Saturday, November 29, 2014

Make Up: Your Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success–Online and Off♡

Michelle Phan's new book has been on a wish list of mine since it came out. You probably know her on YouTube. She's one of the most famous beauty gurus in the world. She has taught and inspired so many with her story and success and I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

This book has a lot more content than I expected. It's not just about a makeup, but also gives really inspirational advice that you can use online and off. One of my favorite things in her book is that it tells a lot of her personal story to get where she is today.

Her family was always struggling and she turned to doing art and being creative for an outlet. Little did she know that her little videos would start to go viral. More and more people enjoyed learning and watching her create new looks and learn new things. What I liked about Michelle was her sweet personality and her constant new content in videos. You can tell how much time and effort she would put in her videos for her fans.

I've learned a lot of makeup tips and tricks from Michelle over the years. More so now that I'm older. This book is filled with a lot of beauty related things (of course!) and it's been so fun to read and flip through them.

I recommend this book fully. There's things in here that is so inspiring to read as women as well as other things that all girls could learn from. I've always been a big fan of hers and this book just makes me even more of a fan.

Good luck everyone! ♡

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Selfie Tips♡

Hey, guys!! We all know that selfies have literally taken over everywhere! Everyone's taking selfies and I personally think it's great! I've been taking my personal photos very seriously since I was about thirteen and before the whole 'selfie nation' even existed! (hardy har) One of my favorite things to do is look back at them and see how much I've changed over the years. It's so cool to see your style change.. maybe not so much as watching yourself get older!

I thought I'd share a few of my tips and tricks when it comes to taking your own photos.

1. L I G H T I N G : Just going to go ahead and make this number one. I can't stress how much light helps! Get in front of a window, go outside, go somewhere with a ton of light. The darker the image is, the harder it is to decipher what's going on and the more pixelated your picture turns out to be. You want nice lighting for sharper photos.

2. A N G L E : Different angles work for different people. I like the right side of my face better than the left, also don't like my side profile. It's all about trying different things out, and try not to take the same pose every time! The higher you have your camera from you, the slimmer your face will appear. Try out different angles by tilting your head.

3. E X P R E S S I O N : No one likes to look at the same expression in every photo. Why do you think they make such a big deal of Kristen Steward and her same expression every picture? Throwing some silly faces every now and then changes it up. Showing moods really is a good idea and I enjoy seeing people smile in their pictures. (Even though I'm guilty of not liking smiling with my teeth showing)

4. B A C K G R O U N D : Some people may not notice how messy your room is, or bathroom. I'm the type though who does! I know it doesn't really matter but clutter in a photo takes a lot of focus off you and more on your background and what's going on around you.

5. C O N F I D E N C E : Do YOU feel good and confident and just want to show off how good you feel about yourself? Yes, it might be hard to feel completely confident. When I think I look good, I feel good. I feel like getting things accomplished and smile more. You might not take the perfect picture the first time, take more than one!

6. E D I T I N G : Get artistic, try all kinds of apps and editors and just have fun! Probably my favorite thing about taking pictures is getting to edit them. I wrote a post on what apps I like to use here!

Selfies are all about having fun and saving memories. I say, enjoy them and don't be afraid to snap a few! Look back a few years from now and see how much you've changed. Hope you enjoyed this post guys! Until next time friends!