LUSH Blogging Event

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to the LUSH Nottingham store for their blogger’s event.

We were met by the staff which introduced themselves and gave us a run down on the different areas of the store that they were going to be covering that evening.  As usual, the store was set out beautifully with fresh produce and products all over, this strongly appeals to me as I’m always interested in smelling and being hands on with a products before buying it.

 They had different spa sections in the shop including foot soaks and hand massages, these were excellent as I’d just come from a day of work and it’s always lovely to relax!

I had a long discussion with the lovely ladies in LUSH and we were introduced to their ever expanding line of self-preserving products (my favourite is the Mask of Magnaminty!).  LUSH is trying to abolish the use of synthetic preservatives in their products (such as parabens) to be more ecologically friendly.  I even stopped at the Perfume section of the store to have a chat with the lovely lady there, she was very patient with me and even found a fragrance that I liked! This is a rarity as there are currently only 2-3 scents that I like (I’m super fussy I know!)

We were given a very generous goodie bag from LUSH which included a prod from their new fathers day collection (I got the Superdad Bathbomb), one of their self-preserving products (ocean salt face and body scrub) and also a shower gel (plum rain).  I’m so happy with all of these products (as I am with all the LUSH items!) and will definitely be coming back to the store to pick up some perfume!

I’d like to say a massive thank you to LUSH Nottingham for having me and all the other bloggers, I had an excellent time (especially with the doughnuts!)

Love

Rhia xo

P.S Pro Makeup Haul

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Last Wednesday I had the day off work so we decided to head into Nottingham to do a little shopping.  I’ve heard lots of rumours about the infamous unicorn brushes coming to Primark soon so I had to check it out to see if they had them in the store – I was not disappointed!  I found myself surrounded by dupes for all cult and highly sought after products, here are a few that I picked up!

Firstly I managed to snag a pack of the “Unicorn” makeup brushes, they’re right on trend at the moment! They feature a unicorn horn handle and pastel bristles which make them look totally adorable.  I’ll be honest, I only picked these up so they could look pretty on my vanity table, however, they really surprised me with the quality and blendability (not too sure if that’s a word if I’m honest!).  At only £9 I think these are an excellent introduction to makeup brushes and even some pretty ones for the seasoned makeup collectors!

Next, I picked up the “Halographic” highlighter stick for £4 which seems to be a dupe for the Milk Holographic stick (retailing at $28).  The stick initially seemed quite dry but upon wiping the top layer off with kitchen roll, it became an exact copy for the Milk Holographic stick.  The highlight is an iridescent purple with a blue shift, it’s very hard to describe as it throws so many different colours in different lights.  I wouldn’t advise applying it straight from the stick as it can remove other makeup beneath, I used a damp beauty sponge and bounced it across my cheekbones for the best results.  This has become a firm favourite highlighter these past few days and I think it’s going to be a summer staple for me!

Finally is the Pixie Kisses lipstick for £1, this is a dupe for the Too Faced Unicorn Tears lipstick which is a highly sought after cult product (retailing for £20 – if you can find it in stock!)  This immediately drew my attention due to it’s shiny packaging (yes, I’m like a magpie) and for only £1 I couldn’t resist!  It applies nicely to the lips and shade adjusts to the pH of your skin (hence it’ll look different on everyone).  I LOVE the way this lipstick looks on me and again, will be another summer staple.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, I really enjoyed testing out these products!  Have you picked any good products up from Primark recently? If so let me know in the comments down below.

Love

Rhia xo

Griddle & Shake Nottingham – Review

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Just a quick announcement first, I passed my final examinations and am now a qualified and registered veterinary nurse.  It’s been a long time coming and I can’t believe I’m finally finished!

This post is going to be a review of Griddle &  Shake in Nottingham.  I was invited to come visit the restaurant and sample the menu and boy was I in for a treat!

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I’d heard excellent reviews on the restaurant already so I jumped at the opportunity and my mum and I went along a few weeks ago.

We were greeted by friendly staff members who asked us to pick a table, naturally, we picked the biggest!

