Taking the perfect selfie with Cotton Bag Co’s Selfie Bag – review

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Part of being a blogger and running an Instagram account inevitably involves taking selfies sometimes, doesn’t it? But what if, like me, you’re not very confident about taking selfies? Enter the Selfie Bag from Cotton Bag Co* to try and make life that little bit easier.

Selfie Bag – Cotton Bag Co

I’d never heard of a Selfie Bag before but when the Cotton Bag Co put a call out on Twitter for bloggers to review their recent launch, I was intrigued. I was also delighted to see the Westbury-based company is local to me (I’m near Bath). Cotton Bag Co works with the big boys like Wagamama and M&S as well as smaller niche brands but still maintains its strong ethical policy. This includes ethical sourcing of materials, using environmentally friendly supplies, and ensuring that all their workplaces follow international labour standards (fair wages, and no forced, bonded or involuntary labour).

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Cotton Bag Co released ‘The Selfie Bag’ in time for National Selfie Day last year. The customised canvas selfie bags come in two different designs: black canvas with gold patterns, or natural canvas with colourful patterns – as you can see, I received the colourful bag. Both bags have inner pockets that are specially designed to hold your smart phone and selfie stick, plus a unique fold out reflector to help you get better lighting in all your selfies. Also included is an exclusive brochure with selfie tips from the Queen of Selfies, Kim Kardashian, plus advice from fellow bloggers on how to bag yourself the perfect selfie.

Why choose a canvas Selfie Bag?

Did you know that the average plastic bag gets used for twelve minutes before it gets thrown away? That’s a shocking statistic, isn’t it? But the Cotton Bag Co bags can be used again and again and, if cared for correctly, may even last a lifetime. Perfect for anyone looking to invest in a more sustainable lifestyle. All the company’s canvas bags are made using recyclable and reusable products from renewable materials, with eco-friendly dyes to colour the cotton, and lead-free inks to print the designs onto the bags.

First impressions

I rarely take selfies and almost never upload them to social media so I jumped at the chance to test a bit of kit that might help me. The bag is a lovely bright colour and a very good size. I can see it coming on holiday with us as a beach bag to keep all our phones, money, and valuables safe in its zipped compartments. It folds up easily and works as a multi-use bag that I can keep in my usual shoulder bag for any suitable selfie opportunity 🙂

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The bit I particularly like is the fold out reflector sheet: not just for selfies, I can see this coming in useful for flatlays too, when the light isn’t all I’d like it to be…

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I’ve been practising taking selfies since I received my bag, although I’m not ready to share them on social media yet. But I think the bag and the free brochure of experts’ selfie tips have definitely helped me take a better picture, so watch this space. Hopefully by the time National Selfie Day comes around again, I’ll be ready. For those who don’t know, on 21st June, we’re encouraged to take creative (appropriate) selfies and share them on social media with the hashtag #NationalSelfieDay.

In the meantime, here are a few interesting facts about selfies and how important they are for those of us running social media accounts (whether personal or on behalf of clients).

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Where can I buy the Selfie Bag?

You can buy the bag from Cotton Bag Co direct here and you can choose which of the two options you’d prefer: black and gold or natural and colourful. While I may not have any selfies to show you yet, I’ve loved using my innovative bag and I’m very grateful to Cotton Bag Co for sending me one to trial. For only £9.99 each, I think they’re an amazing bit of kit for anyone in search of a confidence booster and, of course, bagging that perfect selfie!

Do you enjoy taking selfies? What are your favourite tips for getting the best picture?

* I was gifted this Selfie Bag in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own and this is an honest, unbiased review.

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Jenny in Neverland
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This sounds intriguing and certainly a unique product! I could definitely use some help when it comes to selfies. I just don’t know how to take them anymore haha.

Ms Via
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This is the first time I heard about a selfie kit, but this is so interesting. I try to take selfies sometimes but most of the time it is a disaster. The colorful bag a very cute and that reflector I guess will be helpful. The selfie numbers was interesting to know.

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Lauren
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Oh my goodness this is such a lovely idea! Such a beautiful bag! A great review lovely, as always a great post! 🧡

Bexa
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Wow! I didn’t know 1,000 selfies are posted on Instagram every 10 seconds! That’s a lot of selfies ha ha. I’ve never heard of a selfie bag before but I love the idea and the design is gorgeous. It does look like the perfect holiday/beach bag too and it looks like you can carry a lot of things! Great review Lisa and thank you for introducing me to the world of selfie bags! <3 xx

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Rebecca
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Great post Lisa, I love this idea and it’s great it’s reusable and ethical too. I’m not really one for selfies so I suspect it would be useful to me! xx

Dreams&Lashes
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The pattern on the bag is really pretty so I would totally use it as a reusable shopping bag. I always try to avoid plastic bags and that statistic was just scary!
However, the fact that there is now a market for a ‘selfie bag’ is just scary to me haha

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Emily
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This sounds and looks lovely! It’s great to use things like canvas bags to be more sustainable, it’s a small something we should all do moreoften! x

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Tiffany
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I love the look of this! It’s so unique, I’ve never seen anything like it before. I don’t take selfies often as I don’t really know what I’m doing so I think I need all the help I can get haha. Brilliant review xx

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Louisa
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This is a great concept. I need as much help as I can get when it comes to selfie taking. I’m just so awkward 😂

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Charlene McElhinney
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This is an excellent idea, and would actually be such a great gift for someone! Something different and a little bit quirky! Great review/post!

Ellie Phillips
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Such a unique idea for a product, love the idea of this x

Alys
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This is an interesting product, wow! I don’t really like taking selfies, I get so awkward haha x
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Jess
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Never heard of a product like this before it sounds really unique! I’m terrible at taking selfies so this would probably come in useful for me!

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Kat
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I really need to work on my selfies! This sounds like such an interesting product! I’m definitely going to look into getting one.

Kirstie
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This sounds incredible – would love to have the chance to use this for myself. I have tried the flat lay thing before, but all of my attempts just look awful, haha! Now I just use ‘interesting angles’

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Bethany Jane
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I absolutely never take selfies haha, I never like how I look and I don’t think people would be interested in seeing my face. However, that fact about the Instagram likes being so much higher for pics with faces in them has really opened my eyes! This is such a cool product and I love the reflector (I have one but it’s absolutely MASSIVE) – maybe I’ll need to investigate and get my selfie game up to speed!
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