Chino Latino’s 12th Birthday Bash!

Last week Tom and I were invited to attend Chino Latino Nottingham’s birthday celebration! They were celebrating a huge 12 years here in Nottingham with a black and red theme to match the decor of the restaurant! Chino Latino is a Pan Asian restaurant, something that probably wouldn’t be top of our list of cuisine choices, however I’m a firm believer of if someone has taken the time to invite you to something you should always take them up on the offer. DSCF9952.JPG

It was clear that Chino Latino has not scrimped on the budget as we were greeted by fire artists, champagne, beer or wine and a huge table laden with freshly made sushi. I was so shocked at how many people were there, the turn out of over 350 people was absolutely fantastic and gave the event a wonderful atmosphere! A professional photographer was circulating (I’m still trying to locate the pictures) and canapés were forever appearing for us to try. Everything looked and smelled delicious but unfortunately as a vegetarian I was only able to try one, the Sweetcorn Fritters. Whilst these were delicious with a lovely spicy taste, I would have loved there to have been a few more vegetarian options so I could test the menu out a little bit more. Tom eats meat so he was thoroughly enjoying himself and said that everything he tasted was lovely. DSCF9953.JPG

After half an hour of mingling with other bloggers, we suddenly heard this loud bang and turned around to see a Chinese dragon dance taking place in the middle of the floor, performed by the Nottingham Mantis Kung Fu and Lion Dance group! Complete with live drums, elaborate costumes and even cabbage throwing (yes you read that right!), it was truly an amazing sight to see! The ‘Dragon’ then lead us into the restaurant where we were greeted with unlimited cocktails and even more food! The staff really did pull out all the stops that night and the inclusion of a free bar was incredibly generous! DSCF9964

A few cocktails later, I discovered the dessert table and boy was I in for a treat! Profiteroles, macaroons, lemon tarts, fondue… you name it, it was on there! I spent longer than I’d like to admit devouring every sweet thing I could get my hands on! They were all delicious and I was quite surprised at the huge selection as I always thought Chinese restaurants were more of a savoury affair! With a tummy full of pudding we headed off to mingle some more before heading home to the pooch. DSCF9972_Fotor.jpg

We had a lovely night and it was a fantastic event filled with entertainment, good food and delicious cocktails. My advice to Chino Latino for next year would be to try and cater for a few more dietary requirements as both myself and the other vegetarians ended up eating a hell of a lot of pudding and drinking a lot of cocktails on an empty stomach that night! Thank you so much to Cartwright Communications for inviting us both and we look forward to visiting you again in the future! DSCF9976_Fotor.jpg

Much Love

xoxo

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Supporting The Independents |Gray & Bull Nottingham

On Monday I attended a small blogging event at a local independent opticians in Nottingham called Gray & Bull. They’re a small shop located on Pelham street which is just off the market square and Bridlesmith Gate. I was amazed to hear that they were actually established in 1806 and have kept that traditional theme to their shop over the years and the back story of how the current owner, Shiraz, came to buy the shop was a lovely lovely piece of history. He has actually been a client of Gray & Bull since he was a child and spoke about gazing through the window at the frames he wanted to buy with his parents. After finishing his degree in optics he approached them asking to buy the store and in 2010 they finally gave in to his dream! I loved the little back story as it really felt special and you could tell Shiraz loved his job!IMG_2594.JPG

As a daily glasses or contacts wearer, I really appreciate a good pair of glasses and I managed to find quite a lot of lovely frames in the store. I would say that this is definitely a high end store and for that reason, sadly nearly all of the frames were way out of my price range. Gray & Bull really focus on quality which often means that that is reflected in the price! For this reason though, they do often supply the police with their vital glasses for their roles be it undercover police or even those that patrol the streets keeping us safe. It’s crucial that their glasses are fit for the job and Gray & Bull ensures that this is the case. IMG_2584.JPG

