Review | You Beauty Discovery Box April

This month's You Beauty Discovery box was filled with goodies focussed around natural ingredients.

Enclosed are two products which I chose, one which was sent to everybody, and one snack which was sent to everybody! There's also their coupon-filled magazine. 

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The first choice product which I settled on was this: It's a Clayspray Face Mask, in Glow- Red Clay and Cacao. I had never encountered this brand before, but the product size was fairly large at 30ML, and this exact product normally costs £15!

Nourishing power of antioxidant rich cacao aids cell regeneration and neutralises the damaging effect of free radicals.

For glowing, healthy, and radiant looking skin 

 The Glow Red Clay Masque instantly adds a boost of radiance to dull skin. The mineral rich formula includes iron to activate circulation, silica to boost collagen, alongside nourishing cacao, which is rich in anti-oxidants to rejuvenate. The restoring clay exfoliates and restores the skin’s surface revealing a glowing and healthy looking complexion.

 

This product is for Normal/Combination Skin. My skin is normal/dry, but I found it fine to use. As you can see. the product is dispensed via the nozzle at the top. And as you can see from my 'swatch', it comes out plentifully! It has a lovely earthy-chocolatey aroma. When I used it, I found it was actually exfoliating as I applied; there are tiny abrasive particles in the formula. 

I left it to dry, and washed it off in the bath. This product turned the water completely brown, and left a lot of silt in the tub after it drained, so you really need to wash this off in the sink!

 Ingredients: Clay, (argilla), water (aqua), cocoa (theobroma cacao) seed powder, sodium polyacrylate, sodium hexametaphoshate, citric acid.

 The ingredients list is comfortingly small, with only 7 ingredients! 

I liked this product. I didn't see any life changing results from using it, but I like using clay masks, and it's super useful to be able to have a wet clay mask available without continually buying sachets.

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The second choice product I selected was the only makeup product available this month! It was the INIKA Mineral Eyeshadow in Gun Metal. It's a cute little pot of this beautiful silver-grey loose shadow. This product has an RRP of £11, so it's another high-end and fullsize product in my box!

NO FLASH

NO FLASH

FLASH

FLASH

I prefer to apply this product wet. When applying dry, it's likely you'll get fallout. With a wet brush, you can use it as a beautiful eyeliner accent. It's really pigmented, and has excellent wear. 

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The product which everybody received this month a sachet from The Organic Pharmacy's Antioxidant range. I received the face cream. The product was like a very smooth and fairly thick yoghurt, it had a lovely fragrance, and didn't have any adverse affect for my skin. Unfortunately I can't rate a skincare product from just one use, which is all a sachet allows for, so I don't have a verdict for you about this product. 

The final thing in my box was this fruity 9bar! It was a mixed seed energy bar topped with chocolate. I will be truly honest- I ate only 1/3 of this. I wasn't a big fan! I don't really like seeds or organic bars in general, but if you like them, I'm sure you will like this bar! 

I did some maths for this month's box, as I think I got a huge deal for this month's box.

£15 + £11 + 50p (estimate) + £1.50 (estimate) = £28!

minus £6.95, includes delivery, and my box had me in a product profit of £21.05. 

I've enjoyed all the boxes I've received from YBD so far, and I look forward to May's box!

 

http://www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk/ - I'm not sponsored, I buy these myself!

Review | Instax Mini 8 Polaroid Camera

In January I bought myself this camera. It is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera. I'd always wanted an instant camera- in such a digital age, it's so easy to take a thousand photos, and so easy to loose them all. I had always loved flicking through my family's photo albums as a girl, and I wanted to make sure I could give that experience to any future family I may have too.

In recent years, Fujifilm have released a range of instant cameras. Until then, it was incredibly difficult to re-live the years of polaroid film, and with more and more manufacturers discontinuing their film from the 80s, it was an expensive world to casually enter.

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I browsed around for the best place to buy. Many places offer cameras with a film bundle, so it was difficult to discern the best deal. I saw places like Urban Outfitters selling them for as much as £100, and many other stores selling bundles for £80 and more. I eventually settled on eBay seller electronics-deal

My camera cost £68.49, with free shipping and 50 shots. These polaroid film shots generally average at £1 per shot, so my camera really cost only £11.50! 

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PHOTO CREDIT: FUJIFILMINSTAXMINI.COM

PHOTO CREDIT: FUJIFILMINSTAXMINI.COM

The Instax Mini 8 is available in a wide variety of colours, including some special edition versions. There are the five basic colours: white, black, yellow, blue, and pink. I've seen varieties featuring Kumamon, Winnie the Pooh, Little Twin Stars, and more. I chose the basic Pink version.

