When bad pictures ruin good manicures

By on 2-26-2010 in Career

As you may be able to tell, I’m a novice at beauty blogging.  My first post about my nails was June 2013, so I’m about at my 1 year mark.  Heck, despite being 33 years old, I’m pretty much a novice at beauty – period!  But a while back I did up my nails and for the life of me, I could not get a good picture. So bad was the photo that I JUST remembered what colors they were after looking at my swatch wheels and thinking “I SWEAR I used these colors already… where’s the photo?”

Julep Ciara with Tatiana Accent Nail Manicure

Well, here it is.

This is supposed to show you a manicure of Julep Ciara with a Julep Tatiana accent nail.  In person, it was great.  Ciara is like the back of a beetle, in the best way possible.  It’s a delicate balance of purple and aqua sparkle, depending on which angle you look at it.  I immediately loved the dynamic colors when I saw it in the bottle.  And, I promise, even on the nail it looked good.  But in this picture in the oh-so-crappy lighting of my bathroom, it looks like mud.  An overall BAD picture, indeed!

Julep Tatiana, the accent nail, fared better.  That’s pretty true to what I’m looking at here on my swatch wheel, except it’s a little more sparkly and has more dimension that this photo.  This picture would lead you to believe it’s a flat orange or a metallic orange, but it’s definitely got fine glitter in it.

What did I do wrong?

  1. Lighting: I tried the lighting of my desk area, I tried the fluorescent lamp on my desk, and I tried the lighting in the bathroom, as you can see.  Believe it or not, the bathroom light looked best.  HOWEVER what I really should have done is waited until the next day and attempted to take a picture outside in the natural light to really get the sparkle.
  2. Selfie Syndrome: This is what I like to call the act of taking a photo that someone else really should have taken.  Taking a picture of your own hand can be difficult, especially with an iPhone as I tend to do.  My Nikon D5000 DLSR is very big and bulky, so after a few tries I decided the cell pictures caught enough detail.  Most of the time, they do, but with such a nuanced color, I wasn’t doing myself any favors taking this picture shakily with one hand and trying to hold both still.  I should have asked my husband to take the picture for me – he’s good like that and would have obliged.
  3. iPhone: As mentioned, I use my iPhone 4s for most of my manicure shots.  What I really ought to do instead is find somewhere to set up my portable lighting studio, set up my DSLR, and use my remote to take a proper shot.  If you have even a point & shoot camera, it’ll probably end up better than even the best cell phone camera (unless we’re talking about a stand alone camera from 5+ years ago, then you might be better off with that cell phone).

Now that I’ve properly assessed what went wrong with this picture, I am pledging to pay more attention to the pictures I take of my manicures that I’m really proud of.  Now, will a self-taken, indoor lit, iPhone shot still show up here for a lot of manicures?  Yes – I’m lazy and it really is easier to get decent light and angle sometimes.  And table space can be scarce here to set up that lighting studio.  But I have learned my lesson and will try harder next time!

Have manicure photo tips?  Share them below!

Top 5 Social Media Apps for iPhone

By on 2-26-2010 in Career

Guest Post by James Clark.

Social networking sites for smartphones are what make the smartphone experience all the richer. You can get the entertainment and socialization aspects of using a full time PC all in a handy device that is not only portable but can be safely tucked into your pockets or bags. Modern technology really can be a blessing but availing the luxuries can be a bit tricky. With so much progress happening on the smartphone front, there is also a lot of malware and spyware being produced too- – a counter reaction almost for all the things you can use smartphones for.

Of all the platforms for smartphones, iOS ranks number one when it comes to safety. There is just no doubt that an iPhone is the safest platform what with the closed OS and Apple’s strict review policies for apps. So if you feel that you want a social app experience and are safe from cell phone monitoring, keyloggers, and all sorts of malware and adware that spreads through social networking sites, iPhone is your best option.  And so, here are the best social apps that will help you socialize with ease and no fear of spyware on your iPhone.

Facebook

There can be no surprises here. Facebook is King App when it comes to comparing social networking apps for any platform. When we talk about iPhone, we know that the people over at Apple have managed to master social networking app creation and have a great free app version on iTunes. The app is very close to the real website and offers almost everything that is available on the site. The rating is 5 out of 5 and is the most used social app on iPhone.

