Now You Can Be Your Loved Ones Personal Centerfold! Introducing The Centerfold, a 4x8 book featuring 4 photos: one each for the front and back cover and 2 spreads. Available only as a complimentary item with the purchase of $1750 or more.
Shameless Plug Here: I'm both honored and excited to count myself as one of the many artists at Nude Nite Tampa's annual art exhibit featuring over 200 juried artworks. Nude Nite, the largest show dedicated to exhibiting nude artworks in North America opens its doors MARCH 1, 2, 3 - 2018 for its annual exhibition of art and entertainment. But Nude Nite is far more than an art fair - with a licensed bar and rolling stage shows, guests will be treated to a sparkling evening of live entertainment. NN is renowned for showcasing leading performers and award-winning artists from the worlds of burlesque, circus and body painting. It's a truly unique experience, and open to the public.
I spoke with Gwen Washington, one of the founders of LuvTalk, a relationship forum for women to improve their relationships and when I found out she is hosting a few mixers in Tampa for ladies, I just knew I needed to feature her on my blog.
1) What is LuvTalk? And Where Can People find LuvTalk online?
Luv talk is a dating advice platform with monthly content on all things love and a dating advice app that allows users to connect with a personalized dating coach or matchmaker. We are on web and IOS apple store for the app.
2) How long has LuvTalk been improving relationships?
Luv talk started over a year ago and we have made great improvements to our site and finished our first app two months ago. We have coaches and matchmakers from Chicago, Tampa, and California soon to be NYC as well.
3). What's your biggest tip for women seeking to improve their romantic relationship?
Learn how to Communicate with your partner. The biggest tip I can give is understanding communication is the most important tool in a relationship. If you can't say what you want and what you don't want, you won't get it. Learn to communicate in a nonjudgmental way and you will have less confusion and less anxiety.
4) What advice do you have for the single ladies out there?
Stay positive and feminine. We can beat ourselves up over our looks, career, and family life. It is important to treat yourself and make sure you are doing little things that you enjoy and make you feel feminine. The right guy will come along and sense that positive and empowered feminine energy. Love comes in when you truly love yourself and value you.
5) How often do you feature Ladies Nights in the Tampa area?
We are starting to increase our ladies night with monthly at various bars. We have done Wine Exchange, Flemings, and have the upcoming Cask Social Kitchen in February and American Social Club coming in March.
Women come to me usually for two reasons: either they feel really beautiful and sexy and want me to capture that for them, or they don’t feel sexy at all and need that confident boost. Of course there are other reasons women get boudoir done, but those are the top two. You may be the in the latter camp.
Although I do find that a boudoir session carries lasting results for clients including a sense of newfound confidence and a reassurance that they are indeed beautiful, sometimes we just have those days when we feel about as sexy as a pissing toad.
I mean, Mama June went and got herself a beach body and I’m still over here eating cookies for breakfast. That’s ok. My boobs match my butt. I put my big girl panties on, which may or may not include a leopard print, look in the mirror, and pull my confidence secrets out of my hat. Let me share a few:
Whether I’m wearing make-up or not, I fill in my brows. It’s the first step to looking more put-together, and well, younger. Most of us want to look as young as possible. Plus, it frames my face. A microblading appointment with Lauren Haley is definitely next up on the beauty list.
Next, I might throw on an off-the-shoulder or cold-shoulder top to show off my neckline. It’s super feminine, and if I’m feeling really extra, I’ll put some highlighter along my collarbone.
Sometimes all we need is lipstick and mascara. Of course, I’m partial to Limelight by Alcone’s Perfect Lipstick which is super pigmented, but no so matte that it makes my lips feel dry, and my lash-lengthening Perfect Mascara that has fibers already in the formula, but no matter which brand you use, there’s just something about lipstick and mascara that serves as a quick mood booster. Give me lashes. Give me lips. Give me the world.
Do something outside your comfort zone. When we’re feeling too comfortable, we develop limitations. We suddenly convince ourselves that there are certain things we can’t do. Getting a little uncomfortable helps you reinforce positive attributes about yourself. Doing a boudoir session is one way to get out of your comfort zone, but it could be as something as simple trying a new machine at the gym.
Gym…did someone say exercise? Yep. I do it at least four times a week. It’s a mood booster that gets the endorphins going, and keeps the doctor at bay.
Then, after you’ve done your session with me, get comfortable accepting compliments and accolades. See below.
Are You Ready to Make Your Confidence Soar?
