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shades, pt.1

With Halloween just a few weeks away, I created some basic makeup shade palettes for various doll skin tones using the Facey app.

The pink makeup palettes were created for the Purple Top MTM (Made to Move) skin tone.


Foundation: F04 | Contour: C04 | Blush: B03 | Contacts: N/A | Lipstick: L01 (Gloss) | Eyeshadow: ES16 | Mascara: M12 (Black) | Eyeliner: EL06 (Black) | Eyebrows: N/A


Foundation: F04 | Contour: C04 | Blush: B02 | Contacts: CL09 | Lipstick: L08 | Eyeshadow: ES45 | Mascara: M12 (Black) | Eyeliner: EL06 (Black) | Eyebrows: N/A

The warm palettes were created for the BMR 1959 Neon Dress & Jacket MTM skin tone.


Foundation: F07 | Contour: C04 | Blush: B03 | Contacts: CL08 | Lipstick: L17 | Eyeshadow: ES15 | Mascara: M12 (Black) | Eyeliner: EL06 (Black) | Eyebrows: N/A


Foundation: F07 | Contour: C04 | Blush: B03 | Contacts: CL08 | Lipstick: L122 | Eyeshadow: ES65 | Mascara: M12 (Black) | Eyeliner: EL06 (Black) | Eyebrows: N/A

The cool palettes were created for the Pink Top MTM skin tone.


Foundation: F05 | Contour: C04 | Blush: B03 | Contacts: CL09| Lipstick: L146 | Eyeshadow: ES54 | Mascara: M12 (Black) | Eyeliner: EL06 (Black) | Eyebrows: N/A


Foundation: F05 | Contour: C04 | Blush: B03 | Contacts: CL09 | Lipstick: L12 | Eyeshadow: ES21 | Mascara: M12 (Black) | Eyeliner: EL06 (Black) | Eyebrows: N/A

I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for a new post every Friday!

Our Photography Tools

Our Photography Tools

We have a specific set of tools that we use to photograph our dolls for photo shoots. Overtime, our tools have changed, but here’s a glimpse into all of the tools we currently use to create content for the s.p.o.t.s dolls.


Light Box. This is the primary tool for our photo shoots because it is what we photograph our dolls in. This light box set cost approximately $50 at the time and has been a great investment. The light box comes with a few different color backdrops, light filters, & two standing ring lights. Because of what we do, we primarily use the white backdrop and filter for easier editing, but it depends on what your photography subject is. Unfortunately, the light box we initially purchased is currently unavailable, but we will include the link below so you can find a similar one with the same tools.

*Alternative: Before we purchased the light box, and we used a DIY light box constructed with a cardboard box, white tissue paper, white duck tape, white poster board, and 2 LED desk lights. This is a bit of a cheaper alternative, but be sure to take caution while using it, since the tissue paper and box could possibly rip overtime or during a photo shoot. We also included the link on how to make the DIY light box from Pinterest.

Backdrops. Most light boxes that you can purchase should come with a backdrop or backdrops. We primarily use the white backdrop since it naturally brightens our photography subject/s in photos.

*Alternative: A simple white poster board is always an easy go-to for photo shoots. We use white poster boards for flat-lay photography and other photography subjects that are too big to fit in the light box.


Ring Lights. Good lighting is key in photography. Ring lights are a great investment if you want to brighten up your photos and/or videos. The two ring lights that we have came with the light box and can stand on their own. However, we move them around and sometimes hold them while taking photos to get the right lighting.


Additional Lighting. Even though you’re filming in a light box or something similar, additional lighting is key for photography. Natural lighting is usually the best in this case. However, we use a 5-light floor lamp to provide additional lighting.


Camera. A camera is the top tool in photography. While a digital camera is a good investment, we primarily use our iPhone cameras for filming and editing.

Photography Subject. Last but not least is your photography subject. We typically photograph dolls and doll props, but you can photograph anything you like!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Stay tuned for a new blog post every Friday!

coming soon on s.p.o.t.s

We have been planning and working on some new content to feature here on the s.p.o.t.s blog. The content will feature all of the things we do behind the scenes to create our content for the s.p.o.t.s dolls Instagram page as well as some handmade DIY projects. Here’s a sneak peek into some of the things coming soon on s.p.o.t.s!

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Character & Characterization



One of the most important things in a story is the characters and their characterization. If you’re a writer that is constantly new stories, it can be tricky to come up with the right characters to go along with it. This includes their names, personalities, physical traits, occupation, and so on.

One fun way to avoid the headache of doing this with many characters is a character and characterization activity that I did in my spring semester Creative Writing class. All you need to do is establish which basic character traits you want. I recommend starting with a name, age, one single personality trait, and a hobby.

