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.

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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.

Quick + Easy Patterns in Photoshop

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We told you It’s On! It most certainly is! We are a few weeks into 2017 and doors are flying open for us. I am believing in the power of positive thinking, I mean I am always pretty positive but I truly believe that it’s on this year, with all my being, try it, those doors may fly open for you too! As Thomas Jefferson said, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”. True that. Michelle and I have already amped up our already busy, busy schedules so we can ‘get luckier’ and guess what? It’s working! Maybe because I am working like my life depends on it, who knows? But already we have had a Pin go viral, what the what?! Pinners dreams do come true, I took care of some long neglected personal business that I had been dreading (it turned out so much less painful than I imagined), and we have our first class of 2017!  Yes!Read More

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(if you are on a desktop, rollover images to see the before’s!)

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Vintage stock photography resource


This weekend I was searching for stock photographs, sometimes you may need that sort of thing, especially if you aren’t privy to hopping on a plane and getting an epic aerial photo of some secluded beach in Portugal or what not.  Stock photography has come a long way and now there are many talented artists even providing images gratis in exchange for exposure. This may irk the pros but I for one am grateful that we have access to such talent, I don’t think it takes away from paid stock, in our work if Michelle and I can’t create the image ourselves, it’s nice to know we have access to great gratis images but we are more than willing to pay for a high quality image if it fits our need. Btw, a quick tip here, if you are scratching your head on how to make money in photography and aren’t interested in the traditional methods, there is a market for good stock images! Creative Market has a thriving business for styled stock and there’s companies like Stocksy, just thought I would throw that out there!

Back to my stock search, I came across a wonderful site called New Old Stock by Cole Townsend, it’s a site for curated copyright free vintage images and they are terrific! Michelle and I started an image bank in our Google Drive (free digital storage!) last year to collect great images and I may need to start a vintage image bank as well, because you never know when inspiration will hit! Just thought I’d pop in and share this resource with you, we hope you find it useful!

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.