Monday, February 19, 2018

Pinup by Liz reviews: Nucolour Powerlips Fluid from Beautylicious by Anna

I'm always looking for a great red lipstick to wear to car shows and events, so I was thrilled when Anna Holland of Beautylicious by Anna offered to send me a new liquid lipstick to try out and review. This was my first experience with this brand, and I must say I'm impressed! I have now worn this lipstick out twice, once on a date with my hubby and once to brunch with some friends, and I'm really liking it!  The lipstick is Nucolour Powerlips Fluid and the color I received is called "Roar" and it's a bold red, and I felt like it was perfect for my skin tone. Here are my thoughts and some photos.

Powerlips fluid in Roar with the packaging

Application:  It went on so easily!  The directions say: "Line lips with applicator then fill in with color."  The applicator is a typical doe foot applicator, and the smaller end is perfect for lining, while the wider edge fills it in perfectly.  It only takes one coat for a full, even color and it feels very smooth and light.  It dries very quickly and feels lightweight and smooth.  Once it was completely dry I lightly pressed a tissue to my lips to see if any came off and it didn't!

Wear: I've talked to some friends who say this lipstick lasts all day for them without reapplying, but I found that I did have to reapply once about halfway through my day after eating. It stayed flawless on the edges but the center of my lips wore off.  I tend to absentmindedly press and rub my lips together a lot though so that probably contributed to it wearing down a little more quickly, plus I was eating and drinking.  But I really didn't mind reapplying, and the fact that it stays smooth and weightless makes up for having to reapply. I especially love the fact that it doesn't gunk up on my lips or smear after I eat like some other long wear lipsticks I've tried.

Wearing Roar out on a date with my hubby
Final thoughts:  I really love it and would definitely recommend it to others!  I hate lipsticks that feel heavy on my lips, and once my Powerlips dries it feels like I'm not wearing anything. It doesn't dry my lips out or make them feel like product is piled on. The color is beautiful and bold, and it lasts much longer on me than regular lipstick, so I know I can go to an event and enjoy myself without having to worry about checking my lipstick constantly. Once it dries it's on for good, so I don't have to worry about my lipstick smearing or ending up on my teeth, but it comes off easily with a makeup wipe when I'm ready to take it off.  Overall I definitely love it and I want to get some other colors! 

Wearing Roar before leaving for brunch with friends

Want to get some of this amazing lipstick for yourself? Contact Anna Holland with Beautylicious by Anna!  She has a really active Facebook group where you can see all of the shades of Powerlips that you can buy, plus many other beauty products she sells from this line.  Join by clicking this link! You can also find her on Instagram at @beautyliciousbyanna. Not only will you be getting some great makeup and beauty products when you purchase from Anna, you'll also be supporting a local boss babe!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day from Pinup by Liz!

Valentine's Day is nearly over, and I hope you had a great day!  I just wanted to show off some of the photos from our Valentine's mini session day that we held at the studio a few weeks ago. What's a mini session day? These are special events that we hold every few months at the studio where we book clients back to back and offer lower priced photo shoots with set themes. This year most of our mini session days will offer one set suitable for pin up, and one that is suitable for boudoir. Hair and makeup is included, plus we have mimosas and snacks, and they have the feel of a girls' day party environment.  We have so much fun! No experience is required, and we help you every step of the way from hair and makeup, to wardrobe, to posing and facial expression. To see more details on our mini session days check out We had 5 clients at our Valentine's mini session day and I wanted to take a moment to show them off! We had 2 different sets at this mini session day, one was our bed set with white sheets, and the other was a beautiful pink backdrop with various Valentine's themed backdrops.  I love how each client's personality shone through!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pinup by Liz tips - Personal safety during a photo shoot

In my studio, the number one thing I want for my clients to feel is safe and secure.  A photo shoot can be a very personal experience where a client is often vulnerable and exposed, and they are trusting their photographer to not take advantage of that, and the last thing I would want one of my clients to feel is that they were pressured to do anything they didn't wish during their shoot. Like I always say, there is absolutely nothing wrong with posing nude, but it always should be the client's idea, not mine.

This is a topic I've wanted to touch on for awhile now, and during the recent  #metoo movement on social media, I saw some horror stories from local women about dealing with inappropriate behavior during photo shoots. I work with a number of women who model for many photographers, and some of those photographers are new and looking for models to practice on to build their portfolio, so they approach women and offer to shoot them for free or a large discount in exchange for posing for them. And some of them do not behave professionally.  I've had way too many clients tell me about incidents that made them uncomfortable during shoots they've gone to with other photographers that should have never happened.  From showing up at a location and feeling unsafe, to feeling pushed to reveal more skin than they are comfortable with, to being told inappropriate and disrespectful things during or after their shoot.  I wish I could say that everyone with a camera that was offering shoots was a respectable person, but unfortunately there are some creeps out there just looking to take advantage of new models who are eager to please.  No amount of free photos are worth your dignity or personal safety.  I know that especially when you're a new model it's exciting to have a photographer ask you to pose for them, but just know that you are in charge of your image and how the photo shoot goes, and if you ever feel uncomfortable, you have the power to put a stop to it.

