DIY Ring light Tutorial

As some of you may know, I’ve made a shift in my hobby/business life and now sell an awesome long lasting liquid lip color and other makeup and skin care from SeneGence. It’s pretty much the bomb and I’m absolutely loving the work, people, and products. You can check out my products and get to know me better by joining my FB community at:

BUT, makeup work requires amazing selfies, and amazing Selfies require amazing lighting.

A professional style ring light goes for around $150 on Amazon, which is enough to make me want to hold off on buying one. (I’ll stick with my afternoon window selfies, thank you very much).

That is, until my wonderful friend and upline sponsor shared this amazing, simple, and genius tutorial with me, made by our fellow SeneSister, Siara Martin.

Siara takes AMAZING lip photos and is awesome enough to share her work with the rest of us. Here are the deets from her tutorial:

“List of things you need:

1.Aluminum Foil

2.18″ or 20″ wire wreath.
Here’s an example:FloraCraft, 20” Wire Wreath Form
I got my wreath from Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon and it ended up being like 2-3$

3.Daylight White LED strip lights (1.5 for 18″ and 2 for 20″). Here’s the link:
LE 16.4ft LED Flexible Light Strip (Daylight White)

4.Power Adapter:

Optional: What I use to hold my phone up for live videos: 2-in-1 Mobile Phone Car Mount, Holder, Secure Phone/GPS to Windshield or Air Vent, Padded, Adjustable Grips, Fits Iphone 6 6+ 5 Galaxy S6 S5 Phones

Optional: someone added suction cups to the back of theirs and suctioned it to their mirror (brilliant!) Here’s a link of some as an example:
Darice Suction Cup without Hooks, 20mm
OR suction cups with hooks and hang your light.
Mudder 45mm Bathroom Kitchen Suction Cup Wall Hooks Hangers, 12 Pack

Tape can help keep everything together on the backside but isn’t required.

An 18″ ring light will cost about 20-25$
A 20″ ring light will cost about 30$

Reasons you need a ring light:
1) See your face in correct and bright enough lighting when doing your makeup
2) Do pretty live videos
3) Take clean pretty pictures of stuff. (Not just your face!)
4) You can hang, clip, lean anywhere you want and can move around with you.
5) Super affordable!”

You can watch her tutorial here:

So, does the ring light really improve your photos, here’s a before and after comparison using some pretty awful pajama selfies I just took πŸ˜‚.

Um, awkward much? I must love you guys for sharing this one with you. We like family, yo.

Yeah, I’d say this here ring light is a winner. I’m still working on the perfect mounted position for the light on the bathroom mirror, and I think I’ll get me one of those pretty sparkly photo backdrops eventually (no more shampoo cameos). I also got a cheap cell phone tripod from Amazon that I really like so far (in all 1 time I’ve used it… but you know #expert).

Acuvar 50″ Inch Aluminum Camera Tripod and Universal Smartphone Mount

I was so grateful to Siara for this tutoria, and I hope you find it useful too! Happy shooting! πŸ’πŸ’‘πŸ“±


Creating vs. Consuming

I’m a hardcore consumer. I peruse the Internet with a vigorous appetite for information and stimulating imagery. I meander through grocery market aisles full of fresh, healthy and delicious looking items ripe for my picking. Like most people I know, a trip to target often turns into a full on shopping spree before I can even get a handle on what’s happening. My closet is busting at the seams with cheaply made “disposable” fashion and only a few long term items I’ve collected over the years…

With all of this consuming, I have started to wonder what I really have to offer. I’m not into doomsday prepping or anything… But I have begun to wonder what I would do if everything were different and I couldn’t rely on consumerism to satisfy my needs. I have friends who bake from scratch, can foods, sew, and build things. I see these skills and I think, “I can manage social media outreach and write health messages!” Womp womp.

Not saying my skills aren’t awesome. It’s just that most of my skills are Internet based or somewhat intangible. I want to be able to create real lasting durable or consumable things. I want to know that I can produce as much as I consume. I don’t want to feel so helplessly reliant on the creations of other people and consumer culture. I especially don’t want to feel so tied to my income. So reliant on having enough money to purchase everything I need. I want freedom to fend for myself just a little bit more.

So what to do?

Rather than long for things I haven’t learned or can’t do, I’m going to start teaching myself.

I wonder should I start with hand sewing or jump right in with machine sewing classes? Any suggestions?

In the meantime, can I get an Amen for Pinterest and being able to find how-to guides and awesome recipes all day and night!?!