Uh, this bag is ADORABLE! I love it! This is right up behind the galaxy bag that I got last November or October, I believe. And I got a lot of good products in this one. I had a little meh spot with ipsy, but it’s been picking up lately!
Ciaté London’s Fierce Flicks Eyeliner – This reminds me of Kat Von D’s tattoo eyeliner. It goes on smooth, it goes on dark, and it goes on evenly. Which is exactly what you want with a felt liquid liner. It’s new, though, so we’ll have to see how it holds up over time. theBalm Cosmetics’ Hot Mama Blush – Love this! Reminds me of Nars’ Orgasm blush. I think I’m going to stick this in my car for blush touch ups. noyah’s Natural Lipstick in Smoke – I like the color itself, but it wasn’t quite right on me. It’s a “greige.” The formula is okay – long-lasting, but not the most comfortable or uncomfortable on the lips. pūr~lisse Daily Lip Nourisher with Mango and Shea Butters – I’m obsessed with lip balm, so I was pretty excited to get this. Makes my lips feel great and smells good. You can never have too many lip balms! MeMeMe Blush Brush – A simple blush brush. Gets the job done and is soft. I tend to gravitate towards brushes with a little bit more personality, like colors or patterns, but overall this is a good brush.
I was invited to participate in Adore Me‘s #FlirtyFallFlatlay and thought it sounded fun! Adore Me sells lingerie and focuses on the fact that your undergarments can make you feel more confident, which I totally agree with! Who hasn’t had a lucky pair of underwear before? Anyways, I find it quite easy to incorporate pretty undergarments in the fall and winter months, because the chunkier sweaters and cardigans don’t display what you’re wearing underneath as much. In the summer, I totally stick with my boring, flesh-colored smooth bras, because everything else is too noticeable! Not the case now!
One of my favorite (and easiest) looks is a cozy, oversized sweater, leggings, a cute bralette, booties, and lots of rings. My sweaters tend to be rather simple, so it’s fun to spice up the look with a fun bra, even though nobody else is going to see it. Seeing this laid out reminds me that I need more comfy sweaters and cute bralettes!
So, just a reminder that even though we’re covering up more in the cooler months, you can still keep rocking the pieces that make you feel like a badass. You know what you’ve got under everything and that’s all that really matters!
Autumn brings bold, dark makeup looks and the easiest place to pull it off is on your lips! For extreme staying-power, I prefer liquid lipstick formulas. I’d like to point out that I wasn’t sent any of these products – I bought them all on my own. Here are some of my favorite liquid lipsticks for fall!
ColourPop’s Beeper (Warm Taupe) – A great neutral-brown shade. I purged a bunch of my CP liquid lipsticks that I didn’t reach for or if I had a similar color in a better brand. This one, though, has remained a favorite of mine.
Lime Crime’s Saddle (Brown) – A rusty-brown color. I was a little nervous how this one would look on me, but I actually love it.
Aromi’s Vamptastic Plum (Dark Plum) – I loooove purple lips. This is probably the shade that I rock the most.
Makeup Monstor’s Bewitched (Burgundy) – Just got this one, but I love it already! Makeup Monster’s formula is soooo good and their price is unbeatable. Seriously, check them out.
Aromi’s Red Dahlia (Deep Red) – A nice, vampy red is a must for fall. I love my Red Dahlia shade from Aromi. And the tubes are different, because they upgraded the packaging. This is the newer look.
Lime Crime’s Pumpkin (Red-Orange) – What would fall be without some pumpkin orange? This is surprisingly wear-able.
What are some of your favorite liquid lipsticks to rock in the fall? I’d love to hear some of yours!
I was (clearly) in the Halloween spirit and decided to do some skull makeup, cause why not?!
