Sunday, 9 February 2014

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Review.

A few weeks ago I bought myself the Fujifilm Instax mini camera. I already had a Polaroid camera, which I bought off ebay years ago, but since they stopped making the film for it I found myself having to buy out of date film off the internet - which was really poor quality. I stocked up on Polaroid film but once I got to my last pack of film I decided to call it a day from there as it was becoming too expensive and the pictures weren't coming out well. Then hey presto the Fujifilm Instax comes along!

The camera comes in five different colours - white, pink, blue, yellow and black - I chose the blue one! When it comes to cost, it is worth searching around, the camera costs around £70 - £79 but you can get some good deals online with free packs of film etc. I managed to get this for £77 with 4 packs of film (40 shots) off Amazon during a January sale. Unfortunately the sale isn't on anymore but Argos, Asda and Tesco all had some good deals online. A pack of 10 film costs on average £10 - again you can get some good deals off ebay and Amazon - so it works out pretty pricey but from having a Polaroid I know that instant cameras are expensive. I only use it for special occasions and limit myself to one or two pictures at a time.

The camera's packaging is very cute and compact! It contains the camera, instruction manual, camera strap and two AA batteries.

I also think the camera itself is very cute and compact. A lot of people have commented on its size and said it is massive but in comparison to my Polaroid camera this is really sweet and dainty. It is very simple to use - you just switch it on by opening the lens via the push button (above) then point and shoot and press the small button on the front of the camera. It also has indoor and outdoor settings which you can switch between by turning the dial on the front.

Out with the old, in with the new!

A key thing to remember about the camera is that it is the mini version so the pictures are mini too! They come out credit size (as shown by my comparison with my Nandos loyalty card!) and are rectangular, rather than square shaped like normal Polaroid pictures (I've done another comarison above). Fijifilm does do a wide version of its Instax camera so if you are after bigger pictures I suggest getting that one. I personally love the mini pictures though as they fit perfectly in my purse and look really cute. The picture quality is great.

Overall I am really pleased with this camera and would recommend that anyone thinking about purchasing one gets it! Yes they are expensive but I personally think its worth it! I can't wait to build up a collection of photographs, there are so many different ways of displaying them, I'm going to hang mine on pegs across a piece of string in my bedroom! Have you got an instant camera or thought about buying one?

Friday, 7 February 2014

300 follower/1 year Ginvera giveaway!

It is very belated but in November last year my blog turned a year old. At the time I never did anything to reocgnise it as I was too busy but, as I also recently reached a 300 follower milestone, I thought I would combine the two and do a giveaway to celebrate!

This giveaway is to win the Ginvera Green Tea Whitening Complete Cleanser (worth £12.95) and Jade Dark Eye Circles Roll Away (worth £21.95).

Ginvera is one of my favourite skincare brands. You can see my review of their much-loved Marvel Gel here and BB Cream here. The Ginvera green tea range is light, suitable for all skin types and leaves skin radiant and clear.

For a chance to win these two products just enter the giveaway through rafflecopter below. Ends Saturday February 22nd!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, 2 February 2014

I'm an Access all Asos Insider!

A while ago I applied to be a part of Access all ASOS and at the end of January and at the end of January I got a very exciting email to say I had been accepted, yay!

If you haven't heard of Access all ASOS it is a group of 'insiders' who will be the first to know about new launches & collections and will have the opportunity to be invited to ASOS HQ for special events! I am over the moon to be accepted, I have been reading some other insiders' blog posts about the events they have been to and it looks so much fun! I am a huge fan of ASOS and am so pleased to be a part of Access all ASOS.

As a welcome, ASOS kindly sent all new insiders a little package in the post. I got this lovely notebook, socks and a fortune cookie. You can tell the people at ASOS HQ have really done their research and gone to a lot of effort as all the insiders received personalised notes, which I thought was a lovely touch!

Congratulations to everyone that was accepted, I can't wait to get started! You can apply for Access all ASOS here

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Nspa Hot Cloth Cleanser. Why ASDA is the best place for beauty products.

Nspa Hot Cloth Cleanser

Lovers of Liz Earle, rejoice! This hot cloth cleanser is very similar to the infamous Cleanse & Polish but is less than half price. If you haven't yet heard of nspa, it is Asda supermarket's higher-end range of skincare (in between the own brand value stuff and the branded products). The products are created by the experts at Nirvana Spa, so there is a real feel of spa-like quality about them.

Nspa Hot Cloth Cleanser

The Hot Cloth Polish comes with a muslin cloth to help exfoliate and brighten skin. It contains very similar ingredients to Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish and the texture & scent of the products are also virtually identical. This product removes 100% of my make-up effectively and leaves my skin feeling really moisturised, although sometimes it can feel like there is still a bit of residue left on my skin so I often follow it up with a face wash or toner.

If you haven't tried the nspa range yet I suggest you get down to Asda and get yourself some of their products! They are such great value and, as well as their spa range, they have a range of fruity scented bath products which are very similar to The Body Shop's! Asda often run great 2 for £5 deals on the Nspa products so you can always pick up a bargain.

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