The magic of makeup


I am not big on resolutions, but I am big on goals and I have some lofty ones this year. One of the least lofty, but still in the challenging category is that I decided that I am going to wear more makeup this year, more than I have ever worn in my life, I am going to go all out. Why? Well, ahem, firstly I look like crap right now, seriously, having a toddler when you are a bit on the older side for having a toddler is well, taxing. I used to be young for my age, I looked young, I felt young and it fooled me and mother nature. I am feeling my age and then some. I have become one of those moms that walks around with mismatched socks, a scrunchie and dark circles around my eyes. I avoid mirrors and photos and generally have not been happy about the state of affairs of my presence. Yes, attitude and mind over matter go a long way, but I have to throw up the white flag here, I no longer am someone that can go around without makeup, I need some help. I need to go past natural and on to Sophia Loren. I am not giving up that easily, for three years I looked a bit like a schlump, I have never been schlumpy, but I started to personify it. Not anymore, this is the year I am going to perfect my wing tipped eyeliner, this is the year I brush my hair on a regular basis (and throw out the scrunchie), this is the year that I will be wearing false lashes to preschool, come hell or high water, I am doing it. I am going to over line the heck out of my lips, I am going to Kylie Jenner this shizzle, I am going to take what God gave me and I am going to work it. OK, so I haven’t figured the logistics of this yet, because I can barely brush my teethe with a toddler around, but other people have figured this out, I surely can. I may just be applying indelible makeup before the sunrises, who knows?

Let me introduce you to Alyona Y., a musician whom also happens to be my new YouTube makeup idol. This lovely girl has transformed herself into many a famous face, eerily so, with step-by-step videos you are sure to garner some new skills. I loved all her transformations but I am seriously going to try the Sophia Loren eye, I am going to make myself a Penelope Cruz pout and of course I am all over the Bardot smoky eye. Be forewarned her videos are addicting, next time you spot a woman in a turban with almond cat eyes, a regal nose, full lips and skin the color of caramel, it just may be me. Maybe.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.


Aly Art Sophia Loren Makeup tutorial

Aly Art Penelope Cruz Makeup tutorial

Aly Art Bridgette Bardot Makeup tutorial

Aly Art Kate Moss Makeup tutorial

Winged liner with tape tutorial 1 | 2

Winged liner tutorial for every eye shape

Our current fave liner

P.S. In the graphic Alyona is on the left, it’s an OUTSTANDING transformation!

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.

New year’s goals and mottos


Happy New Year friends!  We hope that everyone is feeling happy and healthy and ready for 2017.  Each year Michelle and I have tried to come up with a motto for the year, something to keep us on track and moving forward. Last year we couldn’t make up our mind although the Mary Oliver quote, ‘Tell me, what it is you plan to do with your one precious and wild life?’ was something that resonated with us and was our unofficial motto.  It helped us create a more solid focus for our business and was really instrumental in getting us to focus in general (something we have improved on but still struggle with, baby steps).  This year we both individually presented basically the same motto, although worded differently it felt very much the same.

I was thinking about what I wanted more of and how it was going to come about, really how in the flip, flappin’ jackin’ world was it going to happen??!!? and I knew that I was going have to make it happen, none of this wishy washy if it’s meant to be, it’ll be, blah, blah, I  had a resounding inner dialogue of ‘make your own magic’, it has played on loop since the eve of the new year. If this is what I want more of in my life then I was going to have to make it happen. Of course ‘magic’ for me would be different for you, it is what I feel gives life a little more of that ‘anything can happen feeling’ and reveling in it when it does, both little moments and big. I know I am going to have to make some bold and brave moves this year if I want to make magic, but I feel I am up for the challenge. Michelle had wrote down, ‘You can find magic, or you can make it’. I think it’s auspicious that we both had magic on our mind. We are dreamers indeed, but we are also doers. We aren’t talking literal magic, although if Michelle started levitating that would be something to write about, but being wonder-filled, curious, creative and doors of opportunities waiting for us to walk through. Before I left to go to the studio, Michelle sent a text ‘It’s on’, and yes, it is. Now that we have narrowed our focus and cut out a lot of excess, it is time for us to just go after what we want. We have already started the year right and made HUGE progress on a project we have spent years talking about, something that I personally lacked confidence in my skill set to do, but I bit the bullet and went for it and to my surprise it turned out so much better than I could have imagined (even Michelle who is just as picky as me agreed). We are making headway in the first week of January to do things we only talked about and that my friends is giving me a very optimistic outlook on things to come. The magic is happening…