Meebo

Though Meebo also has an excellent rating (5 out of 5 like Facebook), it still will have to come in a close second behind Facebook since the latter’s preference outdoes anyone else’s. But what is great about Meebo is that you can use it and still avail Facebook chat along with dozens of other chat services all rolled into one iPhone app. The app is free and very easy to use.

IMO Instant Messenger

This is a great app that also allows you to keep in touch with friends through multiple social network platforms and services. Among services it incorporates are AOL, MSN, Facebook, MySpace, and many more. Unlike Meebo, it supports Skype which gives it an edge over some other apps for Skype fans. IMO Instant Messenger is free and allows users to sort out and organize contacts, user push features, search chat history and more. The rating for this app is 4.5 out of 5 but personally, this app is a better option than Meebo.

TweetDeck iPhone App

This is a favorite among Twitter fans. Though it’s the free version of the Twitter app, fans flock to it since it does offer a lot of good features despite holding back many for the users on the paid version. With TweetDeck users can manage more than one Twitter account on one simple interface. The ranking is 4/5 and hard to beat for a free Twitter app.

Flipboard

Now this app is quite possibly the most comprehensive one when it comes to accessing multiple services. Instead of just incorporating the big names, users can also keep tabs on Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Instagram. All the news feeds come to the users in magazine style updates, keeping everything fresh and fun. Flipboard ranks great with a 5 out of 5 rating.

James Clark has been in the business of providing quality information on Mobistealth Mobile Spy Software for a while now. He’s an expert at all things spyware, but his main forte is iPhone spyware which has captured the interest of many.

Sponsor My Nike+ Challenge for Charity

By on 2-26-2010 in Career

Always leading by example, the good folks at Affiliate Summit have set up a great challenge to donate to charity leading up to Affiliate Summit East 2010 in New York this summer. They’ve set up a challenge page on Nike’s website and have pledged to donate $1 per mile up to $5,000) to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.  So far, LKFan is in the lead with nearly 120 miles!

Now, if you’ve ever met me, you can tell in 2 seconds that I’m not a runner.  I’d pass out half a block from my house if I attempted to run.  However, I do enjoy walking around with my camera in hand to take pictures, and honestly, I need more motivation to get out there into the world and walk more for my health.

Here’s the rub.  For reasons beyond logical understanding, the Nike+ sensor required for this challenge is only compatible with the iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPod Nano – none of which I have.  I have the iPod Classic and for some odd reason, they don’t make a sensor that’s compatible.  Nike does, however, make a SportBand, which would work for me.  However, priced at $60 it’s a bit outside my budget for this time of year.

This is your opportunity to sponsor me in this challenge!  So, for the low price of buying the SportBand for me, you will get:

  • My commitment to walk at least 30 miles between now and August.
  • If you send me a 2xl shirt with your logo, I will wear it in high traffic areas where I walk.
  • Many appreciative mentions of your name, company, brand, etc. both here on my blog, on Twitter, and on my podcast, Affiliate Marketing Fanatics on GeekCast.fm.
  • The heart warming knowledge that you’re helping me help Affiliate Summit donate to a wonderful cause, furthering advancements in Breast Cancer research.

So, interested?  Want something more out of this deal?  I’m willing to negotiate!  Comment if you’re interested, or shoot me an email. 

Let’s Just Do It!

2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo is NEXT WEEK!

By on 2-26-2010 in Career

The games are about to begin! That’s right, next week is the 2007 National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. PsPrint will be there in full force at booth 2740 in the NAR Partner Pavilion. Stop on by and participate in our great giveaways for an iPhone, some wine, or a Visa Gift Card. We’ll also be offering a 30% Off show special discount for any orders placed at the show.

I’m super excited for this show, and not because it’s in Las Vegas since I was just there a few months ago. This is my first massive trade show, and I’m stoked to be representing our company and attending some really great seminars. The two that I’m the most excited about are on Tuesday and Friday. Tuesday afternoon there is a seminar given by Seth Godin, author of Permission Marketing, Purple Cow, and a great blog that I subscribe to (speaking of Seth speaking[heh]). Friday at the close of the show there’s another presentation being given by Scott Bedbury, marketing genius behind Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign and Starbucks’ marketing campaigns.

There are just so many learning opportunities for me at this conference, not only in the way of marketing but also networking and trade shows. I hope to really knock the ball out of the park on this one. Unfortunately we’re also working on some changes to our affiliate program over here, and that all has to be postponed until we return from the show on the 19th. But those changes will be exciting as well in their own right!