Sunday, 19 January 2014

Current Favourite & Review | FujiFilm Instax Mini 8

So we're officially right in the middle of January. Not the best month of the year as it signifies the end of Christmas and a lot of dreary weather (on my side of the world anyway!). However, it also means new starts, how are your resolutions going? Anyway, that's all beside the point. I'm here to tell you about my latest love, the FujiFilm Instax Mini 8. I received this hipster beauty for my birthday back in November and have noticed lots of people purchasing it since then. 

The camera is essentially a take on the classic polaroid camera. It's not all that high tech but it's so fun! You put the film in yourself at the back and click the button under the lens to turn it on. This pops out the lens also. Now for a few of the technical details, but no fear, this camera is very basic and can be operated by even the most non technical folk! 

There are four options to take photos with; indoors/night F12.7, cloudy/shade F16, sunny/slightly cloudy F22 and Sunny/bright F32. The camera automatically determines the best option but you can also adjust this to your preference. The light indicates which option has been selected. The shutter speed is 1/60 seconds and the flash always fires. You can also set it the dial to the 'Hi-key" mode which allows you to take photos with a softer impression. 
Once you take the photo it immediately prints from the top of the camera, which can be seen below. It prints quite quickly, however the image does take some time to show up. For the full image to show you need to leave it for about 30 minutes-1 hour. The photos it produces are very old-school but in the best possible way! They look vintage and make a gorgeous souvenir. There's a white space at the bottom which is perfect for writing memories,dates etc. 

Although it is a very cute and cool camera, there are a few cons. The biggest con for me is that the film is extremely expensive (€25 for 2 packs) . Each pack only contains 10 shots and there is no room for error. Once you take a photo, you can't delete it! The images aren't brilliant quality either and do take a while to fully develop.

You can make your own judgement on the product but I personally think it's a gorgeous, fun camera for anyone! If you are looking for a high tech camera to take beautiful photos with, this isn't your guy. However if you're looking for an easy-to-use novelty camera to make lots of memories with, you won't be disappointed!

Available in 5 colours (pink,blue,white,black,yellow) for €99.99 here 

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

How I Style: Occasion Dresses with Fanny Crown!

What girl doesn't like to get glammed up every once in a while? I know sometimes it can be a big effort, but for special occasions all the little things matter. Now in terms of events like Prom or Debs, every detail is very important. The most important detail of course being the dress. Fanny Crown is an online formal dress retailer than contacted me about a little competition they're running (check it out here). I'm here to tell you all about my favourite dress from their website and how I'd style it! I decided to chose a Debs dress as it's the most relevant to me. Better yet, they provided me with a 15% off code for all you lovely people, so stay tuned till the end of the post for that!

I love white dresses as I think they're very classy and never tacky. This style is very simple and elegant. The jewelled neck adds an essential bit of sparkle which I love! I styled this look with rhinestone platforms from Dune (£49) and a gorgeous clutch by Michael Kors (€190). The look is finished off with a pretty dainty bracelet from Ti Siento (€63). The dress is available here for €148.

Enter the code MISSBEAUTYB14 at the checkout for a 15% discount off your order. The code is valid from now until the 28th February so get shopping!

What do you think of this look?

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Review + Swatches | Ciaté Caviar Manicure Luxe

Ciaté are the people I consider to be the original "Caviar" nail people. Not the most well put together sentence, but you see what I mean! My lovely mum bought this kit for me, which is a luxe twist on the original caviar manicure. This kit is in the shade "gleam" which is a gorgeous, slightly rose, gold colour.

The kit comes with a nail polish, beads, a how-to booklet and a small gold funnel that helps you return any unused beads back into the container. Ciaté most definitely succeed in adding a very luxurious feel to this kit. The bottles are glass and are very sturdy. I love the packaging, the bottle are so pretty they could even be used as decoration in my opinion.

The quality of the nail polish is lovely. It applies like liquid gold and has gorgeous, smooth consistency.  Two coats of this polish is all you need for a flawless opaque look. The beads are also easy to apply as you can just pour them over the nail and carefully press them on. Apply some topcoat for longer wear time.

 Overall this is a great product and would make a lovely gift for anyone. The beads can be a bit of a hassle as they gradually fall off but it's a nice look for a special occasion. This is by no means a necessity product, but if you're looking for a little piece of luxury, this is great!

Ciaté caviar manicure luxe €21.92 from ASOS

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My New Year's Resolutions for 2014!

Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year! It is officially 2014 (scary, I know) and I'm being oh so original by making a few "resolutions". Now I'm not the biggest fan of that word because I believe it is often associated with things that never end up actually happening. I'm going to call them 'my little promises to myself that I will try my best to do', but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it does it? I guess "resolutions" will do for now. 

1. Healthy Eating/Fitness

I'm pretty sure this one is a general resolution with the majority of the world! No crazy diets here, but I have been getting into some healthy habits recently, however those went out the window during Christmas. I play basketball and attend Zumba classes and hope to start Pilates for this year. I'm also going to make a greater effort to go to the gym. As far as healthy eating goes, I am really into juicing lately and have a few recipes coming soon for you (check out my DIY Lean & Green juice here). I'm also going to try and make myself some healthy lunches for school.

2. Reading

With all the technology in the world, reading is something I don't tend to prioritise. I hope to rediscover my inner bookworm for 2014! Any book recommendations are very welcome and appreciated.

3. Study

Now I'm a pretty good studier, but I need to make sure I keep up to date with all my schoolwork and really put my head down for this year. 

4. Drink Water

This is an ongoing resolution for me. I'm always making an effort to drink more water as it's benefits are endless!

5. Be kind

Perhaps the most important resolution and quite a cheesy one nonetheless! Kindness is something that is often lacking and I hope to just be kind to everyone I meet and hopefully make more people smile. This includes being charitable and showing my appreciation for everyone in my life.

6. Just Say Yes

I tend to freak myself out over things and over-analyse situations. This often ends up in me turning things down and not going places. I want to teach myself to get over this and just say yes! What's the worst that can happen?

7. Sleep

I'm a total night owl and could easily go the entire night without sleeping. I need to gain some sort of a sleeping pattern! I can't see this really happening but it's worth a shot anyway. 

They are my resolutions for 2014, let me know what yours are in the comments and if we share any in common!

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