Sunday, March 11, 2018

Maternity Milk Bath Photography

Hi everyone! It's been a while... Life has been hectic and as you can see, I am pregnant (and she’s ready to meet everyone soon). 

For this blog post, I wanted to share how we created my maternity milk bath photoshoot and saved some $$$.

Milk bath photography has been a popular theme lately, and not just for maternity. I've seen some people do it for babies, boudoir and even fashion shoots.

Here are some of the things that you will need to create this type of photoshoot.
  • A camera. I mean it's pretty obvious right. But let me elaborate. When I was about 6 months pregnant, my husband and I started looking at the rates of maternity photoshoots. From what we gathered they cost at least $500. Maybe we didn't look further, but we thought that is quite pricey. So on Boxing Day we decided to get a pretty decent camera for our growing family. We got the Sony A6000 and it came with 2 lenses and a bag. The total cost was about $1200 including the flash, tripod and all the other accessories. And so far, we have done 3 maternity photoshoots at our own convenience. I'm sure professional photographers could've taken way better photos and with amazing effects, but for us it was also a bonding moment. Plus once our little one is out, I am very certain that there will be more photoshoots to come.
  • A tub. If you don't have one you could use, some hotels have nice tubs with windows (natural light is always good to have for photoshoots).
  • Milk. We bought 1 big bag of powder milk from Walmart for $10. I don't personally like hot showers, so lukewarm was good enough for myself. I suggest doing this when you are ready as the water can get cold fast. We poured half of the bag while the water is running and it started to make bubbles. We had to drain the water and filled the tub with water first, then poured the milk. If there are still bubbles then just grab a strainer to get all the bubbles out. Or you could also use liquid milk. The amount of milk you will need is all depending how creamy you want it to look.
  • Flowers. No need to spend a fortune on them because you will have to cut them anyways. I opted for real flowers as I heard fake ones sink. There are a few ways to make them float, but I did't have time to do that. You can also choose not to have flowers, but I like how they add texture to the photos.
  • Outfit. I ordered mine from Amazon and it came with the flower headband. I've seen some people used tulle or even nothing. Pinterest is a good place to find some ideas of what you can wear.

We had a lot of fun doing this milk bath photography. If you decided to give it a try, let me know. I would love to see the type of art you will create.

Hair and Makeup by Chic & Sassy.

Friday, June 2, 2017

CaseApp Review

 *Giveaway extended to June 12th!

CaseApp is an online tool that lets you create custom designed cases for your phone, ipad and skin for your laptop. Pretty cool idea right?

I love funky and fun phone cases! I don't even know how many I have. I don't want to admit, but I know I have too many. However, I've never bought custom case before. Actually I didn't even know you can do that. So when CaseApp reached out to me and asked if I will be interested for complimentary custom cases, I said, "Yes!"

How it works:
  1. Choose what device you have.
  2. Upload the image. Choose if you want the image to be matte or glossy. I suggest uploading a high resolution image.
  3. Checkout! That's it!
For iPhones you can choose extra protection hard case (I did) and it's working great! My case feels sturdy. You can also choose from their collections and they have a lot of designs to choose from. We picked the famous white marble case for my husband's phone. (By the way calling him "husband" still sounds weird. Lol!) His case doesn't feel as sturdy as mine, but I am clumsier than him so I need a little more protection.

Now the question, will I recommend CaseApp? If you want personalized phone cases, yes absolutely! Especially if you have an iPhone, make sure to get the extra protection hard case. The ordering process is easy. The quality of printing is also really good.

And on that note, CaseApp would like to give one of my readers a free case! How exciting?! All you have to do is follow us on instagram VancityNBeyond and CaseApp. Once done, let us know on the comment box below. Giveway ends on June 11, 2017. Winner will be contacted directly via Instagram DM. Good luck!

If you would like to purchase a case now, here's a discount code you can use to save 20% off "VANCITYNBEYOND20".

Thank you and see you again on my next post!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Joanna Keller Beautique

"We try to hide our feelings, but we forgot that our eyes speak."

A week ago today, I got my lashes done at Joanna Keller Beautique. This little hidden gem is located in the trendy neighbourhood of Gastown, Vancouver. 

The main area where all the magic happens has this very cool mural of woman on the wall. Whoever made it, *hands down*.

I love long lashes and I totally agree that lashes make everything better. If you've known me for a while, you can count with your fingers how many times you've seen me without falsies or eyelash extensions. My lashes are pretty decent in terms of length, but no matter how many times I curl them, they don't curled as much as I want to and they are not as full as having falsies or extensions. So when Joanna asked if I want to get my lashes done by one of her techs, I said "of course!" I've known Joanna for a few years now and it was love at first sight. I swear Joanna and her team are one of the best lash techs in town. 

Here is Lexi working her magic on me.

Lexi is very professional, super sweet and funny. And to boot, she also has an amazing fashion style. Just look at that hair. So pretty!

Lying down in the same position for 2.5 hours was not easy, but Lexi made it comfortable for me. Her hands were very light, I didn't even feel anything. She glued from 2-10 tiny fans on each of my natural lashes, (this service is called Megavolume full set), using 0.03 mm C curls, length from 9mm - 13mm. Crazy right?! But hey my lashes look fabulous!!! I've been singing "I woke up like this" every single day since (no joke!). It makes getting ready in the morning so much easier. I can sleep in a little, because I don't need to do my lashes. Heck, I don't even need makeup!

At the end of my appointment, Lexi gave me a mascara wand applicator to take home. I use it to brush my lashes.

Look at those lashes! I am so in love! And will definitely come back to get a refill or get them done again in the future. So if you are thinking of getting beautiful eyelash extensions like mine, you have to go see Lexi or any of the lash techs from Joanna Keller Beautique. And make sure you mention I sent you. :)

Eyelash Extensions Aftercare:
  • Do not get them wet for the first 24 hours. If you can go longer even better.
  • Avoid humid environments like steam rooms and saunas for at least 2 days.
  • Do not pull lashes or rub eyes.
  • Do not curl them.
  • Do not use oil-based makeup or makeup remover.
  • Proper hygiene is very important. Wash them regularly after the first 24 hours. Let them air dry or you can also blowdry them with the cool and lowest setting.
  • Avoid sleeping on your face and try sleeping on your back.