Slam Dunk Festival: Leeds, 2017.

I know I’ve been gone for a little while, but I thought what better way to make a come-back than sharing my weekend at Slam Dunk Festival with you all! 

As a lover of gigs and festivals, I’d surprisingly never been to Slam Dunk fest until this year, and I can’t wait to go again! (Let’s hope for less bands I love clashing next time.)

It was a beautiful sunny weekend, in one of my favourite cities. I didn’t want to come home! But after making some amazing memories, here is a rundown of the amazing day I had!

To start, I finally met one of my all time favourite bands, Don Broco! 


There is absolutely no doubt about it that Don Broco are one of the most incredible live bands I’ve ever seen, but they’re just as nice in person and such genuine people, such a bonus! 


Its also very hard to get a video when watching a Broco set, but here’s a little snippet! Broco are the main reason I went to Slam Dunk and I was most definitely not disappointed. The crowd for them was literally insane, mosh pits galore! (Getting in a mosh pit with Rob and Matt was a definite plus) and everyone was jumping and singing along… I guess you could say it was a workout (a thug workout… okay I’m not funny but anyway…)

I also got to see Deaf Havana again, after about four years of not seeing them. They are still an phenomenal band with amazing talent, the crowd was amazing during their set. The feeling of being amongst a crowd singing songs word for word to a band you first saw in a tiny little room is incredible, as were the band themselves! 



And then there was Set It Off. I was gutted I couldn’t see their set due to clashes, but I did get to meet them! Again, they were such down to earth genuine lads and showed that they really appreciated us being there to meet them, what an amazing experience!


After Broco, we made the walk to Leeds Arena to see Bowling For Soup, who have been a band I’ve wanted to see live for a looooong time. I felt like a I was at a comedy show with live music added, they were both hilarious and amazing (true talent). It was incredible to finally hear some of my favourite childhood music live and make the best end, to the best weekend!


If you have ever had any doubts about whether you should to go to Slam Dunk Festival or not, I definitely say grab your tickets fast next year. You’ll make some amazing memories, some amazing friends and see some amazing live bands! 

Are you going to any festivals this year? Did you attend Slam Dunk? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you’re all having an amazing Summer.

Until next time, 

Guess who’s back, back again!

I know I’ve been gone for a little while without any warning, but I’m finally finished my first year of university!

Not being there all of the time, doing essays and meeting deadlines has meant that I’ve been able to take a little me time and go out and enjoy myself!

I’ve been creating a lot of fun summery looks that I’ll be sharing with you all in the next couple of weeks, As well as my post on Slam Dunk Festival that I attended in Leeds last month! (coming this Sunday.)

Overall, I’ve enjoyed my relaxation time, but now I’m ready to start back up and get blogging again. 

Hope you’re all well! What have you been up to? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time,

FOTD: Festival Glitter Glam

I’ve shared inspiration from other Instagrammers and youtubers, so I thought it was about time I created my own festival glam makeup look.


I based this whole look around the glitter I used, which was the Collection Glam Crystals eyeliner in ‘hustle’ (shop). Which I’m absolutely in love with! It’s super pigmented and can be built up from sheer glitter to full opacity. The colour is stunning, it is silver based but has many different coloured glitters running through. Perfect for any glam look.


Products used:

Primer: Benefit porefessional primer (shop here)

Foundation: No7 Stay Perfect in Callico (shop here)

Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in shade 1 (shop here)

Powder: RCMA No Colour (shop here)

Contour: Primark Contour & Glow (shop here)

Bronzer: Guerlain Teracotta Bronzer (shop here)

Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Tipsy’ (shop here)

Highlight: Sleek Highlight Palette in ‘Solstice’ (shop here)

Eyes:

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette (shop here)

Morphe 35O (shop here)

Essence The Velvets eyeshadow in 04 ‘you’re the greytest’ (shop here)

Collection Glam Crystals Glitter Eyeliner in ‘Hustle’ (shop here)

Craft Rhinestones (shop here)

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (shop here)

Lashes: EBay Handmade Lashes #13’s (shop here)

Brows: 

Freedom Brow Pomade in ‘Ash Brown’ (shop here)

Essence Make Me Brow in 03 (shop here)

Lips: Sleek Matte Me in ‘Vino Tinto’ (I tried again to make it work but I still don’t really like the forumula) (shop here)

Setting Spray: L’Oréal Infallible Setting Spray (shop here)

Hope you have the best festival season and are as inspired to create festival looks as I have! 

