Wide brimmed hat

Hat, Jumper & Coat / Primark
Boots / NewLook
Watch c/o / Daniel Wellington
Lipstick / Mac "Russian Red"

As soon as I purchased this hat from Primark, only £8, I knew it would go perfectly with my New Look knee high boots! I adore this outfit, it's comfy yet very chic looking. If you feel could you could always add tights :)

Here's my new Daniel Wellington watch, I went for the Classic Bristol in rose gold. Use code "holidayleanne" for 15% off until 31st December + Free worldwide delivery. They also have a special offer where if you add gift wrapping you will be able buy an extra wristband with 50% off.

A big thank you to Jacq who took these photos for me <3

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Watermarking your instagram images & why


Okay, so finally I've decided to watermark my images for Instagram.
I've seen lots of people doing it, and I've never before as I was worried of what others would think of me. That people would be like, who does she think she is. That I would look like a bit if a knob really.

So why have I now?

I'm being told more and more that my images are appearing on sites like Tumblr. It's not a great place to be without credit. I've then seen brands featuring me on their Instagram pages as "inspirational" hair images. It's very disheartening to see your images getting so many likes with no reference to yourself. I'm lucky that some people recognise me and let me know, but more often than not the page doesn't respond. One brand kindly aapologised letting me know they found the image on Tumblr and proceeded to tag me in the image. I guess at least now people can amend the description and add your name in there, as that would give you more publicity.

It might all sound a little dramatic, but I, like many others, spend a lot of time and effort on even our Instagram pics. It's part of our business and if people could credit us it would help us grow too, instead of people just using others' images to increase their public profile. It's so frustrating seeing people using others work, not creating things for themselves, instead relying on the effort put in by others and not giving anything back to them.

A recent example of a watermark working on an image which came to my attention was via Grav3yardgirl. The spotted a mac lipstick on Pinterest which seemed to be made up of glitter. A girl on Instagram had posted this image, she'd dipped her lipstick in glitter to create this. This was making the rounds via the internet, but Bunny was able to see who'd done it from the watermark and checked out her page. Realising she'd done it herself and it wasn't a new release from Mac.

As it's so rare to be credited on the internet, a watermark will give you this at least.

Tips:
* Make sure it's in the main part of the image so cannot be cropped out.
* Make it small, not too in your face, but still noticeable.
* Make sure it's readable & doesn't distract too much from your image.

I reached out to the world of the internet for people's suggestions of apps to use to watermark my images. Lots of people suggested I bulk edited images through photoshop, but I don't think they quite got what I meant. I needed an app for on the go editing. I don't have time to send pics to my computer to add the watermark, then send back to my phone. Also I couldn't bulk process them as I'd want the watermark on different areas of my pictures.

I ended up getting two apps upon people's recommendations, Phonto and iWatermark.

Phonto - Free (Can buy an add free version for 69p)
*More than 400 fonts are available.

* You can install other fonts.

* Text size is changeable.
* Text color is changeable.
* Text gradient is changeable.
* Text's stroke color is changeable.
* Text's shadow color is changeable.
* Text's background color is changeable.
* Text is rotatable.
* Text kerning is changeable.
* Line spacing is changeable.
* Curved text

You can create your own presets so you don't need to write out the text each time! This is found in menu>settings.


To add text, just tap your image and select your text.

 You can then decide your size, placement etc each time.
I usually alter the opacity each time to suit the image. I also adjust the size and tilt so it's in the most suitable placement each time.

 You can also create a curve to your text, I've seen a lot of people who do nail art use this, you can then wrap it around the bottom of your nails.

Some examples: Along the chain is how I did it. I also tried wrapping it around the necklace and it with more spacing between the letters.

iWatermark - £1.49
* Click to move the watermark location.

* Pinch/zoom to expand/contract the size of the watermark. 
* Two fingers at once to rotate the watermark to any angle.
* Batch processing (all at once) or sequential.
* Easily adjust the watermarks scale, opacity, font, colour, size, position & angle.
* Can create your own subtle text or graphic watermarks.
* 157 fonts for your text watermarks 113 + 44 iOS 7 fonts.
* 34 high-res watermarks.
* Import your own graphic watermarks.
* One button import of your signature for use as a watermark.
* Create a QR watermark which is like a barcode. QR codes can contain up to 4000 chars of information. QR codes can then be read with a scanner or smartphone with the right app revealing the info you encoded. 


