A couple of weeks ago I attended Viking’s Picture Perfect blogging event held at The Botanist. The premise of the evening was a photography masterclass taught by Elouisa Georgiou, a professional photographer. I learnt lots of really helpful tips that I believe are helping me improve my photography skills so I thought I would share them with you incase you weren’t fortunate enough to be there yourself. I’m definitely not one of those people who don’t share what they’ve learnt, the more who know the merrier I say, it’s not a competition.

Viking digital photography masterclass, champagne flute

Elouisa’s first tip was to take your camera out of automatic mode, let’s be real here, how many of us shoot in automatic? Personally I have never taken my camera out of it! Guilty.. Elouisa said the reason to shoot in manual is that you have more control over your images which therefore means better images.

Botantist outside bar, spirits

I haven’t quite got the hang of the next tips Elouisa gave us, I’m a massive photography novice so these more complex tips I’m still getting to grips with. Below is word for word the tips as I don’t feel I can put them into my own words yet as I don’t 100% understand them completely myself but I still wanted to share a professional’s tips with you incase it can help you improve your own photography!

Shutter Speed – This is how fast the shutter captures your image. To stop motion, you will need a higher shutter speed number, to capture motion you will need to shoot at a lower shutter speed number to create blur. But remember, a faster/higher shutter speed means less light is being let into the camera.

ISO – The lower the ISO, the less sensitive the sensor it is to the light, the higher the ISO the more sensitive your camera is to light. For clear and less ‘grainy’ photos with as much detail as possible we always want to shoot at the lowest ISO possible.

Aperture – Also known as the F stop, this controls the depth of field, i.e. the amount of subject you will have in focus in the foreground/background of an image. A wide aperture (f/2) or low F stop has a softer focus of the background, letting more light in as well as creating a bokeh (blur) to the background. A narrow aperture (f/22) or a higher F stop has more in focus in the background and lets less light in.

Prism distorted image, bartender

First up we started working on creating interesting portraits using reflection and diffraction. Elouisa’s biggest tip was to get outside, natural lighting is your friend and ambient lighting is most certainly not. In the image above I attempted to use a prism to distort my image, they can add such a quirky twist to a otherwise bog standard image, but I found that I just couldn’t get the hang of it. My friend Shannon who also attended the event created some amazing images using prisms so go over to her if you want to see some successful shots!

Distorted flatlay, chanel perfume, beauty products

However what I did find worked for me was using a champagne flute to create a kind of blur and focal point, don’t get me wrong it isn’t my best picture I’ve taken, but it has released something in me that wants to experiment with my photography more. They had a little competition on who could take the best photograph utilising the evening’s tips and I actually came third!

Camera on tripod, fake plant, cutlery holder

Elouisa always recommends using a tripod when you can as it helps with any motion blur and keeps the shots consistent. She also recommends using the live view to see where the different elements are in the shot and says always play around, subjects don’t always have to be fully in shot and don’t be afraid to put things closer together as large gaps aren’t always aesthetically pleasing.

Passionfruit and strawberry cocktail, viking, snacks

The evening was also full of delicious food and drink, I had a passion fruit and basil cocktail, followed by a buffet of ploughman’s platters. The Botantist’s scotch eggs are the best things I’ve ever tasted! The biggest food photography tip was to perfect the “magic angles”, straight on, 45 degrees and bird’s-eye/flatlay. Also to focus on the food, you can even just focus on a detail of the dish and make sure not to use too many props to draw attention away from the plate.

Botantist food, ploughman's platter, cocktail

I hope you’ve found the tips in this post as helpful as I have! Sometimes taking pictures can feel a bit mundane and I feel like now I have much more creative ideas for my photography. A massive thank you to Viking for inviting me to their event & to Elouisa for teaching us these amazing tips and tricks.

Metallic lips went crazy last year, every brand started releasing their own version left right and centre, so I thought I’d give you the low down on my favourites and where not to spend your hard earned cash. Plus I’ll give you my opinion on the trend, as love it or loathe it, I think we’ll be seeing it well into 2018.

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SPOILER: I love metallic lips, paired with a matte eye to add a little something or with a sparkly eye for an intense glitter glam, I just live for it.

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SLEEK MATTE ME METALLIC LIP CREAMS:

They’re affordable, comfortable on the lips and easy to get hold of as the majority of boots stores stock them. Buuut… The shade range isn’t that great, the two minis pictured swatch pretty similar (see bottom image) and the shade variety isn’t that vast unlike their matte range.

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THE BODY SHOP METAL LIQUID LIPS:

A moussey formula, pretty shade range and affordable price point puts these up there as one of my favourites. I just wish they were a bit more metallic, but on the contrary, this makes them perfect for people who don’t essentially want glitter lips like moi.

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MAC NEW YORK APPLE:

This is alright.. it’s pretty, I’ll give it that, but nothing special. I bought this whilst in NYC so it has more of a sentimental value for me, but it is a very pretty shade and is nice on the lips, I just don’t find myself reaching for it that often.

TOO FACED MELTED METALLIC DEBUTANTE LIPSTICK:

I loved and wore this before metallic lips were a thing, for me this is more of a lip topper as it isn’t that pigmented, but it is such a pretty shade on the lips. These would be SO much better in my opinion if they dried down completely matte as I frequently avoid wearing this as it transfers like a bitch.

