Luminous natural beauty


Michelle and I did a photoshoot for our client PHOEBE a couple of weeks ago and ever since then I have been dying to share some of the new to me green make-up options the talented makeup artist Heidi Mark used (her work has been featured in Elle, Vanity Fair, and she has huge commercial clients like Nordstrom and Top Shop, so she knows her stuff). First, I will make the disclaimer that our model Paisha was naturally beautiful with poreless skin, but still, the makeup was equally as flawless and I do think that it would work beautifully on anyone wanting to create a natural luminous look.

One of my fave techniques Heidi did was add a gloss at just the ends of our model Paisha’s lashes to give them some length. For weeks now I have been doing the same, just adding my mascara to the tips of my lashes for length, this gives the illusion of not wearing any mascara and just having naturally long lashes. It’s perfect for everyday, especially now that the temps are rising! Heidi also applied the foundation with a silicone blender, the finish to my foundation fanatic eye was pretty flawless, but I have heard both rave reviews and bad reviews on the new silicone blenders. Heidi liked that they didn’t soak up too much foundation and that they were super easy to clean, thus more hygienic.

I have listed the make-up used with links. Do you have any favorite green products to add?  Just leave the suggestions in the comments we are always on the hunt for great beauty finds!


Makeup artist Heidi Mark

Silicone make-up applicator (similar).

French Girl Organics Serum 

Sibelle lip in tourmaline and roseline

Sibelle luminzer for highlighter

Beauty Counter blush (in hibiscus)

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Foundation (I am totally getting samples, it has almost 300 5 star reviews, so I am pretty sold!!!)

Edited with Photoshop and Foto Rx First Aid Kit (we are giving away a copy over a Going Home to Roost this week!)

photo by michelle p.




Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes

charlotte tilbury legendary lashes mascara via besotted

Unless you have been living under a blog rock (possible these days) you may have heard of English makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. Beauty bloggers and celebrities alike bow at the alter of Madame Tilbury and her beauty empire. I can only imagine that these products must be amazing because everyone knows that a free endorsement comes about like never in these times. I haven’t had a chance (or the budget to try…) but I definitely want to and this mascara will be my first Charlotte Tilbury splurge, it was the retro fashion-y illustration that originally caught my eye, but after doing a little sleuthing it seems that this is supposed to be the ‘it’ mascara.  All my favorite You Tube beauty gurus have been gushing over it and the before and afters are quite impressive!  Admittedly some of the afters look a little clumpy but that’s after applying multiple coats and not using an eyelash comb, which I totally would use, because I do not do clumpy lashes. I am so curious to know if any of you have tried the mascara or any of  Ms. Tilbury’s products?  I consider myself pretty savvy in the beauty BS detection department but I am totally drinking the Kool-aid and now feel an incredible need to get my mitts on some of her products.

Okay, back to work, we have a shoot to prep for, another awesome photo editing set to complete (almost done!),  a whole new company to launch and I’m sure I am leaving about 21+ other thinkgs out, sheesh, we have our plates full, wish us luck!


Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Mascara

If I had unlimited funds…I’d try her Magic Cream, and her Hot lips nude lipstick (cringe, the name is cheesy I know, but the color is pretty!)





Bernadette Pascua

bernadette pascua artist and ilustrator via besotted blog

Since I am so thoroughly head over heels in love with Bernadette Pascua’s work, I thought it apropos to share on this Saint Valentine’s day. Ms. Pascua is so wildly talented, everything about her work has an effortless chicness to it. I am genuinely envious (in the best way possible) I could have chosen about 800 more images to share, everything on her site is outstanding. Enough of me blabbing, please go visit here work and see for yourself how truly inspiring it is!


Bernadette Marie Studios

Bernadette Pascua Lettering

Palette Blog


Fashion Watercolor tutorial

Learn how to watercolor

Watercolor set  for beginners 1 | 2 | 3

Coldpress watercolor paper 1 | 2

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.



Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara Review

big shot mascara review via besotted blog

The world feels like it’s coming to an end and all I can talk about is mascara, it just doesn’t feel right. Currently, I am trying to sort through all my thoughts and feelings and the way I am coping is by throwing myself into work. I do want to address what’s going on in the world, but today I will be addressing your lashes, it’s what I know, it is my comfort zone. Speaking of comfort zones though, I totally went out of mine with this product shot, I love me some bright white backgrounds, but I went for the glam, because this mascara deserves it. Maybelline is known for mascara, almost every makeup artist ever claims they use Great Lash, but it never worked for me. I used to be a die hard L’Oreal mascara fan and I have been known to splurge on occasion with Tarte’s ‘Lights, Camera, Lashes’, but now is not the time for mascara splurges. I’m not sure if it’s me or if L’Oreal reformulated but I always end up with racoon eyes and/or flakes whenever I wear it, since one of my new year’s resolutions was to wear more makeup I couldn’t forgo the mascara now could I?  I’ll be honest, I bought this on a whim, it was shiny, it caught my eye; when you are shopping with a toddler there is no such thing as leisurely strolling the aisles, you need to shop faster than you can breathe, the consequences are usually much worse than buying something you’ll have to return later, trust me on this.

I would recommend this mascara if you are like me and you want volume, length and curl. I am not a fan of mascaras that give you length without volume and vice versa. This is glam mascara, if you are trying to go for a natural look than this is not for you. I am trying to channel my inner Posh spice girl, so this fits the bill. I find the brush is great for covering your lashes without clumping,  I never feel like I have gobs of excess mascara on the brush or wand which I like since I tend to be one to wipe off and waste lots of mascara before application. It lasts pretty much all day for me, but I have found that I have been putting my palm to my forehead and rubbing my eyes more than I have ever done before, the news has not only messed with my brain but has aided and abetted in the breakdown of mascara, causing me to look like Alice Cooper’s long lost daughter. If I wasn’t doing the aforementioned I am sure the mascara would last longer. I haven’t had any problems with flaking either. It’s easy to take off, I wear contacts and I hate mascara that doesn’t budge when I want it to, this washes off no problem. For under $10 this is a steal of a product and I would absolutely buy it again.

Have a question? Let us know in the comments, we love knowing we aren’t talking to ourselves (although Michelle is a great conversationalist). Have a product you want to know if we have tried (probably have)? We are so willing to spill the beans!


Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

Tarte Lights, camera, lashes

Alice Cooper

photo edited with foto rx | cure for the common capture

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.