And you?  Are you as excited about the new year? Do you have a motto/mantra for the new year?  We always love hearing your thoughts!

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.



Graphic design freebies and finds


Yesterday was Monday which means the new freebies are released from Creative Market, it’s something I always look forward to because sometimes you get some real winners and that never seems to happen with freebies!  Creative Market if you are unaware is a community of creatives that have come together to sell their wares to make your design life a bit easier.  You can find great talent- font designers, stock photography, design elements and so much more!  Yesterday the above stock photo was released, it came as set, completely free (you just need to have a free Creative Market account to download) by Her Creative Studio, which has some nice + simple stock photography. If you have been wanting some holiday inspired images for your blog, mailing list promo etc. you can download free for a week after that you have to buy it. Below are some more freebies and some new font finds (sorry they aren’t free BUT there is a font freebie here and here).Read More

Rollover before and after images in WordPress!

You should know that silence around here usually means we have gotten deep into a project, so I am coming up for air to share what I just learned!  I learned how to do an easy rollover before and after in WordPress! This is exciting, something I wanted to learn for ages! The image shown is our after, if you roll your cursor over you’ll see the ‘before’ and the dramatic transformation, why this is a game changer folks! I think I might go ‘before’ and ‘after’ crazy! We are working on a couple sets to enhance your photos rather just help fix them. It has been really fun to explore a more creative side of editing. The best part? Anyone can do it! I had my daughter press the play button to edit this photo, yes a 3 year old edited this image! The new set we are working on will create a modern muted tone to images, it can be as subtle or intense as you like. My daughter went for full strength but toddlers are like that. Anyway, if you want to learn how to do this easy rollover trick, please do visit Emilia for the code (link below), it’s super simple, pinky promise!

We are trying to figure out what it is YOU want from us, since we are deep into the lab right now developing new offerings to make your photo editing life a little easier and with the new ‘filters’ to help you create a branded look for your images. Do you even want filters? Do you want to learn the beauty of Lightroom (it’s SO much fun), Classes? What would you like to learn? We have a new class that we have almost wrapped up, which should be a quick and easy learn, plus give you another skill to add to your growing creative skill arsenal! We love hearing from you and we value your input, so we are open to hearing your thoughts!


How to do a rollover Before and After in WordPress

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.



The year is coming to a close (some would say thankfully) at breakneck speed! We hope you are finding a few minutes of peace and quiet in the midst of all the season’s hustle and bustle. For some reason, even when my to do list is daunting, I always want to infuse a handmade element into my gift giving.

These watercolor gift tags are probably the fastest DIY I’ve ever done (and been happy with). The dipping and painting is a breeze (two swipes on each side with a brush and you are done). Then it’s just a matter of waiting for the tags to dry – 15 to 30 minutes in a warm house. Pop it on a white or kraft bag with a bit of ribbon and you are good to go!

  1. Quickly dip the very bottom of the tag into a bowl of water.
  2. Lightly load your brush with paint, and apply pigment to the wet portion of the tag (both sides).
  3. Place the tag on a plate (I used another paint palette) so the wet portion of the tag can hang over the edge and dry without touching anything that will mess it up.



Shipping Tags  -I picked mine up at Staples, but these are similar.

Watercolor Set

Watercolor Palettes

White Gift Bags

Kraft Gift Bags

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, and the co-creator of Foto Rx Premium Photoshop Actions. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.