Here is a list of different things to think about when planning a shoot, whether it's with me or another photographer.  If you have your own tip that you feel I missed, feel free to share it in the comments.

Watch for red flags in advance of the shoot.  I've had a couple different clients tell me about photographers that have asked them to text or email nude or in lingerie selfies before a shoot. Any photographer who knows anything about posing doesn't need to see your body before the shoot, and if they're asking to, that's a red flag and you might want to question their motives.  Now, perhaps if you are a model being hired for a specific paid job, or if a certain concept is being shot, a photographer might look for a certain body type and need some example photos before they decide to hire you, but in general if you are a paying client or have been offered a TFP (time for photos) shoot, there's no reason for this.  Don't be afraid to set your boundaries in advance of the shoot and let the photographer know exactly what you are and aren't comfortable showing.

Use the buddy system! Take a friend along. Some photographers might have rules about this, like personally during certain shoots like mini sessions I don't allow men in the studio (because we feel our clients are more comfortable in an all female environment) or minors, for obvious reasons.  But even then I encourage clients to bring a female friend along if it makes them feel more comfortable.  If you're told you're not allowed to bring someone with you, that could be a warning sign.

Make sure someone knows where you are, even if you are bringing a friend.  If you're meeting up with a stranger in any situation, whether it's a photo shoot, a blind date, meeting a stranger to buy furniture, or whatever, this is a good step for personal safety. Send a friend the photographer's name, shoot location and time, etc, so that you know someone is looking out for you.

Don't let a photographer say things to you that you wouldn't allow someone else to. Just because you are exposing yourself in front of someone doesn't give them the right to leer and say inappropriate things.  You deserve respect and professionalism. If they are saying anything that makes you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, don't be afraid to speak up and tell them so, or end the shoot.  A photo shoot is professional situation, not a sexual one, and if you feel like a photographer is crossing a line, you are in the right to put a stop to it.

Ask questions!  Don't be afraid to ask the photographer for references from other clients they have worked with, or reach out to friends and ask if they know anything. There are some local model groups on Facebook that you could probably get some opinions in too. Ask to see their portfolio so you can see what style they typically shoot and if it's something you're comfortable posing for. Don't be afraid to ask what the photos will be used for, where they will be visible, and if there is a contract that you will be signing and what it says.

If you ever, at any point feel uncomfortable, speak up!  Don't be afraid to say "I'm not comfortable with that" if a pose or piece of clothing isn't your cup of tea.  If at any time you feel that your wishes aren't being respected by the photographer, don't be afraid to pack up and leave.   Any pro should be able to adapt to your wishes and give you beautiful, sexy photos at your own level of comfort, whether that means completely covered or fully nude, or somewhere in between.

Overall, just protect yourself. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, get out as quickly as you can.  Even if something is offering something to you for free, you don't owe them anything beyond what you are comfortable with.

And because this is a photography blog, here's an old photo of our studio hair and makeup artist Katie Belle, looking awesome and protecting Tulsa.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Miss February in the 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar - Madame Berlin!

Happy February!  For our 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar, I held a mini session day and photographed 12 women on our midcentury living room set.  We had a nice mix of women from all walks of life book, some with modeling history and some with no previous shoot experience.  I really love the way the calendar turned out and will be introducing each one at the first of each month.  Our Miss February is a repeat client who I have worked with multiple times a year for almost 5 years now.  She has become a wonderful friend over the years and I can't express how much her continued support of our studio and the Tulsa pin up community means to me! Here is Madame Berlin's bio, and all of the final edits from her calendar shoot for the month of February!  If you still need to purchase a copy of your calendar, buy one here!

Hi! I’m Madame Berlin and it’s an honor to be featured on Pinup by Liz’s blog. I wanted to model because who doesn't want to be paid to get all dolled up in beautiful clothing? But I was always told I could never be one....too short and too heavy. Working with the Linda Layman Agency changed that for me. I learned there was a wide world out there that accepted all shapes and sizes! Thirty-five years ago I began doing runway & plus size modeling.

I love beautiful material and beautiful styles and  there’s nothing I enjoy more than the feeling I get when wearing a beautiful garment, and for me, the best way for me to document my life is wearing certain fashions and having my picture taken while wearing the clothes I love so much

I had my first First magazine publication in October 2014 Pink Peacock Pinup Magazine with a Halloween themed shoot by Pinup by Liz. I’ve been featured in Pinup by Liz’s annual calendar as well!

My style has always been influenced by the high glam meets goth styles of Morticia Addams and Lily Munster, watching them in the mid sixties absolutely helped shape my signature style. When Elvira debuted in the 80s she instantly became my most beloved icon. She’s sexy, funny & an unapologetic. Her style is the epitome of goth glam & also timelessly classic in it’s own way. She really spoke to who I am as a person.

Another fashion icon I look to for inspiration is Auntie Mame, the eccentric 1920s socialite lead character in the movie of the same name. Her eclectic, glamorous style and a spunky personality all her own. Elvira crossed with Auntie Mame--that sounded like how I wanted to live my life and I am living the dream daily.