It’s like a scene from a movie. Your hard-of-hearing aunt misunderstands everything. Your redneck cousin camps his RV on your front lawn, and grandpa is always drunk before noon.
That’s probably why Victor Borge once said, “Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.”
Still, we always decide to get a group photo. Gathering up family members for said photo can resemble herding cattle, and it's practically a guarantee that someone in the group will blink at the same time the shutter is pressed. I can’t relieve family tensions but I can help make the annual group photo a little less stressful. Here are some tips to try regardless of what camera you’re using:
1) Put Your Camera or Phone into Burst Mode to increase the chances of getting a shot where everyone is smiling or not blinking.
2) Now is the time for family togetherness; the closer everyone gets in the shot, the more detailed faces are. Get as close as you can yourself either by standing closer or shooting with a zoom lens.
3) Raise your chins to avoid a double chin but not too far; you don’t want everyone looking like a giraffe.
4) Take the shot at the beginning of the event before anyone starts drinking and still looks they’re best.
5) Try shooting from above. This works especially well when you limited space to back up to try and fit everyone in and it’s a large group.
6) If you’re taking photographs outdoors, place friends or family with their backs to the sun. This way, you avoid glare and squinty eyes. If you’re indoors, find light that faces your group so you can avoid using the flash which can give a harsh look to photos. The least flattering light comes from overhead or the side, so avoid that where you can.
Now that you're armed to take the family selfie, don't forget about yourself. Get Your Short Guide on How to Look Gorgeous in Photos Every Time!
How is Boudoir photography like a fast food drive-thru?
Some studios work on a volume basis. Some of them don’t offer hair and make-up on site, and if they do, it’s often an add-on. It’s kind of like ordering a burger; you have your basic patty (your session), and then you can dress it up with lettuce, onion, pickles, and a tomato.
As for your cook (your photographer), you get who ever is scheduled to work that day. Not only is this person a total stranger to you, but you’ve never seen their portfolio of work. The photos on the website represent a myriad of photographers’ work. You might think this is no big deal, but I know from personal experience that you can put ten photographers in the same space with the same subject and no two photos will look the same. That’s because each photographer has a different eye, and different style.
Like the drive-thru, most volume studios will have you in an out about an hour and a half because they're servicing multiple clients in one day.
With me, you are the star for the day. There's no rushing about here. I liken my studio experience to a gourmet burger experience. You get dolled up in my studio with an experienced hair and make-up artist, while sipping on some bubbly.
Plus, you get unlimited camera time, so you can take as long as you need to warm up and get comfortable. Bring as many outfits as you please because there’s no limit on the number of wardrobe changes.
Then you grab some lunch while I cull and select the best photos for your same-day viewing and ordering. You don’t have to wait weeks to make a separate appointment to view your photos.
Best of all, you know the images you’re getting will look exactly like the ones on my website because you know who your “cook” (photographer) is.
Now, that’s a meal You don’t have to feel guilty about!
Glitter. It's known as the herpes of the crafting world and yet I have an unending love affair with glitter. I think it's because I suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome. If it shines, I must have it.
So, what could be better than two ridiculously good looking men and a whole lot of sparkle?
Love. ❤️ Sprinkle it everywhere.
I need to lose weight first. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I always say that I can do with more lighting and posing than you can with six months at the gym.
We may get thinner but we’re not getting younger.
I Don’t Wear Lingerie and/or I Don’t Want to Get Naked. You don’t have to be naked or wear lingerie. I know how to shape light to conceal as well as reveal. See my POST on alternatives to lingerie for non-lingerie ideas.
Boudoir is Porn. Porn objectifies and demeans its subject; it’s explicit in nature. Boudoir photography captures your beauty in a sensual and tasteful manner. It’s about making the subject look and feel incredible.
Boudoir is only for young women. Boudoir is for every BODY and every AGE. One of my clients gets new photos done every year to honor herself. I’ve had clients from age 19-65!
Boudoir photography is a One-Time Experience. False. The confidence boost can be addictive. I have many repeat clients, and they often come back for different reasons: birthdays, bridal boudoir, anniversaries, and even maternity.
Boudoir photography is Only for Those Who Have a Partner: Wrong again. Many clients come in to celebrate weight loss, birthdays, breast cancer recovery, or just to have beautiful photos to capture them at their current age and weight.
You Need to Look Like a Model. Nope. You don’t need to look like, or pose like a professional model. It’s my job to guide you into the right poses, choose the right lighting, and give you the same editing and post-production that models get.
