Nicky Clarke Hair Therapy Straighteners | Review

Hello again,

I decided to use a Boots gift voucher I got for Christmas to buy myself some new hair straighteners. I didn’t want to get expensive ones because I do already have really good ones. Conveniently, these Nicky Clarke ones were reduced from £39.99 to £19.99 in Boots’ post-Christmas sale.

I’m really glad I found some for that price because I can now justify having straighteners in Cornwall and in London. I got these ones because they’re small and compact so they won’t take up much room in my suitcase for Budapest and won’t break my luggage weight limit.

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For the price, I’m so impressed with how well they work!

They heat up really quickly when you turn them on and also cool down quickly when you’ve turned them off. This is so useful if you’re in a rush to go out and you need to take them with you. It took mine about 15 minutes to cool down completely after I switched them off.

The heat setting comes in the form of a dial, where you can choose fine, medium, high and max. Fine to medium heat is for shorter or thinner hair and high to maximum heat is for longer or thicker hair. I used medium for mine and it was definitely hot enough – my hair is thin but still quite long. It only took me 20 minutes to straighten my hair perfectly, although someone else probably could have done it a lot quicker because I took boredom breaks.

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This might seem stupid but another thing I like about these straighteners is that they actually have an on/off switch. My other hair straighteners don’t have a switch so I have to turn them off by the plug, which I always forget to do. It’s definitely the little things in life…

I don’t use hairspray but my hair still stayed in tact all day which is definitely a good sign. I feel like I don’t have to use these straighteners a lot to get the straightness that I want, which is obviously better for the condition of my hair. I wash my hair every other day so even when I’m on ‘second day hair’, my hair is still really straight and I only have to quickly go over it to get it how I like it.

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As always, thank you for reading.

Let me know which hair straighteners and curlers you use…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Monthly Favourites | January 2017

Hello again,

January has been a pretty relaxed month for me so I haven’t been trying many new products. However, there are four products that were real game changers for me this month…

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast HD Mascara

This is an old favourite of mine but I haven’t used it since about 2015. I always loved it but never bought it again because I had other mascaras to use up. However, I got two for Christmas so started using it again and I don’t want to go back to using anything else. The applicator is really good at separating your lashes but adding volume making them clumpy. 10/10. Definitely buy it – unless you’re looking for a waterproof mascara – I’d stay away if that’s the case…

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L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask

I’m really late to the bandwagon on this one. I didn’t buy this face mask before because I already own too many. However, Superdrug have been offering students 20% off recently so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to buy it. It worked out at less than £5 which is cheaper than my favourite Lush face mask. I won’t say much about it because I’m going to do a full review of it once I’ve used it a bit more. However, I will say that it basically rips the dirt out of your pores. As disgusting as that sounds, my face feels a lot cleaner after I use this.

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Garnier Moisture Restore Night Care

I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and I really really love it. If I apply this after I’ve cleaned my face just before I go to bed, I wake up with hydrated skin. Because my skin is naturally really dry, not using a night cream makes my skin much worse. This has been a bit of a winter skin saviour for me. I think it cost just over £2 from Superdrug too which is really affordable for the how well it works.

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The Original Beauty Blender

I’ve tried beauty blenders before but never actually tried the proper Original Beauty Blender. I’d heard that it was better than other brands of sponges so thought I’d give it a go, even though I usually prefer used brushes for my concealer and foundation. I was really surprised at how well it works! If you wet it a little before applying your foundation, it applies really evenly and doesn’t let the product dry out. I have really dry skin and I was finding it difficult to apply makeup with a brush. It wouldn’t blend easily on my skin even though I was using I really good moisturiser and primer before my foundation. This is a much better alternative to brushes. *Thumbs up*.

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As always, thanks for reading!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these and how you got on with them…

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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Brownies With A Creamy Chocolate Sauce

Hello again,

After looking through numerous recipes for brownies, I came across one that impressed me by the gooey topping that you coat over the top to the brownie. I found this on the BBC’s GoodFood website, titled ‘Alex’s Mega Brownies’. The recipe claims to make between 16 and 20 servings, depending on the size of the cut brownie squares. They can be small, appetising snacks or larger desserts. The method is very easy to follow; I chose it so it would be easy for me to bake with my younger brother and sister. Complicated recipes are no fun for them.

Ingredients

100g unsalted butter
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs
50g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3 tablespoons of milk
4 tablespoons mixed white and milk chocolate chips
100g milk chocolate
75g full-fat soft cheese

Method

Heat your oven to 180°c so it’s hot enough for when you want to bake the brownie.

Line a 20cm square tin, or a tin of a similar size, with butter or grease-proof paper.

Beat the butter and sugar together with a whisk.

Add the eggs one by one and whisk the mixture together.

Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and milk and whisk all of the mixture together. You can use an ordinary or electric whisk – it doesn’t really matter.

Spoon the mixture into the tin evenly.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes but keep checking them before hand so they don’t burn. To check if the brownie is done, poke a knife into different points in the brownie and if there’s no mixture on the knife when you pull it out, it’s done.

Topping

Melt the chocolate and mix with soft cheese
Spread over cooled brownies

Thank you for reading!

Let me know if you decide to bake these brownies…

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  • Email: courteneynoonan@hotmail.co.uk
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Bye for now,

Courteney x

Haul: Beauty and Accessories

Hello again,

Today I have a collective haul for you! Most of these items were purchased last night or other the past couple of weeks, I’m going shopping this weekend so I haven’t been buying as much lately. There’s only one city near where I live so shopping is a rather rare occasion; luckily for me we still have internet access in Cornwall so it doesn’t pose a huge problem.

New Look white and gold statement necklace

I was lucky enough to find this necklace in the New Look sale for just £3, I couldn’t not buy it at such a cheap price. Also, the colours are neutral so I can wear it with almost anything; it jingles when I walk too. I love a bit of white and gold. This will look lovely with my Forever 21 sheer white blouse or a simple knitted jumper.

IMG_9568.JPGPeacocks scrunchies

These two lovely hair accessories set me back a measly £2.50… until the cashier gave me a discount because Peacocks were running a 20% off promotion for students. I can’t wait to wear them – they’re so dainty and feminine.

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TK Maxx floral notebook



I’ve been looking for a lined notebook to write down all of my ideas for blog posts and when I walked past this one I couldn’t leave it in the shop. On the bottom right corner of each page there is a small picture of a butterfly. What’s not to love? Oh, and it cost me £4, reduced from £10!IMG_9570.JPG

 

Real Techniques Powder Brush



This is my most treasured makeup brush, I didn’t think it would be possible to feel so attached to an inanimate object. I’m sorry to say that’s it’s taken the place of my Mac powder brush in my makeup routine. This brush was actually a gift from my boyfriend, and I couldn’t be more appreciative!

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H&M beauty blender

This is the first beauty blender I have ever tried and it’s made applying concealer and BB cream particular easier. I find that I’m gaining much more coverage from my products and my makeup is feeling a lot more even. It was only around £1.50 too. All hail the beauty blender!IMG_9575.JPG

Ways you can reach me:

  • Email: courteneynoonan@hotmail.co.uk
  • Twitter: @courteneyjn
  • Instagram: @courteneynoonan

Bye for now,

Courteney x