Sunday, 23 July 2017

Book Review - 'One Of Us Is Lying' by Karen M. McManus


Hello everyone!

I recently read the book 'One Of Us Is Lying' by Karen M. McManus and I loved it so I wanted to tell you what I thought of it (without giving away to many spoilers!)

One Of Us Is Lying is about the death of  Simon Kelleher, a high school student, the investigation in to finding out what happened to him and how Cooper Clay, Nate Macauley, Adelaide Prentiss and Bronwyn Rojas fit into it all. The book is a mixture of The Breakfast Club, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars. The main characters are all so different and appear to fit into the stereotypes of a jock, a criminal, a princess and a brain. However, due to them being investigated for murder they realise that they are actually good friends.

Throughout the book (and even from the question on the front cover) we make assumptions and guesses as to who killed Simon which adds to the theme of stereotypes because it is someone we might not have thought of solely because of who they appear to be.

I love that the main characters break from the stereotypes that everyone thinks they are. Cooper is a baseball player who turned out to be gay. Bronwyn is a goody- two shoes who did whatever she could to help her friends, even something as shocking to her as breaking the rules. Nate is a drug dealing bad boy who was actually innocent. Adelaide is a pushover, popular girl who ended up solving the crime of who killed Simon.

There are also other mature themes in the book such as depression, suicide, bullying and homophobia. But the author also explores the friendship between Nate, Cooper, Bronwyn and Adelaide who form an unlikely but lasting bond after being forced together by the events that take place.

I feel like the ending of the book was hinted at throughout but the motives of the people involved in Simon's death was still a shock.

So those were my thoughts on 'One Of Us Is Lying' by Karen M. McManus. The book is currently on offer for £5.49 in Waterstones but you can get it from WH Smith and Amazon as well. Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments.

Love Courtney x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

My 16th Birthday Makeup

Hello everyone!

On the 16th of July it was my 16th birthday. Today I'm going to recreate the makeup I wore which was very pink as I used pink on the eyes and lips.


Foundation ~ Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr (shade 010 light porcelain)
Concealer ~ NYX HD Studio Photogenic (shade 02)
Powder ~ MUA Transparent Pressed Setting Powder
Bronzer & Highlighter ~ Sleek Face Contour Kit (shade light)



Eyebrows ~ e.l.f Lock on Liner and Brow Cream (shade light brown) & Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel (shade 01 blondy brows)
Eyeshadow ~ Too Faced Sweet Peach palette (white peach & nectar mixed under the brow bone, peaches 'n cream & georgia mixed as a transition shade, just peachy & bellini mixed all over the lid, summer yum in the crease to add definition and on the lower lashline)
Mascara ~ Miss Sporty Really Me Volume & Tint

Lips ~ NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (shade Zurich)

That is the makeup I wore on my birthday. I like how I was able to create an entire eye look using just one palette. I might do some more posts on different looks I come up with.

Love Courtney x

Monday, 22 May 2017

Primark Get Lippy Metallic Collection Review

Hello everyone!

I was recently in Primark and these metallic lip kits caught my attention. A lip liner and liquid lipstick for only £3! I picked up both shades to try out and review for you today. 

The first shade I got was 'Molten Bronze.' This is an unusual shade for me as a lip colour as I'm used to wearing bronze on my eyes. Nevertheless, I really like this colour and the formula of the lip liner and the liquid lipstick is really nice. Both of the liquid lipsticks are not drying compared to other liquid lipsticks I've tried and they last a decent amount of time. However, they do wear off a little bit after eating and drinking.

The other shade I got was 'Molten Lava.' This colour is a very wearable peach shade but it makes your makeup a bit more exciting due to it being metallic. I think I will probably get more wear out of this shade than the other one. The formula of the lip liner and the liquid lipstick is the same as the 'Molten Bronze' shade so I like them both equally in that way.

In the swatches above left to right - 'Molten Bronze' lip liner then matching liquid lipstick, 'Molten Lava' lip liner then matching liquid lipstick.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these Primark Get Lippy Metallic Collection products. They are very pretty colours and good valuable for money. If you want to try some metallic lip colours but don't want to spend loads of money on something you're not sure you will like then buy these for only £3 for Primark.

Have you tried these lip kits or any other metallic lipsticks?

Love Courtney x

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