Blogging on a budget.

Hiya, 2nd blog post in less than a week? I’m sure I’m feeling just fine… Here you have the best tips and tricks I can give you, you’ll also see the time line of my blogging experience since the end of 2017 – almost a year since I properly threw myself into blogging (shoddy I know) and am really pleased with the way my pictures look! Hope this helps lovelies.

This is on a random street in South Kensington – I was forced to have this taken too! 

The point of this blog post is because I’ve realised the expectations set are ridiculously high, with the likes of Sarah Ashcroft, Kirsty Green, Scarlett London – Don’t get me wrong, I obsess over these girls daily. Sometimes especially when you’re blogging on a budget you can feel slightly disheartened when you’re unable to spend every weekend in London or travelling around somewhere that has amazing photo opportunities.

Believe it or not this is two seconds from my house down a private street… Sorry if this is your wall, I appreciate the hours me and @itsdaniejade have spent outside your house. 

My all time favourite blogger from before I had even started to blog myself is @fashioninflux – Lydia! We’re basically friends and she doesn’t even know it… She is realistic, uses old out of season pieces (with newbies obviously) and the best part about it is that she takes 90% of her pictures in her house.

Proper love this picture of my favourite palette. Big shout out to my mama for her fab choice in flooring – you go Glen Coco xo

Here is some tips on getting a good photo without spending any money:

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Totally simple, who doesn’t love the whole two birds one stone thing? Walk the dog + take cute pictures… This one even made it to the #ImWearingRI page! 

– A blank wall in your house, meaning one you can stand against and use as a backdrop

– Wallpaper samples! B&M have the best selection of backgrounds for flat lays. My favourites (that I haven’t used yet) are plain glitter ones and brick looking wallpaper

– A good editing app, brightening a photo and blurring the background goes a long way, I use AirBrush on my iPhone 8+

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– Using what you have around you, got some trees or a field near your house? USE THEM! Country looking pictures are super cute!

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For the record… This is my back garden…

– Confidence, if you go to a nice location or somewhere you think “Aw pictures would look nice here” take them, my confidence isn’t sky high but I’m learning to stop giving up photo opportunities because I always regret not taking them.

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Another than you to my neighbours for having the CUTEST houses, you da best 

You’ll see some of the photos on my Instagram are local to me, or even in my bedroom, back garden or just a random picture with good lighting.

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At Scarlett London’s event, having this taken in front of all the other people waiting for the flower wall.. AWKWARD!!!

I don’t class myself as a confident person when it comes to pictures, I totally freak out. But I’m learning to love that feeling of freaking out for a photo, I’m never going to see them people again, and if I am then they should be there supporting me! If you use anything from this blog post or even think or anything else – I’d love to know, so please pop over a DM or an Email ❤

Speak soon, Courtney-Jordan xx

 

 

Just Kos we can.

Hiya! Guess who’s back? Back again (for the millionth time.) If you hadn’t guessed yet, its me. After seeing That Pommie Girl making its reappearance, I decided to look through old blog posts from back in 2012 – cringing hell. But it gave me the kicking I needed.

Anyway, back to why we’re here. July 2018, me and two work gals took a trip to Greece. Little place called Kos. I can 100% say this is the cutest little town I’ve been to, so small and doesn’t really have much but soooooo lovely to chill in.

The hotel we stayed at was called Island Resorts Maya Hotel. Which was 2-3 small hotels/apartments linked as one, our hotel backed onto the beach and we were lucky enough to have a room that backed on to the beach, our balcony looking over the sea. This was absolute bliss, until 5am when you couldn’t sleep because the sound of the sea was slightly overpowering and super windy… the most bitter sweet feeling in the world. This is a 3* hotel, but very clean and I had no problems, it was a standard hotel and what you get for is definitely what you pay for (which I’m okay with!)

You know when you’re on holiday and you find the place, the place you want to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at? Yep. We found that, it was super cute! Had the sweetest staff and we made a new best friend with the waitress – who we actually looked forward to saying good morning to. It even got so bad that we’d walk in and they knew what me and Sinead wanted. Water to share, coke, diet coke, 2 ham and cheese toasties (for me..) and then whatever Sinead wanted. They had egg chairs looking over the docks, let me tell you it was the most relaxed I had ever felt.

After chilling at the breakfast place, which annoyingly I can’t remember the name of, we went down to Beach Bar Starlight, where we spent the day doing absolutely nothing. The hardest part was walking to and from the sea on the boiling hot sand without blistering your feet. I think I spent a good 8 hours a day laying on a 4 poster sunbed, reapplying sun cream, and drinking my body weight in water. We also met a Mel B look-a-like and she melted our hearts with her love story – the reason she stayed in Kos is because she met her Fiance out there! Super super suuuper cute. Giving all us tragic true love believers some hope it does exist ❤

In the evening, the highlights of my night were eating proper Hummous (!!!!) and also going to ‘The Bands’ – shout out to the owner of this bar, the best little Indie bar I’ve ever been in to. Was in my absolute element, playing music from The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and many many more! It was amazing, the smallest place but I couldn’t fault it.

