Tuesday, 28 April 2015

How I Take My Blog Pictures


Photography is one of my favourite things ever, specifically beauty photography. I really enjoy adding different props and adjusting the lighting to make my pictures look nicer. It does take quite a long time for me to take a picture that I'm happy with, mainly because I'm fussy with my pictures, but it's so worth it.

Adding props

I think adding props in the background of pictures can make it look so much more exciting and interesting. It's all about personal preference though. I never used to add props to my pictures, and simply took the picture of the product, but when my room got re-decorated and I bought ornaments for my befroom, I started adding them in and was much happier with the outcome of my pictures!



Have a colour scheme

I like to arrange some sort of colour scheme when taking pictures. So if I was taking a picture of a pink lipstick, I will add ornaments in the background that are pink. I've got a fake pink flower that has made quite a few appearances in my blog pictures, pink notebooks and pink nail varnishes. They are so cheap as well, and just adds something more to your blog picture.

Angles

Most of my blog pictures are taken from above, as it gets everything into the frame, and as I have a window next to my desk, the lighting hits perfectly. You have to find experiment with different angles, see what looks best and what does your product justice.


In this picture, I decided it was better to take a picture from this angle instead of above, as the product roles around a lot when it's lying down (annoying I know).


With this picture, I decided to lay the product down as when it was stood up, you could see the reflection of the window on the product due to the shiny packaging. I also thought it looked quite nice with the flowers in the background as they have a hint of green in them, as well as the product *wink wink*.

Camera settings

I'm not too sure about everyone else, but my camera has a 'Close Up' setting (I think it's called macro mode?!) which makes everything look more detailed. For a while, I was taking all of my pictures in 'Soft Focus' and thought to myself "Why does everything look so blurry?" Nice one Kacy.

Something I found when playing about with my camera was the brightness setting. My camera has a button where you can adjust how bright you want to picture, and I love my pictures to look really bright and detailed.


I hope you enjoyed this little insight into how I take my blog pictures! Do you have any helpful tips about taking better blog pictures?

Hope you're having a great day!

xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Spring Jewellery With Born Pretty Store


I was contacted about 5 weeks by the Born Pretty Store, and they asked me if they could send me some pieces of jewellery. I obviously said yes as I absolutely love jewellery, and think it can be a big statement to quite a basic outfit. I was aloud to chose up to 3 items from their website, and after the longest 5 weeks of my life, they finally arrived! 



One piece of jewellery the sent me was this Golden Clover Bangle*. It has a clover on, which is something I've not seen before in shops, so it's the reason I was drawn to it so much. I love that it has silver rhinestones on it as well as the bangle being gold, as it means I can wear this with silver and gold jewellery, as appose to it just being with one or the other. The bangle can be done/undone with the loop and the ball, which is easy to manage. Like all of the Born Pretty jewellery, it is very affordable and this bracelet was only $1.99! You wouldn't find jewellery that cheap even in Primark! You can buy it HERE.



The next piece of jewellery is this Infinity Shape Silver Ring*. Most of my rings are golden, and are just a cheap 3 pack from Primark that I've had for ages. So I thought I'd choose a silver ring this time and I really love this one! It's not too big or bulky, and just makes a nice touch to any outfit. I've been wearing this everyday since I received it and is definitely a firm favourite in my ring collection. You can buy it HERE.



And the last item I received is this Swan Shaped Necklace*. The pearls on the swan are a different colour in different lights, meaning it will go with pretty much any outfit! Again, it has gold and silver detailing, so all 3 of these pieces would look amazing together. I hadn't seen anything like this is any other shops, and my face looked like the heart eyes emoji when I saw this on the website. The length of the necklace is quite unusual, and I don't own any like this. The length is inbewteen the longer chains you usually see and one that sits on your chest, so it sits just under neath your chest which I really like as it's different. This is definitely my favourite piece that I was sent! You can buy it HERE.

Have you looked at the Born Pretty Store before? Also, I'm so close to 100 BlogLovin' followers, can I hit it soon?

Hope you're having a lovely week!

xx

*PR Gifted. All opinions are my own


Friday, 17 April 2015

Top 5 Spring/Summer Lippys

In the spring/summer, I tend to stick with the light pinks as it's the safe option. You can't really go wrong with a nude-pink lipstick. I like how pink lipsticks pretty much go with any makeup look and they look like a 'your lips but better' colour.

