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Sorry for being MIA..

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Hi guys!

So this is the 2nd week in a row that I didn’t get Fierce Friday up.. the first time was because I was visiting family in AZ and had zero time to film it, and this time was because of the issues I have been having with lighting my videos. Ever since I decided to start filming out of my bedroom and with a plain background, it has been a constant uphill battle trying to find enough lighting so you can see what I’m doing, as well as lighting the background, and making sure the lights are a cool temperature so that applying my makeup isn’t uncomfortable.. I tried so many things and spent so much money and NOTHING seemed to work. I decided over the weekend that I’m just going to abandon the background idea and start filming like I used to, but out in my makeup room.


After much searching, I feel like I have finally found a decent lighting set up, and it’s super pretty on top of that! We went to Ikea and bought a mirror with a black frame, and three light fixtures, and Tyler spent quite a few hours putting it together today. Because the light fixtures are meant to go in the wall, he actually had to connect the wires that were attached to the lighting fixture to a separate wire, splice that wire and attach it to the 2nd fixture, then do the same to the third, and then finally attach that one to an actual plug, so that this would work without taking up half of my surge protector!


It’s definitely an amateurish attempt at a vanity mirror, but I’m really excited about it! It will definitely be a huge improvement as far as lighting goes for my videos. The only problem will be the background of said videos.. I’m not exactly the most organized person, and my photographing area (which will show in the background of the videos now) is usually a disaster scene, covered with “need to photograph” “currently photographing” “done photographing” products that haven’t found homes yet.  I’m gonna have to make sure that area is always pretty, which will be a challenge!

In other news, I set up my baby xmas tree this weekend, and Kiki for one is really enjoying it. I rarely see her out from underneath it! :)



I will absolutely have a new video up for you all tomorrow (generally like uploading monday, wednesday, and friday, but since we didn’t finish the mirror setup until 7pm I figured it was too late to get a video up!) and then we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled program :) I’m thinking of doing a foundation favorites video with non airbrush makeup. I have found a few recently I really like and are easily accessible :) Talk soon!



  1. Emily

    December 6, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I really appreciate the effort, as well as the update! I love your videos, and look forward to them every week, so it’s nice to know they’ll be back at regular times. Keep up your good work! :)

  2. M

    December 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

    I like that the background is going to be the way it used to actually. The plain background was too professional and I feel like with this new one showing your room, it adds more character.

    • Janne

      December 6, 2011 at 7:09 am


  3. Kevin

    December 6, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Can’t WAIT :)

  4. Jen C

    December 6, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Im loving the vanity mirror that you made! I actually thought it was a regular vanity mirror until I read that it took Tyler several hours to set up the light fixtures lol

  5. Christine

    December 6, 2011 at 6:10 am

    My cat also enjoyed laying underneath the Christmas tree. :) So cute.

  6. Taina

    December 6, 2011 at 7:27 am

    loooove your vanity table, your mirror specially. its allwYs been my dream to have one just like that. wakes up the diva in me. lol. im a fan, i think you are a sweet young lady, talented, it shows you enjow what your doing. you are very creative. love how you are changing constantly. sometimes blonde, others red head ….you have guts. but u look good in anything. well, keep the good work. ciao

  7. Ivonne

    December 6, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Hi, I love your tutorials. They’ve been helpful for me and my stepdaughter that’s in her teen years now. I wanted to recommend you something for your dilemma, t.v shows and specially the weather people use it all the time. The green background that you can always change to your liking. I worked in universal studios parks for a few years and for some of the picture they had the green background and was change to 3 or 4 different scenes at the sale time. Found a website online that does it. it might help you out. ;) and its not that expensive a plus.

  8. Lily S.

    December 6, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Home Depot has these “work lights” that are 500 watts each, and they cost about $10 a a piece. I set mine on chairs and point the light upward and it brightens up the entire room. I did a video on them and I posted the link were it says “website” so you can take a look.

  9. Laura_xo

    December 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for the update! Im kinda excited for the old backgrounds too! I agree with whats been said the plain backgrounds were too pro looking in my opinion. And thats a brilliant idea for a video about non airbrush foundations! :) loving that idea!

    With love all the way from ireland!


  10. Marta

    December 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    That mirror is awesome Leesha, can’t wait to see the new tutorials with this new lighting! xx

  11. Menie

    December 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    YAY how nice is THAT?!
    I have the very same light fixtures!
    May I ask what kind of light bulbs you have in there?

    • leesha

      December 6, 2011 at 7:39 pm

      uhhhh theyre from ikea, they were the only ones in the bulb section that looked like they would fit haha the packaging says sparsam 7W E12?

  12. delph

    December 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Looks really nice. I’m very exited now for the upcoming tutorials.
    You have to change your FAQ now I guess ;).

  13. Briana

    December 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    My parents’ cats love the Christmas tree too! I have no clue what it is that draws them to it but it’s something!

  14. Kelianna.

    December 7, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Hey Leesha! Do you think you could do a new Sugarpill look on Wednesday using buttercupcake? I recently was told my sister is getting me sugarpill cosmetics for Christmas and I’d love to try a look by you :) Thanks so much.

    -Kelianna P.

  15. Maria H

    December 7, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Where did you get the light fixtures?!
    I love how the new set up looks!

  16. Rachael

    December 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I saw the video and it looks great!!! I love the lit vanity area. I had this idea (but with 2 sets of lights) but I am not an electrician… so there is no way that I could have done this (as well as hide the wires). I see in the video that you have crayon art!!! I saw this on pinterest. Did you do it!!! LOVE!

  17. MadameBFatale

    December 8, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I have been wanting to do this for ages, I think it looks great! I was hoping to rope my sisters boyfriend into doing it for me (he’s an electrician, my hairs fried from bleach enough without me electrocuting myself lol!)

  18. emmaeclectic

    December 12, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Oooo, definitely do that foundation favorites video! i could use the help finding a new one!

  19. Sandra

    December 14, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Looks nice! You’ve been kinda yellow lately, but I thought it was because of a sun tan or something. I know you have a warmer climate this time of year. There has been heat records all over Sweden this fall and winter and there’s no snow yet, but it’s still cold and we barely see the sun. Depressing? YES! Btw, is that an IKEA table? If so, then I have one just like it!

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