For the Look: The wig was like $6 from AliExpress. I used BH Cosmetics Modern Matte palette for my eyeshadow and to do the face make up. Then used their Foiled palette to add some grey to my lid and turquoise to inner corner. My eyelashes are the Lashlorette from Esqido. The black lipstick is from Hot Topic and I used some Makeup Monsters liquid lip in Back Lash in the middle of my lips. And finally, some Urban Decay highlighter in Sin.
Septembers Glam Bag was a good one! The bag itself was cute and I really loved most the products that came in it. Let’s hope future bags stick with that ratio of amazing vs meh products!
Pixi by Petra Mattelustre Lipstick in Rose Naturelle – I love Pixi by Petra, so I was excited to receive this in my bag. This is a great neutral shade for me. It’s like my lips, but better. It’s comfortable and lasts a decent amount of time.
IT Cosmetics Superhero™ Mascara in Super Black – This mascara is amazing! It stays put! Even if you sleep in it (I know, you shouldn’t, but shit happens), it stays. And no flakes. It’s great.
BeFine Food Skin Care Exfoliating Cleanser – Never heard of BeFine, but I love this product! It smells amazing, like brown sugar, when you put it on. As you message into your face, the scrub turns into a rich lather.
tre’StiQue Mini Highlight Stick in Maldives Luminescent – This is a nifty little thing! It’s great by itself or to layer under a powder highlighter for extra staying power. I just apply then blend with my finger.
NUXE Moisturizing Mask Crème Fraîche de Beauté – This was okay for me. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either. It seemed to moisturized, like it claimed, but I didn’t notice my skin looking or feeling extra amazing, ya know?
How cute is August’s ipsy bag?! I feel like I’m usually pretty ‘meh’ about the bags, but this one is adorable. Here’s what all came with it:
Rodial Smokey Eye Pen in Black – You can’t go wrong with a black eyeliner. I don’t use stick eyeliners too often anymore, but this one goes on very smooth and I haven reached for it a few times since trying it out.
Lord & Berry 20100 maximatte crayon lipstick in Intimacy – This is basically a large lip liner. The color is pretty, but I found it drying and uncomfortable to put on my lips. I probably won’t be reaching for this as actual lipstick, but lip liner – maybe.
Organic Surge Perfecting Face Polish – Ipsy always knows when I need some more exfoliator, I swear! This one is good, the exfoliants are quite fine. Almost too fine, but I’m starting to think that it’s just me.
NYX Professional Makeup BORN TO GLOW LIQUID ILLUMINATOR in Gleam – Oh my gosh, this is the best of the bag, my friends. I love this! It’s a great stand alone highlighter OR I sometimes use it to give my powder highlighter something more to stick to. I feel like highlighter can disappear off your face after wearing it for a while.
Sally’s Box Secret Garden Ampoule Masks – The masks themselves are awesome, but the packaging is huge! I had to find a new place for these masks, because they’re so much bigger than my other ones.
I decided to have a little fun and make an A-Z list of camera terms. I came up with most on the spot, but a couple (looking at you X and V) I had to google and see what even fit!
A – Aperture Priority (Av) Mode! This is a great mode to shoot in if you’re starting out. Nothing will compare to full manual (I promise!), but this is still a great one. You set your aperture and your camera will figure out the rest.
B – Back Button Focusing! This is a game changer if you’re focusing on moving subjects, especially. You use your thumb to focus and just continue holding it to continue focusing. It takes some getting used to, but once you get it, you won’t go back!
C – Cropping! Always give yourself a little wiggle room for cropping. So DO NOT crop in camera or shoot too tightly. Shoot a little wider and adjust later. It’s always good to have some room than to be too close and next thing you know, someone’s head will be getting cropped off for that 8×10.
D – Distortion! Different lens focal lengths cause different levels of distortion to your subject. Always run a corrector in your editing program of choice to counter act it.
E – Extras! Always have an extra battery, memory card, light stand, etc. Murphy’s law, man.