The place was neat, tidy, and spotless – personally, this is a massive factor for both me and my husband.

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The menu was highly customisable and they couldn’t have done more to explain the process and adapt my food to my specific dietary needs.

I opted to have a chicken burger (without the bun) with salad, avocado (YUM), and sweet potato fries.

The food was delivered promptly, cooked to perfection, and was delicious!  The chicken was a fresh chicken breast, the avocado was PERFECT – which is a massive positive for me because I know how wrong avocado can go!

After the food, I opted for a milkshake.  I asked them what they’d recommend and they recommended me the smackeroos and strawberry milkshake (I had the dairy free version) and it was honestly the BEST milkshake I’ve ever had, being dairy free, I usually have to compromise quality for something that meets my dietary requirements.

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The decoration of the restaurant is themed outdoorsy and even has a grassy area.  My favourite bit was the giant cow in the window!

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After having an excellent meal, I was already going to write a raving review, however, I just wanted to mention something else that happened that day.  A family came into the restaurant with a young baby and were seated behind us.  They didn’t have any high chairs available for them which they were fine with.  However, one of the staff members (I didn’t catch his name!) went out, purchased a high chair, and assembled in a matter of minutes.  I was extremely impressed with the astonishing act of kindness and really made me feel passionate about writing something about this occasion.

I’d like to thank all the staff members at Griddle & Shake for excellent food and great company.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I promise I won’t leave it as long next time! 🙂

Love

Rhia xo

 

The PS… Pro Foundation Review

This post is on the Primark pro foundation which I’ve been testing out since last Saturday.  I wanted to give it a good test with lots of experiences (work, climbing, gym, and relaxing!) to ensure I really gave it a run for its money.


The foundation comes in a variety of shades starting at 00 porcelain – idea for a fair person like myself!


It contains a SPF of 15 which is not enough for summer in the UK for me however I routinely use SPF 50 skin cream from Mac underneath all my foundations.

The formula is very thick and reminds me of the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.  It goes on a little streaky with my beauty blender but I found that it applied lovely with a flat topped kabuki brush (I used the real techniques one).


Coming in at a tiny £5, I found that this foundation went above and beyond all my expectations.  It stayed on all day however it did need to be set with powder as I’m oily.  It’s full coverage similar to the Estee lauder double wear foundation and really kept up with my busy lifestyle!

I even wore it to clip and clip activity centre!

I’m excited to try more Primark beauty products and I hope they’re as good as this one!

Love

Rhia xo

Intu Victoria Centre SS17 Style

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Saturday I was fortunate enough to be invited to the spring/summer 2017 fashion event at Intu Victoria Centre as part of the Nottingham Fashion Week.  We met up at Cafe Rizzoli where we were greeted by the owner of the chain who as last time, gave us impeccable service.  We enjoyed a Bellini and truffles in the sunshine and had a good natter before heading down to where the main event was being held (outside boots).

We were lead down to the main foyer, where we treated to a fashion show.  I appreciated the thought behind the show as they showed different body types, ways to dress up/down outfits to save money, and different styles.  The trends this season are right up my alley with embroidery, denim, ruffles, and chokers all key pieces this season!

There were “paparazzi” around the centre taking snaps of everyone in the centre who were dressed up (very stylishly may I add!).  I managed to snap these couple of picture of them!

After the fashion show, we were set a challenge to find items that matched a theme we were given, my theme was seeing red.  I picked up a lovely red choker style t-shirt in Topshop by the brand Tea and Cake which is super cool!  I also picked up some sparkly Toms which were amazing as my feet were suffering a bit after wearing heels all day.

After our style challenge we were taken out for food at Handmade Burger Co, this is the only part of the event I was a little disappointed in.  The food took a long time to come out and was cold when it arrived, the drink orders kept being messed up, and the servers didn’t seem to know what was going on.

 I appreciate the generosity from the Intu Victoria Centre staff as they again pulled out all the stops for us bloggers.  I’d like to say special thanks to media team and cartwright communications for holding such wonderful events for us bloggers.