This app does offer more, and it's quick to move and rotate your watermark by pinching with two fingers or rotating with two fingers, but I couldn't see how you could easily change opacity or colour of it. You also cannot curve the text.

It depends on what your needs are. iWatermark lets you create QR code watermarks. You can also import graphics to use instead of text.

I actually prefer using Phonto and it's free.

Have you used either of these apps? Or do you use another? If so would you recommend that?


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Shades of autumn

 Jacket / Whistles
Top & Jeans / Topshop
Shoes c/o / Public Desire
Watch c/o / Daniel Wellington
Lipstick / Limecrime Poisonberry 

It seems when it goes into Autumn/Winter I prefer the shades of white, black and grey! I think this works well though with my coloured hair and recent bold choices of lip colour.

Say hello to my beautiful new Whistles coat! I've noticed if you spend a little more on well made products it makes a difference. I can power walk and not overheat whilst wearing it, unlike if I wear my cheap synthetic material coats. The leather is buttery soft, the lining is quilted and comfortable. I can see it lasting me a life time <3

I'm not sure why I've not featured my Daniel Wellington watch more as I wear it so much! Even when I went to Barcelona recently and met lots of other bloggers, we are were wearing them. 

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Vlog cameras, my current choices

I've been spending an unhealthy amount of time searching the internet for my perfect camera to use for vlogging on my Youtube Channel. So I thought why not share it with you all too as it might help someone else as well.

Now I adore the DSLR I use for my blog pictures and main Youtube videos (it's a Canon 5D Mark ii if you wondered) but due to it's size, the lenses I use and lack of auto focus, it's no way practical to use for on the go vlogging.

Now to my new subscribers it might be news to you that I vlog, I do film most of the interesting adventures life takes me on, it's just, I haven't got round to editing them together since ermmmm May! I still wish to use the 6 months of footage at some point, I adore vlogs, for me they are great to watch back and relive all those memories again.

So yeah, I do vlog, it's just I've been a tad awful at using the footage. The camera I use is the Panasonic Lumix G3. Now don't get me wrong, it's a great camera, but over time I've noticed a few things which bug me and so I wish to make a change soon.

1. To start then, lets talk about the Panasonic Lumix G3 with 14-42mm lens

+ Now I know of a lot of Youtubers who used this or an earlier model to film their main channel videos too, the likes of Fashionrocksmysocks, Melon, and Beauty Crush. This is an older model so is affordable at around £300 including lens depending on where you shop. You can get the G6 model, was £600+ now £400+ here.

- For me it wasn't suitable for main channel videos as I hated that fact that even on a manual setting, not everything was manual. It has auto ISO so if you held up something dark for example it would make the video totally over exposed!

+ For on the go vlogging it's good. It has a flip out screen so you can check you are in frame. Be warned, do not talk to the screen, talk to the lens otherwise you are disconnecting from your viewers!

- A reoccurring issue I found was you had to wait for a while after turning your camera on to start filming, meaning I often missed things I reached out for my camera to film in the first place!

+ The inbuilt micro phone actually quite good. I like how upon editing you could tell if audio was recorded more left or right of the camera.

+ Video quality is great, I've also used this to film lookbooks as well. Great high resolution full HD.

- I wouldn't recommend this for blog photographs, I didn't like at all how it's pictures came out. Only time I liked the pictures were with the pop up flash for night time of me with other people. The flip screen made this perfect to get a great selfie with others.

* Takes SD cards
* 16.1 MP camera
* Full HD video
* Changeable lenses
* Flip touch screen
* Hot shoe
* 544g
* 47 x 115 x 84mm (H x W x D)
* Around £300

From using this camera I realised I wanted something smaller. More of a point and shoot camera, where it's slim, can fit into your pocket. Ideally with no changeable lenses and to have a flip out screen. I want something more convenient to take with me every day.

also available for cheaper with fixed 9mm lens

Okay so straight away I found a camera that has interchangeable lenses. I say I don't want one of that sort as I don't want the lens to stick out. 

