Debenhams relaunch at Foyleside, Derry

During the month, I had the absolute pleasure of indulging in a very glamorous road trip to County Derry to attend the relaunching of Debenhams at Foyleside Shopping Centre. Myself and my plus one, Christine from Dolls House Journal spent the evening browsing the beauty department and getting some VIP details from various counters such as: Benefit, Urban Decay and Clinque.

On our way up to Derry myself, Christine and fellow FABBers, Katrina, Rosanne and Bex had a good old gossip with Vicki who was in charge of the event. A quick munch on some Pringles and Haribo and we arrived at the beautiful store. We first made our way to the restaurant that over looked the Foyle River and sipped sweetly on some Prosecco. After catching up with Laura from Debenhams, Scotland we made our way to the highly anticipated beauty floor. My eyes lit up as we can down the escalator, I was like a little girl on Christmas morning. It was hard not to make a run for every counter!

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Our first counter was the lovely Benefit gals. I am a huge fan of the brand, I have worked with them over the year’s, I even get my eyebrows done by them here in Belfast. We were given an in dept brow tutorial on how to achieve the perfect brow shape and arch. Next was a lesson how how to create the much sought after winged liner look using the They’re Real liner in purple accompanied by the jet blue mascara. The funniest part of the evening had to be in their new treatment room where you can have ALL SORTS of waxing. Us girls got a little carried away and giddy when it came to talking treatments, very mature of us! (That comment is aimed at you, Ms. Doran).

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The next port of call was Clinque where we had a run through of their skincare products. We also had a sneak preview of their new electronic face contour and sculpt. (sssssssssh!) Coming up for release very soon, this product is perfect for those of you who enjoy a little at home pampering in between facials. The girl on the counter also give me a little demonstration on the electronic face scrub (their version of the Clarisonic). It was pretty impressive how soft and smooth my skin felt afterwards. Used on just one hand (so I could feel the difference) she also showed me how it effected the application of creams.

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Urban Decay was the final stop of the beauty counter tour and here we played around with the products and watched a quick 10 minute tutorial on how to create a flawless look. The crazed Smoky palette was also on display, it was the first time I got to see it in person. It is a gorgeous palette although I’m more of a warm toned girl when it comes to my eyehshadows. The brand is has such an edgy vibe and the products are so rich in pigment, I found it hard to concentrate as I was like a magpie looking at all of the fabulous make up.

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It was pandamoanium once the tour ended as we were all very kindly gifted with a gift voucher to spend in store. I had a good idea of what I wanted to get with mine and I also paid a sneaky visit over to the MAC counter where I invested in one of their new Electric Cool eyeshadows. With my voucher I also bought the Urban Decay All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray and one of their new revolution lipsticks in the shade, Venom.

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(Photo credit: Katrina Doran.)

It was honestly such an amazing evening and I’m very thankful to Vicki, and Laura for inviting me along And spoiling us all rotten. I definitely need to take strip back to Derry to explore the city more.

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Hozier Concert || OOTD

There is no better way to end the Summer than going to Belsonic to see Hozier. I have been a massive fan of his since the release of his first single, Take Me To Church. The Wicklow born singer wowed the crowd and I had an incredible night. Anytime I go to a concert, particularly an outdoor festival I opt for a look that is casual, comfortable and definitely gig appropriate.

I purchased this Topshop Khaki Bomber at the start of July and it has been one of the best buys. I’ve worn it to a few festivals and it keeps you so warm. The colour is amazing and it goes with so many looks. It is a short style with gold zip detailing along the arms. Last week I nipped into Zara to get some new tops and picked up this fab long side spilt slogan piece. I have a serious addiction to rose gold and metallic details. It was quite a ‘matchy, matchy’ outfit but that’s what I loved most about it.

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I paired the look with my trusty tan Parfois cross body bag. It holds so much, I was even able to fit in my Nikon camera. I love how it added a little embellishment into my outfit without over powering it too much. For my make up, I kept it relatively simple with Benefit’s They’re Real Liner and Mascara. I opted for the liner in purple and mixed it with my jet blue mascara. I absolutely loved my look, very festival inspired!

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Now that Summer is coming to an end, I cannot wait for Autumn. I’m much more of an A/W baby, I just love the dark nights. Even when it comes to clothing, I much prefer a statement coat and lots of layers.
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My Benefit Addiction

You all know that I’m a huge fan of Benefit Cosmetics and I’ve built up a pretty nice collection of their various products.

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Three products in particular that I love and use on a daily basis is their ‘They’re Real’ mascara, Fake Up concealer and their Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer. The primer is amazing, my make up literally stays on all day with minimal need to retouching.

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I had a real problem when all of my old mascaras would smuch and the coverage was poor. With this one, I only have to apply two coats and I’ve instant dramatic lashes. When it comes to the concealer, it helps cover my dark circles while hydrating my under eye area.

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They’ve also recently launched their new lipstick collection that is adorable. The packaging alone is enough to make me buy it. I opted for a soft and sweet coral shade.

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I still love wearing bright colours during the Winter as they brighten up my look and to be honest, they work best with my skin tone.

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Happy Friday! Hope you all have a great weekend ♥

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