Social Hour: Courtney Nawara

Welcome to Social Hour, our new blog series where we will introduce you to members of the Socialix community. Writers, photographers, artists, videographers and social media enthusiasts will share their social media and blogging journeys. 

For our next Social Hour installment, we connected with Courtney Nawara, the beauty expert behind Phyrra. On her blog and YouTube channel, Courtney features cruelty-free products and encourages her viewers to experiment with bold looks and styles through step-by-step tutorials and product reviews.  

Your blog name is so unique, how did you come up with it?

Phyrra was the name of my drow elf D&D character and I played her online in many different video games like World of Warcraft and Everquest, so I decided it worked as a blog name. From an SEO perspective it’s terrible, but I still love it.

If you could only have one app on your phone, what would it be?

Instagram! I love scrolling through IG looking at makeup, hair and nails.

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts right now?

@depechegurl, @dixiewolff, @mybeautybunny, @mynewestaddiction, @hotonbeauty, @guy_tang, @theunicorntribe, @mermaidians, @ashkittty, @makeupgeektv, @coffeebreakwithdani, @vintageortacky, @nouveaucheap

How do you connect with your readers/viewers?

I ask questions! I respond to questions, too. I share things that I think my readers will be interested in. When people reach out on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Facebook or email, I respond.

How do you find inspiration for new content?

I look at Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest to find inspiration. I also look at my blog analytics to see what people are searching for.

What is your dream brand collaboration?

I love Urban Decay and I would love to create an eyeshadow palette with them. That would be a dream come true!

What has been the biggest surprise about running Phyrra?

My blog has has a big impact on my life. Even though I have a day job, I still spend a huge amount of time on my blog and Youtube channel. I’ve learned how to edit videos and improve my photography all because of my blog.

What has been your most memorable post to date?

The post that has had the biggest impact in the past year was my ‘Pale Girl’s Guide to Highlighting and Contouring‘ which has turned into me writing a series of Pale Girl’s Guide posts.


Is there one area of your blog or social media accounts that you’d really like to focus on this year?

I’m focusing on improving my Youtube channel this year. I’m also spending less time and energy on extra social media platforms because there are only so many hours in the day.

Be sure to check out Courtney’s latest looks on Phyrra and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

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