Sunday, 8 March 2015

Open letter to Instagram

"Hey Instagram,

You're a great friend.  I check in a few times a day and see what my friends are doing, see what people I have never met are eating for lunch in Paris, what outfit someone my height is trying on in America, what new items are arriving in my favourite stores, what cute poses or daft things several cats (and dogs) are doing....  I can even see fashion catwalks seconds after they happen.

I also post my own things... when I remember.  It's a great community and one I love being apart of.  Not too many adverts, some really supportive people (lets just side-step the troll issue that most forms of social media get nowadays).

However, there is one thing that I really feel you have room to improve.  You make the mistake of assuming that all of us only have 1 instagram account and only need access to post pictures to 1 account.  I know you have had trouble with spammers and inactive accounts, and removed a lots recently, so I understand that you might be quite apprehensive.  I just want to reassure you that 'it's ok'!  People might need access to more that 1 account for totally legitimate reasons.  The PR worker who manages several accounts, the business owner who wants to keep their personal life separate from their work life (and work streams), the blogger who might need access to a couple of accounts (maybe one for pet photos).....

If you only have one account then you wont feel my pain.  However if you have ever tried to use two accounts then I'm sure you can identify with my frustration!
Some of my captures.  Swatches, makeup, rainbows.. standard. (link)

While you don't ban us from having access to several accounts, you don't make it easy if we want to actually utilise several accounts.  Sign out from account 1, sign in to account 2, scroll, sign out account 2, sign in account 1... it's such a time waster and puts a lot of people off using the service just because of the time lost and the general awkwardness.

Take a look at Twitter.  They get a gold star.  They allow mobile users to log in to several accounts and easily swap between them with the tap of a button- non of this log out, sign in repeatedly rubbish!

I am sure you, being technological wizards, have the capacity to do this.  Even if you dont, then someone else can..... only you haven't released the API details, so no-one else can even attempt it.  There are apps which allow you to view multiple accounts, but none which allow a user to toggle between them AND upload/post to all of them.

It's such a shame, because you have a monopoly but you just aren't making the best use of it.  I hope that one day, you'll sort your issues out and create a better app- or resolve your trust issues and release the API.  At the moment it's sort of like you're the owner of a big park where you'll only let people visit on their own because of the size of the footpaths only takes single file.  You could improve the experience for everyone, but you'll need to spend a few pounds widening the footpath so people could visit and groups and socialise easier.

I'm hoping one day you'll make the experience a little easier for those of us who need to access, and post to, 2 or 3 accounts.  Then we can be total friends, not just acquaintances.  Best buds.  Chums. Insta-mates.  I'd like that a lot.

If you have the same problem/wish then add your support below and maybe instagram will consider revising the app!  Maybe someone has an alternative solution.  I tweeted about this the other week and it seems a lot of people have the same problem.  Fingers crossed 2015 will be the year instagram changes!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Cult Beauty Haul, Sunday Riley and FREE Goodie-bag!

Just a quick post today about an offer at Cult Beauty too good to miss... and a slight haul as a result! You know when you are working that much that you don't know when you will have time to eat, breath or sleep.... yes... Think London Fashion Week... only the fun lasts for a month!

Sunday Riley Good Genes (link)

This busy schedule has taken it's toll on my skin- and I physically feel exhausted.  So when payday rolled round I through I would treat my skin with a purchase from Sunday Riley- 'Good Genes' to be precise.  Now this is high end, there is no escaping that.  BUT there are parts of my skincare routine where I will splurge invest, and parts where budget options will do.  Longtime readers will know about my skin troubles, although I am probably overdue a skin update!  I also think I need to do a separate post on this product, but it certainly is a 'cult' favourite backstage at London Fashion Week (and many other fashion shows) and packs a powerful punch.

Read what is in the Cult Beauty Amazing Goodie-bag!

It just so happened that I had a code for some money off AND Cult Beauty are offering an amazing goodie-bag with purchases.  The goody bag alone is worth £170 and contains a few skin treats which I can't wait to try.  Mini sizes are great for travel too (which is very handy at the moment).  While I was putting in a purchase, I picked up an Anastasia Brow Wiz (link).  I have wanted to try this for ages, and my last brow pencil was a very budget option so I treated myself to see if I have been missing much.  I'm also curious to see how this holds up against the Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford versions.....

Brow Wiz? I'll let you know!

If you want more information, just click the links.  And if you want to ask questions about any of the products then just leave a comment below :)  Sorry it's a short post.  Hopefully things will ease off a bit in a few days :) 

Just a quick update that if you entered my last giveaway, please check your emails as I am having difficulty in contacting the winner.  I've had to redraw it so if this person doesn't get in contact then I will have to reallocate the prize again!

Have a great Sunday!

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