheapest camera out there, don’t be surprised by the poor quality of the photos and the camera itself. Expect that $100 camera to last about a year or two. That’s it. Just wanted to throw that out there and make it clear. If you invest in a better camera, you’ll get more out of it and it’ll last longer.

Anyways, here are some of the point and shoot cameras that I drool over for various reasons. I will say, too, that almost all of these models are made with professionals in mind that want the quality, but don’t want the size.

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Nikon Coolpix AW130. I like this camera simply because of it’s durability. Waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof. I’m mainly interested in the waterproof aspect, but an almost indestructible camera sounds pretty great, too! The zoom is pretty much non-existent, but that’s to be expected with a waterproof camera. It runs about $300 before any rebates.

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Fujifilm XQ2. I won’t lie, the biggest draw for me here is the aesthetic of the camera. It’s beautiful. And so inconspicuous. This would be perfect for sight seeing and people watching without drawing any attention to you. They’ll think you’re just a hipster with a film camera haha. It’s got a 25-100mm zoom lens with a f/1.8-4.9 aperture. Not bad at all. And only $400 before rebates.

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Canon Powershot S120. This little guy has a f/1.8 5x zoom on it and I just love it. It’s small and compact, easy to use and performs well in low light. It’s $450 before any rebates.

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Sony Cybershot RX 100 IV. Oh baby. All the Sony’s R line is amazing, I must say. What draws me the most is the 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 Ziess lens. Oh man. The bokeh (blurred out background) and low light potential is insane! This has an eyepiece, too, which would definitely come in handy. And it’s tiny! It’ll fit in your pocket! $950 before any rebates.

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Sony Cybershot RX 10 II. This is my absolute favorite. If I had an extra $1,399 to spend, I’d get this. It’s a 24-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens! 2.8 all the way through! It is bigger, like the super zoom point and shoots or the small DSLRs. So, it’s not going in your purse or pocket. The potential, though! I’d love this for shows that I’m not approved for, because this lens does not detach and could be taken into any venue. Ah, the possibilities!

There you have it! These are all my “if only” cameras that are produce amazing photos, mainly due to their quality lenses. Are there any others I should know about? Let me know!

Stitchfix #2

My second Stitchfix shipment came in the mail today! My boyfriend text me right after I got back to work from lunch and I was looking forward to it for the rest of the day! Stitchfix is this awesome website where you take a style quiz and provide your pinterest and a stylists picks you out 5 things and send them to you! Neat, right? I sure think so! Oh, and you get a discount if you buy everything – 25%! I’m loving it so far. Check out my first shipment here.

This time, I received a casual printed shirt, a studded cuff bracelet, a black faux-leather trimmed tank top, distressed skinny jeans, and a patterned high-waisted skirt. I love every item in this Stitchfix and decided to keep them all (again)! Everything is very soft and comfortable to wear, especially the jeans. I don’t know if I would’ve saw this skirt if I was shopping for myself, but I really love it once it’s on. All-in-all it was about $175 for everything, shipped right to my door.

Check it out for yourself here!

Get Ready With Me – Everyday Makeup

After having this requested for literally years, I finally got around to making an everyday makeup video.

My “everyday” go-to look! Took me about 15 minutes total for the makeup.

Products used:
– Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion By Clinique
– Superprimer Face Primers by Clinique
– Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay
– Even Better Makeup Liquid Foundation by Clinique
– Line Smoothing Concealer by Clinique
– Matte Foundation by Bare Escentuals
– Stay Matte Pressed Transparent Powder by Rimmel London
– Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush by Physicians Formula
– Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer
– Eyebrow Cake Powder by NYX
– Maybelline Ultra Brow Powder
– Illuminator Highlighting Powder by NYX
– Soothing Lip Balm by Victoria’s Secret
– Naked 2 by Urban Decay [verve on lid, pistol in crease, blackout in crease and outer corner, and bootycall on browbone and inner corner]
– Scandaleyes Gel Eye Liner by Rimmel London [new package now]
– they’re real! lengthening mascara by Benefit Cosmetics
– Lashblast 24HR Mascara by Covergirl [discontinued]
– The Super Sizer Mascara by Covergirl
– Viva Glam V Lipstick by Mac Cosmetics

Music Monday: White Tie Affair – Take It Home

Okay, I must confess: I LOVE the White Tie Affair. I was SO excited to see them at Warped Tour in 2009. Sadly, they’ve only put out one album – Walk this Way. I can safely say that I love every song on the album. They posted on Facebook that they were writing in April. Otherwise, we haven’t heard much from them. I’m crossing my fingers! Here’s Take It Home, one of my favorites.

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August Glam Bag from Ipsy

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I received my first Ipsy Glam Bag and I’m super excited! Even the hot pink, metallic packaging was too on point. Here’s my little review of the items included!

 

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  1. Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil Treatment. This smelled AMAZING and made my hair soft, smooth, and shiny without making it look greasy OR make it look greasier faster. I would buy this product again.

 

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2. noyah Natural Lipstick in Desert Rose. I thought this was fragrance at first from the packaging it came in! I’m much happier knowing it’s lipstick haha. It’s a preppy, pink color in real life. This photo makes it look more like a neutral, but it’s a pale pink. It is a matte finish and lasted pretty long. I was happy with this product. It’s very close to the Mac color Snob.

 

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3. AILA Cosmetics Luxury Nail Lacquer in Mister Pookies. Okay, LOVE this color! It’s a deep, muted, purple and right up my alley. It went on easily and seemed to dry faster than the drugstore brands. I’ll let you know how it holds up!

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4. Skone Cosmetics Luxe Doubler Eye/Lip Pencil in Wine. This is your standard, go-to lip pencil. It did well to define my lips before adding lipstick. It wasn’t too drying on my lips, which i always a plus. I haven’t used it as an eye liner yet, but it could definitely be fun!

 

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5. Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk. I really enjoyed this cleanser. It smells good and looks more like a lotion. It removed my eye makeup in the shower without leaving me with raccoon eyes when I stepped out. That is a feat, my friends. My skin was super soft and not dried out, so I’d buy this again!

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JERGENS Wet Skin Moisturizer Review

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I received the new Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer in my Wellness VoxBox from Influenster and it was definitely my looked forward to product when I found out that I was one of the 5,000 selected to receive this particular VoxBox! According to their website:

There’s no need to wait for skin to dry before applying or to rinse away sticky residue. The revolutionary formula goes –and stays—on your skin and not down the drain. With this one-of-a-kind lotion, just apply to wet skin before you dry for a superior way to moisturize—quicker than ever.

Sounds pretty great, right? I’ve taken two showers now and tried out the Wet Skin Moisturizer and I’m in LOVE! A little goes a long, long way – unlike normal lotion for me. I feel like I use tons of it to get myself all covered. Anyways, it goes on quickly and easily. I think the water droplets still on your skin help spread it. Then you just pat yourself dry with the towel. It took me approximately 10 seconds to do both my legs and about twice that for my whole body. The best part, though? I got dressed right away and my clothes weren’t sticking to me! It was great. I feel like I have to wait for the lotion to dry for at least 10-15 minutes to comfortably put clothes on, especially jeans.

My skin was so soft from this lotion. I’d highly recommend this! 9/10