Getting Photographed by a Stranger is Scary. I promise you that I’m furthest thing from scary. I’m a little goofy, but it is always my primary goal to make you feel comfortable. We’ll chat before your session so I can get to know you a little better, and I provide an all-female environment.
It seems that most of these myths are rooted in fear. Have you ever noticed that when you say “yes” to new experiences that good things happen?
Sometimes I hear clients tell me that they don’t really wear lingerie and aren’t sure what to wear.
Bring Your Best Fuzzy Sweater, and make sure it’s loose and boxy. Wear it with some sexy lace undies, and you’ve mastered laid–back appeal. Bonus Points for Knee High Socks.
You can also do the above look with a simple tank top.
A White Button Down Shirt is a classic and hides a multitude of sins.
A Swimsuit Coverup: They look great with some pretty undies or you can go nude underneath.
Fitness Apparel: If you’re more comfortable in a sports bra than a lace bra, own it.
An Evening Gown: This atypical item is more glam than boudoir but still very sexy.
A Vintage or Faux Fur: Raid grandma’s closet, or scout a thrift store. There’s something about fur that reeks of luxury. Plus, it’s soft and feels great against your skin.
A White Sheet and Nothing Underneath: Save yourself the stress of worrying about what to wear and just be nekkid!
"Hers is an old fashioned heart that holds timeless love. She's a three page love letter in a world full of status updates."- JmStorm
Introducing Love Notes: Ditch the cliche greeting card and give him or her this gorgeous 10 x 10 box that comes with five prints in a pearl finish on archival paper, and the corresponding digital files. Slip in a handwritten note and you have an enduring keepsake.
Or purchase the box for yourself and use it as a jewelry or accessory box.
From now through January 23, 2018, you have the option to purchase this box as part of a limited edition package. For $799, this package includes hair and make-up, unlimited camera time, unlimited outfit changes, a before-and-after video clip of you in the make-up chair, same-day session viewing, and five prints with on archival paper with the corresponding digital files.
After January 23, 2018, this box is only available with The Jimmy Shoe, The Red Bottom, or The Luey Baton collections. It will not be available on the a la carte menu.
Click the button below to book your session by January 23, 2018. Please note that the session does not have to take place by January 23, 2018 but must be booked by that date. To Book, you pay $100 retainer to hold your date and time. The balance can either be paid on the day of your session, or you may opt for a 3 or 6 month payment plan.
I work in a small space so I don’t have the benefit of using lots of different sets. One of the ways I keep things interesting is to have clients bring in one personal item. (Get your mind out of the gutter!)
I love it because it keeps me on my toes creatively. Over the years, I’ve had some clients bring in some very interesting items. Hopefully, these examples give you some ideas of what to bring your own session with me.
A Fishing Pole: A lot of times clients will bring in something that relates to a spouse’s hobby or interest. This particular session was going to be shot indoors using a bedroom set in a traditional boudoir style. If this had been retro pin up, it would have made the perfect prop. I had to find a way to incorporate this into her session without looking cheesy, so I had her sit on the edge of the bed and hold the fishing pole in front of her with her knees together. This turned out to be one of my favorite images from the whole session.
A Life Jacket: Life Jackets are big and bulky and flatter NO ONE, but I figured out a way to make her cleavage and legs look sexy in spite of it!
A Bottle of Lube: aptly named F*CK Water. Since I didn’t need to demo the product in use, this one was pretty easy.
Compression Socks: This sounds like the most unsexy of all unsexy items in the history of undergarments, but the client explained that her significant other found them to be very sexy on her. They were bright pink and the resulting photo was nothing less than pure sexy legs!
A Fuzzy Pair of Ginormous Dragon Slippers. Most clients like to bring heels that accentuate a pair of shapely legs, but this client’s significant other loves dragons, so we did a classic pin up pose where she lies on her back with her legs up in the air.
Some of the coolest items clients have brought have been:
Sushi: This client wanted to incorporate her Japanese heritage as well as her love of cooking so I had her lie on her side and I placed a few pieces on her thigh for an abstract shot of her hips and thighs.
A Monogrammed Brandy Bottle with Matching Glasses and a Silk Tie: This client’s anniversary was coming up and sharing a glass of brandy is something that they like to do together, so she brought their monogrammed brandy bottle with their initials on the bottle. We put the silk tie around her neck and filled one of the glasses half-full (Yes, I’m an optimist!) with brandy.
A 45lb weight: This client wanted to showcase her love of fitness. The resulting photos are still some of my absolute favorites from her session.