KYLIE COSMETICS REIGN METAL LIPSTICK:

Well.. I kind of hate myself for saying this.. but this is my favourite metallic lipstick e v e r. I know Kylie’s brand is so controversial and a nightmare to get shipped over, but I have to give it to her that this formula is amazing. Opaque, a beautiful red copper shade and so god damn long wearing. However I have heard that her formula is a copy of the more affordable brand colourpop, so maybe check there shades out before splashing your cash on these and waiting months for your order. *sips tea*

MUA LUXE LUSTER METALLIC LIQUID LIP:

This is incredible for £4, silver isn’t my go to colour and as this is super pigmented I don’t reach for it very often, but when I do I can’t believe how good the quality is for the price. After writing this post, it has made me really want to try some more “me” shades from this range, superdrug I’m coming for ya.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: sleek roman copper, sleek rusted rose, sleek volcanic, body shop pink nickel, body shop plum titanium, mac new york apple, too faced metallic debutante, kylie cosmetics reign & mua luxe luster

 

That’s my round up, conclusion, best of or whatever you want to call it of metallic lipsticks and the craze that surrounded them last year. Compared to wavy brows and nose hair extensions it’s pretty harmless. If there’s any trends you think are going to be big this year then definitely let me know!

 

*some of the links in this post are affiliate, it doesn’t cost you any extra money, but I just make a very small bit of commission off the retailer themselves. It just helps a girl out and I would be very grateful if you bought through them but if you don’t like that then thats fine also

So that’s a wrap on wishlist week! I thought I would collate a post containing all 7 wishlists I’ve posted this week with a link to each underneath their image. If you’re reading this and had no idea I was doing wishlist week then you’re in for a treat, get yourself a cuppa and be prepared to want to get spendy.

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New In Makeup Wishlist

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Cosy Autumn Loungewear Wishlist

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A/W Scent Candle Wishlist

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Stationery & Tech Wishlist

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Skin & Body Care Wishlist

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A/W Accessories Wishlist

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Homeware Wishlist

I have throughly enjoyed creating & posting content every day – I am already considering the possibilities of what other themed weeks I could do. If I have learnt one thing from this week, it is that I have a serious window shopping addiction, better than an actual spending addiction I guess!

Thank you for reading whether that be one or all of the posts, self satisfaction is great, but knowing somebody else has enjoyed means the world. 

What was your favourite post of wishlist week? I adore all of them, I literally cannot even pick my top three, however I am really excited about the homeware one as I am moving out soon so would love to purchase some of those bits for my flat.

For the last post of wish list week, I am bringing to you a homeware version, this was one of my favourites to create as I am completely & utterly obsessed with homeware. Similar to yesterday’s post, blush is a common colour running throughout, however copper does seem to be the colour I am most drawn towards for homeware.

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Festive Lights Copper Wire Curtain – £34.99

Sass & Belle Set Of 2 Copper Wire Mesh Baskets – £20

Crosley X UO Blush Velvet Record Player – £100

Maisons Du Monde Pink Faux Fur Vintage Chair – £94.49

Marquis & Dawe Copper Office Desk Lamp – £49

Ikea Hemnes Full Length Mirror – £80

Pomme Pomme Extra Large Mink Pink Handmade Chunky Knit Blanket – £175

I have wanted curtain fairy lights for the longest time, I’d never seen a copper version before until now and I’m beyond obsessed. I’m moving out in a couple of weeks and these would be perfect for my filming wall behind my bed! I have been lusting over this pomme pomme throw for the longest time, and as it is on the pricier side, I haven’t been able to justify buying it but I think it will be going on my Christmas list. The Homesense sheepskin chairs are the biggest craze right now and I am 100% hooked. I absolutely adore them, I found this very similar one from Maisons Du Monde as Homesense doesn’t have an online shop, but I really like the one I’ve linked so may end up getting that one.

I cannot believe wish list week is over! Tomorrow I am going to post a roundup of the week so keep your eyes peeled for that if you think you’ve missed any.

What is your favourite shop for homeware? I love Dunelm, Ikea & little quirky shops.

 

 

Accessories are that category that aren’t essentials, but when you see something you love, you need it! Scarves, jewellery, you name it I’ve got it in this wish list. There’s a common colour scheme of blush/rose gold running throughout and this is simply because I am freaking obsessed!

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Lipsy Embroidered Velvet Backpack – £55

Pandora Dazzling Daisy Band Ring – £75

Next Blush Eyelash Beanie Hat – £12

Barbour Tartan Scarf Pink/Grey – £34.95

Ted Baker Noelia Oxblood Purse – £99

Ted Baker Sattine Snowflake Stud Earrings – £25

Tiffany & Co Double Heart Pendant – £235

I’m drooling over everything, but especially the bag as it is absolutely stunning and I’m a sucker for anything velvet or embroidered. Everybody dreams of owning something from Tiffany & Co – the double heart pendant is a classic, with a twist on the original colour scheme making it right up my street. I am in love, and I mean in love, with this beautiful Ted Baker purse. It’s chic, gorgeous and definitely going on my Christmas list!

What accessory are you a sucker for? I think mine has to be scarves or earrings!