When In Doubt, Just Add Glitter: A Fun-filled Glitter Photo Shoot

I have had my Nikon DSLR for a couple years now but I have not yet taken the leap to venture out of “auto” mode much. That is all about to change. I am determined to turn the dial to manual mode and learn to unleash the photography genius that exists outside of auto. I have built quite a Pinterest board on learning how to use my camera so I am starting to put it to use.

What better way to start than by having a glitter photo shoot with Abby and her cousins! We got the girls all decked out in their favorite princess dress and headed outside with handfuls of glitter!

 
Fun With Glitter Photo Shoot

Abby & Dorothy Anne

Fun With Glitter Photo Shoot

Queen Elsa

Fun With Glitter Photo Shoot

Rapunzel

 

Fun With Glitter Photo Shoot

Elsa Throwing Snow

 

Fun With Glitter Photo Shoot

Our little Tinkerbelle & her pixie dust! 

The girls had SO much fun! It will definitely be happening again! Maybe next time someone else can hold the camera so I can join in! Every girl wants to play in glitter!

As previously stated, I am a complete DSLR newbie and manual-mode-dummy so I had help figuring out camera settings so that the shoot would be successful! These 3 blog posts/articles were extremely helpful:

How to Photograph A Fist Full of Glitter In The Air

Capturing The New Year: How to Photograph Glitter

Glitter Portrait: How I Took It

Without the help of these posts, I definitely would not have figured out how to do it on my own but I will give these two tips:

1- Pick a sunny day but gage where the sun will be during picture time. I didn’t plan the best time and had a lot of squinting in pictures.

2- Use jumbo, iridescent glitter. I picked up both iridescent and silver at Walmart for $3 and ended up mixing the two. When I used just silver, it didn’t pick up as well.

When you need a pick-me-up,  take a moment, throw some glitter in the air, and enjoy!

June Ipsy Bag Review

June Ipsy Bag Review

 

I am a little late getting this June Ipsy Bag Review up but the travel back and forth to VA slowed things up a smidge! I don’t have too much longer until July’s will be up but I love trying the new products out so its not bad :)

June’s Ipsy bag included a lot of variety by adding in hair and face products into the makeup mix! The bag itself was designed by Rebecca Minkoff and it is absolutely adorable and perfect for summer! I foresee this bag getting a lot of use on vacation!

My thoughts on June’s items from left to right:

Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray: I will admit that I haven’t tried this one. I’m currently growing out my pixie so I don’t quite have the length to try it out yet but I am looking forward to trying it in the future! I have naturally wavy hair so I’m excited to try it.

Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner: Absolutely love this! It is almost an exact dupe for my holy grail Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner. I love, love, love the look of winged liner but I am definitely a newbie and the PF eyeliner has been the only product I have found that I can create the winged look! The Jesse’s Girl eyeliner retails at $6.99 versus the Physician’s Formula at $10.95 so there is a little savings there!

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel: I absolutely adore the NYX line of Butter Glosses and Butter Lipsticks before receiving June’s bag so I was definitely happy to add another gloss to my collection! The line is so smooth and creamy and the glosses have fantastic color pay-off to wear on their own or on top of a lipstick. There are definitely more Butter Glosses in my future.

Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: I definitely am not a fan of this mascara. I find the formula really dry so I couldn’t get the look I typically go for with mascara. I don’t think its a bad mascara. Its just not the formula I look for (especially at that price point).

ClariSEA Sea Salt Solutions Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant: What I love about this exfoliant is that you add it to whatever cleaner suits you the most and you are in control of how much exfoliant you add into the mix. I have been battling the oh-so-lovely butterfly rash that can occur with autoimmune issues and when that flares, my skin is much more sensitive than usual so its great to be able to adapt this exfoliant to changing skin needs.

Overall, I think June’s Ipsy Bag deserves two thumbs up. The bag is adorable and the products were great for this time of year to try out. 4 out of 5 ain’t bad!

What beauty product would you recommend for summer?

 

Disclaimer: This is in no way, shape, or form a sponsored post and I gladly pay my $10 every month! I just wanted to share the Ipsy love! I have included my referral link which adds bonus points when used. Just trying to keep it real!