A Chanel handbag and a pair of Louboutins: This totally appeals to my love of fashion. Besides, if you’re going to buy luxury items, why not commemorate them in a photo session? It’s a great excuse to splurge!
Her Bridal Bouquet & Veil: These are perfect for a bride with an upcomimg wedding and a nice surprise for the groom!
A Record Player & an Al Green Album: This was a favorite combo that represented the couple’s sexy time together.
Let your imagination run wild and I'll bring it to life!
You've got the address all mapped out. Your lingerie is stowed away in the trunk and you've come up with a plan to explain why you're going to be gone for the next 4-5 hours.
Yet, you're still NERVOUS. You tossed and turned the night before. "Will she photoshop my cellulite? I hope she knows how to hide my thunder thighs." Wake up before the alarm goes off. Stress about the under eye circles you now have. "Maybe the make-up artist can cover them."
If you want to know what it's really like to do a boudoir session from a client's perspective, now you can hear it for yourself. It's also captioned for you in case you're not in a position to listen with the sound on.
I travel quite frequently to Las Vegas and I'm looking for some brand ambassadors. I'm seeking ladies between the ages of 26-55, any shape, any size. Whether you're a native to Las Vegas. or just looking to experience memorable mini-vacation, this is the perfect excuse to take advantage of a pretty locale, and make some beautiful art.
Professional Hair and Make-up provided. Session Fee of $349 waived in exchange for signed release. Refer clients and earn complimentary digital files!* $100 retainer required to hold your spot; retainer will be applied as a print credit. Sessions to take place January 26 & 17, 2018. Location to be disclosed upon booking.
Just click the button below to complete the form to be considered . Limited spots available.
*Referrals must book and complete and their session to count as a successful referral.
"I do not regret the things I've done, only the things I did not do."- Rory Cochrane
Are you still on the fence about booking? I have many happy clients. Here's an email from one of them:
The results are in and I'm honored to be nominated as Best Local Photographer in the Tampa Bay area for Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Contest!!
For the past 27 years, Creative Loafing readers and critics award Tampa Bay's best businesses, people & places in categories like People & Politics, Goods & Services, Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink.
The polls are open now through August 23, 2017. Place your vote for Boudoir Betty under the Arts & Entertainment category now through this link: http://www.cltampa.com/botb2017
Prints are making a comeback. They’ve become more valuable for the mere fact that they’re so rare. There is something special about holding a print in your hands. It’s a memory brought to life.
Software used to store your photos digitally can become inaccessible over time. Think back to the floppy disk, or CD. Most computers these days don’t even have a CD/ROM drive anymore. Technology is advancing so quickly that the equipment we use to store our data on becomes inaccessible. Hard drive failure happens too.
How about that one time you took all those photos from your two year old’s birthday party only to drop your phone in the toilet before you could upload them to Facebook?
Speaking of Facebook, every time you upload a photo to Facebook, the file is compressed to save server space. This downgrades the quality of the image significantly, especially if it’s downloaded and possibly reuploaded from Facebook multiple times. Have you ever seen a funny meme on Facebook and it looks really blocky? That blocky effect is actually pixelation, distorted pixel artifacts that occur after compression. Do you really want to preserve your memories this way?
Photographs, once printed, become artwork, or gifts for others. You’re not limited to simply paper prints. There are many services and apps available to print directly from your phone, and you can create canvas wraps, or custom photo gifts such as mugs and magnets. Display options are endless.
My best selling products are canvas gallery wraps and a folio box that includes matted images. The folio box is popular because unlike an album, you can pull out photos for display one at a time, or create a wall grouping.
An additional benefit to printing your images is most labs offer editing and retouching services. Labs can also help you choose which paper type would be best for your images.
Perhaps the biggest reason that prints are so popular now is because cloud storage services are still infallible. Cloud services can be subject to application bugs or security breaches.
Prints are a way to relive a family vacation, remind yourself that you are still loved, and enhance your mood. Plus, they last more than a few short-lived moments on social media.
“As she walked along she dramatized the city. There was about it a wild, lawless charm that appealed to a certain wild, lawless strain hidden deep in her nature—the strain of the gypsy and the poet, the genius and the fool.”-L.M. Montgomery
Dream photo sessions are a thing of today. More and more, women across the globe are looking to celebrate their femininity, their victories, themselves in new and exciting ways. Whether you are looking to capture an amazing time in your life or create branding imagery for your business that is like no other, the answer is to book with Boudoir Betty!