Tech Specs

  • Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec
  • Lens Aperture: f/12.7
  • Focal Length: 60 mm
  • Min Focus Range: 23.6 in
  • Shooting Range: 2 ft - 9 ft
  • Shutter Control: electronic
  • Shooting Modes: full auto

 

  • Film Advance: automatic
  • Camera Flash: built-in flash
  • Flash Modes: auto mode
  • Batteries: 2 AA
  • Features: auto power off
  • Viewfinder: real-image
  • Magnification: 0.37x

The camera functions are extremely basic- it is a point and shoot to the very root of the term. The camera is auto-focus, and the flash will fire for every shot. You can see the viewfinder on the top-left of the image; instead of an SLR viewfinder, where the viewfinder will show you an accurate depiction of the photo you will take, this viewfinder is only an approximation of the photo you will take. It is a wise idea to position your photos a little down and to the left before you release the shutter in order to take the photograph you see in the viewfinder.

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From the back view of the camera body, we can see where we load and unload film. The instructions to load film are very simply marked on each packet, and it would be a waste of my currently loaded film to show you, so you will have to experience the process for yourself when the time comes! 

You can see the shot countdown on the right hand side of the back of the camera. The film automatically rolls onto the next. You can have a maximum of 10 shots loaded at a time.

The image on the left displays the battery slot- the camera takes two AA batteries. On the right, you can see the camera strap, which was included with the camera. The above vies shows the slot from where your images will emerge!

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While the camera is automatic, there are four options which you can adjust your image with. When you power on the camera, the camera will detect your light settings, and illuminate the light setting which it recommends. You can override this, and select a different setting to produce a lighter or darker photograph. Hi-Key mode will produce brighter images in all settings. 

FILM

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The correct film for the Instax Mini 8 is this credit-card sized photo version. It can be used in any of the Instax models which use credit-card sized photo film. It averages at £1 per shot, however it can be bought for cheaper, especially in bulk. It is easy to load into the camera and use. It is advised that when travelling, the film should not be exposed to an x-ray.

I have heard horror stories of people leaving their film in their checked-in luggage, only for it to all be blanked when the time comes to use it. With film being fairly expensive, this is a real worry for instax owners! From my experience, I have placed my camera, any film, and the packaging which states the x-ray damage risk in a separate bag inside my hand luggage, and asked the staff at security to hand-check the bag as is a polaroid camera with old-fashioned film, and the x-rays can damage it.

They usually check and swab it, and give it back to me. I've not had any problems doing this, and have flown with my instax about 6 times so far, but I have heard of people who have been refused and had to put it through the x-ray anyway.

ACCESSORIES

I purchased this camera case from taobao. It's available in all the basic instax colours, however I chose the pink version, to match my camera. It is a snug fit, and the inside is lined with a soft fabric. The flap is detachable, and can be removed by the press studs on the back. It fastens down to the bottom of the camera with a small magnet. It also comes with a detachable strap. It makes using the camera a little difficult, as you must awkwardly hold the flap back when you shoot, but it's worth it to protect the body. 

I also purchased this miniature photo album to store my photos in. It's very practical and available in an array of colours. The front cover actually holds a space for another polaroid photo! When I fill up my album, I'll decide on the title of the album, and take a creative photo of the title written with pasta or something like that. 

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It has a blue-checked interior, and each page is double sided, and holds four photographs. Because the photos are credit card sized, you can also store important business cards inside the album too! The album stores up to 64 photos, excluding the cover slot.

 

You can purchase many more accessories for your camera. An example of the things you can buy: A lens mirror to aid taking selfies, pens to decorate your photos, different coloured and patterned films, borders for your film, stickers for your film, hard-shell casing, and more.

PRINT QUALITY

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As you can see, the focussing of the photos is not wonderful. The flash can easily overexpose your photo. The viewfinder makes it easy to poorly frame your photo. The prints are incomparable to the perfection which we can achieve from our DSLR cameras, or even our mobile phone shots. However, the payoff of instant print is like no other. No matter how many filters, frames or effects you apply to your digital photos, you will never be able to recreate the effect given by instant photos.

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Instant print photos are precious- you get 10 in a pack, and each photo costs around £1. Each subject is a memory you decided was worth keeping. There's only one copy of this photo. It's a relaxing and refreshing feeling in the digital age. This camera is absolutely the best thing I've bought in a long time. The photo quality may be imperfect, but my polaroid photos are my treasures. I've felt that my photos were slipping away for a long time- I have hard drives full of photos which I can't bring myself to sort through for the sheer amount there are. Sometimes, less is more. I would really recommend this camera for anybody who has experienced the same feeling. They're fun, cute, and a really nice keepsake to look at over and over again.