Christian Breton Paris Lipgloss in Natural - £14.99

I picked this up in TkMaxx a while ago, not hearing anything about the brand previously. It just looked like a luxurious product and I didn't own anything like this. I forgot all about this and just put it at the back of my draw hidden amongst all of my other lip glosses, and rediscovered it about 2 weeks ago. I'm not sure why I didn't try it sooner because it's amazing?! Not a sticky or gloopy formula, applies really nicely and leaves a nice sheen to the lips. It has tiny flexes of shimmer in, which I think looks so nice with any makeup look as it goes with everything. It smells like coconuts too! Buy it HERE.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 16

This has featured a lot on my blog, but I can't help but love it. Again, this is a lipstick that goes with pretty much any makeup look, and is such a great colour for spring/summer. This is more of a brighter pink, and edges towards a coral colour slightly, but I've never had a lipstick like this before. I actually don't think they sell this in Boots or SuperDrug anymore, so if you can get your hands, I strongly suggest you do!

Maybeline Baby Lips in Pink Punch

This is more of a subtle pink colour, and is something I like to wear when I'm only sitting in the garden or popping to the shops. This is a tinted lip balm, so it keeps your lips moisturised whilst giving your lips a bit of colour. Like the lippys I've mentioned, this goes with every makeup look and is great for only £2.99. Baby Lips have always been my favourite kind of lip balm to wear, and I love all of the different colours and flavours you can chose from.
Buy it HERE.

Tanya Burr Ligloss in Afternoon Tea

Everyone has probably heard about Tanya's lipglosses as they've been raved about a lot, and I completely understand why. The consistency isn't sticky which is what I always look for when trying out lipglosses. If you're looking for a more pigmented lipgloss, this is definitely the one to get! I haven't felt the need to touch up my lipgloss during the day whilst wearing this, and just an added bonus, it smells amazing too! This would look amazing with a day or night time makeup look, as it's a pigmented lipgloss but is a nice sublt colour. Buy it HERE.

Burberry Kisses Lipstick in Nude Pink

I've already done a full review of this lipstick on my blog, which you can read about by clicking HERE.

What's your favourite spring/summer lippy?

Hope you're enjoying the sun!

xx





Thursday, 16 April 2015

How To Style Ipanema Flip Flops


Flip flops are my favourite, they are stylish yet comfortable at the same time! Ever since mentioning Ipanema in my April Wishlist, I thought it would be fun to share how I would style some of my favourite Ipanema flip flops with some items of clothing mentioned in my wishlist! 

What I like about Ipanema is that they have such a wide range of flip flops/sandals, all of which are different colours and styles. There are so much more than your average £2 pair from Primark and they look like such good quality. Ipanema products are all made from 100% recycled PVC, which is material that can be recycled again and again, which is all well!

Ipanema Festival Sandal (Click HERE to see them on the Ipanema website) - £20.00 Sunglasses - £1.00 Bag - £49.00 Skater Dress - £14.99

I think these sandals really pull the look together and give it that festival vibe, which I think is going to be big this summer.




Ipanema Bicycle Flip Flops (Click HERE to see them on the Ipanema website) - £20.00 Pink Swing Vest - £6.00 Pink Lipstick - £8.00 Blue Crochet Shorts - £9.99 Pastel Bracelet - £6.99

I love blue and pink together! They are such summery colours, and with the flip flops (which are the most adorable things ever) I think this is a really nice outfit. 


Ipanema Vitraux Sandal (Click HERE to see them on the Ipanema website)- £30.00 White Shirt - £17.99 Skinny Jeans - £15.00 Layered Necklace - £14.00 Watch - £30.00 Pink Blazer - £27.99

This is such a versatile look, as I think it can be worn during the day and in the evening, say going out for a meal. I love how the Ipanema sandals have a hint of pastel pink in, which ties in nicely with the pink blazer.

I personally would spend more money on a pair of shoes, as they last so much longer and don't end up falling to pieces! I also think it's so much easier to buy one, strong and durable pair then having to keep spending money on multiple pairs. Compared to places like Zara and Miss Selfridge, I think Ipanema's prices are a lot more reasonable, as they are good quality yet still affordable. 

The fact that these sandals can be worn with pretty much any outfit is why I love them so much. It means you don't have to worry about buying another pair of shoes to go with different outfits, you can simply through on a pair of these and be done with!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Do you love sandals as much as I do? 

Hope you're having a good week! 

xx

Sunday, 12 April 2015

April Wishlist


It's time for the post that consists of me crying over the fact I have no money and can't afford these things. *sobs*. But I'm going to save up and try to purchase at least one of these things.  (It will never happen).

1.) I always just seem to pair my outfit with my coat or my leather jacket, but this spring I wanted to be a bit more adventurous and actually wear something colourful, so I've picked this pastel pink blazer. I think this would look so nice paired with a plain white tee and light blue jeans, or even on a night out over a dress. This one is from New Look and you can find it here.

