Friday, 28 November 2014

NEW IN: ARE YOU FAUX REAL?

I'm a sucker for biker jackets and couldn't have been happier when the lovely people at Warehouse sent me their 'Bubble Borg Collar Jacket' in black. Unlike other biker jackets I have, this one is fully lined and actually keeps you warm (much needed for November in Northern Ireland), plus it's also available in blue!

£65, c/o Warehouse

The leather look jacket features a detachable collar and can easily be taken from day to night, worn casually or thrown over an LBD and paired with heels. Honestly I haven't had it off me - it's been my go to jacket since Mr Postman delivered it! It comes with two pockets and features zips fastenings along the length and sleeves, as well as having a belted waist.







The detachable collar means it can be worn all year round - you can never go wrong with a leather jacket! Get your own Bubble Borg Jacket here and visit Warehouse to check out some of the best outwear to be seen in this season.


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Thursday, 27 November 2014

SHOPPING SPOTLIGHT: OMG RAGS

"At OMG Rags our goal is to locate creative and inspiring garments [that] . . . make everyone whisper 'OMG who's that girl?'"



OMG Rags, an online clothing store based in Derry, have just dropped their A/W 14 Lookbook featuring the beautiful Ruta Mineikyte, who just happens to be my housemate! The lookbook was shot in Donegal by Derry-born photographer David Paul Vail and features some to-die-for pieces. Their website features pieces from brands like Motel and Blue Mondays, plus various lesser-known makes that every other girl won't be wearing!



OMG Rags have just opened up a pop up in Derry at Eleven Clothing (3 Castle Street) - be sure to visit if you're going to be in Derry! They're giving 30% off all stock in store from today until 1st December!



Visit the OMG Rags store here or follow them via Facebook or Twitter.



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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

MOTEL LOOKBOOK - 20% OFF WITH CODE 'thebeautydrawer'

Lets all just take a moment to appreciate Motel's latest lookbook featuring some hot pieces and even hotter models.






View the full lookbook here and as always, get 20% off orders by using code 'thebeautydrawer' at the checkout!

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

GLOSSYBOX AUGUST 2014 REVEAL

First things first - I'm the realest - I need to apologise for being a bit lazy with my Glossybox reveals. It's not that I've fallen out of love with Glossybox, I just haven't been on top of my blogging game lately. I did love my May, June and July boxes and like all of the other editions, their products have crept their way into my daily beauty regime. To make up for it I'm revealing this months edition not long after receiving it!

You're welcome!





I've forgotten to include one of the items from this Glossybox edition - only because I was too excited to try it out - but it's now bagged itself a place with my other daily makeup essentials. Of course I'm talking about the amazing highlighter created exclusively for Glossybox by Kryolan. I get far too excited when it comes to highlighters and I've started to wear them more during the day, rather than just for nights out. This months Kryolan highlighter is so easy to blend with the rest of my makeup that I can apply it quickly with my finger tips.



I'm fussy when it comes to perfume, so samples are definitely the way forward before buying! I'm not familiar with the L'amour brand but from what I've read online their perfumes are very popular (and a little on the pricey side, which surprised me because I thought their packaging looked cheap). It's described as a sensual floral fragrance with Bergamot, Rosebud and Sandalwood. If you like sweet perfumes then chances are you'll like this - it's long lasting but not overpowering.



Sometimes I really have to question if Glossybox are mind readers. It was only last week that I was complaining my mascara had dried up and I was in need of a new one, so of course I was a very happy girl during this month's reveal. Although I've heard of the Essence brand before, I'd never actually bought any of their products but this 'I love crazy extreme volume mascara' left me pleasantly surprised. The wand is smaller than what I'd normally use but these baby bristles are perfect for girls like myself who have tiny lashes and want to reach every last one. This mascara retails at £2.79 - bargain!



This British Figs & ROUGE mini hand cream was the first Glossybox item that I reached for. It's colourful packaging caught my eye and unsurprisingly, Northern Ireland weather means sad hands without hand cream. This little 20ml tube is enriched with shea butter, natural antioxidants and algea extract which makes for happy hands on the go! The mango and mandarin fragrance is lovely and refreshing but not too overpowering. The only negative I can find with this product is that the texture feels strange when rubbed in, and not like other hand creams I've tried. A full size 80ml tube retails at £6.95 but I found mini tubes on sale here for £2.37.