+ With the fixed 9mm it should still be small enough to fit in your pocket.
- But you cannot zoom with the 9mm lens.
+ BUT it's pink :D, also comes in white, green, brown etc.
+ Can send photos and videos via wifi to your phone, tablet, computer.
+ Can use your phone as a remote to take pictures.
+ Comes also with a mini flash.
- Screen cannot lift up once mini flash has been added.
+ Very compact design.

* Takes Micro SD card
* 20.5 MP camera
* Shoots JPEG & RAW format
* Full HD video (25 & 30 fps)
* MPEG4 Format video & AVC/H.264
* Wifi
* Flip screen
*192g
* 61 x 110 x 23mm (H x W x D)
* Around £250-£350


I do feel I'm mainly drawn to this for it's colour more than anything else to be honest.

+ This camera I heard about through Melon, she now uses this camera for her vlogs.
- I've read it's a takes a little while to start filming after turning it on.
- Not the most attractive looking camera.

* Takes SD cards
* 16MP Camera
* Shoots JPEG format
* Full HD video
* MPEG4 Format video only
* Wifi
* Flip screen
* 224g
* 62.2 x 106.8 x 32.4mm (H x W x D)
* Around £160

+ Fun for Louis uses this camera for his vlogs.
I don't know much about this camera to be honest as it's quite a recent release, but the specs look amazing!

* Takes SD cards
* 20.1 MP camera
* Shoots JPEG & RAW format
* Full HD video (60fps)
* MPEG4 Format video & AVC/H.264
* Start up time 1 second
* Wifi
* Flip touch screen
* 304g
* 73.5 x 158 x 144mm (H x D x W)
* Around £500


+ This is the vlogging camera Hey Claire uses.
+ The lens is the equivalent to a DSLR's 24-70mm lens!
+ Great depth of field for both filming and photos.
+ I've seen people filming great quality main channel videos with it.
- Camera turns off if you push down the view finder.
- It's A LOT of money!

* Takes SD, micro SD & Sony Memory sticks
* 20.1 MP camera
* Shoots JPEG & RAW format
* Full HD video (30, 60 & 120 fps)
* MPEG4 Format video, AVCHD etc
* Start up time 1.6 seconds
* Wifi
* Flip screen
* 290g
* 58 x 102 x 41mm (H x W x D)
* Around £700

A great video review here.

My thoughts

If money was not an option, I would totally get the Sony! It seems unbelievable! Perfect for vlogs, I would take it with me every day for on the go blog pictures too. I always feel I let myself down with not having my DSLR camera when I go to events, but the pictures the Sony takes are amazing!

I think I will save up for the Sony, I'm not saying you guys should go crazy like me and get that too. But I feel it would be so perfect for my needs.

I would recommend the Panasonic Lumix for someone starting out on youtube, is suitable for main channel videos and vlogs.

I would recommend the Panasonic Tz55 for someone looking for a compact point and shoot for starting up vlogs. 

Or you could even look at older models of brands cameras. From research I saw flip screens and cameras with Wifi have been around for a couple of years, some even going on eBay for under £100. Try looking up Samsung MV900F.

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My updated skin care routine

More recently through watching lots of beauty gurus on youtube, I have finally become more experimental with makeup and skincare, of which I am so thankful for! I've improved my skin and longevity of my makeup so much since having my eyes opened to lots of other products and brands available on the market.

Today I'm sharing with you my new skin care routine. I say new as today I have just incorporated 3 new products into my routine. Instead of the usual, here's what I use sort of post, I wanted to let you guys follow my journey with it to see if it works.
If you follow my skin journey (see part 1 & 2) you will recognise the two Priori products. I've been using both for 4 months and love both greatly!

First I use a face wash to remove all makeup. I've been using the Witch skin care face wash recently. Then for a second cleanse I go in with this. Originally I only used this in the evening, but now I use it both morning and night. Using one pump with moistened hands you message it onto your damp face. Today I then added in my new step of then going over my skin with the magnitone lucid device, but we'll talk about that in a second.

What I love about the gentle cleanser is, even the first time I used it I noticed, it made my skin feel soft straight after use. My skin wasn't tight and dry. I didn't have to rush over to a moisturiser to make my skin feel happy.