On the night we were lucky enough to chat with a representative from one of Gray & Bull’s key high end brands, Barton Perreira. We got to hear all about the luxurious, hand crafted frames made from the best quality acetate from Japan called Zyl. The glasses are actually made by a group of men so each pair is unique and is finished to the highest standard, often not even including screws to keep the glasses in place which is quite mind boggling! You could definitely feel the difference in the frames quality compared to other acetate frames but again there was quite a jump in price! Barton Perreira have quite a large amount of famous clientele and apparently even Kate Moss doesn’t get a free pair and has to pay herself! IMG_2591.JPG

One of the things that Gray & Bull love is that they do actually still sell from their windows. This means that someone can pass by, spy a frame in the window and actually get it made up for themselves. Personally, I didn’t feel like the window display didn’t represent the calibre of frames inside the store and was quite easy to pass by without noticing. If I was part of the team I would definitely focus on making this area more of a draw for the extensive foot traffic that goes on outside of the store! They have some absolutely beautiful frames on offer but this wasn’t really shown to the best of it’s ability in the window. DSCF9947.JPG

I really enjoyed the evening finding out about what they have to offer and definitely found tonnes of frames I would love to wear. I’ve included a few throughout the post so let me know which one is your favourite and why! As a student I can’t see myself being able to have a pair anytime soon as they’re more than my yearly car tax and insurance combined! I think their niche is high end clients and if I had the money I would definitely be joining the queue to get a pair though. Thank you so much to Gray & Bull, Barton Perreira and Amy especially for putting on a lovely evening!

Much Love

xoxo

The Unsung Hero| Urban Beauty United Brushes!

A couple of weeks ago, I was kindly sent some of the Urban Beauty United brushes* to try out. I wanted to give them a real test with a few different products before I let you know what I thought but over time it’s become clear that these really are pretty fabulous brushes! I’m going to go into what I like to use each brush for and why I think it’s good but as an overview, these are amazing!

First of all, lets just discuss the fabulous appearance of the brushes! A cream handle with a rose gold barrel and then beautifully topped off with hot pink bristles. I mean could you get more instagram worthy if you tried?! In total I was gifted the Smoke Screens Eye Set*, The Berry  Blush Angled Blusher Brush* and the Picture Perfect Professional Stippling Brush*. The one that drew my attention the most was weirdly brush No. 36 which was the pencil brush from the eye set. I’ve been looking for a good pencil brush for ages so I was ecstatic to see this in there as eye brush sets often neglect a good pencil brush, hence why I’ve never got my hands on one! I’ll start with that brush first and then follow on with each of the others.

No. 36 – Pencil Brush

This is quite densely packed, yet the bristles still have a good amount of movement to them. I’ve found it perfect for smudging shadow under the lower lash line and it blends the shades out beautifully. The only thing I would note is that the very tip of the brush can occasionally feel a bit sharp on the delicate eye area so perhaps use the side of the brush instead when buffing the product out.

N0. 11 – Berry Blush Brush

This is my second favourite brush out of the five and is absolutely perfect for applying blusher. I frequently use MAC’s Crisp Whites Blusher which is more of a subtle blush shade, yet this brush has really released it’s full potential and I notice the pigment much more than I have done with any other brush! The synthetic bristles are not overly soft and silky so it means product is actually picked up and retained on the brush so you can apply product with ease! For only £6 this is a total bargain!

N0. 31 – Eye Defining Brush

I’m assuming this brush is meant for eyeliner, yet I adore it for filling my eyebrows in! I have been looking for a brush that is firm enough to apply product yet thin enough to be able to simulate real hairs when I’m applying my brow product. I’ve been using this daily with Benefit’s Ka Brow and it’s 100% made me fall back in love with that product as i’ve been finding it a bit too messy with all the other brushes as they were too thick! It allows me to define my brows yet fill them in quickly and I’ve been incredibly pleased with this brush.