2.) I don't wear shorts enough, and when I do, it's the same pair of denim shorts that I've had for years. I'm not a fan of tight fitted shorts, so when I saw these I fell in love. I think these shorts would be the statement of the outfit, and think would look lovely paired with a plain white, black or blue vest with tan colour sandals. The crochet is my favourite part of these shorts as I love crochet a lot, I think it looks really pretty. These shorts are from Select and you can find them here.

3.) Dresses are also something I don't wear enough but it's my aim for this spring/summer to wear them more. I quite like skater/swing dresses as I think they suit my figure more, so this is one is perfect. I love the daisy pattern on it, and with a pair of gladiator shoes it will look great. This is from New Look and you can find it here.

4.) I've seen lots of people wear floppy hats recently. They were quite a big thing in autumn/winter but I think they will be big in spring/summer too, especially the straw ones. I think this hat will look lovely with the daisy swing dress and look quite festival-y (yep, that's a thing). This hat is from BooHoo and you can find it here.

5.) I'm in desperate need of some spring/summer footwear, as I'm still wearing my Chelsea boots from winter haha! I stumbled across the Ipanema website and browsed at their shoes and fell in love. They are so much more than just you're standard flip flop, they have so many different variations and colours which is why I was so attracted to them. My favourite pair was these white and pink bowed ones. These look more like sandals, and I've not seen anything like these before. If I buy these, I was thinking of pairing them with a white skater dress I bought recently, as I think the pink in the flip flops would really stand out and be the statement of the whole look. I also think these would love great with a pair of denim shorts and a loose-fitted top. They'd look so nice if you were spending the day at the beach or on a really sunny day, and now it's starting to get sunnier in the UK, these are definitely something I'm thinking of purchasing. These are from Ipanema and you can find them here.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

My Money Saving Tips


(Not even joking, that is literally how much money I have ^ ). It's quite hard to run a beauty blog when there's tons of new product launches and you don't have the money to get them, but there are a few things I've been doing recently to try and save my money. They may be small things but they really work!

Save any lose change floating about
This one takes some time before you have enough to buy something else, but it's definitely worth it. Whenever I get any lose change, I always throw it at the bottom of my bag or even throw it away, but once I started saving them, I managed to collect £8 worth, which I was able to buy mascara with! It took me about 2 months to collect £8, which does seem like a long time but it's definitely worth it.

Sign up for point/advantage cards
You know them ones where you can collect points, which turn into money off to spend in store? Them. I sign up to them all the time! Especially shops that I go in quite often. It does take some time to collect enough points to buy something reasonable but it's all worth it in the end when you're able to buy a lipstick for free! You can also save your points to get money off your order, once you've earned 100 points, that's £1 to spend in store or to take off your order!

Look for alternatives
Everyone may be raving about a new product launch, but think to yourself, do you really need it? There are so many drugstore dupes and cheaper alternatives to some expensive, high end makeup products. You might even find that you prefer the cheaper option!

What are your money saving tips?

Hope you're well!
xx



Saturday, 4 April 2015

Drugstore Eyeliners To Perfect Your Winged Eyeliner


No matter how hard I try to achieve the perfect winged eyeliner, I seem to always fail. I'm not sure if it's the eyeliner or me (definitely, 100% me). These eyeliners shown here are some that have helped me almost accomplish 'eyeliner goals' and can now say my eyeliner looks A LOT better than it did when I was 14...

Soap&Glory SuperCat Eyeliner - The one for quite a thick and precise eyeliner look. This is one that I had to get use to as it is thicker than other eyeliner pens I've tried before, but looks amazing once perfected! If you're looking for a very dark eyeliner, that actually comes out black (as you know, some claim they are black and actually are grey) then this is the one for you. I like to apply this closely to my lash line and use a different eyeliner for the flicks. SuperCat eyeliner gives lots of support and doesn't bend as much once it's being applied. You can look at it by clicking HERE.

Maybeline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner - The one for a thin and subtle eyeliner look. This eyeliner isn't as dark as the Soap&Glory one, but is a lot thinner, so it allows you to create a nice and neat cat eye without being too thick. The only thing is, is that the brush doesn't give a lot of support, so probably not best for applying it to your lash line, but I suppose it's what you prefer. I like that I can get right into the inner corners of my eye with this eyeliner as the nib is so thin! You can look at it by clicking HERE.

Rimmel London Soft Kohl Eye Pencil - The one for intensifying your eyeliner look. This isn't really for my winged eyeliner, but I thought I'd mention it as I really enjoy adding this to my lower water line to make my eyes look more smokey. This one in particular is a very pigmented eye pencil that applies really nicely. You can look at it by clicking HERE.

What are your favourite eyeliners?

Hope you have a great Easter!

xx