The Struggles of Recording for YouTube or, The Premiere of Evolutionary Beauty!

This has been a long time coming. But first: Storytime!

So, I had a weekend off (rare these days), and took the time to get all of the equipment set up and such for my YouTube channel.

I was up bright and early Saturday to get this done, since I figured I finally had everything. Here, see:

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So now that I have it all set up, I go to hook the camera up to my laptop so I can see what I’m doing.

Apparently, that’s not supported.

What.

What?!

I search my brain, thinking of alternatives I can do. Nothing on the Nikon site, Google isn’t helping. Hmm.

Then it hits me: just use an HDMI cable. If you can hook it up to your tv and see what you need to see, you can surely hook it up to the computer, right?

Nope! Even hooked up to the tv (my plan b), it still didn’t show me anything except “no files found.” After I spent money on an adapter that I no longer need (it’s going back), nothing.

Well then. I fire up Google again, and manage to find that…no, there really isn’t a way that Nikon made so that I can see what I’m doing on my computer. But the lovely Google found me a program that allows me to control my camera from my computer (digiCamControl, for any of you other Nikon and Canon users). And wow! I can now see if I’m in focus before I start filming.

So I go ahead and get myself ready to start, and…the damn camera won’t record. Now I’m stumped, and then everything goes black.

Battery died.

The fuckery.  -_-

At this point, I am beyond frustrated and ready to just go to bed. But I waited for my battery to charge, and recorded.

I won’t tell y’all that after 11 hours of fighting with equipment, I had everything recorded in about 30-45 minutes. Nope. Won’t do that. Still bitter.

But all of that hard work paid off! Presenting the Perfect Red Lip tutorial on Evolutionary Beauty!

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BeautyCon 2014 with Bonus Nail Adventure!

Hello my lovelies!

I hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend and that it was safe.

So, this past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending BeautyCon. For the uninitiated, think like Comic Con but for fashion, makeup, and You Tube celebs.

Pretty cool, right?

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So, I put on my game face and got going. I have on browns and greens (I used Stila’s Dare to Bare palette and BH Cosmetic’s 120 color palette) because I had on a coral skirt. I was all comfy and breezy, because I figured it would be hot.

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Outside Shot!

So, the event took place at Pier 36 on the lower east side. Long, long, LONG, train ride, but worth it. It was nice out, and the walk wasn’t bad. Shout out to the friendly FedEx driver who helped me navigate!

Once inside, it was…absolute pandemonium. Lines on lines on lines of people waiting to try out makeup, meet the latest You Tube sensation, or to buy clothing.

Now, I don’t do well in lines. At all. But I did stand in a couple (and by couple I mean exactly 2!) of lines to try out some new stuff. In the above pic, I have on nothing but your standard lip balm. StyleHaul and Maybelline were sponsoring a lip color try on booth. So I thought, hey,why not? I love lip color!

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Maybelline’s Color Elixir in Mauve Mystique

I have Color Elixir in a fuchsia shade, but it doesn’t show as well on me as this one does. The gloss on here is beautiful, and as the color fades, it goes into a matte stain that is lovely.

I also waited in line to try out some of the new Revlon products. They have colorful liquid liners! Also, they have a new mascara that claims to have the darkest black pigments ever. I am a mascara junkie, so I am looking forward to giving this a try.

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I even picked up a pencil liner in a dark green. I don’t normally do pencil liners, as I am clumsy and manage to poke myself in the eye EVERY TIME (grr!), but when has ability ever stopped me from trying something? Practice makes perfect. They were actually doing makeup at the Revlon booth, however, I was there with a fully done face. The artist was kind and let me pick out some goodies anyway.

Did I mention there was a dance floor?

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And bounce houses?

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I was so sad I had on a skirt and couldn’t go play in the bounce house. Seriously. 😦

There were also temporary tattoos!

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Won’t lie, I felt pretty fancy with my fake tat. 😀

There were also some seminars going on. I think, if I had to pick one beef with BeautyCon (besides there not being ATMs…cause really? How does this happen?!) was that the seminars were sectioned off from the main floor with only sheets and not, well, walls. Makeup is exciting. Adding a bunch of people talking about said makeup loudly only a few feet away makes it hard to hear what’s going on when you want to hear about how other bloggers and vloggers got started. I didn’t even make it through a whole one because it was just. too. noisy.

All in all, it was a great afternoon, and I got to network (Shout out to Dark Skinned Divas!) and try new products.

Oh, and my nails:

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You know my nails and my business card had to coordinate, right?

I didn’t do that on purpose, but it definitely made for an ice breaker in conversation! I have on Julep’s Karen and OPI’s I Reached My Gold.

Great Saturday, all in all. And now? I’m preparing for Full Figured Fashion Week! Excited!

 

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