The Blues


I never though that Zara would be the shop to go to for bargains but after picking up this dress for £20 the other day I'm sold. It's a really flattering fit (apart from at the wrong angle it can make you look like a triangle) and it's available in a range of colours. I've now bought it in black and am eyeing up the grey patterned one.
Enough about the dress though. I wore this to my Grandma's 90th a few weeks back and it was such a hit, the dress and the party. Despite being surrounded by the elderly for over five hours, it was a lovely day. My Grandma doesn't look 90 at all anyway, I hope I've got her ageing genes in me!


Loving: Spring Nails with Models Own Hypergel Polish


FEATURED: MODELS OWN HYPERGEL NAIL POLISH IN 'BERMUDA BLUE', 'TURQUOISE GLOSS' AND 'CORNFLOWER GLEAM'



Models Own nail polishes have always been the one for me. Ever since I first saw LLYMLRS' blog post featuring them back in 2011, I've been obsessed. Especially when they released their hypergel collection a while back. They're just the perfect formula to quickly apply and then that's it. They won't chip, they won't crack and their eye popping colour selection is endless.

My current favourites are these three blue/turquoise shades in Bermuda Blue, Turquoise Gloss and Cornflower Gleam, all of which I have had before and repurchased. I'm a big fan of blue nails in the spring/summer time as I've never really been into pinks and they compliment my skin tone really well. I've raved about Turquoise Gloss before here but for the other two shades it's their debut on The Rawrdrobe!

If you're in the market for some new polishes to add to your spring/summer collection then look no further than Models Own. Only problem is they're a tad difficult to get hold of now since they've been discontinued in Boots but my best bet is catching them on ASOS!

You can also check out my favourite Summer Models Own polishes here!

My Go To Spring 2016 Outfit


FEATURED: ASOS SHIRT, GAP JEANS, CONVERSE, ZARA BAG, GLASSESSHOP.COM SUNGLASSES*


I honestly don't know what it is about this outfit but I really love it. It could be the simple white shirt or the relaxed jeans and converse combo. It just looks so effortless and that's all I want in an outfit. The bright blue bag adds some colour and with the addition of my beloved GlassesShop.com sunglasses, it's my go to spring outfit.

This was also such a lovely day as well which adds a sentimental feel to this look. I woke up with clear skin feeling really confident, discovered I'd lost half a stone from working out and eating properly, had a delicious lunch and catch up with my Mum and brother, completed the last part of my never-ending college work, celebrated with friends at the pub in the evening and topped off the day with a cuddle in bed. Could I ask for any more?

Becoming an Adult: Commuting to London


As I am writing this, I am currently sat on the world's busiest train. There is literally a man's elbow going into the back of my head but I'll take the pain because I'm lucky enough to have got a seat. Thank the Lord. 

I want to talk about London today and the struggle of commuting there. I'm not saying it in the way that commuting is such an effort and I'm too lazy but more in the sense of how stressful it is. I woke up at half five this morning just to speed down the road to catch my train, spend two hours commuting, spend a whole day in the office to then walk as fast as I can in my little booties to then spend another two hours on a sweaty train just so I can get home and crash out at eight o'clock. Do you see any appeal in that? I don't. Apart from the sleeping bit.

But if there is anything that makes commuting ten times worse it's anxiety. Two years ago when I was interning, I had a panic attack on the tube to Oxford Circus in the lunch time rush hour at Christmas time. Doesn't that sound fantastic? So I'm kind of put off now of travelling on my own on the underground during rush hour which makes me the biggest nightmare in London between the hours of 8 and 9 in the morning and 5 and 6 in the evening.

I actually beg of you if you have any tips for commuting to share them below in the comments because I genuinely reach the point sometimes where I'd rather walk 50 miles to London than get on a train there! 

I know this is a moany, rambly post and it's just a way of me trying to calm down my anxiety at this moment in time but I'm going to be starting a new series like this all to do with becoming an adult. So I'll be talking about interviews, first jobs, what to wear, how to save money for repaying a student loan, flat stuff, anything like that! Hopefully my future posts will be slightly better worded though. If only my old English teacher could read this, I'd definitely get a slap on the wrist!

Mum's Loving: ARK Reverse Gravity Eye Cream



I've never ventured into the world of eye creams but after seeing the reviews of the ARK Reverse Gravity Eye Cream, I was interested straight away.

