Sound can be a make it or break it issue for a lot of avenues which is why I am reviewing an external microphone. There is no bigger let down than watching back a video with a mysterious buzzing sound or someone sneezing in the distance. On the mark there are thousands of external microphones to choose from so here are some things to look for while browsing. First, make sure the mic has the ability to hook up or connect to whatever device you are wanting it to. Do not take the word of the ad, actually do your homework to see if your specific equipment is compatible with each other. You will see why in the video audio review test below. Next is all about budget, with the market being so widespread there are cheap and expensive options to choose from. The specific microphone that I picked retails for $29.99 which is incredibly affordable. Last but not least, make sure it is practical, if it bulks up your equipment do you see yourself actually using it and traveling with it daily.
Unboxing & Audio Comparison
While yes there were qualities that were quite the draw back for the price, I am rather happy with the quality. The draw backs include that the mic was not compatible for my DSLR camera and the weird humming sound. Both of which are easy fixes to adapt to. For starters the compatibility, I was able to connect it with my phone instead. However with most phones moving to no headphone jack that could pose a problem in the future. The humming issue was easy to edit by simply decreasing the background noise while editing which gave great results. Normally I use this function but the results are iffy. Let me know what you think of this review as well as any questions you may have regarding this product. Also, if you use an external microphone let me know what kind as well you actually like and how you use it.
Happy new year! To kick off this year I have decided to do a two part review on two different products that I am testing out for filming equipment. This week’s is for the ever famous ring light. Ring lights can be very expensive which is what has set me back from adding one to my gear. However, if you switch over to looking at ring lights specifically made for phones they are a bit cheaper. The features I was looking for were a bluetooth remote, brightness settings (the ability to dim), a flexible height range and under fifty dollars. After a bit of searching I found the Brookstone 10” Bluetooth shutter Ring Light. It retails for $59.99 but was on sale for $29.97 when I purchased it. Prior to the light arriving at my doorstep my sister purchased one from Home Goods for around ten dollars so of course I was intrigued to see what the major differences would be.
Unboxing & Side by Side Comparison
Prior to playing around with the Brookstone ring light I was a bit puzzled as it lacked the ability to record from the remote control. Honestly, that is the only issue I had with the light. Compared to my sister’s ring light which had many issues for what I wanted to use it for, table shots straight down. My sister is thrilled with it as she is simply using it to light up shots that are straight on. If you are thinking about purchasing a ring light you first need to ask yourself what kind of photos or videos you are wishing to make with them. Both lights were rather bright , if anything my sister’s was brighter than the Brookstone light I purchased but shockingly my satisfaction required multiple facets. For instance, a 360 degree range to have the phone shoot straight down while still keeping the tripod stand out of the shot which many lack to be honest. Overall I am thrilled with this purchase. It was worth the price and I would recommend it, however, if you are seeking to simply take photos or capture videos in a straight on fashion skip it and purchase a cheaper one. If you have any questions regarding this product please let me know in the comments. Also a little disclaimer this is not a sponsored post, I paid for this with my own money.
Creating is one of my passions so whenever I find out about a gadget that will make things a little simpler I am always on edge to try it out for myself. Since I received my Cricut there has been nonstop talk about the ATG guns by Scotch. All the crafters I follow have been saying that it makes crafting a breeze and works like a champ with almost all medias. Once my adhesive squares had run out, yes the scrapbooking ones, I decided it was time to give the advanced tape glider (ATG) a chance. At first I was excited and anxious as it is way bigger to work with then little mounting squares and a lot more expensive in comparison. There is a thing called coupon courage and let me tell you this was one of those times and on the way to the counter I also saw a glue pen to try too. Since the ATG is a larger tool compared to what I was used to I thought the glue pen would help cover any smaller intricate details that the tape glider couldn’t cover with ease.
The next project on my list was to create two baby shower cards so there was no better time than to try out both products. Below is the video of me using the products while making this product. Instead of getting used to the product and premiering ways to use it I thought it would be more worth it for people to see me use it for the first time on a project. Each card I designed with my Cricut and thus I had big and small pieces to assemble. So here is the breakdown. The Advanced Tape Glider, it is tricky to insert the tape roll for the first time, however, it gets easier with practice I assume since it does have quite a bit of tape to roll through before trying to load it up again. Strengths include the ability to remove items after placement without damage, a high stick rating, fast to apply, no dry time, easy to remove adhesive if placed in the wrong area and it is pretty fun to use. On the other side the tape glider can be a little frustrating when trying for the first time. The device requires the movement to rub off the adhesive to release it from the roll. You’ll see this issue happen a couple of times where it simply wouldn’t release/ cut the tape in the video. For the only negative thus far though it isn’t really the device’s fault but more of a learning curve to get over. After a couple of attempts I had no further issues with it. No more little sticker squares for me, the tape glider has won me over.
