Planet Whispers

Saturday, 21 October 2017

How I Edit My Blog Photos For Free

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How I Edit My Blog Photos For Free

Hey Whisperers,

When i started blogging i had no clue how much editing my pictures would affect the quality of not only my posts but my overall blog. My images are by no means incredible, but i quite like how they look. When it comes to my blog i do keep things pretty simple with my pictures but i thought that this post would be a helpful one if you're just starting out and need some tips so i hope you enjoy!

How I Edit My Blog Photos

First things first is what i use to take my photos, i use my I Phone 6, it isn't the most incredible camera quality but for the budget that i have it works pretty well. I use natural lighting to take my photos too which isn't always the best especially during this time of the year. I use 2 different 'apps' to edit my pictures, the first is just the normal Windows Editor and the next is IPiccy.com an online website, each one does different things and i use them both equally. Both apps are completley free and work amazingly. IPiccy does restrict some tools on the website if you aren't a member but if you join up you get all of the tools and it's still 100% free!


Original Photo


Mascara:

I know this sounds strange but believe me it works. On IPiccy there is a 'beautify' option to add and enhance your makeup, every time i edit a picture i use this section so much. The first thing i use is the mascara tool, i use it on any text in the image and anything that i want to stand out, it pretty much just intensifies the text and makes it stand out more, which you definitely need when taking product pictures.


Teeth Whitening:

Another beauty tool that i use a lot is the Teeth Whitening tool, i use this tool to help whiten any dark background colours and to also make any white product labels to stand out. It doesn't always create a huge difference but it does look a lot better at the end. 


Lip Colour:

I then move on to the Lip Colour tool, i love using this tool to make the colours pop more. In this image i used it on the green and pink stripes on the pencil and the mustard on the body scrub. It just adds that little extra to any picture, we all know pictures rarely portray the accurate colour of a product so this tool helps that so much.


Colour:

Even though i added extra colour using the lip tool i do like to also enhance the overall colour using the Windows edit option. I pretty much set it to the top setting every time i use it as it just makes everything in the image 10x more vibrant and makes it look incredible. 


Brightness: 

Using the edit option on Windows I go into the Light and Contrast tab and i increase the brightness. I usually keep it pretty low when brightening  my pictures as I've found that taking it too far just washes out the whole image. For me brightening my pictures is a big part of editing them as even with great natural lighting they're never bright enough. It is super easy to take it too far so i always prefer going little by little as you can come back later and increase it.

Before And After 



My editing skills aren't the most incredible but i do spend quite a lot of time editing my pictures and i love reading post on how people edit their pictures. Being on a low budget using these 'apps' has been amazing for me. I know that sometimes being on a budget makes blogging hard but these 'apps' help make editing pictures 100x easier. 

I hope that this post has helped you when it comes to editing your pictures!

Thanks For Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Irresistible Beauty Pink Clay Face Mask Review

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Irresistible Beauty Pink Clay Face Mask Review

Hey Whisperers,

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know that one of my all time favourite stores is TKMaxx and that one of my all time favourite products to buy is face masks. So when we put the two together I'm pretty much as happy as can be. Yesterday while shopping in TKMaxx i came across a face mask from a brand that i haven't really heard of before and it sounded super interested and of course i thought i could do a post on it. So here we are. I'm super excited to try out this mask so lets get into the post!

Irresistible Beauty Pink Clay Face Mask Review


What It Claims To Do

I didn't really look much at what the face mask was meant to do in the store i just saw that it was a mix yourself kind of deal and wanted to get it. There were a few other kinds of these face masks in the store one of which was a turmeric one, which I'm going to look for when i go out tomorrow because I'm super interested in trying it. This mask however is a Pink Clay mask that aims to moisturise and soften your skin, which i seriously need at the minute as my skin seems to be all over the place. I did try to find a link to this product online but i can't find it anywhere but hopefully they've stocked it in a few TKMaxx stores. 



How Much Did It Cost

For this pouch it cost me £4.99 which honestly isn't bad for it's size. In this little baggy you get 130g of product and they suggest using 1/2 a tablespoon per mask so working it out as 15g per tablespoon, that makes around 16 masks per packet which is pretty amazing for the price. The packet pretty much feels like a brick when you pick it up because it is literally full of product which i love. For the price and their 'recommended' use i think that it's a great price. 


Mask Time

First things first, I'm not going to lie i was super disappointed that the mask wasn't more pink, in the pictures it looks more pink than it was in person, in person it kinda looked like I'd put porridge/oatmeal all over my face which kinda sucks, it also kinda smelt like porridge too which wasn't the best. Now i did slip with the powder when measuring it so i ended up using around 1 tablespoon and this was the amount of mask i was left with. On the directions it says;  

" Pour 1/2 Tablespoon of powder into your hand, add water and mix until powder becomes a paste. Apply on face and leave on for up to five minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water "  

Apart from the slipping with the powder and mixing it in a pot i basically followed the rules but i kid you not trying to apply this mask to my face was impossible, every time i attempted to put it on my skin it just fell off because it was such a thick paste. I added a little more water and made it into more of a cake batter kind of mixture and applied it to the face like that instead. I didn't really watch the clock when it came to having it on i pretty much just left it to try and washed it off. Surprisingly it did wash off quite easily and because it is so 'sand-like' it  exfoliated my skin as i washed it off, so i definitely don't recommend exfoliating before applying the mask. After washing it off my face felt so smooth and tight it was so nice.


