Ren Skincare Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial

If you follow any Pacific Northwest Instagrammers, you know that we are experiencing a mind-bogglingly early spring this year. Along with the cherry blossoms and saucer magnolias, comes that urge to shed cumbersome layers and spruce things up a bit. I thought my winter skin was as good a place as any to start my spring cleaning.

This Ren Skincare 1 Minute Facial was a gift from a thoughtful friend, and although it feels like I haven’t had a minute to spare since the beginning of the year, I decided that this was a minute worth finding. (I can definitely afford to delay my evening binge-watching of the new season of Bates Motel – which is harder than it sounds, Vera Farminga is sooo good!).

As I’ve mentioned before, my skin is fairly finicky so I followed the instructions to the letter. The solution is applied to clean skin, then you apply water with your fingertips to “activate” the solution. It goes on smelling like chewable vitamin c, but once it’s activated it takes on a dull metallic scent. Luckily, all fragrance evaporates as soon as the facial is rinsed off so no need to worry about smelling like a wet penny for the rest of the day. I left it on for exactly 1 minute, and waited 3 days before I used it again. So far there hasn’t been a single sign of irritation – yay!

There was a noticeable difference from the exfoliation of my shlumpy frumpy winter skin right away. My skin feels smooth, almost like a primer has been applied. This smoother skin looks so much better under my sunscreen (which is slightly matte) than it did before. If I can stick to finding that minute every 3 days, there should be even more improvement over time.

The benefits of vitamin c on the skin (yes, even topically applied), are well documented. If you are curious, here’s a scientific study, or if you prefer, the Dr. Oz explanation.

photo by michelle p. /image edited with Foto Rx of course!

Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s Helper Launching Soon!


Shopkeepers Helper Foto Rx editing actions ring iii

Okay, first let me give kudos to all the fine jewelry photographers in the world, it is not easy!  I wasn’t planning on showing you a before + after this morning, but I was editing shop photos and thought I would see how long it would take me to edit this really poorly lit and (Pacific North West blue) color cast ring I photographed for a sample Shopkeeper’s Helper image. It took about a minute, maybe an eeensy bit more because I used some of our surgical precision level tools-jewelry sparkle, shadow darken, color mute (there were rogue colors from the room in the facets) and highlight tone. Even with the precision tools I managed to get this done super fast!

We’ve been asked what the difference will be from Shopkeeper’s Helper and our Original Foto Rx Photoshop actions set. Obviously, we will be targeting online shop specific images, it will come with the original set included (after all you need an awesome base image) and then it gets seriously Ninja on you from there. The star of course is the ability to get beautiful white backgrounds whilst still maintaining your shadows without using the dodge tool or any other exposure destructive means. I wish I had this when I first started out shooting products for my shop, it would have saved me many a photo breakdown! We also created a realistic depth of field/blur action, perfect for Iphone shots or when your camera lens doesn’t have the ability to give you that creamy blurry background you crave (this is up for best supporting action by the Academy). There are too many to list in this little post, but it’s going to be a product photo editing game changer indeed!

Michelle and I have even been toying around with the idea of doing a shop photo editing giveaway, where we would edit your photos with our Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s Helper actions, or would you prefer to try to win a set? Whenever launching a new product, it’s always a challenge trying to figure out a way to market it and get the word out in the best, most sincere way possible. We are up for suggestions for anyone out there that has any. Of course, as always we plan to share with you our process, because sharing is caring.

You can sign-up for the Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s launch here (we are launching this month!) and everyone that sign’s up gets a free mini set of actions! Let us know if you have any questions.

P.S. I used the macro close-up lens filters on my regular 50 mm lens to photograph the ring, a completely amazing tool!

P.P.S. Your original image probably won’t be as bad as mine was, so it’ll be even easier editing!

Custom Rubber stamp from your logo!

Custom rubberstamp from logo photo by intertwyned photography

As I was packing orders this a.m. I realized I hadn’t done a sale in the shop in a very long while!  With baby, Foto Rx and my regular shipping schedule it’s easy to let these things fall by the wayside, I plan to rectify that today! I am a huge proponent of getting a custom logo stamp made for your business, it’s the easiest way to get branding readily available to a multitude of items-make your own note cards, labels, use for shipping boxes, gift tags, the list goes on and on! For the entire month of March (but yes, starting today!) ALL custom logo stamps will be 50% off.  That should give  you plenty of time to get your artwork prepped and ready to be made into your own custom logo stamp! This discount is ONLY for custom logo stamps please (and thank you!)

This is also a pre-celebratory sale, our Foto Rx Shopkeeper’s Helper is launching in March and it will be your key to editing stellar shop photos, which in turn could only mean more sales, right? And you’ll need to include thank you notes with your logo, gift tags on any freebies, you’ll want to stamp all your parcels with your logo, I mean you’ll be busy, busy and want to make sure you are prepared! The coupon discount code is LOGOSTAMP50, on each description are instructions on how files need to be set-up to make the best stamp plate possible, again this is ONLY for custom logo stamps. Enjoy!

P.S. For those new to coupon codes in Etsy, once you put item in cart, you’ll find a ‘apply coupon code’ highlighted in blue below the ‘paypal’ logo, just click, put in the code LOGOSTAMP50 and it will deduct 50% from your stamp order!

P.P.S. Yes, of course, if you just want to make a custom stamp with your own artwork you can use this code too!!!

photo by intertwyned photography

Realistic handwriting font with ink blotches

handwriting font via besotted blog

Carefully considered letters written long-hand, sealed in an envelope and sent across continents were once the only connection for distant friends and lovers. Dear Sarah is a type that evokes the emotion of those handwritten messages. Using alternates, ligatures and a complex system for randomization and natural connected characters, Dear Sarah seeks to push the boundaries of digital type.

Dear Sarah is a very interesting font indeed, it has programmed into the font algorithm (I actually just made that up, but stick with me), the ability to randomly place ink blotches, contextual ligatures and various lowercase letters that gives the font a very human and realistic hand. I think this could be the future of handwriting fonts! At the very least it’s an amazing experiment. You can check it out here.



new podcasts to listen to via besottedblog

I love a good listen, I had powered through most of my favorite podcasts and had to try to find some new podcasts to fill the void. Lucky for me (and I hope you) I found some really great ones. The newly launched Invisibilia has me wanting more, subjects are diverse but even the mundane in the hosts talented hands is fascinating. For those that make their living as a Creative The Accidental Creative offers some excellent insights and interviews. If you are a Ted Talks fan (I am) then you’ll love the Ted Radio Hour, it feels like a hybrid between the talks and This American Life. Jess Lively has an inspiring podcast The Lively Show with some great guests you are sure to recognize and be interested in.

What about you? Do you have any podcasts that you want to add? I LOVE learning about new podcasts! If you missed my other podcast posts below are some of the ones I have listened to and loved:

Stuff you Missed in History Class


After the Jump with Grace Bonney

The Moth

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