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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You can now buy the "Leanne" Dress at Motel Rocks!

So this is crazy news! I've got my own dress at Motel Rocks!
Shop the Red dress here
Shop the Black dress here

 
I was contacted by Motel Rocks a few months ago asking if I would like to collaborate and have my own dress with them, of course I said yes and jumped at the chance! After discussions on the dress I was invited down to their officers for a photoshoot!

So what made me go for this dress you may ask?

I adore the structure to it, it holds it's shape well due to the thicker fabric. It's so flattering with how it goes in perfectly at the waist. It's so versatile and can be easily dress up or down.
Whilst at their recent Christmas party I was reunited with my dress again, it was so great to share it with all the other bloggers attending along with the other dresses from Sarah, Tash, Yanin, Zoe and Kayla!

Amy, Kayla and Jacq
As usual I'm loving their items, oh that faux fur coat is amazing!
 Shop my Motel sequin dress here.
Don't forget you can use my code "leannelimwalker" for 20% off full price Motel Rocks! <3

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As Motel Rocks are such babes, they've also given you guys the opportunity to win yourself my "Leanne" dress! 

Giveaway is open worldwide, please enter via the widget below <3

'Prize is non-transferrable or returnable. No cash alternative. Motel reserves the right to change or amend the terms of the competition at any time.'

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Nicole X Missguided Exclusive Coord Preview

Top c/o / Missguided
Skirt c/o / Missguided
Necklace / Primark
4evz / Jeffrey Campbell
Lipstick / Mac Diva

So Nicole Scherzinger's next collection of gorgeous pieces for Missguided launches this Wednesday! Here's a sneaky peek of two of the items, how amazing is this top and skirt! Missguided were kind enough to send me this exclusive coord before the launch and to let you guys get it too! Skirt available here. Top available here.

It looks so classy yet sexy with the high neck long sleeves of the top, the midi length of the skirt, and the flashes of skin via the cut outs at the side. I just love how it shows off my tattoo also!

As the coord is quite simple I wanted to style it with statement accessories, this Primark necklace works perfectly along with those sky high Jeffrey Campbell sail boat 4evz.

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