I've been disappointed with Glossybox nail polish shades in the past, but this Yves Rocher nude is right up my street. This shade is simply called 'Rose' and at only 3ml, mini nail polishes don't come cuter than this. These retail at £3.60 but I found similar shades on the Yves Rocher website on sale for £1.95.



To be honest, I'm a bit new to the term 'pre-shampoo' but I'm giving this Philip Kingsley elasticizer a thumbs up purely because it was specifically designed for Audrey Hepburn - I know right! This treatment should be applied to wet hair and left for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing (as the name pre-shampoo suggests). It promises to add bounce and shine to your hair without weighing it down and is suitable for all hair textures. I'm not one for putting a lot of product into my hair after washing because I find that it encourages greasy tresses, so a pre-shampoo elasticizer is perfect for me! A full size 250ml bottle will set you back £38 but should last a long time.

If you'd like to receive a Glossybox each month, or want to view their past boxes click here.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

TIGER MIST

I recently came across Australian brand Tiger Mist while I was flicking through Instagram, and I'm surprised I didn't find them sooner considering their staggering 343K following. Tiger Mist was first founded by two Melbourne-born sisters (check out their story here) and reminds me of a cross between our very own Missguided and Motel Rocks. Although Tiger Mist is very much an established boutique in Australia, I'd like to consider them as a hidden gem in the UK - somewhere you can find the perfect party piece and be confident you'll not be matching 3 other girls at the party.









Tiger Mist ship worldwide and delivery is set at a flat rate of $18 AUD (roughly £10) with delivery taking usually less than 15 days. OK, so they might not be ideal for last minute buys but, knowing you're heading somewhere in advance or just needing their pieces in your wardrobe, are both ideal shopping excuses. Also, Australian clothing sizes are the same as they are in the UK so there's no need for conversion charts or having to return items that are too big/small.


Tiger Mist stock everything from dresses and shoes to swimwear, and even have their own makeup line that includes fake tan! Check out their website or ever-inspiring Instagram that's filled with the latest additions and Tumblr quotes that'll make you giggle, 343,000 girls can't be wrong!

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

MOTEL MOST WANTED

So hawt right now! Lusting over Motel's latest pieces from their new in section...

Don't forget - use code 'THEBEAUTYDRAWER' for 20% off your Motel orders anytime.


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From top clockwise


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Monday, 12 May 2014

HAULIN'

If you've read my previous Glasgow post then you'll know that I went a little overboard with my student loan and pay day money! This is only the beginning of my haul and basically all the non-clothes goodies - most was bought in Glasgow but I'm also an addict when it comes to online shopping.

















Satchel, Forever 21 | Black Retro Sunglasses, New LookMen's Clubmasters, ASOSPeach Baby Lips, Superdrug | Boi-ing Concealer, Benefit Cosmetics | Makeup Brush Set, Forever 21 | Various Nail Polishes, Superdrug/Topshop | Card Holder, Topshop | Primark Sandals, Depop | White Makeup Bag, Primark | Silver Necklace, Primark | Black Necklace, Primark | Topshop Katz Cut Out Shoes, Depop| Celine Style Slip Ons, Topshop


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Monday, 5 May 2014

LUSH COSMETICS BATH GOODIES

As I've mentioned previously I recently went on a day trip to Glasgow and tried to cram in as much shopping as I physically could! One of the shops I couldn't resist popping into just so happened to be Lush, so of course I had to pick up a few bath bombs. I've only ever tried their Tisty Tosty which turned out to be amazing and these didn't disappoint either...






The videos above show just how exciting it feels to watch Lush bath bombs dissolve in front of your eyes! The store I visited in Glasgow had bright yellow Fizzbanger bombs dissolving instore and the smell alone had me sold. The Fizzbanger changes colour as it dissolves and is described as having an apple-pie-like scent with a hint of cinnamon. They also contain petitgrain which is used in aromatherapy to reduce feelings of anxiety - hello exam time!

