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

 

New Product // February 2017

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These are just a few products that I have gotten recently and have been loving through the whole of the month (well since I got them!)

The first item/s are the Clinique Crayola Chubby Lip Crayons, I got the whole set of these whilst at the Intu Victoria Centre Galentines event and have been in love with them ever since.  They vary in colours, most of which are of a pink undertone, and they also vary in opacity.  There eight shades all together, three of which are classed as being “intense”, these shades are much stronger in pigment and make wonderful going out lipstick.

They have a lovely feel to them and are super moisturising (excellent for the winter months.)  I’ve tried to swatch them as best as I can, however as my camera is for a right handed person (as they all are) I had to swatch with my non-dominant hand which.. is a little messy!  img_0973

The shades are in order from left to right (top to bottom) and I have to say I love them all!  I’m so glad I managed to snag one of these boxes as they retail for only £35 which is a massive saving on the whole price.

The next two products are by Urban Decay (which has to be my favourite brand).  I got one of their liquid moondust eyeshadows and one of their heavy metal eyeliners, I adore both of the products as they’re totally individual.

The heavy metal eyeliners have been around for many years (I remember my mum having one or two when I was at school) and have recently come back into fashion.  I got the shade Distortion which is a white glitter base with reflects of gold, green, and maybe a hint of pink.  It’s really difficult to explain the colour but the quality of the liner is excellent, it stays on ALL DAY, and really brightens up a look.

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The liquid moondust eyeshadows, I could rave about this all day every day.  It has an amazing formula which is not too wet or sticky (something which put me off some of the nyx liquid eyeshadows)  I have the shade recharged which is a great colour and can be blended out with other eyeshadows (I usually use the urban decay naked 3 palette) to make it into a fantastic look.

Overall my month of February was an amazing month for blogging, I got invited to some fantastic events with some amazing people.

Hope you have all had a great weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Rhia xo

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Galentines Day with Intu Victoria Centre

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This time last week I was fortunate enough to have been invited by Intu Victoria Centre to their “Galentines Brunch”, the staff at Intu are always really lovely and throw such lovely event so I was overjoyed to have been invited.

We started the day at Café Rizzoli which is situated in the upper mall area close to the Disney store.  As I’m not a big drinker myself I would have usually just walked by Café Rizzoli being a prosecco bar, however I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent service and wonderful food.

We were greeted by the owner of the chain who offered us drinks on our arrival, as it was only 11am I opted for a glass of water to start with as I’m a massive light weight!

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Once all the other bloggers had arrived we ordered our food, the menu was very varied with lots of options for vegetarians and even vegan (although I am neither I appreciate a variety to choose from). I opted to have a salad as I’m trying to eat a little healthier at the moment.

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The food was beautifully presented and tasted a dream, the restaurant accommodated my needs by putting the dressing on the side which was excellent.

After food the staff at Intu gave us all a little gift for “Galentines” which was really sweet and generous of them.  Some people got phone cases as they had iPhones – however being in the minority which doesn’t, I was gifted a lovely purse from SkinnyDip and an embossed sticker with my initials!

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After food and gifts I ordered a Limoncello Cocktail which was right up my street being super sweet.

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Afterwards we headed down to House of Fraiser (where we were greeted with more prosecco – how’s that for excellent service!) for makeovers with the different brands.  I opted for Urban Decay as I have to admit that I ADORE their products, I was wearing a full face of makeup on the day so she added some bronzer, blush, and highlighter to my face to round off my look.  I loved the products she used and I will be purchasing the blush for sure!

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After this we had a look around all the other beauty stall and even managed to get some freebies to take home!  Overall I had such a wonderful day with wonderful company, there is no better way I’d like to spend my Sundays!

Hope you all had a wonderful valentines day,

Love

Rhia xo

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Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation // Review

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This post is going to be a review of the new Urban Decay All Nighter foundation.  As most of you know, I’m ghostly pale which means finding foundations that go pale enough for me is a mission in itself.  I wanted to try this foundation ever since it came out and finally got around to trying a sample (and then purchasing it for myself).  For reference, I’m shade Shell in Estee Lauder Double Wear and I wear 0.5 in UD.

The foundation itself is FULL coverage and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone wanting a natural finish to their look.  It reminds me of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation without the cakey-ness and flash back that comes with it (as UD All Nighter contains no SPF).

I found the best way to apply the foundation was with a flat topped kabuki brush to apply most of the product and then perfect the look with a damp beauty blender.  I love the finish of this foundation and I find that it sits really nicely on my skin.  Due to it being full coverage I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who is suffering from dry skin – especially if it’s odd patches as it will cling to it without perfect moisturisation.

To conclude I have fallen in love with this foundation and it is my new go to!  What foundations have you tried recently (especially if you’re pale like me!)