F – F-stop! Pay attention to your f-stop number and make sure you’re not too shallow for the amount of people in the photos. I cheat and try to match up with however many people there are. So 2 people = f/2.8, 4 people = f/4-5.6, etc. It’s not exact, but it’s a good start!
G – Grain! Good news is grain is back in fashion. Bad news is, that too much can kill a photo. Be mindful of your ISO and try not to let it get too high. Better equipment will help significantly with ISO issues. If you’re running into this a lot, it might be time for a body upgrade.
H – Hot Shoe! This is that mount on the top of your camera. Most times an external flash goes here, but they make all kinds of accessories, too!
I – Inkjet Printers! Ew! Please stay away from inkjet printers. They do not look even half as good as a chemical printer. That means CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, and pretty much any big-box store are out! Check out a local print shop or even mpix.com for insanely better looking photos.
J – Jpeg! This is the final format that your digital image will take. If you’re sending files to friends, family, or a client – this is the format you’d deliver them in.
K – Kelvin! This is the scale used to measure the colour temperature. 5000 K refer to normal daylight.
L – Lenses! Have a well-rounded collection of lenses that you’ll actually use. Not everyone’s bag will contain the same thing.
M – Memory Cards! Get good memory cards! My preference is high-speed 32GB cards. I shop at Peoria Camera for these, because they offer a lifetime warranty on their cards. Cards WILL go bad. At least this way, I can swap out the bad one for a brand new one.
N – Neutral Density Filter! These are fantastic for landscapes (especially of water or clouds) and metal objects, like cars and motorcycles. It reduces the amount of light that passes through your lens, because if it’s super bright outside, you might not be able to set your settings to get the desired effect.
O – Overexposure! This is when your photo is washed out. Too much light has reached the sensor for the shooting conditions. You can increase your shutterspeed and/or aperture to try to compensate for how bright it is. Or even get a Neutral Density filter.
P – Prints and Products! Print your photos! There’s nothing like holding a print your proud of or displaying it on your wall. Make prints and products of your favorites.
Q – Quiet! Most cameras have a silent shooting mode that makes your shutter click softer. This can be useful for things like ceremonies where people are very quiet.
R – Reflector! These are great when you’re shooting and need to bounce a little more light onto your subjects.
S – Shutter Speed! Shutter speed is what captures or freezes motion. The lower your shutter speed, the more motion blur (and camera shake) you can get. Usually, I try not to go less than 1/100th if I’m holding my camera in my hand. If you’re on a tripod, you can go as low as you want to get the desired effect.
T – Tripod! A tripod can come in very useful in many situations. It allows you to up the shutter speed (see above) and focus more on your overall photo rather than making sure it’s perfectly level and composed each shot. It’s completely necessary for video, if that’s something you enjoy doing, too.
U – Used Equipment! Don’t be scared to buy used from reputable sources! Good camera equipment is made to last, so get yourself something for a better price.
V – Vignetting! This occurs naturally with certain lenses. You don’t really pick up on it, but it’s there. This is great and I love when this happens. What I don’t love is people adding vignetting after the effect. It’s an outdated look, just skip it!
W – Wide-Angle Lens! Anything less than 50mm is actually wide, but most people think of the ultra wide angles in this case, like 10mm. Under 10mm, and it starts going fish-eye. Wide-angles are great for landscapes and shooting in tight spaces.
X – X-Sync Flash! I tried really hard to find something more exciting for “X,” but this is the best I’ve got! X-sync flash is when the flash fires at the instant the shutter is fully open.
Y – You! You are the most important factor in your photography. A better lens or body might help a little, but you knowing more about your equipment and how to use it will help 100x more than the latest and greatest.
Z – Zoom lens! A zoom lens is actually any lens that is not one focal length. A lot of people assume a zoom lens only refers to a telephoto lens. So that 18-55mm is, in fact, a zoom lens. And of course, that 70-200mm is, as well.
Woo! All finished! That was harder than I anticipated. Do you have any that you’d do differently? I’d love to hear from you!