Camera Ready

I hate the whole ‘Selfie’ trend – I hate the word, I hate that literally everyone and their mum and talking selfies…but I am still partial to taking one… yep, hypocrite in the finest forms. I almost just wish it didn’t have a label – it’s something people have been doing pretty much forever (self portrait by Van Gough anyone?) but now it has a catchy name and a pop song all about it, it’s more of a ‘thing’. But my niggles with it as a trend aside – I do still want to make sure I’m camera ready and look at least half decent in any I do take!

So a couple of weeks ago I was at an event with Max Factor and Nokia… learning all about the art of the selfie! Well, more like having a play with the snazzy new Nokia Lumia 1020 – which has an impressive 42mp camera, with controls comparable to a DSLR. Plus having make-up done by the lovely Max Factor team, to use a few little tricks and tips to feel a bit more camera prepared than when I walked in (after having one of those days where journeys become nightmares and you just know you look a bit clammy and gross by the time you arrive anywhere). Maybe just me, but anyhow…

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I’ve almost gotten used to always being ‘that’ blogger who rocks up to an event looking so far removed from my apparent ‘beauty junkie’ alter-ego…almost resembling someone who might not even know what foundation is, let alone still hope to have it on my face after a day in the office, plus the tube and various busses and general London gross-ness. I’m not a *total* fail in the make-up department – but it did often feel like it when you show up somewhere without having time to touch up, and knowing your make-up hasn’t quite stood the test of time.

With that in mind, the Max Factor Face Finity Primer – the stand-alone primer version of the Face Finity Foundation – which is primer, concealer and foundation in one. I was actually really excited to try this – I really like primers but often find myself lacking in time so skip that step – it’s also been a while since I’ve tried and of the new bits from Max Factor.

The primer does feel lovely on the skin – it has a bit of a silicone-slick to it – but not so intense that you feel like you applied a mask. It feels very light and like it leans towards the cream side rather than the typical silicone feeling. Even just used alone is does have a subtle evening effect in how it sort of mattifies and smoothes things over.For lazy days I could be tempted to use this alone thanks to the SPF – but would definitely have to be a good-skin lazy day.

Then the other two little tips/tricks from the Max Factor side of things was lips and lashes – after having a camera-ready base, perfecting the lips and making the eyes look fab with lashings of mascara are the other two super easy tricks to look fab in photos. Lashes for me are the number one – I’m a bit of a cheat as right now I have the lash extensions I blogged about in and I love them! I will 100% be getting them again – and one of the biggest differences I notice with them is how much better/bigger my eyes tend to look in photos. Mascara does the same thing – layer it on until you get the effect/volume you want and voila. The final touch was the Lipfinity colour/balm combo – a long lasting colour (in a natural ‘my lips but better’ shade) and a balm to keep the long-lasting side from drying out the lips and adding a touch of glossy shine.

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Whilst I am of course all about the make-up I have to mention the Nokia side of things of course too – now, I have to be honest and admit I am pretty much a die-hard apple person. Unless something drastically changes, it’s unlikely I will tear myself away from my iPhone. BUT – my fiance is not, and if anything he’s the opposite – he used to have an iPhone and got sick of it and went back to a ‘normal’ phone as he calls it. He did the same thing on the laptop front too – giving me his macbook Pro and getting himself a Sony Vaio. Recently on the phone front he’s been looking to upgrade – with his one requirement being he wants a phone with a s**t-hot camera as he wants to be able to take pictures, but doesn’t want the hassle of carrying a camera around with hi. So when I passed the Nokia Lumia 1020 his way (complete with bright yellow case) he was pretty chuffed to say the least. He loves that it has the same sort of interface as his laptop  as it makes it nice and instinctive – and he absolutely love the camera. Granted, he’s less about the selfies and more about golf course shots and pictures of the sleeping puppy… but the little collage above should give you an idea of the quality of shot this little thing can take. He also was quite baffled by the wireless charger that you can have for the phone too… impressed, but also very confused (how does that work, seriously?!).

So selfies aside – if you want to break from the mould of the Apple world and want a phone that takes awesome photos (it has control options like a DSLR – did I mention that?! Even I have to admit that beats the iPhone) then check out the Nokia 1020 – for me, Nokia will always have a bit of a soft spot thanks to it being my first ‘need it’ phone – ah Nokia 5110 you will always have my heart (it was the lovely squishy buttons that did it for me – digit-c0mfort despite hours of playing snake…).




  1. May 23, 2014 / 8:33 am

    This does sound like a rather fab phone – refreshing to move away from the iPhone!!
    (Plus – it has Snake?!!!!)

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  2. May 23, 2014 / 10:21 am

    I could probably move away from the iphone for this! I have a weird obsession with all things bright and the fact it has a bright yellow back just screams at me!

  3. May 23, 2014 / 10:37 am

    I love this post and I am with you on the gimmickry of the “S” word. I used to love Nokia….you could play snake! hahaha

    My husband is the same. He has an iPhone and finds it tiresome.

  4. Lily
    May 23, 2014 / 11:39 am

    I really want to try the Max Factor Facfinity primer, after I love the foundation so much x

  5. May 23, 2014 / 11:20 am

    I’ve really been wanting to try this primer, it sounds lovely!

  6. May 23, 2014 / 8:58 pm

    The camera controls on the Lumia 1020 are amazing! I’m starting to get bored with my iPhone, and if they don’t launch something spectacular this fall (I’m hoping they do a slightly larger phablet-type phone!) I will most likely switch brands — I’ve already started looking around! It is so hard to find the perfect phone. I want a beautiful phone with a great camera, good battery life, and a non-plastic body. Nearly impossible to find!

  7. May 24, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    I have the Nokia Lumia 1020 and I LOVE it! I actually use it for my blog photos and could not be happier with it!


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