Overall Thoughts

For £4.99 I'd definitely get this mask again. It exfoliated, moisturised and tightened my skin and it's left it feeling amazing. I have super sensitive skin when it comes to face masks but this one didn't tingle, sting or have any kind of negative effects on my skin at all so if you're a sensitive skin kinda gal like me you should be OK to use it. Like i previously said i did try to find this mask online to link it but i couldn't find it anywhere so if you do want to try it, I'd suggest popping into your local TKMaxx and seeing if they have any in. 

Do you have a favourite face mask?
If so let me know in the comments below!

I hope you've enjoyed today's post.

Love Always,
Soph
xoxo








Saturday, 14 October 2017

The Sunshine Blogger Tag

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The Sunshine Blogger Tag



Hey Whisperers,

I was recently tagged by Leah over at The Prescott Family Blog to do the sunshine blogger tag. I know that I've been doing a few of these recently but i couldn't not answer these questions after seeing them on Leah's blog so i hope you enjoy the post!

The Sunshine Blogger Tag

The Rules-

1. Recognise the blogger that tagged you
2. Answer the 11 Questions left for you
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers
4. Give them 11 Questions to answer
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Leah's questions! 

Who is someone who changed your life in positive way and how?

My best friend Natalie. No matter what she's had my back, even from half a country away. She's stopped me doing a lot of stupid stuff over the years and I'm pretty sure i wouldn't be who i am without her. She taught me to take risks and live in the moment without her by my side I'd probably still be locked away in a little turtle shell.


What is your favourite Disney movie and why?

If we're talking regular, Lion King, because well Lion King. But if we're talking Princess movies Beauty and The Beast. I completely love how independent and stubborn Belle is she doesn't care what other people say she stands up for what she believes in and she's not afraid to be different, and i mean come on a princess who reads as much as i do...she's obvs going to be my fave.

What is the first childhood memory that pops into your head?

Ok so my Granddad used to be a delivery driver and i remember as a kid me and my sister always used to fight over being able to go on trips with him. We never went far, but it was always cool being able to sit in the front seat and drive for miles at a time. We also used to stay at our other Nan's most Fridays and she would make the best mashed potato (which i still ask her to make to this day) and we'd spend the night singing Disney songs, it was pretty fab if i say so myself.

If you had £1,000,000 what would you do with it?

First off I'd buy a house and fully decorate it, I can't wait to move out and i obviously don't have money in real life to move out yet. After moving out I'd pay for an intense driving course and get a White Land-rover Discovery. I'd also adopt a bunch of dogs because I'd be able to afford to not only adopt them but spoil them rotten too.With the rest of the money I'd probably spend it on my friends and family, buy makeup and put the rest into a savings account.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

I hope I'm happy, I'm happy now but i want that kind of I'm happy with where my life is going kind of happy. In 5 years I'll be 25 so hopefully I'm in a healthy relationship, either married or engaged, in my own home and definitely at a new job.

Do appearances play some importance to you?

In some ways yes, i think anyone who says no is lying. Everyone subconsciously judges people on their appearance whether they act on it or not is a different thing. When it comes to relationships in a way i think


What was the last text message you received?

The last text message i received was from a random phone number saying it was a Final Request from the DVLA in Swansea about a claim I'd made.....i don't drive and i live nowhere near Swansea sooooo that was deleted ASAP.

Where would you like to visit the most in the world?

Africa. I've always wanted to go on an African safari, i used to obsess over the show Wild At Heart when i was younger. If i couldn't go to Africa I'd love to go to America and visit every state i just think it would be a super cool trip.


What is the best holiday you have ever been on and why?

A few years ago i went to Cornwall (like i do every year) but it was just such a fun and special holiday to me. It was probably the best holiday I've ever been on it was just the most amazing break from my normal life and i wish i could relive it.

Are you missing anyone right now?

I don't think so. Everyone i need I'm in contact with and talk to daily. I do wish my best friends lived closer and i guess i miss having them around but i don't miss them because i talk to them daily so no i don't miss anyone right now.

What are your top 3 baby girl and top 3 baby boy names?