 

I actually own the Polaroid PoGo Mini Printer, which I will review at some point, but I will tell you now- this camera I prefer!

Let's Catch Up!

It's been a good while since I've blogged about myself and not a product or experience! So I wanted to take a little time and just talk with you about what's happening with me!

Events I'm Attending This Year

I am currently booked for three events this year as a performer. They are:

Yorkshire Cosplay Con

I'll be attending this one-day event held in Yorkshire's Doncaster Dome on 14th June 2014. I'll be performing, selling merch, and doing various other things throughout the day! You can book tickets here from £7.

Idol Matsuri

Idol Matsuri is also held in June, but this time across the globe in the USA! It's the first event of its kind being held. I will be attending along with a huge host of idol performance acts, including many from Japan, and across the US! Acts include Haruko Momoi, Aither, RYUtist, DJ Amaya and Ally and Sally.

There is a fundraiser effort to help cover the international air fares that this event requires to be held. 

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/idol-matsuri-usa-s-first-j-pop-idol-convention

There's plenty of rewards there, and I'm going to document the event as best as I can. I love international travel, and I promise that I'll blog every step of the journey, so even if you don't live in the area, think about supporting the event! 

Alcon

Alcon is an event which I attended last year, too! I'll be attending and performing once more this year. It's a 16+ event held in Leicester across 4-7th of September 2014. I'll be attending and performing on Saturday and Sunday.

 

My Stance on Dance Videos

I've of course been updating my channel with semi-weekly videos for a good while now! I just wanted to talk about my content a little, as I don't really want to make a video about it but I do want to talk to you about it.

Some of you will have subscribed before 2013, the time when my content was exclusively dancing. I posted my last dancing video in July 2012, and I didn't post any videos after that until my channel reboot in January 2013. 

I found myself enjoying making dance videos less and less. The whole point of making videos is to make videos which are enjoyable for me to make and then by extension, enjoyable for you to watch. I don't think you would want to watch me making dance covers in which I wasn't having a good time. 

I had recorded so many, even edited and uploaded them, but I had never published them because I just wasn't satisfied. It was really frustrating and upsetting for me to feel like that about something I had put so much effort into, that I just decided to have a break.

I still attend ballet classes, just as I have since I was 3 years old. I now also do pilates every week! I practice jpop dances once a month or so, and even more just before a convention or event. I've not learned anything new in a while though.

So I guess I'm still having a break. It's continued for 23 months now. I didn't want my channel- the channel I made, for myself, back in 2007, to just lie dormant. I like making videos, but I wasn't enjoying making the dance videos any more. I had actually been making many hair and beauty tutorials on my second channel. I decided that I didn't want my main channel to gather dust, and so I moved all video creation onto my main channel alone.

Now, my banner lists 7 categories of videos.

They are: Fashion, Beauty, Hair, Game, Dance, Music, Vlog. 

And this answer has alleviated my stress greatly! My channel is now exactly this: On a Tuesday and a Saturday, a new video will be uploaded. It will be any one of these 7 categories. I don't want to write dance videos off forever, I loved them and they brought me great joy while growing up. I hope they can make me happy again at some point. I'm just going to take it easy, and I hope that you'll continue supporting my channel, no matter which direction we encounter.

If you want to unsubscribe because you only want dance videos, by all means feel free. I'd rather have a smaller subscriber base of people who were there because they wanted to be. I'm so grateful for every single one of you who subscribes to me and watches my videos, and I hope that this explanation will answer some things that you may have been wondering :)

bcky couture

On a lighter note, you will maybe have seen that on 14.4.14, I launched my very own fashion brand! 

I've been talking about making my own clothes for a while, and I took the dive at last! We have 8 garments in our first collection, and every single piece is handmade at home by myself and my mother. We make everything to measure- no dress sizes, just your sizes. We ship worldwide. You can read the first blogpost on the brand's website if you'd like to learn more about the naissance, and of course please do check out the collection! I'll be making a video about my brand shortly for YouTube explaining a little more and showing you the clothes I have made. 

Other

I'm going to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu live at the end of the month! I've made a really cool outfit to wear, I'm super excited to go ❀ so many of my friends are going to be there, it's probably going to be the social event of the year for me! here's a sneak peek of the prep for my outfit:

so many flowers (〃∇〃)

so many flowers (〃∇〃)

I also partook in some content for my network's channel! My YouTube network is Maker and The Platform is their subsidiary style branch. One show they run is called Postcards From... and it's a video lookbook from around the globe. Many of my favourite YouTubers have also done episodes, such as Marzia and Pursebuzz. Here's my episode → 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnrWAz0WDfs

That's more or less all from me! I hope it was nice for us to catch up like this. I'll try to write big wordy personal posts more often. Take care! 😊