N0. 35 – Tapered Blending Brush

This is a fantastic brush for packing eyeshadow onto the lid, yet the way it has been cut means it’s pretty good at blending in the crease too! I’ve noticed that all the brushes have been cut incredibly precisely to make the most of their different shapes. Recently, I’ve been preferring an extra 20 minutes snoozing to doing excessive eye looks so this brush has been brilliant for packing on one shade all the way across the lid whilst simultaneously blending the edges. It’s quick, easy and effortless and that’s exactly what I’m looking for at the moment!

No. 13 – Professional Stippling Brush

This has probably been my least used brush of the five as I tend to use sponges to apply my base. I did give it a go with one of my foundations though and it worked pretty well, I am a complete beauty blender/miracle complexion sponge convert though so it’s hard to persuade me otherwise. However, yesterday I decided to use this with my MAC Studio Fix Powder and it performed amazingly! My powder was buffed to perfection and looked really flawless on top of my other makeup. I think I’ve found it’s usage in my collection! This one is only £7 too which I think is really reasonable!

The main things I think stand out about these brushes compared to others I have are:

  • Lack of shedding! – Not one hair has dropped from any of the brushes in the two or three weeks I’ve been testing them.
  • Shorter Handle – These have shorter handles than most of my other brushes which means for once I can actually fit them in my makeup bag! They are still more than long enough to use comfortably though!
  • The precision of the cut – Even with my beloved Real Techniques brushes, I often find  hairs that have not been cut right but these are absolutely perfect and incredibly precise! Personally, I think this really sets them apart from others on the market.
  • Appearance – I mean look at them, they’re gorgeous!

A huge thank you to Urban Beauty United for sending these over to me to try. As always my opinions are my own and it’s lovely to be able to be able to talk to you about a product that has really really impressed me! These brushes are available from Amazon, unfortunately I couldn’t find the eye set at the moment but I have linked to the other brushes for you. You can visit their website here to find out where else they are stocked near you!

Much Love

xoxo

*Products were gifted for PR purposes.

 

Weekly Roundup 6/03-12/03

I’ve never done a weekly roundup before but this week has been a little busy so I decided to  sum it all up in one post. The start of the week was just like any other regular week, with university and tutoring going on but the end had some exciting blogging things going on and some non-blogging things too so I thought putting them in post would be a nice way to let you all know what’s been going on!

WEDNESDAY – 8th March

I’ve been helping out with the university open days which is something I love doing! Meeting prospective students and chatting about the uni really is a day well spent for me and also an incredibly easy way to make some extra money! I did campus tours and talks and got to get to know some lovely people. It also makes me realise just how much I love my university and course and how much I’m going to miss it when I graduate this summer! If you’re at uni now then i’d definitely recommend getting involved in the open days!

THURSDAY – 9th March

I was up bright and early today to make the drive to Lincoln with my Mum. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to give a lecture on blogging and social media to their third year marketing students, an opportunity I still can’t believe I managed to get! I’d done a whole presentation in advance that Tom has jazzed up to look very ‘Rose Beauty Files’ and I was not nervous in the slightest, just incredibly excited! I was planning to do a whole post on the question and answer session afterwards but there was only a couple and definitely not enough to make a post on. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and as someone who received an offer from Lincoln myself, it was so lovely to go back and see a bit more of what the uni was about. It’s an opportunity I will always be grateful for! Following the lecture my mum and I headed home to meet my dad and go for a celebratory prosecco lunch at Carluccios, it was the perfect way to celebrate the achievement and just have a bit of downtime.

IMG_2553Thursday was a real blogging heavy day as I was invited to go and see the Cirque Du Soleil Varekai show in the evening. Tom came along with me and we both got to marvel at the incredibly talented performers in the show. It was so nice to do something together, yet still be involved in the blogging world and reviewing shows would definitely be something I would love to do again in the future! I adore the theatre, concerts and performances in general so it was really a lovely lovely evening!