It claims to be "a powerful, anti-ageing formula that works to minimise the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles" and "helps to lift, firm and tighten skin around the eyes, including the crease of the eyelid" so as you can imagine I was expecting some pretty amazing results.

After trying it out for a couple of weeks I didn't see any dramatic difference but I don't struggle with dark circles, wrinkles or puffiness so I wasn't expecting much of a change anyway. I did however notice how lovely this product is to use. It feels really luxurious, smells really refreshing and feels soothing on the skin. What more could you want from an eye cream? The formula is almost like a thick cream which absorbs into the skin quickly, making it feel really soft and non-sticky.

So because I couldn't really put this product to the test I was in need of a guinea pig and after a quick phone call to Mum, I had found one!

What did Mum have to say?

"I really enjoyed using this eye cream, I have noticed a difference in fine lines in that area especially which is something I've been trying to combat. It felt really soothing under my eyes and didn't irritate my skin at all, I think that has something to do with the aloe vera in it. The rollerball is really useful as well but sometimes it did feel like it was dragging the skin a bit. I love the texture of it and how soft and refreshing it feels and I only used it sparingly so hopefully it will last a long time."

So even though this may not be the best product for someone like me with no dark circles, wrinkles or puffiness, it's definitely one for more mature women who have problems in those areas. As you can see Mum's hooked on this now so there's absolutely no chance I'll be getting it back!

The ARK Reverse Gravity Eye Cream is available to purchase from Beauty Expert for £48.00.

REPURCHASE FOR MUM? YES.

Leopard X Tartan



FEATURED: ASOS BODYCON DRESS, MANGO LEATHER JACKET, TOPSHOP BOOTS (SIMILAR), PRIMARK SCARF, CHANEL BAG
I don't know what it is about this outfit but I really do quite like it. I think it's the contrast of the red tartan and lipstick with the black clothing and then the leopard print. It's just very interesting really. And of course I had to steal my Mum's Chanel to complete it. I think this will be my go to outfit for the evenings now for any dinner parties or drinks that I have coming. Not that that will be many as I am far too fond of my bed than I am of the local clubs in Oxford!

You may also notice something different about my blog today, maybe a new layout perhaps? I found my old template very outdated and since blogging is going to be my main thing now, I thought what better way to relaunch than a new look! I opted for a Pipdig template which I've being eyeing up for a while and I'm so happy with it. Phil is an absolute diamond to work with and makes everything so easy, I honestly cannot recommend them enough! But please just bare with me for the next few weeks when it comes to readjusting the photos and changing little bits around!

The Cure to Kinky Hair with Irresistible Me Diamond Straighteners



Since going for the chop a few months ago, I've found myself in desperate need of a decent pair of hair straighteners way too many times. My hair is so God damn thick and has been poker straight all of my life until now. It just goes kinky, not even wavy, just kinky and looks like I've slept with wet hair in a pony tail and I don't know about you but that whole ring around the hair look just isn't my style! So when a little email popped into my inbox from Irresistible Me asking whether I would be interested in reviewing their award winning hair straighteners, I jumped at the chance, naturally.

The first thing I noticed when receiving the straighteners was how well it was presented in the sleek box so it feels like a luxurious product before you've even taken it out! The straighteners themselves feel good quality and not like they're going to snap which you get with some these days and it's really lightweight too which makes them perfect for travelling. One of the first things I noticed was the 360 cord which is literally what I live for, it makes life so much easier!

Now onto how it works. It heats up so quickly and you can see the temperature on the display which is really handy. However, one of my favourite things is the automatic turn off which happens after 30 minutes and I think this is an absolute life saver, literally. The irons run through your hair so effortlessly, with no dragging or pulling of random hairs but I have found one problem. If I turn up the heat a tad too high, I run the risk of leaving those awful lines in my hair which are a bit of a struggle to straighten back out but I haven't found anyone else who seems to have that problem so it's probably just a Katy thing!

The results? Beautifully straight hair which doesn't feel damaged and looks super shiny and healthy! I really couldn't ask for anything more. After straightening my hair three days ago, it's still poker straight and I've received so many compliments! 