For these photo shoots I offer the same incredible service and transformation that I offer here in my photo studio! You get a personal styling consultation to discuss how you envision being photographed, professional hair and makeup artistry, unlimited camera time, and unlimited outfits. Also included is the deluxe folio box with 20 matted prints and correspnding digital files, a flush mount leather album, and a 30 x 40 gallery wrap!
If you're interested in Personal Branding we will discuss your business and marketing model in detail prior to your shoot. These sessions are perfect for the women ready to take their business to the next level. It is your time to SHINE. Frankly, it is time to show your audience your best self. There is NO other way to capture the clientele you are after than to SHOW them how professional you are.
Booking a destination session is easy. You pay the package price of $4999, book your own travel, and pack your bags!
Dream Destination Sessions are ideal for:
- Personal Branding
- Personal Paparazzi
If this sounds perfect for you, just click the button below to go to my contact form:
Some tips when attending the show:
- Take a camera and a notebook to jot down the trends and decor you see on display at vendor tables. This will give you ideas to use with your own theme or color scheme.
- Gown salons and dress designers are often on hand selling bridal fashions, so dress comfortably if you plan on trying on a few bridal fashions.
- Dress comfortably, especially shoes! You’ll be doing a lot of walking and standing.
- Bring a list of questions to ask the vendors.
- Stay for the show: You may get ideas about what songs to play at your wedding, or you may find inspiration for bridal accessories.
See you there!
I'm doing a video series with Kyymara Rose from Esthetics813 where we'll be discussing beauty tips and different treatments to keep you looking beautiful both in-front-of and behind the camera. This is the first post where we discuss my least favorite thing to edit in photos and one of my most important beauty tips!
Transcript if you don’t feel like listening to the video or you’re not able to listen with sound:
Betty: “Hi, I’m Betty with Boudoir Betty and I’m here with Kyymara Rose from Esthetics813. Today we're here to discuss one of my pet peeves when editing photos. One of my pet peeves is extreme sun damage. I'm not talking about the occasional freckle or tan line. I'm talking about discoloration of the skin, and hyperpigmentation. If you don't know what those are, I’m going to post some photos for you. (Photo below).
While I was editing some of these photos, it occurred to me that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and I thought who better to talk to people and educate people about it than my friend Kyymara Esthetics813? So Kyymara’s going to talk to you for a couple of minutes about how to prevent sun damage and keep your skin looking really good and youthful.”
Kyymara: "Before I tell you how to prevent sun-damaged skin, let me let me tell you the reasons you would want to do it:
First of all, everybody spends millions of dollars in the United States to buy anti-aging cream. The leading factor for premature aging is UV penetration on your skin. It hyperinitiates your cells, which then causes premature aging. That's number one: a lot of sun, especially now in the summer, it's going to cause you dryness, flaking, wrinkles, fine lines, all things that Miss Betty then has to airbrush out because you don't want to see them in your photo. Lastly, we have four different types of cancers that come out, the worst being melanoma because it is deadly. all type of skin cancer is preventable, and if it’s caught early, it’s also curable so we do want to make sure that we are covering ourselves 24/7. That doesn’t mean you’re going to wear sunblock in the evening but these are my reasons why: number one, when you use in the daytime…
I have a trick for you.
Take your sunblock and put it next to your toothpaste because then when you brush your teeth in the morning, you will brush. You do that every morning and you’ll take your sunblock and you’ll put it on. That will you the proper 15 minimum requirement to allow the product to penetrate before you go outside. Especially my ladies, you do your sunblock in order to get away from the zinc look, take a mineral makeup and put it over it. The reason I'm saying mineral makeup as opposed to a different make-up is because mineral makeup is refractive, so we're going to be refracting the UV rays, not absorbing them. There will be a couple that will penetrate but those will be then you know handled by your UV Productions. So, first tip of the day put your UV protection broad-spectrum professional-grade next to your toothpaste. Put it on in the morning, have your coffee, do whatever you have to do. Do your make-up. At least dust your face with a mineral make-up…
I am with a photographer here. Do not use mineral makeup if you're going to take photos. She does not like it.”
Betty: “The flash does not like it but for everyday wear, you definitely want to be putting on a mineral make-up*, or at least a powder that has the mica in it.”
Kyymara: “We all love our life, doing what we do, our children, our families. Just to let you know the importance, not just because of Photoshop, but there is 97,000 deaths that are going to be estimated to melanoma this year, so I mean that's a lot of people. 1 in 10 people get some type of cancer, so please everyone, use your sunblock everyday. If it's cloudy, use your sunblock. If it's sunny, use your sunblock. If you don't think you're going outside, wear your sunblock. Because you will get your mail and nosy Betty will come up to you, not this Betty, the nosey one, and she will talk to you more than 15 minutes and now it’s done. So, always wear your sunblock. If it's daytime, wear it.