SATURDAY – 11th March

Saturday marked an event that i’d been looking forward to for ages! It was the East Midlands Blogger Meetup hosted at Copper in Nottingham city centre and was organised by the gorgeous Sophie from Sophie in Wonderland. It was an amazing opportunity to meet all my lovely local blogging friends and I finally managed to meet my blogging chum Rachael after two years of internet chatter! We even managed to fit some shopping in afterwards which was brilliant as we could natter on about all the products we loved! There was a lot of ‘oh yeah I saw your review on that’ and ‘I heard that on twitter’. It was easy to forget that she reads all my posts! The meetup would have been complete if the gorgeous Lora and Kara could have been there but sadly they had already got plans! Next time ladies! IMG_2563.JPG

SUNDAY – 12th March

Finally the end of the week arrived and it was time for some catching up and relaxation over mimosa’s with my friend from school, Bridget (hi if you’re reading!). We headed to Côte Brasserie for brunch and I had some delicious french toast and fruit salad. If I wasn’t such a lightweight and a poor student a second mimosa would definitely have been on the cards! It was great to catch up and hear what she’s getting up to and we definitely need to do it more often!

That’s the week wrapped up, hopefully you enjoyed this slightly more relaxed, diary style post as i’ve never done one before but I felt I had to commemorate such a lovely week! Here’s to more weeks like this hey?! I hope you all had lovely weeks and if not, I hope this week is ten times better! I’ve got two more blogging events this week coming up and I’m also doing another open day for uni so it’s all go again here!

Much Love

xoxo

Review: Cirque Du Soleil Varekai

Last night Tom and I got the amazing opportunity to head to the Nottingham Motorpoint Arena to see the latest Cirque Du Soleil show that is touring the country, Varekai. I am a huge lover of going to see shows, be it a musical, concert or theatre production, but I have never seen anything like the Cirque Du Soleil! Tom is very much the same as me in this aspect so I was unsure as to how we would react towards the show so today I’m going to share our thoughts on the production! Unfortunately, I only have a couple of pictures as there was no flash photography allowed and every photo I took was a bit too dark from where we were sat! I was also enjoying myself too much to even contemplate taking pictures at the crucial moments! That just means you have to go and witness it for yourselves!

On our arrival at the arena we found our seats and were incredibly pleased with the view we had. We had a good central view of the stage and we were both gobsmacked by the huge amounts of scenery and props that covered a good proportion of the stage and even extended right up to the ceiling. The excitement of how these would play a part in the show just heightened our anticipation for the show to start. In the build up to the start of the show, two performers came out into the crowd that were seated on the floor. Little did we know, but they would keep reappearing throughout the show and regularly provided a bit of slapstick humour that, normally I don’t find funny, but these two were hilarious! Pulling people out of the audience to take part in their antics and just generally larking around, they really got the crowd in the mood! The tickets said the show started at 8pm and bang on the dot, the show began! IMG_2551.JPG

At the stroke of 8, performers dressed in all sorts of incredible costumes began to fill the stage and it was already apparent that the show was going to be a good one. The timing of the performers to the music and sounds was second to none and the actual moves themselves left my brain feeling a bit boggled! It’s incredible how the human body can move in such incredible ways and really left my feeble flexibility feeling a bit inadequate! As I had never been before, I expected it to be like a theatre production, with an underlying story and narrative throughout, which it isn’t at all. This left me feeling a little confused for the first fifteen minutes as there is so many amazing things going on on the stage that I wasn’t sure what I was meant to be looking at first. This is a one of a kind style of show so anything I had previously seen was incomparable and therefore I needed to start watching it with a clean slate in mind!

Once I had put my preconceptions behind me, I really got into the spirit of the show and found that I was mesmerised. Amazing aerial acrobatics, incredible gymnasts and fantastic  costumes filled the next half an hour until suddenly it was time for a break. Tom actually turned to me and said he couldn’t believe how quickly the time had gone by. That’s definitely a sure sign that he was enjoying himself! In the break I had a little google to see what the show was about as I hadn’t looked before hand as I didn’t want to spoil the surprise. Looking back, I wish I had done before as those initial 15 minutes would have been much more easily understood! The story behind Varekai follows the greek mythology regarding Icarus, who flew too close to the sun and thus melted his wings and fell to his death in the sea. However, in Varekai, rather than falling into the sea and perishing, he falls and lands on an island where he is found by these magical creatures and the remainders of his wings are stolen. IMG_2553

