Sunday, 23 April 2017

Collective Haul - Lush, Primark & More!

Hello everyone!

I have done quite a bit of shopping recently so I am going to show you what I have picked up over the last few weeks.

I wanted to try some of the Lush Easter products but they didn't have a lot left when I went into the shop so I only picked up two things. The first thing I bought was the 'Which Came First ?' bath bomb. This smells so nice and it's quite big so I am very excited to use it.  Next I got the 'Bunch of Carrots' bubble bar. These are adorable, they smell amazing and I love the fact that you get 3 products in one. Plus you can use each bubble bar 2 or 3 times so they are great value for money.

I've recently discovered and fallen in love with super affordable makeup brands mainly MUA and Essence. I got the Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel in the shade 01 blondy brows which is a great dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow. I actually prefer the Essence one because it doesn't make my brows feel crispy and it is only £2.50. I then got some products from MUA. First I picked up the transparent pressed setting powder. It's just as good as most powders. Next I got the eyebrow pencil in the shade brunette. It is a bit dark on me but the Essence brow gel lightens it a bit. Lastly I bought a lipliner in the shade caramel nougat. This lipliner is really creamy and a perfect nude shade on my skin tone.

At the same time that I bought the eyebrow gel I also bought a gel nail polish from Essence to try out. I'm not going to lie the main reason for buying this was because it is called 'Gossip Girl' (which if you haven't seen that TV show you should definitely watch it.) However it is actually a really good polish. Next I bought a makeup brush from Primark. I love the fact that it is double ended so it's two super soft brushes for one. Also from Primark I got a watch as my last watch broke. On the face of the watch it has loads of designs related to London and nature which I think is really pretty. The last thing I bought was a body spray from H & M in the scent 'Sweet Macaron.' This smells amazing and the packaging is quite small making it easy to take in my school bag.

That is everything I have bought recently. Let me know in the comments what your favourite affordable makeup brand is. Mine would be MUA as I love so many of their products.

Love Courtney x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Furry Friend Tag

Hello everyone!

Seeing as I love my pets and I have quite a few I thought it would only be right for me to do the 'Furry Friends' tag. I'm only going to talk about my cats in this post otherwise we would be here all day! The 'Furry Friends' Tag is just 9 questions all about your pets.

  1. What is your pets name? My cats are called Ozzy, Tess and Fitz. Ozzy is the oldest then Tess and Fitz is the youngest.
  2. What kind of pet is it and what breed? I don't know what breed of cat they all are. However, Ozzy is white with black patches. Tess is grey and black with white patches. Fitz is black with a white stomach, legs and chin.
  3. How long have you had your pet? I have had Ozzy since November 2012, Tess since July 2009 and Fitz since May 2016.
  4. How did you get your pet? My dad brought Ozzy home from work one day. We found Tess abandonded in a car park and we got Fitz from a family friend.
  5. How old is your pet? Ozzy is 10, Tess is 8 and Fitz is 1.
  6. What are some quirky things about your pets personality? Our cats all have very different personalitys. Ozzy is the grumpiest. He will let you pet him until he has had enough, then he will make sure you know to leave him alone. Tess, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. She could sit on your lap for hours and let you pet her and fuss over her for ages. Fitz couldn't sit still long enough for you to pet her.
  7. What does your relationship with your pet mean to you? I don't know what I would do without my pets. I've had pets my whole life.
  8. What are some of your favourite past times with your pet? I love playing with Fitz and the many toys she has and cuddling with Tess (and wiping her drool off of me. She has a problem.)
  9. What nicknames do you call your pet? Ozzy is Ozzypaws, Tess is Tessa and Fitz is Fitzypop. But they are all my babies.
Those are all the questions in the Furry Friend tag. If you have a pet then do this tag and let me know in the comments and I will read it. See you soon.

Love Courtney x

Sunday, 26 February 2017

My Phone Case Collection

Hello everyone!

A few weeks ago when I did my 'What's on my iPhone' post I wanted to show you my phone cases as well. However, if I had included them in that post it would have been really long. So I am going to show you them today.

This is the newest addition to my collection. This case is a plain copper one with a mirrored effect. It's really nice but is very prone to scratches and finger prints. It is around £3 from New Look.

I got this phone case at the same time that I got my phone. This was limited edition merch from Gabbie (Gabriella Lindley on Youtube) so unfortunately you can't get it anymore. I like that it is clear so that you can see the rose gold of my phone but there is also the fun, different designs of the donuts.

This silver, glittery case is from H & M. It also has cat ears at the top which is so cute as I love cats! I think this was around £6.

The next phone case is a rose gold one from B & M Bargains. This case is very similar to the Lumee case in that it lights up at the front. This makes it really good for taking selfies in the dark. I got this as a Christmas present but it cost around £8.

The last phone case I have is from Skinny Dip. I got this last year in the January sales so I can't remember how much it was but it was cheaper that normal. I love this case for the summer time because it has a combination of mermaids and cats on it. 

Those are all of my phone cases. Let me know in the comments: do you have a case on your phone just now and if so, what is it? I have the copper New Look one on my phone.

Love Courtney x

Monday, 13 February 2017

Valentine's Day Nail Art

Hello everyone!

Last week I did a Valentine's Day eye makeup tutorial and this week I have another Valentine's inspired post. This time in the form of nail art. I am by no means a professional at nail art, it's just something I enjoy doing. So I wanted to give you some last minute ideas if you want to have Valentine's Day themed nails.

The first one is a love letter. For this you will need a white nail polish, a black nail art pen and a red nail art pen. To do this love letter design paint your nails an opaque white. Then use the black to create the lines shown in the picture. Finally draw on a small, red love heart. This is so easy and super cute.