This is my favourite question out of all of these. I've had my baby names picked for awhile so this one was so easy for me . Top 3 Girls ; Aubree-Mai , Kinnley-Jane, Isla Top 3 Boys; Finnely-Jay, Carter-James, Ellison

Who I Tag; 

Georgia's Beauty Box
AndHonestly
An Ocean Glimmer
The Hels Project
Jess Heard 
Womanish Affairs
Chloe Alice Lily 
Holzie Loves
Becca Jayne
Dolly Rockin Beauty
The Style Compulshion

My 11 Questions; 

If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
What is your favourite quote and why?
If you could trade lives with one person for a week who would you pick?
What is one thing you regret not doing?
How did you meet your best friend?
What is the first high-school memory that pops into your head?
What do you prefer Disney or Pixar?
If you could move anywhere in the world where would you move to?
What is your favourite cheesy pick up line?
How long do you think you would last in a zombie apocalypse?
Where do you want your blog to be in 5 years time?


I hope you've enjoyed this tag, thank you again to Leah for tagging me!

If you do this tag don't forget to tag me so i can read your answers

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Birchbox Unboxing - October 2017

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Birchbox Unboxing -  October 2017

Hey Whisperers,

It's been a while since I've posted, with life and work building i kind of went into a funk and honestly blogging was the last thing on my mind. I love this blog but at the same time I'm not going to beat myself up if i miss a few posts because sometimes i really just don't have the time to sit down and post, it sucks and i hate not posting but sometimes i just need to take a break and clear my mind. I am back now and i can't wait to get stuck into posts, starting with one of my favourite posts to write, my birchbox unboxings! I'm still not sure if I'm going to keep my Birchbox subscription in the new year as i do want to try something else out but i am going to be keeping it until at least January, so lets get into this months box!!

Birchbox Unboxing - October 2017


What Is Birchbox

If you're new to Birchbox, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that you receive each month with 5 products to try out. The products can range from sample size to full size and they also range in price. All products in the box can be found on the Birchbox website where the box is purchased for £12.95 each month. Birchbox has introduced a new scheme called Birchbox Benefits, where after 6 months of being subscribed, you become a Birchbox VIP meaning you get the first chance to pick a product or the design of your box each month. As a  Birchbox VIP you also get 15% off everything in the Birchbox shop with it a pretty good deal for just being subscribed. 

What I Got This Month 


Model Co Contour Stick
RRP £8

 I was quite excited when i saw this product in my box, I'm not a big fan of cream contour as i can't seem to get it right but i do want to try it out more. Now I'm not too sure how well this product is going to be as it is quite warm toned and I'm pretty much a ghost but even if it doesn't work as a contour it will work as a base for my bronzer. I have swatched it and it does seem to be a super sheer product, but hopefully it will build up well.


EcoTools Colour Correcting Minis
Full Size RRP £6.70

These are by far my favourite product that I've received this month. They're super soft, super squidgy and they're so freaking cute. I love my real techniques sponges and i know that I'm going to love these too. I do struggle with Acne so i think that these will be perfect to use when I'm trying to cover up my breakouts. I'm definitely going to be using these a lot.


Porefessional Pearl Primer
RRP £26

I love the regular Porefessional Primer so I'm just as excited to try out this one. I'm hoping that this primer works well as most other illuminating primers that i have tried just make my pores look huge. I do with the same size was a little bigger but it is a higher end product so i do get why it is so small. Something that do find quite cool about this is that it doesn't actually launch until December, so unfortunately i can't link you to it. I haven't yet received a product that hasn't launched so i do think that this is a cool thing to receive. 


Grab Your Melons Shower Gel
Full Size - RRP £1.50

This shower gel smells amazing, as the name says it has a super strong melon smell. Now although full size this is quite a small shower gel. I'm not sure how much I'm going to love it as it is a super strong scent, which although i love, is a little too strong. I'm going to try it out but i do think that it's going to be one of those products that i don't end up fully using.


Balance Me Pure Skin Facewash
RRP £16

I have so many face wash samples it's insane so i wasn't to excited to see this one in my birchbox. One thing i do love about this product is that it's 99% natural, i have quite sensitive skin so natural face washes are always a good thing. The same is also quite a decent size compared to other samples I've received. It's definitely a herbal smelling face wash which isn't my favourite but it isn't too bad. I'm going to try it out and hopefully it will help clear my skin.


This Months Total RRP

£58.70


This months Birchbox was a collaboration with the charity CoppaFeel a charity that raises awareness for Breast Cancer, a illness that is very close to my heart. In each box you received a reminder card and a sticker to remind you to 'Coppafeel' when in the shower to check your breasts. I know that talking about this kind of stuff is taboo but it is such an important thing to not only check but also talk about it, so many people have no idea what the signs of breast cancer are or even what the illness entails so i am definitely going to be keeping these around so that i remember to check and i hope that now i have shown you this that you remember and spread the word too.  

Overall I'm quite happy with this months box, I'm super excited to try out the Ecotools sponges and the Porefessionals primer. It is one of the better boxes that I've received over the past few months so I'm quite happy with it. I do however wish that there were more of a variety of products instead of sending the same few things each month just different brands. 

f you want to try out Birchbox feel free to use my link to get £5 off your first box making it just £7.95! 

 I hope you've enjoyed this months unboxing!
If you have any other boxes you would like me to unbox let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo



Disclaimer- If you do use my link to purchase your Birchbox i do receive some Birchbox points as a 'reward'