I would say that the plot is definitely underlying and not something that needs to be consistently followed. The incredible scenes on the stage will soon have you forgetting everything and gaping in awe. Without spoiling the ending, we both found that the finale was simply spectacular and had me sat with my mouth open and just staring at the stage in complete amazement. Tom started laughing at one point as some of the stunts were so daring I was actually gasping and flinching in my seat as they happened! They say seeing is believing and had I not been there I definitely wouldn’t have believed that some of those acts were possible!

I was quite worried that this wouldn’t really be Tom’s thing as he can be quite particular, however he said at the end that he thoroughly enjoyed it. I think this would make a perfect date night for any couple as it really is something incredibly different and you get sucked into the atmosphere without even trying! The fantastic skills of the performers and the comedic elements from two of the cast are bound to entertain even the most stubborn of people and certainly provided both of us with an incredible experience we won’t be forgetting in a hurry!

Varekai is on at the Motorpoint Arena until Sunday and they do have some tickets left! I’ll leave a link here in case you want to go on and book yourself a fantastic evening! Don’t worry if you don’t live in Nottingham, Varekai is touring the globe and a full list of locations can be found here. Tom and I would like to thank LD Communications and the Cirque Du Soleil cast for providing us with the tickets and such a fantastic opportunity. We had an absolute ball!

Much Love

xoxo

National Bed Month With Dr Botanicals

This month is National Bed Month, something that I can totally get on board with, and I was asked by Dr Botanicals if I’d like to try some of their overnight products to celebrate. As a skincare fiend I of course jumped at the chance and was lucky enough to be sent the Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque* and the Advanced 8-Hour Overnight Renewal Cream* to try out and review.  I’ve been using them for over a week now and so far I’ve been pretty impressed. The packaging of both products looks so chic yet simple – a brown glass jar with textured off-white labels, makes them look like they’re straight off the shelves at an apothecary! It reminds me a little bit of the packaging of Aesop skincare!

Lets start with the overnight cream first, which actually is more of a balm than a cream! On arrival I was actually quite surprised at how small the jar was, it is in fact 30ml but because its a balm/wax texture rather than a cream it is definitely more compact. The product has a gorgeous fresh scent to it which is down to the pomegranate and goji berries included in the formula. This cream is designed to combat skin stress and environmental pollution which can cause signs of ageing. Despite having the biggest baby face going, now that i’m heading towards my mid-20’s research has told me that it is actually about the right time to start thinking of using preventative anti-ageing products so I can maintain my baby face that bit longer! IMG_2536_Fotor.jpg

Using the cream feels a lot like using a facial oil, whereby it takes a bit longer to soak into the skin than a normal cream. I found that this just made my face feel hydrated for even longer. I would say that if you have oily skin this may be a bit heavy for you as I did find that in my oilier patches it felt a bit too much. However where my skin is dry, this worked absolute miracles! It alleviated some of the dry patches and made my skin feel more ‘normal’ than combination. Dr Botanicals use all vegan ingredients which naturally makes their products fit into the high end bracket. This cream retails for £95, however they were kind enough to give me a discount code, meaning that popping ROSEBLOG in the discount box at checkout takes this down to £47.99 instead. I’m planning on taking this to America with me next month as the balm texture makes it more travel friendly (no suitcase spillage for me!) and the extra hydration will be perfect to counteract the extreme post plane dry skin I often get!