Onto the glue pen, it is shaped like a pen and in comparison to others on the market I did not want one that was similar to a liquid glue stick. There is no mess when using the glue pen by Tombow. It is similar to writing with a gel pen though it takes a little bit of work to get the first bit out. I do wish it was a bit more of a liquid consistency because it does take a lot of motions in order to get enough glue to come out of the pen to provide any significant stick. Once the pen does get going though it does work well for those little tiny areas that get easily ruined by the average glue stick. When it comes down to the price point I would say it is worth a shot if you work on projects with small pieces for cards only if you have a coupon. Would I purchase another one if it ran out, probably not, it would be less hassle to rip off a piece from the ATG gun and roll it into a small ball to use.
If you have any questions about these two products that I did not answer already, let me know in the comments.
Throughout the years I have suffered the loss of beloved pieces in my wardrobe to stubborn stains that seem to pop out of nowhere. The most tragic spill I endured was not even my fault, which makes it even more obnoxious to relive. It was freshman year, I had just received a two piece set from the Avril Lavigne collection at Kohl’s in collaboration with Alice and Wonderland. Of course, it was a white set with thin black stripes, chains on the pocket, and suspender shorts too. We did not even make it through first period together before the girl behind me somehow managed to spill her hot tea all over me, ruining the set forever. The rest of the day I sported the upmost fashionable grey and black p.e. uniform. After trying multiple stain removers, it was time to lay the best two set piece to rest.
For a while now I have been keeping an eye out on a couple of brands that I have yet to experience myself. After watching a couple of review videos online for the brand Gym Shark, it seemed to be a bad idea to try as most of them harped on the fact that most of their items were not squat proof and were prone to camel toe. Two qualities no one wants from their apparel, especially their active wear. Now that the company has been around for a couple years I was hoping that things would improve which is why I decided to give them a shot.
Included at the bottom is of course an in depth review of each item in “real time”, kind of.
The reason this was not a try on haul was mainly due to the fact that pieces did not fit or were too see through to show.
KEEP – RETURN
Fitted Cropped Leggings
Gel StickyCompression Aesthetic
Tight at Ankle(could wear, not squat proof)
Gym Shark $30.00
Color Block Sports Bra
No StretchTight(could wear)
Gym Shark $35.00
Color Block Leggings
Thicker Material Aesthetic
No StretchTight(not fit past calf…)
Gym Shark $45.00
Knot Front Skater Dress
BreathableDouble Lined Bust & WaistAesthetic
See Through Skirt Hard to Button
Top- Not AdjustableSkirt- Real Buttons -No Stretch
As what is one item you recently added to your collection or are hoping to purchase for this new season?
If you are a true diva fashionista you check the tag prior to purchase to receive the full run down. One of the most important factors of course is the materials and care instructions. Does the dreaded word iron appear or not? While I attempt to stay away from fabrics that are prone to wrinkling, it seems as if there are always a couple of pieces that wrinkle up from time to time. If you are anything like me and dread dragging out the iron and ironing board, it is time to make a change.
Throughout my first year of blogging I have learned a lot and experimented with various equipment options. The first background I ever used for instance was a piece of scrapbook paper, before upgrading to an old white sheet. Now I use an actual legit background where I no longer have to use two different sheets to cover the surface area I am photographing. If you follow me on instagram @maddieautumn_faith you saw my blue poster board phase too. ha.
Keep reading to find out all my secrets when it comes to photography and videography for beginners. Find out what cameras, lighting equipment and literally every equipment that I have tried. Get the full inside scoop on my review of each of these products too.
Although I own a lot of dresses this one has been receiving the most love since I purchased it. California and fall sometimes go together well, this year it has been so dry. It is November and we still have yet to have a rainy day. Ugh! I love fall so I feel a little cheated. Since this dress has about two inch straps it is perfect for this odd weather, however, it can be layered in multiple ways if it ever gets to fall weather here.
If only the weather were actually cold and not in the high 80’s this jacket would be my daily, however, it is more of a nightly? ha. This red lil sassy jacket is by the brand KUT from the Kloth. It mocks the feel of suede but is vegan obviously. Let me just stop for a second to say it has REAL pockets. Yes, ladies real phone holding pockets that zip. I hate mock pockets, they are such a tease.
A couple of weeks ago I received a package in the mail containing two dresses from RVCA. As this is the first time I have ever purchased anything from this brand I decided to do a small review on my thoughts as a consumer.
Nordstrom was the first place I saw the brand, when looking in the men’s section for my boyfriend. The items were quality, but also a pretty penny. Recently, I was browsing online and decided to check out their website where I fell in love with the button up shark fin dress. Unfortunately, the dress fit a bit oddly so it was returned. It was as if I was too big in the waist, not big enough in the chest and so on.