The two other bath bombs I picked up first caught my eye in the Belfast store - Avobath and Ickle Baby Bot. Ickle Baby Bot is lavender scented and designed to help children relax before bed (I'm a big kid at heart). It's so gentle on skin that it can be used for babies 6 months and up! If you're like me and tend to intake a few cans of coke daily, then every little helps when it comes to relaxing before bed.

Avobath is a great choice for people with dry skin as it contains mashed avocado and olive oil - my skin felt baby smooth after bathing in this and it definitely got some well deserved hydration. However, bright green baths are definitely something that will take a little while to get used to. You can read more about Tisty Tosty in my previous Lush post from January here.

(From Top - Clockise) Fizzbanger, Avobath, Ickle Baby Bot, Titsy Tosty
"No! I can't swim"

Does anyone recommend other bath bombs or products from Lush? So curious to try more...


 
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Saturday, 3 May 2014

HEADCASE

This post is short and sweet - basically just an excuse to show off my new mandala phone case. I'd been looking for a new cover on eBay when I stumbled across the Headcase, they have over 5000 unique designs for anything from iPhone to Samsung and Motorola (including the older versions). Visit their website here.

Refusing to take out an iPhone 5s contract because buying clothes is so much better.


This case was only £4.95 (half price sale) from their eBay store and it arrived so quickly! They have so many other designs including a few black and white striped ones that I had my eye on. If you're as indecisive as I am you'll definitely spend a long time picking and choosing.
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Thursday, 1 May 2014

GLASGOW

When both payday and student-loan-day happen to fall on the same weekend, what better excuse is there to go shopping? Yesterday my two friends and I decided to take advantage of StenaLine's Day Trips and bagged a return to Glasgow for a tenner each! The day trip involved waking up at 5am (worth it) and spending a total of 10 hours travelling either side, but given a few bus naps and being able to grab food with our home girl studying at Glasgow, it was such a fun day. The only downside was that there just aren't enough hours in the day for me to visit every shop in Glasgow (weh!).

For lunch we stopped off at Austrailian bar Walkabout on Renfield Street (peri peri chicken is a winner) and refueled before tackling more shops! I had my first trip to Forever 21 and Glasgow's 3 story store certainly didn't disappoint (below).

Shoe heaven in Forever 21





Picked up one of these bad boys and could smell it the whole way home!
Mightttt have picked up some Hayden jeans!
"I'll take one of everything please"
I tried to be as best behaved as I could considering the huge temptation to spend every penny I owned. This was my first trip to Glasgow and I definitely hope it won't be my last. Look out for a haul to follow..


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Saturday, 19 April 2014

TATTOOLOGIST

I came across Natalie Hanks' Tattoologist by chance on Bloglovin and found myself continuously scrolling through the vast number of tattoos, from avocados and anchors to orgami shapes and meaningful quotes, there's so much to take inspiration from. I've been playing around with the idea of a tattoo for a few weeks now but I'm currently ink free. I'm the most indecisive person and I sicken myself of things very easily whether it be a song or a top I'll continuously wear, so I don't know how I would deal with something so permanent as a tattoo.

Karl Lagerfeld was quoted saying "I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time", but my friend ironically pointed out that his current protege Cara Delevigne is slowly becoming covered in them. I absolutely love seeing tattoos on people, especially ones that make you stop and think, or is something different that you don't see everyday. Here are a few of my favourite from Tattoologist - personally I favour black and grey pieces that are small and easy to hide.


What's your thoughts on tattoos?

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Friday, 11 April 2014

CHECK MATE

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

100 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY - WIN A MAC LIPSTICK OF YOUR CHOICE

I've been planning to do a 100 follower giveaway for what seems like the longest time now, and yesterday I finally reached 100 on bloglovin! I can't believe that whilst writing this 125 people have actually taken an interest in what I have to say. I've come across many giveaways from beauty bloggers and found that the ones I've been most excited about, gave readers a choice. What better choice is there than to choose from over 150 MAC lipstick shades?



The giveaway opens midnight 10th April and ends midnight 1st May - the winner is selected randomly by Rafflecopter. Read my Velvet Teddy review (pictured above) here.

UK Entries Only, Sorry!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!
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Sunday, 6 April 2014

I'M WITH THE BAND

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

FESTIVAL CRAVING

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