My only complaint is that if you live in the UK then you'll have to get an adaptor which is annoying but most definitely worth it! You can pop into your local electrical shop and pick one up for around £5!

I honestly couldn't recommend these straighteners enough and after being on the hunt for a trusting pair for so long, I'm glad I've come across these! So there you have it, the cure to kinky hair! I'm still after a good heat protecting spray and texturising spray though so if you have any suggestions then please leave them below!

Spring Has Sprung


FEATURED: TOPSHOP TOP, MANGO LEATHER JACKET, GAP JEANS, CONVERSE, CHANEL BAG


I think this is the first springy outfit on The Rawrdrobe for 2016 *fist pumps* and there's a lot more to come! Wore this the other week to a delicious Sunday lunch with the family at a local pub where I demolished roast beef and a sticky toffee pudding for desert, so scrummy! It was pretty cold at the time but I just needed to wear something different instead of jumpers, skinny jeans and boots. I am sick to death of that combination which I find myself wearing almost everyday - so much for a fashion blogger right?

Current Favourite: Super Facialist by Una Brennan Purifying Clay Mask


FEATURED: SUPER FACIALIST BY UNA BRENNAN PURIFYING CLAY MASK

After falling in love with the Super Facialist Skin Recovery Day Cream which I've already written about on The Rawrdrobe, I've been on a mission to find another product of theirs which I would love just as much. I've had quite a few fellow beauty bloggers recommend their purifying clay mask and after reading positive reviews, I snapped it up as soon as I could at a reduced price in Boots. God knows why the whole range is reduced because I can tell you for a fact, Super Facialist is my new favourite skincare brand hands down!

This mask claims to clear your skin of dirt, excessive oils and toxins which lead to breakouts. The salicylic acid is expected to help unclog congested skin whilst the avocado oil, something I have never heard of before, helps the skin to rebalance itself to reveal a 'clearer, refreshed looking complexion'.

I've been putting this to the test for the past few weeks and what a difference it has made to my blemish prone skin! The application of this product is pretty simple, just rub it on your face! It's quite a thick formula yet I ended up using so much just to cover my little face which is a shame because I imagine it won't last very long. It feels really cool and refreshing on the skin which is something I definitely look for in a face mask and it smelt fresh but not too overpowering. It also dried super quickly which is very convenient for someone like me who gets impatient and fidgety!

Now here's the part where I'm not too keen on it. I'm used to face masks feeling tight on your skin when they dry, that's just normal. This however, felt like my face had had a gallon of botox injected into it. It was uncomfortably tight but as soon as I started taking it off after 5 minutes, it was fine. Here's another tricky part. It genuinely took me about 10 minutes to scrub this off my face the first time I used it. I thought I was going to have to walk around looking like Shrek for the rest of my life because it was so time and energy consuming to remove it. It's definitely useful if you have a muslin cloth at hand!

Despite the time it takes to scrub this off your skin, the result is so worth it. My skin has never felt so soft. I kept making Toby touch my nose and cheeks just so someone else could appreciate how silky soft my face was. It had a positive effect on my blemishes too in the long term. Of course it broke me out a little the next day but that's just what face masks do but since then my skin has really cleared up thanks to this!

Have you ever tried the Super Facialist Purifying Clay Mask? What others do you recommend? I would love to try out some more!

REPURCHASE? YES.

Sunday Funday


FEATURED: MANGO CHECKED SHIRT, MANGO LEATHER JACKET, RIVER ISLAND JEANS, DEENA & OZZY BOOTS, CHANEL BAG, RIVER ISLAND HAT (SIMILAR), EBAY RINGS

Apologies for the dodgy angle of these pictures. My thunder thigh ripped through my already ripped jeans and it wasn't a pleasant sight so I thought I'd just hide my right leg. Looks like I'm desperate for the loo a bit does it not? I can assure you I wasn't desperate for the loo at the time. Now I'm talking about going to the loo. Loo, loo, loo. How many times can I say that in one sentence?

Now let's talk about the outfit. This was just one of those errand running outfits for a busy Sunday which doesn't seem fair because Sunday's are made for pj's and onesies right? I've had this long line Mango shirt for months and months but keep forgetting to show it on here. It's such an easy piece to work with by layering over it but I can't wait to wear it in summer with some shorts and boots for that simple Footloose outfit.

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