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Photos and editing.. the bane of my existance.

I have decided to spend my day learning how to process photos and work my camera. I know that taking photos is a huge part of the travel experience and what I will be showing everyone when I get back. But dang its hard to learn how to do it all!

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I decided to buy Affinity Photo rather than the more traditional Photoshop. I did this for the price tag primarily. Photoshop runs at about  $523 a month if you want all the bells and wistles, or $20 a month for just one of their applications. Affinity is a one time purchase for one of the applications of $40, meaning in 3 months I will have already saved money. That being said the adobe program is very nice, and there is definatly a learning curve in learning how to use the Affinity program. They make this easy with hundreds of videos tailored just for people like me trying to figure out their program. Plus, you really cant beat the price tag once you get over the fact it doesnt have the Adobe logo. Below I have some videos of people who reviewed the program and did comparisons if you are interested:

Affinity Photo: A Real Photoshop Alternative?

Why Affinity Photo is BETTER than Photoshop!

Along with figuring out the details of that program, I have to discover how my new camera works. I got a new canon digital camera that I need to make sure I know how to use in its entirity. I leave town in 3 weeks and I have until then to figure out how to work everything to an acceptable level. My goal is to get fast enough at it to modify several photos and upload same day.

So, here I go.. I am gonna get back to reading user manuals and playing with my face! Happy Saturday 🙂

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I got eyelash extensions, and my opinion is..

Fake lashes are booming in popularity. Everywhere on social media and TV you can see the extensions, and its hard to tell when someone is wearing them. Wanting that awesome eye look, I spent the money in hopes it would shorten my morning routine and increase my confidence. I wanted to document my feelings on the whole process now that I removed the extensions.

I got eyelash extensions the first week of august. They were 10mm in length and were a hybid set. That means they had a mixture of volume lashes and singular lashes. Volume lashes have a singular base with many individual lases sticking out, while the singular lashes are just that. In order to get the extensions placed, I had to lay on the bed for 2 hours. During that time, my lower lashes were taped down and my upper ones had highly toxic glue being applied to them in order for the extentions to stick. Once they are applied, you have to keep your eyes closed for about 5 minutes in order to let the glue finish drying. Once thats over, voila! Your new eyelashes are good to go!

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One thing I didn’t see much of in my research was talk about the downsides of getting the extensions. For one, the glue is extremely bad for your eyes. If they aren’t completely closed your eyes will burn and ache for about 3 days. While not alarming, it did require buying eye drops and having red eyes for the whole weekend. The next issue was the cost. While not a whole lot, if your eyes lose their eyelashes fast, you end up spending about $60 twice a month. If that price is worth it for the look you want, then the price isn’t that much. But, eventually for me it just became to tedious to spend so much for it to only last 2 weeks. When I got rid of them, my eyelashes were shorter and thinner than before. Lastly, there were the unexpected consequences. I couldn’t dry my eyes, I had to brush them twice a day, and I couldn’t shower for 24h from getting them. Now these weren’t large issues, but they were unexpected!

Overall I loved having them. Everyday I felt better about starting my day, and pretty without having to do anything. There were problems, but in the long term they weren’t that big of a deal. Now that I don’t have them, I feel like my face is naked. It will take some getting used to, and I am sure I will eventually get them back. Being a student means not having alot of money, and that means not being able to afford everything you want. In the end, I loved them but you have to do whats best for you. For me that meant not spending my money carelessly, and saving it until I can afford to get them done again.

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