I tend to leave it on my skin for a little longer whilst brushing my teeth, then rinse off with warm water and pat my face dry. I've got into a good routine of using fresh face towels, using one side in the morning, the other side in the evening. Then the next day having a fresh one to stop any build up of bacteria.

This skin renewal cream I only use at night time, massaging one pump into my skin, although I avoid above my top lip as I noticed I was too sensitive there and it made me break out.

I love this as it also gently exfoliates, keeping your skin nice and smooth. It also helps fade any pigmentation from old break outs and to even skin tone.
Welcome Liz Earle! I recently got to try a few of their christmas gift sets, these two are from their Radiant Beauty collection, they also come in their Botanical Skin Saviours collection but in smaller sizes.

This toning water is suitable for all skin types and feels so refreshing on the skin and does not sting. Apply using a cotton pad to remove any last signs of makeup and help reduce pore size.

I've been after a new moisturiser recently, I'd been using a Ren oil free one which I loved, but it ran out way too quick for how much it was! I moved onto a Witch Skincare one, but it didn't mattify my skin like advertised.

This moisturiser I love. It has a great consistency and sinks into the skin beautifully. They have it available for dry/sensitive, combination/oily and normal/combination skin types.

Both these products have lots of natural ingredients which help maintain your skin and help with cell renewal.

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This is Magnitone's lucid facial cleansing brush, this version in particular is their limited edition version with Pixie Lott. It's advertised to give you softer, clearer and brighter skin in 7 days. I was given this as a present from my recent photoshoot with AX Paris and was intrigued! At first I was a little apprehensive with using this device every day, worrying it would be too much for my skin. But it also has a sensitive setting which I've used and so far, so good. It helps your cleanser work better with your skin and also exfoliates. A deeper cleanse also helps products like moisturisers to work more effectively too.

Firstly you wet the brush, you can add your cleanser onto the brush, but I prefer to apply mine to my face with my hands first, then go over with the device. Push the button to start, this is the normal mode, press again to get to the sensitive mode and away you go. (It's recommended to use the device on the sensitive mode for the first 5 days of use, I'm that sad person who reads instruction manuals)

It also has an inbuilt timer, you start around your forehead, 20 seconds later it beeps. You move to your cheeks, 10 seconds on each, so 20 seconds later it beeps. Now you go over your nose and after 20 seconds it turns off and your cleansing is done. Rinse of your cleanser from your face and pat dry. Remove brush from device, rinse and leave to dry.

I use this twice a day for a minute each time. I double checked with Magnitone via twitter and they said this is perfectly fine. Originally I wasn't sure if that would be too much and perhaps I should only do once a day. I guess adjust to how your skin reacts.

It's recommended that you charge your device full before first use, I've read reviews of people using theirs for over a month and it still going strong on it's one charge. As it's fully water proof there isn't a hole to insert the charger, instead it magnetically connects. Brushes are said to last 3 months at a time.

The lucid is also available in 4 colours. Blue, green, yellow and pink.

So lets follow how my skin gets on through the 7 days then. Hopefully I shall remember to photograph my skin every day! I most likely will miss a few days, but as long as I have my before and after, that's the main thing right?

Soooo.. here's my skin today before starting with my updated routine. It's not looking it's best, but by no means is it looking it's worst! If you follow my skin journey you'd of seen it worst! My skin tone has improved so much since using the Priori products, also my pores have reduced and overall I look more glowy. At least as I've got older I no longer get blemishes on my forehead or nose, shame I still do on other areas.

Hope you like this format of seeing how the products work on my skin, rather than how I've seen people usually show their skin care. Let me know!



Have you tried any of these products? Or have any to recommend for clearing up skin?

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#VeryOnTrend

I ventured down to London for Very's party in the OXO Tower, dressed head to toe in Very <3
Shop my outfit from the night!
Dress c/o Very by Lipsy
Shoes c/o Very by Shoe Box
Bag c/o Very
Earrings c/o Very by River Island

I attended the event with Jacqueline and got to meet other lovely blogger babes whilst there. We browsed their party collections and sat front row at the catwalk show.

Check out their video from the night <3
3. Coat

Above were my favourite looks from the catwalk show <3
What's your favourite party look?


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