Lexi, just out of interest, where did you place the reflector? As far as I can see, it's actually not doing a lot to help any residual shadows in the face, although it has lit the neck area quite nicely ...
Your eye sockets are still quite dark (and yes, I know you're wearing eye shadow, but that's not what I mean) and if you look closely underneath the nose, there's a fairly deep shadow coming away at an angle, towards the left of the image (as I'm looking at it).
Brollies, although good, aren't as flattering as using a softbox because (a) brollies, by their very nature, scatter the light across a broader range and (b) the light is then less controllable. You can get a softbox (among other things) for your speedlight (google the ExpoImaging Rogue
range of accessories) and that would be much more flattering. The other thing, if you've got a second flashgun that you can set to 'slave' and dial in a lower power output, is to use that on the other side of the main light. If you can't adjust the power output that much, just physically move it further away.
Your skin smoothing is good, but be wary of going too far and making the skin look plastic (I know you know that, but I'm still saying it
). With the right lighting, you won't need to do much softening at all ... if you get a moment, google Strobist: Lighting 101
- lots of good advice on there about using speedlights as the main source of lighting. (It's something I'm currently getting into myself, so I did find lots of good info on that site.)
And on top of that ... none of us like 'criticism' on our images, especially if they're of our good selves, but ... cheer up a bit?!!
To say you look nervous and like you really
don't want to be there is an understatement!!
Feel free to tell me to get knotted any time around now ...