Love

Rhia xo

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Chino Latinos Birthday Event

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Today I’m writing about an event held by Chino Latinos last Thursday, sorry for the delay in posting, I’ve been working some funky shift patterns so haven’t had too much time to work on the blog!

Chino Latinos is a Pan-Asian restaurant and they were celebrating their 12th birthday here in Nottingham, and sure do they know how to party!  The theme was red and black, I wore a red and white polka dot dress with a black shrug to fit into the theme.

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It was obvious that Chino Latinos didn’t scrimp on any part of this event as I was impressed by all the detail put into making this a fabulous night.  There was a table full of sushi and other nibbles, as well as waiting staff circulating with other bits and pieces.

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I have to say of the food that I did try, it was lovely (I’m a very fussy eater!)  After all gathering in the welcome hall, we were treated to a traditional Chinese dragon dance which was amazing and even featured him throwing some cabbage.

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We were led into the main restaurant by the dragon where we were greeted by unlimited cocktails, lots of food, and a dessert table piled as high and the eye could see.  The staff really pulled out all the stops that evening and the inclusion of a free bar was amazing.

The evening only improved from there, there was a DJ, stilt walkers, and firebreathers – boy do they know how to party!

I had such a lovely evening and I really appreciate the generosity shown by Chino Latinos, I enjoyed the evening so much that I was feeling a little worse for wear the following day at work!  I would like to thank both Cartwright Communications and Chino Latinos for inviting me to this wonderful event, I will definitely be returning to Chino Latinos with my husband for a full meal.

Rhia xo

Gray and Bull Blogging Event // March 2017

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On Thursday, I was fortunate enough to have been invited to an event held by Gray & Bull Opticians.  When I received the invite to the event, I was very excited as I had always admired the Tiffany glasses in the window when passing.

Gray and Bull Opticians is based on Pelham Street in Nottingham and is at the entrance to the fashionable quarter of the town.

I had never been inside before and was pleasantly surprised by the interior.  We were greeted by the staff members of the practice and heard some history about the place.  Gray & Bull was originally established in 1806 and was situated further up the road, they moved to the current address in 1939 and have remained there ever since.  This makes them the oldest independent opticians in Nottingham.  They spoke about the practice and how they strive for the most personal and thorough service involving tailor-making each pair of glasses to include even the most minute detail.

We had the opportunity to have a talk to the Barton Perreira representative who was very lovely and even gave us the chance to try on some of the new range before they were stocked!  We spoke about the extensive and laborious process of making the glasses, and about the different types of acetate (plastic).  Barton Perreira makes all of their frames in Japan using a Japanese Acetate called Zyl, this is slow cured to increase the strength of the material.  Even as someone novice in this area, I could tell the difference between the two and feel the quality of the Zyl.

As well as stocking Barton Perreria, Gray and Bulls stock a massive range of niche and specialist eyewear including all of the favourites: Tom Ford, Moscot, Face a Face, Ray Bans, and Oliver Peoples are some of the more commonly known.  As an independent optician, they have the ability to fine pick their stock to their target audiences.

They have a wide variety of lenses and coatings which are all chosen in a consultation with the optometrist, from standard lenses to the highest quality of Nikon lenses, there is something for everyone.

I tried on lots of pairs of glasses and in the end, these are my two favourite pairs!

The final experience was to try out virtual reality of difference lenses, this isn’t something I have come across before but it showed me that there was a massive difference between standard and specialist lenses.

Thank you to Gray and Bulls Opticians for having me at the event, I’m definitely going to be cashing in the free eye test voucher and I am excited to hear the suggestions towards my current eye care.  It was lovely meeting you all and especially thank you to Amy for setting up this event.

I would also like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all the companies that helped out with the event: Ugly Bread Bakery, Six Barrels, Alcon, Nkd, 200 degrees, Zeiss, Cheese Shop Nottingham, Thea Pharmaceutical, Hoya, Nikon, and all their contributions towards the very generous goody bags!

Two final pictures of me feeling like a movie star in lovely but expensive sunglasses!

Love

Rhia xo