Guys, guys, guys!!!! Have you heard of Influenster.com? I received my first VoxBox – the Sweetheart VoxBox. I really like everything that I’ve tried so far and can’t wait to give individual reviews on each product after using them for a bit! I’m saving my Skinnygirly Daily On-The-Go Bar for my midday snack at work tomorrow, so I should be able to review that one pretty quickly! :] So here … watch this silly video of me opening my box + appearing to not know how to read at times while also continuously looking over at Nate to see his reaction to me talking to myself in the dining room.
Products Included in My Sweetheart VoxBox:
♥ Olay Fresh Effects (Va-Va-Vivid!) Powered Contour Cleansing System: $12.99
♥ Olay Fresh Effects (Shine, Shine Go Away!) Shine Minimizing Cleanser: $6.99
♥ Secret Clinical Strength Stress Response: $7.99 – $9.99
♥ Skinnygirl Daily On-The-Go Bars: $9.99
♥ Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray: $6.00 (for full size)
PS!! Don’t forget to enter my Firmoo Giveaway! It ends tomorrow!!
In case you aren’t familiar with this online glasses company – let me tell you a bit about my experience! I think I’ve mentioned this several times on the blog, but – I have a love/hate relationship with online shopping. This is a strange quality in a fashion blogger – I know, but it’s the truth. I like to be able to try things on, I like to hold things in my hands before I buy them, and I hate having to return things if they don’t work out. I especially would have been a little iffy about purchasing eyeglasses online because that has always seemed like a “you get what you pay for” type of purchase that should cost hundreds of dollars! Thankfully Firmoo contacted me a few months ago to do a review for them and my mind has been forever changed! Their website is very user friendly and I was able to use their virtual try on feature to get an idea of what the frames I chose would look like on me! Plus, they have a section of their website where customers can upload photos of how they wore the frames they purchased- so it’s pretty easy to get a good idea of how they look on different face shapes! So as you can tell, I’m now a believer!
The Fine Print:
♥ If you are the FIRST PRIZE winner: You have the option to choose from prescription or non-prescription lenses. You may not choose designer frames or sunglasses.
♥ If you are a winner of any of the 7 prizes – you will have until February 28th, 2013 to use your voucher to place an order on Firmoo.com and shipping is not included.
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If you do not have Photoshop you can use Splashup, a free online photo editor that has layer capability! I noticed that you can’t “paste” a photo onto a layer in this program, so just open the photo you want to use as your first layer and go from there!
Open a new brand new blank image (File/New), select the width and height you wish to use (I chose 800×600), and make sure that the background is set to transparent. Open the photo that you want to use in another window, resize it as needed, copy and paste it on to your transparent background. You can see above that my photo has been resized to a smaller width (700px) than my transparent background (800px). I did this so that more of the image could fit inside of my circle, since I chose to make it a bit smaller.
Next, you will need to create a new layer. Make sure that your new layer is listed above your first layer in the list to the right. Now select the paint can from the menu on the left and choose your background color. I chose white because my website has a white background. We could actually make this image transparent but sometimes the illusion is easier! I’m a lazy photoshop user. ;] Fill this new layer with the color you’ve selected. Your first layer will now be covered up – it should now look like the image in Step 3!
Now you will need to select your Eraser tool. At the top left you can choose which brush you would like to use to Erase with. Choose the largest circle (my screen shot shows different brushes in the box, but you can see that I have the circle selected). Above the brushes you will see the Master Diameter slide bar- this is where you will select how large or small you want your circle to be – I chose a circle around 413px so that I could decorate around my image but you could choose to make it as wide and tall as the image you selected.
Now take your eraser brush and click once in the middle to “cut out” a hole so that the layer behind it can be seen! If the image isn’t placed exactly how you want it inside your circle simply select first layer from your layers list on the right, select the Move Tool (top right arrow in your menu on the left) and drag it around to the desired place! If your image is barely too small or barely too large for the circle you can resize it a bit by selecting the Marquee Tool (to the left of the Move tool), right click on your your chosen photo, choose “Free Transform”, and you will be able to adjust it! Sometimes this can distort a photo though if you’re making a smaller image larger- so be careful with that! A Resizing Tip: hold down the shift key while you drag the corners to resize your photo – it will retain the original shape of the photo!
And that concludes this easy-peasy tutorial! To use this “frame” again, simply save your file as a .psd file and replace the photo in your first layer with another. Feel free to download the file I created and use it if you wish! If you have any questions please feel free to shoot me an email or tweet! I don’t claim to be a Photoshop expert and I’m new at creating tutorials so if something is unclear I am happy to help!