 

If you’re after a chilled holiday, this is probably better for couples or anyone who’s not bothered about going crazy at night time. I enjoyed myself and would definitely go back in a heartbeat. The locals are lovely, the tourists are friendly and the staff are there to enjoy the day with you! Its cheap and clean, perfect for some blogging pictures (oops, shout out to Sinead and Chloe for being my personal photographers. IOU)

Bye lovelies x

First and second look of the rainbow.

Hiya Huns!

Anyone who follows my Instagram, you’ll notice I’ve been enjoying a colourful makeup look recently! So while I’ve been feeling really rubbish about the cold weather, I’ve been creating the cutest summer looks to share with everyone.

I went to an event today, and we had to think about what we like to indulge in. Some people might say chocolate, I know my friend Danie would say her indulgence is false lashes (really its fizzy drinks!!) and my mum would say hers is either sweets or books. My indulgence definitely is eye shadows. I can’t not buy a few new single shadows or maybe even treat myself to a new full palette from my fave site Beauty Bay.

The start of these looks are pink followed by blue. Such fun looks to create, my pink look was inspired by looking at what festivals I’d like to go to this year – so if you have any suggestions bring them my way!!! This was focused around being bold and super sparkly. I think this could potentially be my favourite no-liner look I’ve ever done.

The blue look was super fun, but something I would wear on a night out. This was smokey and dark, I paired this with a brown lipstick – totally out of my comfort zone and was bought accidentally thinking it was a lighter shade! But with this combo, I’m in love. I think this would also suit any colour eyes – top tip, the lighter your eyes are, use a black pencil liner. If you have brown eyes, my advice would be to use a white pencil liner on your lower lid, to make them look bigger!

What I used for PINK…

Morphe – 35P

NYX – Ultimate Brights

Zoeva – Cocoa Blend

Barry M – #7 (Crimson)

Revolution – Redemption Palette / Mermaids VS Unicorns

Kiss Lashes – Gala

What I used for BLUE…

Morphe – 35P

NYX – Ultimate Brights

Zoeva – Cocoa Blend

Revolution – Redemption Palette / Mermaids VS Unicorns

Urban Decay – Naked HEAT

Amor Lashes – Aurora

I hope you enjoyed my first couple of make up looks, and will check in with me for the next 5 rainbow looks… Up next Yellow and Red (possibly a cute Valentine date night look to play with!) You can follow me on Instagram if you want to keep up with the looks I create. Thanks for reading, Courtney-Jordan xx

Sparklea nails!

Hiya Huns,

Got another nail post for you, my cousin is owner of Sparklea Nail Polish and kindly sent me some nail polishes to try – as you know I’m unable to have Gel polish now as I suffer when the chemicals touch my skin (read more about this in Nail Envy.) This has also made me worried about the use of acrylic on my nails too.

The two colours she sent me are so perfect for me, I love a blue polish and I’m also a sucker for some sparkles. They are both unnamed and also not up for sale yet. Regardless to Leanne being my cousin the review of these products are completely honest and this is not an Advertisement – what you read is my thoughts and views.

The darker one of the two is a two-tone polish, a mix of deep blue and a gorgeous purple. This is amazing and for someone who is super lazy (me) loves a polish which only needs one coat. I think the texture and density of these polishes are fab. The lighter sparkly blue is better with a few coats or maybe as a top coat as its very sheer but is also so pretty.

Once Leanne finalises if these polishes are going up on her website for sale, they’ll be sold for around 6.00 GBP. Which for the quality is amazing, I would personally chose to pay for these polishes over Barry M and Rimmel.

If you have any further questions about these polishes, please feel free to message me or check out Sparklea Nail Polish on instagram!

Thanks fellow varnish lovers, Courtney-Jordan xx

#maskBOSS – Starskin lovin’

Hiya Huns!

So I thought I’d treat myself to some new face masks, so when I saw this I had to have it! Considering the masks are around 8.00 GBP each 27.50 GBP isn’t so bad right? I’m actually writing this blog post with the DreamKiss, Plumping and Hydrating lip mask – I look slightly weird (with a plumping sensation!!)

Overall, I liked all of the masks, bar one – I didn’t like was the Red Carpet Ready Hydrating mask, this states you can apply makeup straight after using this – but it made my foundation crumble. Nice for a ‘before bed’ mask tho – just wouldn’t recommend this as a pre-getting ready mask.

My absolute favorite mask of the whole pack was the Lifting Lace – Revamping Meltaway Lace eye mask, apart from it being super cooling after a long day at work it smells gorgeous and looks super cute while using it.

My overall thoughts on this whole pack are, affordable, reliable and definitely one to stay in my weekly skincare pamper routine. So if you want to treat yourself to a pamper pack that lasts over a few weeks with 7 little treats that will make your Sunday night chill even better – I’d advise all of you lovely huns to go and purchase this!

Thanks for reading, let me know how you get on if you do decide to purchase this! You can buy it here!