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Lots of love

Rhia xo

Life Update // Jan 2016

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Hi Guys!

Thought I’d check in and do a little update, I’ve got a review coming your way in a couple of days for the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation and Setting Spray.

My new year has been totally hectic and I’ve been thinking about which way I want to take my blog.  Although I love beauty, with my exams around the corner I have had to put the blog on the back burner and I’d like to apologise for that.

Today I thought I’d give you a little update on what has happened the past few week in my life (apart from studying).  I’ve spent the vast majority of my life at work and studying for my final exam but yesterday I managed to get out and go into Nottingham.

Yesterday, the first thing I did was to go have my hair cut.  It was LONG overdue and my split ends were getting worse and worse.  I decided to go crazy and have a HUGE change and got my hair cut super short.

I LOVE my new hair and would love to hear some opinions on hair styling products (I am totally clueless!)

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Here’s a super scary picture of most of the hair chopped off!

Another exciting thing that has happened is that I bought myself an Amazon Echo (treat yo’ self) which is proving to be an excellent purchase!  It has a stunning design and wouldn’t look out of place in even the most tidy of houses.

I would recommend an Amazon Echo to any tech savvy people, I’m planning on investing in the Phillip Hue lighting system next so that I will be able to control my lights through the Echo.

Finally here’s a few makeup looks that I did last week before I had all my hair chopped off!

Lots of love

Rhia xo

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New year goals! // 2017!

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Happy new year everyone! I know it’s a touch late (it’s almost half way through January already!) but I’ve worked all the holidays and I’m very much looking forward to having next week off work.

Last year I set myself a new years resolution to read a book every month throughout the year which wasn’t a textbook.  I always loved reading but because of studying I found myself reaching for textbooks and medical journals over anything else.  I accomplished my resolution and even read more than my one book per month.  My favourite book for the year  (series actually) were the Throne of Glass novels which are a series of YA (young adult) books which were really easy to read and not something that required much brain power after being at work all day.

I’ve set myself a few new goals for this year, as well as trying to upkeep my record of one book per month.  I am sitting my final examinations to become a registered veterinary nurse in March (terrifying thought that they’re super close) and this is my main objective for the year!  I’m going to also be trying to cut down on the amount of makeup I buy (yes, I’m being serious) and going to only be replacing the products that I have used up, for example; if I want to try a new foundation, I have to use up the foundation I have already got.  I’m not going to uphold the rule for lipsticks/lip products because that would be crazy!

I’m going to try and do monthly empties posts with updates of what I’ve used through, my review, and what I’m going to/have replaced it with.

I’m going to be moving my blog towards more of a beauty crossed with lifestyle blogging page, I feel myself changing and want to adapt my blog to move along with me.

I hope you’ve had wonderful holidays no matter whether you celebrate them!

Love

Rhia xo

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This is Markus, excuse my clothes on the radiator behind but he’s totally adorable!

My Christmas Haul!

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Here’s a few bits and pieces that I got for Christmas from my fantastic parents and family.

It’s all beauty products (as expected), I hope you all had wonderful holiday celebrations and are totally overindulging on all the good stuff in life.

Firstly I got this Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, this palette is so beautiful, buttery, and pigmented.  No pictures fully captured the beauty of both the mattes and the shimmer shadows.  It’s also worth mentioning that the brush that comes with the product actually a really great and of great quality.

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Next is this NYX glitter glue, I’ve heard fantastic reviews of this product and I’ve found that it really does make a HUGE difference in the life span of glitter staying wherever it’s required and doesn’t leave much fall out.

To go with the glitter glue I got this great multidimensional glitter (Also from NYX) which gives lots of different colour reflects and is super pretty!img_08331

The final two eye products are the NYX eye lingerie which is a metallic cream eyeshadow with a lovely rose gold colour.  I have worn this every single day since getting it, super easy to apply with a doe-foot applicator and stays ALL day on the lids.  Secondly is a single eyeshadow (which I have since de-potted into a Z-palette) in a bright white and a blue-purple reflective undertone, I have been using this as a brow bone and inner corner highlight and also once or twice as a highlight on the cheek bones.

The final NYX product is this individual highlight single which is in a pure matte white.  I use this for setting the concealer under my eyes and as a brightener to the face if I’ve got any dark or discoloured patches that need extra setting.

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The final makeup product is the Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup setting spray.  I’ve had the all nighter setting spray in the past but as an oily skinned person I’ve been recommended the De-Slick many times.  I have to say that already I am finding it much better than the All Nighter for my skin type.

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The final item I am writing about today is this lovely perfume from Next.  It’s a lovely light and floral scent, is perfect for everyday wear, and is super affordable for when I need to repurchase.img_08291

I hope you all got all that you wanted and have had some time off from work or studies!

Love

Rhia xo