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!

Trying Some New Makeup For Spring!

Hi, My name is Jamee and I am a beauty product junkie.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (which you should of course! Ha!), you might have picked up on my newfound obsession with makeup!

I think its likely that this new fascination stems from some of the self-consciousness I’ve been dealing with (makeup always fits no matter what your size) as well as having the opportunity to explore some new interests. I had always joked about going back to school for hair or makeup so who knows, maybe its a new calling :)

It was a happy mail weekend so I got some new makeup to play with! I have always tended to go for a darker eyeshadow look so I want to try something different and picked out some new colors for Spring! This is the new palette from BH Cosmetics called Forever Nude (ordered through Hautelook for a steal):

BH-Costmetics-Forever-Nude

BH-Cosmetics-Forever-Nude

This palette contains six eye shadows, a highlighter, two cheek colors, and two lip colors! I have read good things but haven’t tried out this brand before so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

A brand that I have recently discovered and have loved is ELF (which stands for Eyes Lips Face). This brand offers products at extremely affordable prices (most products run between $1-$6). You would think it would mean the products were crap but the quality is awesome! Of course there are a product here or there that stinks but overall, I have yet to try a product that I really hated. ELF sells at Target and Walgreens (and likely some other drugstores) but I do most of my shopping online for two reasons: 1) I live in the sticks and 2) Their online sales are fantastic (currently all best seller and new products are 50% off). At the last sale, I picked up some of their Baked line to try out:

ELF-Baked-Line

Top Left to Right: Peachy Cheeky, Twinkle Pink (from Studio line, not baked), Rich Rose

Bottom Left to Right: Toasted, Enchanted, Burnt Plum, and Bark

I haven’t had a chance to play with them yet but from swatching the colors when they came in, I am very excited to try them out! It is currently in the 70s here in my part of NC today so I am beyond ready for warmer weather and new styles and makeup for Spring!

So I have two questions: 1) would you be interested in reading more makeup/style posts? and 2) are there any products or trends you looking forward to try out this Spring?

*Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased on my own. The Hautelook link is a referral link but thats all. Just want to keep it real y’all :)