At night, this is what I was talking about when I said 24 hours, if you use your mineral makeup again there are times that we're in front of the television, the computer, in windows, all that sends out UV rays which again, are aging and cause some form of cancer, so protect your skin. Love the skin you're in, and put on your sunblock.”
Betty: “Great! Thank you so much!”
If you already have noticeable sunspots and hyperpigmentation, no worries! I usually have my make-up artist cover it with make-up, but for a more permanent solution, stay tuned for our next video on how to banish sunspots and hyperpigmentation permanently!
*You can wear sunblock underneath your favorite shade of Limelight by Alcone foundation , or if you don't like to wear foundation, I also recommend Limelight by Alcone’s Perfect Blush in #6 Glowing, which acts like a highlighter, and our Perfect Bronzer both of which contain mica, titanium dioxide, and iron oxide.
She was thrilled. She raved about how comfortable she felt and what a good time she had. Clients like this make my heart sing, but then she dropped the bomb on me.
I thought we had a good thing going. She’d send me texts of what she’s going to wear and we’d tell each other intimate details of our lives over champagne.
She said this session would probably be the only time she ever does a boudoir shoot. Cue the record scratch.
What kind of crazy talk is that? Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma’am! Snap and Dash!
I thought we had more than a sleazy one-night stand. After all, I’ve seen her nude, or nearly nude!
There’s a common misconception that a boudoir session is a one-time thing.
- There’s always themes or ideas that we didn’t get to the first time around. Why not return at a later date to incorporate those themes or ideas?
- One of my clients says she gets new photos done every few years or so to celebrate herself at every stage of life. If you get boudoir photos done in your twenties, doesn’t it make sense to do it again in your thirties, especially if you’ve had a few children and are in need of a confidence boost. Looking back at photos you did in your twenties will just make you a little sad. Instead of pining over lost youth, document how hot you are right now as you are.
- As human beings, we crave visual stimulation that is new and fresh. Stoke the fire of long-distance love by reminding your significant other what’s waiting for them when he or she comes home.
- Lose a lover? New Lover? New photos. The best revenge is looking good, and the best way to move forward with a new lover is to create new memories.
- You came to me as a bride. Return to me as a married woman with an upcoming anniversary to celebrate.
We freshen up our wardrobes to reflect who we are. You can freshen up your photos and your outlook on life too!
I recently had the pleasure of attending an invite-only press and blogger event at Neiman Marcus in Tampa for the launch of Givenchy Beauty. The line is exclusive to Neiman Marcus and only available at six Neiman locations nationwide. The Tampa Bay Neiman Marcus is the first location to carry the line.
Kristy Noga, a make-up artist from Chicago, played up my features with Palette #3 Ecume on my eyes, Phenomen'Eyes' Mascara., and Le Rouge Perfecto.
I got a chance to play with the Phenomen'Eyes' mascara and Rouge Perfecto in Perfect Pink, and decided to see how well it stacked up against my favorite Limelight products. The packaging of Givenchy cosmetics looks as haute as the fashion line with leather casing on some of the products.
The main difference that I noticed right awaybetween the Phenomen'Eyes' mascara and Limelight’s Perfect Mascara is the wand; Givenchy’s Phenomen'Eyes' wand is meant to hold for application vertically, while Limelight’s Perfect Mascara is best applied horizontally. Both mascaras lengthened lashes but Limelight’s Perfect Mascara has lash-lengthening fibers in the formula for maximum volume and lengthening.
I did try the Rouge Perfect in Perfect Pink and was less than impressed with the shade. This moisturizing balm naturally reacts with the pH of your lips to provide a shade that matches with your skin tone. I like the feel of the balm; it glides on and is very moisturizing but the shade was a bit too sheer for me.
I much prefer Limelight by Alcone’s Enduring Lip Color in Sugar Plum. The color is a deep, matte shade of plum. However, I did find that Givenchy’s Le Rouge Perfecto pairs perfectly over the Enduring Lip Color to give it a creamier feel which eventually dries to a lovely plum stain.
Make-up application is actually more fun with the Skinny Riki mirror from Glamcor. It features a magnetic holder for your phone (not shown) and bluetooth capability for the perfect selfie (no arms in the shot!).