Tips for beauty bloggers: editing product photos

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Ugh, I probably shouldn’t film while in a wheat-coma in the future :P Anyhow; enjoy the video, and don’t forget that you can watch fullscreen in HD! (Highly encouraged. Highly.)

Tips for beauty bloggers: Photoshopping faces

Monday, June 13, 2011

After (too long) of a delay, I’m pleased to introduce our next instalment in Tips For Beauty Bloggers. Whether you’re a fellow blogger, a photography fiend, or just another Joe the Plumber looking to clean up some photos, I hope you enjoy this post!

I hemmed and hawed over whether or not to do this as a video, and in the end, I decided it would be best to. I’ve uploaded it to Vimeo (we’re still avoiding YouTube, at least for now) in HD format, so I’d definitely encourage you to view it fullscreen – seriously, you won’t be disappointed.

(Yes, I’m still childishly amused by the wonders of the internet. Now shh; less mocking and more watching!)

If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please link back to this post. A project like this one takes a lot of time and effort, so I’d really appreciate it if you could refrain from embedding the video on your own sites. Thanks!

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A bit of an important message…

Friday, March 25, 2011

So this camera can actually shoot pretty impressive video… but I don’t know how to do that so the following is utterly terrible. I’ve scrapped the video on the whole, but these are the most important few seconds:



(Please excuse the super-weird face at the end!)

Basically, I’m here to give you ladies a bit of unfortunate news, because I’m a Debbie Downer. I’ve been having health issues over the past little while, which I’m not really going to explain in great detail (unless, as I said in the clip above, you’d like me to).

Further explanation in an audio clip because I’d rather not keep typing: A ramble for your Friday (My apologies that you have to download; I can’t figure out how to embed this. But I promise the file is clean and all that!)

If you’re interested in finding out more about rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, here are a few links might help:

Much love,


What were your favourite products of 2010?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hello, my dearlings! (That’s right, “dearlings” is totally a word.) A bit of an open thread idea today — I want to hear all about your favourite products of the year! What was good? More importantly, what was great? (And, of course: what was terrible?)

Just as a bit of a pre-emptive note, my apologies for the awful lighting and hair. As I’m sure you all know by  now, I’m terribly lazy with my hair, and the sun sets *really* early in Edmonton during the winter. Unfortunately, I haven’t a will to change the former, and I haven’t a way to change the latter!

That’s it for me! This is a bit early (I had planned on posting this on New Year’s but I’m superimpatient), but please do tell us what you loved, liked, and totally hated this year! Alternately, feel free to ask more about the products mentioned in the video — I know, it was really fast, but I’d love to link you to the reviews or answer questions. I was totally obsessed with each product at some point in the year, so I’m totally up for blabbing about ’em :P

A frightful Halloween video

Sunday, October 31, 2010

(Frightful because it is mine, not because it is actually frightening).

The other contouring video mentioned can be found here. Happy Halloween; hope you enjoy the media!

Products mentioned:

  • Ben Nye Cream Hilight, Ultralight {link}
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow, Cult {link}
  • Cozzette Contour Stylist S135 {link}
  • Annabelle Dome Face Powder, Nox {link}
Possible alternatives:

  • Ecotools’ Bamboo Blush Brush, which is much less dense and smooth than the Cozzette S135, but is also a ton cheaper {link}
  • Any light-coloured MAC MSF, which have a finer shimmer than Nox {link}
  • Under-$10 alternatives (not tried and tested) for the face powder: love and beauty {link}, Sonia Kashuk {link}, Palladio {link}

ETA: here are a few photographs that you might find helpful! The first is a straight-on shot to help compare the effect of the two types of contouring (notice the sweeping roundness of the cheek on your right, vs the harder line on your left), the second is a shot of smooth contouring, and the third is the straight-line cheek. 

P.S. Anyone going trick-or-treating? :P
P.P.S. Damn, do I ever need to start filming in the daytime…

Adventures in Epilating: the video!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The epilator used in this video has been reviewed here, and there are a bunch of epilating “tips and tricks” here!

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