I would say my favourite product out of the two would have to be the Overnight Masque as I feel it is most suited to my skin overall. Overnight your skin is most susceptible to regeneration so Dr Botanicals are trying to celebrate this with products that are going to pack your skin full of amazing ingredients to aid this regeneration process. This masque includes Papaya, Vitamin C, Jojoba Oil and Sweet Almond Oil to provide your skin with everything it needs to look healthy and rejuvenated! This is a really unusual texture as its quite runny yet almost a bit sticky in the tub. You apply a thin layer onto your face before bed and wait for it to dry. It does dry to be ever so slightly stiff so that is something that took a couple of days for me to get used to. Once it’s dried you just head to sleep as normal and wake up and follow your normal skincare regime, there’s no need to rinse it off! img_2534_fotor

I felt like this worked well at combating my dry patches and encouraging my skin to heal faster but also at controlling the oil in my t-zone. It’s easy to just pop on before bed and, because it dries so quickly, there’s no mess on the pillows either! This one didn’t have a scent which I personally liked as I don’t want a heavily scented product on my skin overnight as I’m quite sensitive to strong smells and it’s likely to keep me awake or give me a headache. This jar is 50ml which will last you ages as a tiny amount goes a very long way with this one too. The full size jar retails for £67 but again the discount code ROSEBLOG will take it down  to only £19.99 which is an absolute bargain!

Despite being a huge skincare junkie, I’ve never tried vegan skincare so it was really refreshing to try products that were all natural! A huge thank you to Dr Botanicals for letting me celebrate national bed month with them and I hope you all have some extra wonderful beauty sleep this month! Have you tried any Dr Botanicals products before?

Much Love

xoxo

*Products were sent for PR purposes and discount code is an affiliate code but all opinions are my own. I wouldn’t share items that I wouldn’t personally use with you guys!

Review: Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara

I always used to love trying new mascaras but I seem to have not bought any recently as I have tonnes of miniatures sitting waiting to be used in my drawer. However, I couldn’t pass up a chance to buy the Lancôme Grandiôse mascara in the christmas sales as the set was about half price meaning that I got the full size mascara, an eye makeup remover and an eyeliner for only £16! I’ve been testing the mascara out for a while now and thought I’d share the pros and cons with you today!

I can remember when this mascara came onto the market as it was the first of it’s kind with the ‘swan neck’ brush. Basically the wand has a kink in it, meaning that you can angle the brush better and easier towards your lashes. I totally underestimated how useful this would actually be when I bought it! You can get right into the roots of your lashes without having to risk poking yourself in the eye or getting mascara everywhere! The other interesting thing about this brush is that it’s designed to be used two ways! Hold the brush one way to add length and turn it the other way to add volume. I didn’t think i’d notice a difference but actually, you really can! img_2525_fotor

I have always adored Lancôme mascaras but the packaging on this one leaved the others standing! It’s a curvy black tube with a black rose design encapsulated in the lid! It looks incredibly luxurious and is unlike anything I’ve seen from any other brand before. The tube is very sleek and simply has Lancôme embossed round the centre. I do feel that they put a lot of work into the packaging of their brand and it really does set them apart from others on the market. The price of this product alone is actually £26 which I find really really expensive for a mascara! However, the sales assistant told me that this actually contains twice as much mascara as their other varieties and should therefore last you twice as long! I have been using mine for nearly two months and it feels as fresh as when I opened it and shows no signs of running out or drying up so that really is a plus! img_2523

The formula itself is very wet and does take a bit of getting used to. I find that I do end up spreading it onto my lid when I’m applying it as I can get closer to my lashes with this brush than normal. However, once it’s dried it doesn’t budge all day, I’ve experienced no smudging or crumbling at all, but it does come off easily when you want to remove it thankfully! It is also a very black mascara and packs quite a punch in the pigment department whilst still looking quite natural. The thing I like the most about this mascara is that it really amps up my natural lashes without making them look clumpy. It also doesn’t take too long to get the desired effect and you are able to comfortably layer the product without your lashes getting that horrible crispy texture!

All in all, I would definitely recommend this mascara. Despite having a plastic wand, which I don’t usually like, I have gotten on really well with this product and have found it to be really effective and easy to use. I’ve loved every single Lancôme mascara I’ve tried and thankfully for them this one has lived up to the expectations set by the others and in some places exceeded them! Have you tried this mascara?

Much Love

xoxo