My recently posted some outtakes from her blog photo sessions and I’ve decided to do the same. I take so many more photos than I ever actually use, and some of them are terrible, hilarious and a mixture of the two. I’ll link the actual blog posts also, in case these outtakes inspire you to see them properly. So, without further ado:


Benefit Roller lash

I was trying to keep my eyes wide open to demonstrate Benefit Roller Lash mascara but instead I just ended up looking very strange. For a better version, and a review of the mascara, click here.

model search makeup

The struggle of having good natural light for photos vs squinting in the sun is something I always deal with! This was when I was taking photos of the makeup I wore to the Rimmel London Cleo Model Search – merely as a guest, I wasn’t a contestant. I wrote a full post about it which you can find here

Kat von d luv lipstick


Sometimes I get silly when taking photos for a while, and this is me doing my very best duckface. I’m wearing Kat Von D L.U.V Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, and to date that is the only time I’ve worn it. I really need to be more brave! Full post here.

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My brother and I were on our way to a dinner with family friends and I wanted to take a nice selfie. There were about 6 of these where he wouldn’t stop singing along to the radio, while I just sat there with my smile becoming more and more forced…

2015-03-13 17.24.56…But we got there eventually! There’s no post associated with these particular photos, however, I am wearing the lipstick that I have blogged about in the post below.

stila aria

It took a long time before I learned to take photos with my DSLR without cutting off the top of my head, and this is one of the many many outtakes where my head isn’t properly in the frame. I have a higher success rate now, but I’m very glad we are in a digital age where you can take lots and lots of photos all for free! One day I’ll have a camera with a fold out display screen! This lipstick is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Aria, and the full post is here.

real techniques sponge


In this photo, I’m attempting to demonstrate how when I use my Real Techniques foundation sponge I swipe some foundation on my face before blending. It kind of looks like I’m doing some terrible contouring or highlighting. For the post about the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, click here.

lip swatch outtake


I wanted to have a lip swatch of this lipstick to post…somewhere… so I took this very glamourous photo in my bathroom, wearing my onesie, and with my glasses on. Sometimes I consider being the type of beauty blogger who doesn’t post pictures of themself, so I could do 100% of my posts in my pjs, but then how would we get great photos like the ones in this post!



This is from my relatively recent post about a product from Schwarzkopf that I’ve been using in my hair. I wanted a picture of me swishing my hair like in an ad, and I have dozens of pictures like this where I just didn’t quite get there. sigh. I guess I’m not meant to be a hair model – or maybe I should blame my photographer! This is the full post.

I hope you enjoyed seeing these outtakes, or at least found them mildly interesting!




  • These are gold! Love it 🙂

  • Christel Hansen

    Hahahahaha Lena these are so good! That last one cracks me up so much <3 oxoxo

    • Haha you should do one!!!!

      • Christel Hansen

        I SO SHOULD! I think we have some hilarious outtakes from when Camille and I did the Garnier Micellar Water post. Need to find them!!

  • Sarah

    Your brother is really cute. More posts about him please!

  • Hehe gold! I think you should include more photos in your pjs, because let’s be real – we all blog in our pyjamas!

    • More than once I’ve taken photos in a nice top and pj photos! I should post an #OOTD on instagram next time.

  • Shit you’re hilarious – great post! The last one is defs my fave by far :p

  • Haha love it! You look good even in the outtake photos … my favourite of this lot has to be with the glasses!

  • This is hilarious! I need to be brave to post mime coz lets be honest not every angle is flattering…haha

  • this is hilarious! i was giggling for sure x love the hair flip!

  • Bahahahaha, I love these photos so much! You are always gorgeous Lena, blooper or not!

  • Heh, this is awesome! Love the almost-swishing photo the best 🙂

    • Haha there were SO many of these taken, my brother and I were crying with laughter taking them.