What are your favourite festival looks you’ve seen this year? Let me know in the comments! 

Until next time,

5 things going to University has taught me.

I started my Journalism course in September 2016 and my first year is already near the end with only a week left.

Over the time I’ve had in my first year, I’ve learned a lot of things: about myself, the world and the people around me, I thought I’d share them.

1) It’s okay to be afraid:

Going into a journalism degree and being completely anxious in social situations wouldn’t be the greatest mix for anyone, let alone me… and it wasn’t. But throughout my first year, I’ve realised it’s totally normal to feel scared going into something so important and big. It’s okay to not want to do things that scare you. But what I’ve taken from this the most, is that it gets so much easier. As cliché and generic as that may sound, it truly did take me jumping in the deep end (aka a course that is based entirely on what I’m terrified of) to realise that it gets easier and easier just going and doing what you’re scared of, try it, I promise it works.

2) Your friends are your biggest critics and supporters:

I mean this in the best way possible. In my first year of university, I never imagined to make such a close group friends. I normally find it difficult to keep people around and usually keep my friendship groups small (by that I mean 3 at most), but this year I’ve become friends with the most weird and wonderful people. People who are straight up, people who are completely honest and tell me if I’m being completely irrational or stupid, or are supportive when I do well. That’s what I love. Wether it be a silly 1,000 word essay or serious life problems, I can trust these people with my life and I think in a place like university, that kind of friendship is very rare.

3) You time is important:

Amidst all of the deadlines, crying, stress, and tantrums we all throw during crunch time… you time is more than necessary. I’ve heard the phrase ‘I have no time for myself anymore’ so many times in the last year, I’ve actually lost count. But taking that time out for yourself is very important. Wether it be a night out drinking with friends, reading a book, binging on Netflix for a day or even just taking an hour nap… all of this is okay. Without it, you lose you. I found that out the hard way, hours of ugly stress crying isn’t a good look, or feeling for that matter, trust me. I realised I need the time for myself to reload, to remember why I came to uni and what I want from it. Me time is what keeps me sane and makes me, well… me.

4) ‘I tried my best, that’s all that matters’:

A phrase I like to live by. Wether you’re scraping a 3rd over an essay you worked for weeks on, or getting a first on something you put together in a few days… you did your best and that’s all that matters. What more can you do than your own best? I learned to not put myself down for any of my efforts, if you tried, it always matters.

5) Enjoy it while you can:

Again, another cliché but true phrase. I’ve realised that a third of my uni life is now over, and I feel like I’ve been at uni for two minutes. It goes so fast! I’ve came to realise that before I know it, uni is going to be over, I won’t be with my friends every day anymore and everyone will be off doing their own thing, it won’t last forever. From now on, I want to try and seize every possible opportunity that I can, I may not ever get it again.
Are you at uni, college or school? What’ve you learned from your time there? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading, I hope you’ll take something from this, much like I have.

Until next time,

FAVOURITE MAKEUP LOOKS: YouTuber edition 

As I’m subscribed to half of the beauty community, I have many favourite makeup looks from different guru’s all across YouTube.

So I decided I wanted to make a playlist of my favourite makeup looks done by some of my favourite beauty guru’s for you to enjoy and possibly recreate!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and if you recreate any that you’ve found on the playlist, tag me on instagram! @courtnielouisekerr

Until next time,

THE VAMPS: Metro Radio Arena Newcastle: May 1, 2017.

It’s become a tradition now for me and my friends to get together and see The Vamps when they come to Newcastle for a show, four consecutive tours in a row now and I’m still not sick of seeing them.

On Monday, May 1, I went to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle to see them again, with support from The Tide, New Hope Club and Sabrina Carpenter.

The Tide supporting The Vamps in Newcastle

It was obvious from the beginning that The Tide have left their mark on The Vamps’ fanbase, as they had most of the arena up on their feet and singing to their songs word for word (I wasn’t one of them, sorry, I don’t really listen to them), although this may be that they’re an American all-boy band that have supported The Vamps on their last three tours, much like New Hope Club, who have supported them on their last two.

New Hope Club supporting The Vamps in Newcastle

New Hope Club were a lot slower and also had the crowd on their feet, singing and clapping along – this time I was one of them, I think their stage presence and vocals were what got me, in short – they were good and I really liked them.

Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re both very good bands and clearly their fanbases have grown significantly since being on tour and signed to The Vamps’ record label, but I hope next time we get to see someone new – after all, that’s the magic of support acts, it gives you the chance to experience new music, many of my favourite bands have been support acts once upon a time!

Sabrina Carpenter supporting The Vamps in Newcastle

Next up was Sabrina Carpenter, who blew me away with her vocal skills, seriously… that girl can sing. As well as her own set, she came on stage with The Vamps to sing Demi Lovato’s part in ‘Somebody To You’, which I thought was a nice touch. The only thing I wished is that she came first in the support line-up, as her tone and music was a lot different to that of The Tide and New Hope Club, also, I felt like a lot more of the crowd were up and singing along to them more than her because of the sheer fact a lot of people in the crowd didn’t know her… But other than that, good job Sabrina.

The Vamps on stage in Newcastle

And last, but certainly not least, the stars of the show, The Vamps. I swear I never have a bad word to say about this band when I see them and I don’t think I ever will. They came on and sang classics like ‘Can We Dance’, ‘Wildheart’ and ‘Last Night’, along with some new songs – which were amazing, I just know that this album is going to be incredible.

Here’s a video I took during their new song ‘Paper Hearts’:

As always they were full of energy at all the right times and when they sang slow songs, the room lit up so beautifully.

The Vamps at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

It was an incredible night, with an amazing atmosphere and good live music – what more could you ask for? Take me back!

Are you going to any shows soon? Let me know who and where in the comments!

Until next time,

C x (2)

Tried and Tested: DUPE? Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick vs Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit

As you may have seen in my last liquid lipstick faves and hates post, the Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick in Celebrity Skin and the Barry M Matte Me Up lip kit in Go To Nude are two of my absolute favourite liquid lipsticks that I’ve tried and are the two that I use daily.

When doing that post and swatching them side by side, I realised just how similar they really are. How I never realised this before is beyond me. When put on the lips side by side, the difference is undetectable.

Left side: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Celebrity Skin’ – Right side: Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in ‘Go To Nude’

Left: Barry M Matte Me Up Lip Kit in ‘Go To Nude’. Right side: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Celebrity Skin’.

I decided to wear these two liquid lipsticks throughout the day to see if the price difference is really worth it.

Check in 1 (after food): 


For the most part, these liquid lipsticks lasted through food (which was pretty greasy may I add, they handled it well). The top of the lip stayed on completely, however on the bottom lip, the inner rim on both of these faded during eating, which I feel is normal for any lipstick. However, the damage done was very minimal and both of them looked about the same afterwards.

Check in two (reapplication):


When I reapplied these lipsticks on top of themselves, they both went on very smoothly and didn’t cake or bunch up on the lips at all, which a lot of lipsticks tend to do.

The only noticeable difference between the two was that the Jeffree Star side felt a lot more plush when the lips were pushed together, whereas the Barry M felt a lot more dry, but not in a bad way. They both still felt very comfortable on the lips after reapplication and looked very smooth.

Check in 3 (end of the night):


I didn’t reapply again after initial reapplication and by the end of the night, even after eating and drinking, there was very minimal fading on both sides. In fact, they both wore exactly the same throughout the entire time I wore them. Like I said earlier on in the post, the only noticeable differences between these two lipsticks is the texture of them when you apply them and when they dry down.

The scent is also something I should note.  The Jeffree Star lipstick has a distinct minty smell, whereas the Barry M lipstick has no scent at all… which might be good for those of you who aren’t fond of scented products.

Overall, I’d say if you, like myself like the colour of celebrity skin and want a cheap alternative, snap up one of the lip kits while they’re still available! Or alternitavely, if you’ve managed to get hold of the Go To Nude lip kit and love the colour, the Jeffree Star one could be the one for you!

Dupe tested, dupe approved.

I got my lip kit on Superdrug’s website for £6.99 if they are still available or alternitavely on Barry M’s website. Be quick, they’re limited edition!

If you want to splurge and pay the £16, or liked the Barry M Lip kit and can’t get your hands on another, you can buy the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick on Beauty Bay or on his website.

Hope this was helpful to those of you, who like me, are completely obsessed with lipsticks!

Until next time,

C x (2)