The next one is inspired by Gossip Girl (which I just started watching and I love it.) All you need for this is a light pink polish and a white nail art pen. Once you have a pink base just draw on the x's and o's and you're done. 

The next design I am going to show you is a classic lips design. For this you will need a muted purple/grey polish, a red polish and a black nail art pen. Paint your nails an opaque colour using the purple toned grey polish. Then draw on the lips. Mine looked like a squashed love heart but then I outlined it with the black nail art pen and it looked slightly better so don't worry if it doesn't look right at first.

I love this next one as it's not typically Valentine's themed as it doesn't have any red or pink but it still has a heart in it. For this you will need a navy blue polish and a white nail art pen. Once you have an opaque blue base, draw on the white heart with the pen and fill it in. 


 This last design is very different from the previous one. It is very pink and just screams Valentine's Day. For this you will need a bright red polish, a vibrant pink polish, a baby pink polish and a sparkly pink glitter. To do this design paint your whole nail with the bright red. Then go over that with the vibrant pink leaving a gap at either side so you can see the red underneath. Repeat the same process with the baby pink. Finally stripe of the pink glitter down the centre of the nail.

So there is 5 easy nail art ideas perfect for Valentine's Day. Let me know in the comments if you will be using any of these ideas. See you soon!

Love Courtney xoxo

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Valentine's Day Eye Makeup



Hello everyone!

As Valentine's Day is coming up I wanted to do a couple of themed posts. The first one will be a tutorial inspired by a look I saw on Pinterest. The eyes are the main part of this makeup so I'm skipping showing you the base and going straight onto the eyeshadow.

I used the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Pink Gold' as a base then applied MAC's eyeshadow in 'Mythology' over the top. For definition in the crease I used some of the matte shadows from the Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 palette (which is a great dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3.) To add a purple tone and some smokiness to the look I used the last shade in the Makeup Revolution palette blended into the outer third of my eyelid.

I then filled in my eyebrows ( you can use whatever you like for this step.) Next I did some winged liner wth the Collection 24hr Extreme felt tip liner. Finally, I curled my eyelashes and applied mascara. Again you can use whatever mascara you like or you could put on some false lashes but I chose not to.

To complete the look apply your base as you normally would and then your favourite lip colour.

Let me know in the comments if you would wear this look on Valentine's Day. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @love_courtney_x See you soon!

Love Courtney x

Monday, 30 January 2017

What's On My IPhone ?

Hello everyone!

I have a rose gold Iphone 6S and I love it. I have so many apps for so many different things so I wanted to show you and tell you some of my favourites.

This is the home screen of my phone. I'm not going to go through every app here as it would take forever. But my favourites are Twitter, Youtube and Snapchat. I'm also trying to get into Instagram and Pinterest as well. And yes there is a slight rainbow colour scheme in the organisation of this page.

These are my games. I have quite a few because I download them, play them a few times and then get bored of them but never bother deleting them. However, I was recently obsessed with Six (second column, bottom row) and I ended up completing it. What's your favourite game on your phone ?

Next to the 'Games' folder at the bottom of my home page I have a 'Shopping' folder. I mainly use most of these apps to keep track of loyalty card points, although, the Just Eat app is a personal favourite because I love food. Then I have the Nationwide app to tell me how little money I have.

On the next page of my phone I have, besides that folder of stuff that I don't use, some random apps that I use regularly. One app in this folder that I love is Snapseed. I use this to edit Instagram and blog photos. I also have recently been using Focus Keeper which is essentially a timer but I use it when I do my homework so I know to work for 25 minutes and take a break for 5 minutes. I also really like Younow for watching live broadcasts. My favourite person to watch on Younow is Molly. (Beauty Spectrum on Youtube)

So that is my Iphone and some of my favourite apps. I might do a post soon about my phonecase collection because I have quite the collection. Let me know what your favourite apps are and don't forget to follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. (all @love_courtney_x ) If you have any of those social medias comment your username in the comments and I'll check out your profile.

Love Courtney x


Sunday, 22 January 2017

My Everyday Brush Collection

Hello everyone!

I have an obsession with makeup brushes. As a result of this I have loads in my collection. However, there are a few brushes that I use every time I do my makeup.

For foundation I don't use anything else apart from the Buffing Brush from Real Techniques. You can get this from the Core Collection. I have a lot of Real Techniques brushes bceause they are so good and the Buffing Brush is no exception.

Also from the Core Collection by Real Techniques is the Contour Brush. I don't use this for contour I actually use it to blend in concealer. I love this brush because it fits really nicely under my eyes and like all Real Techniques brushes it is so soft.

For setting powder I use a big powder brush from Avon. This does a good job at dusting a small amount of powder all over my face. Plus it's super soft and really inexpensive.

Another Real Techniques brush I love is the Blush Brush. I don't normally wear blusher so I use this for bronzer as it's such a good size for bronzing up my face.

The main brands of makeup brushes I use are Real Techniques (obviously) and Avon. However, I have one brush from Spectrum which I use for highlighter and I love it. Spectrum brushes are so beautiful and so soft. I only have one in my collection and that definitely needs to change.

To do my eye makeup I mainly use three brushes from (you guessed it) Real Techniques and Avon. From the Starter Set I use the deluxe crease brush and the base shadow brush. Then from Avon I have a small blending brush.

My favourite eyebrow brush is an angled one from Lottie London. You could also use this for eyeliner but I think it's such a good size for filling in my eyebrows.

Once I've filled in my eyebrows and done my eye makeup I curl my eyelashes and apply mascara. My favourite eyelash curler is a rose gold one from Primark. This does a nice job of curling my lashes and it's so pretty.

So there are my makeup brushes that I use on a everyday basis/whenever I put makeup on. What are your favourite makeup brushes and your favourite brand for tools/brushes? Speak to you soon!

Love Courtney x