Once you have these core four essentials, it will be much easier to build up the character. For this exercise, we used plastic cups to place the various character traits in, but you can use whatever you have on hand like a sandwich bag, hat, or even just putting them in different piles.

After you’ve finished with the exercise, try writing a short story with the character/s. This is a fun way to practice developing the character and get your creative juices flowing.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned during the first week of each month for a new post.

writing tools 📝

Writing Nook


First, you have to have the space. Because I’m both a photographer and novelist, this space has changed quite a bit in my bedroom, but I always make room for it. As you can see, I purchased a 3 cube storage shelf from Target and placed it on the back of the desk. In the left cube, I store my school books, notebooks, and binders. The middle cube is for my basic office supplies, and the right cube is home to all my blogging binders and notebooks. Above it, I used a shelf that I previously purchased from Target to house books that are on my reading wish list and other miscellaneous documents.



A classic must-have. I initially purchased my computer for school work, but found that it easily accommodates both my school work and personal writing. I typically use it to print and use various applications on it, which I will list later.



My mobile computer.

Skullcandy Earbuds


And what’s writing without a little music to jam out to? Of course, there are many types of inexpensive earbuds available to purchase, but this is one that I splurged on a bit. I purchased my Skullcandy earbuds from Amazon for about $40. Since they are Bluetooth earbuds, they don’t need to be plugged into my phone, which is a great thing for a writer on the move.



Speaks for itself. In this day in age, digital story writing and reading is making itself popular. However, the printer is still a good tool for me. I’m a writer who likes to hold manuscripts in my hand and write all kinds of notes on it. This won’t be going anywhere for a while.

Flash drive


It’s always good to have a backup. Flash drives have always been a part of my writing process. While apps like Google Docs constantly save my work, it is a good thing to have my work saved on another device in the event of an unforeseen circumstance.

Google Docs


My ultimate writing tool. I’ve been using Docs for a couple years now and have absolutely fell in love with it. It works well for me personally as a person on the go. The best part of this application is that I can easily access it from any device I own as long as I sign in with my email. But the biggest thing I love about it is the constant save tool. This is helpful in the event of a computer crash or unforeseen circumstance, and I won’t have to worry about my work being lost or unsaved.

iPhone Notes App


I’ve heard it said that you know you’re a writer when your notes app in your phone has over 100 notes that have to do with a story or idea. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you I had 770 notes on my phone to this day and still more to come. Now I admit, some of those notes are school related and miscellaneous, but about 80% are related to writing. I’ve created all kinds of folders in this app to keep all these notes organized and am never hesitant to keep adding more. Let’s see how long it takes me to get to 1,000.

Google Drive


Organization is key. I paired my Docs app with my Drive to keep all of my different novel manuscripts and ideas in their own folders.

Word Swag


A splurge, but a good one. I am constantly using this app to create logos and images with texts. This is the app where I created the official s.p.o.t.s logo. It is very user friendly and available to purchase from the App Store for $4.99. It was definitely a good investment.

Spiral Notebooks with Dividers


Notebooks. Notebooks. Notebooks. While typing on my phone or iPad is convenient, I am always looking for a cool spiral notebook. They are available for purchase at many different stores, but I tend to purchase mine from office supply stores that have more options. I usually buy spiral notebooks that have a protected spine to avoid wearing down the notebook overtime and I make sure they have dividers in them so that my notes, stories, and ideas don’t get mixed together. Because I’m a novelist who has is working on several novels and ideas at a time, I designate one notebook to one novel/story to keep myself organized.

Sharpie Pens


The literal writing tool. A few years ago, I noticed my best friend writing with a Sharpie pen in school and never knew they existed until then. I thought it was cool and went to an office supply store to get my hands on one. I was in luck because they had just released the pens not only in the standard black, blue, and red, but also in various colors. I purchased them individually and used them until I couldn’t use them anymore. Finally, they released the signature pack of colored pens in its free-standing plastic case. I couldn’t buy these fast enough and believe it or not, I still use them to this day.

Mechanical Pencils


Only these please. Mechanical pencils are my first and only choice when it comes to pencils. I find that they work best with my grip on the pencil and help me write neater than when I use a wooden one. But this just depends on what you like.



Classic. These colorful permanent markers don’t really come in handy when it comes to story writing, but they are great for doodling and drawing when writer’s block makes an appearance.

Basic Office Supplies (paper clips, binder clips, stapler/staples, sticky notes)


The basics. Enough said.

Now that you’ve got a little peek into what I use to create stories and characters, it’s time to figure out what works for you. I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned on the first week of each month for a new post.