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Eye Test with Vision Express

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Almost two weeks ago it was that time of year again folks. Eye test time! I am always slightly dubious about going for an eye test, much like the dentist it is something that takes up time that I would prefer to use for something else. However it is necessary.

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Before an eye test I always try to get a good nights sleep so my eyes feel on top form and I don’t have a headache when going through the motions of the test. It may seem like an easy thing to do but sitting and telling someone the difference between the clarity of black dots and circles on a red or green background with tired overused eyes is something of a task. Cold Cucumbers also make a massive difference on the morning of an eye test so if you have time try it.

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For the past couple of years I have been going to Vision Express and I have to say have never had a problem with their service yet. The range of glasses available is pretty good but one thing that they lack that the likes of Specsavers have are deals. Himself prefers Specsavers but I just cannot bring myself to go back as their service has never been great (personal experience here – yours may be different).

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I am quite lucky with my optometrist as I usually manage to see the same one each time and she is absolutely hilarious. This time however was a different lady but with a similar sense of humour so she really made the testing time fun rather than a laborious task.

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The team at the Wimbledon Branch as a collective were absolutely amazing as they helped me select a pair of glasses that I felt comfortable with and could double up as sunglasses as it was the first pair of transition lenses for me. If you live around the Merton area and need an eye test I would highly recommend this opticians as it is highly unlikely that you will leave unhappy or unsatisfied.

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Today was the day to pick up my glasses and despite having to wait a little longer for the transition lens placement it was totally worth the wait. My new glasses are comfortable, stylish and incredibly practical – oh and let’s not forget truly geeky!

Eyes, Eye Test, Sight, Eyesight, Vision Express, Letters, AlphabetAs I have just washed my hair I won’t be putting up a picture of me in them just yet! Keep your eyes peeled on my instagram for updates and I will eventually write another post on how I am getting on with the transition lenses. Out of all the choices above these are my new glasses!

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The Tide is High – Nails Inc

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Whilst perusing the latest of this months mags in the supermarket In Style jumped out at me not only for the beaut of a polish from Nails Inc but for the cover title of ‘Festival Fashion’. Despite not attending any festivals this year it is always nice to see what fashion is about for the coming months and what a better way to enjoy shorts, cropped tops and all of the other wonderful things than planning for some of the biggest events of the year. Glastonbury, Wireless even SW4 are but a few of the events that are taking place in the next couple of weeks/months.

Are you going to any?

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July’s issue of In Style is giving you the chance to grab four exclusive Nails Inc colours of which I was lucky enough to grab ‘The Tide is High’. This colour is one that I was thinking of buying anyway so two birds with one stone is the statement of this sentence. Inspired by 80’s Anthems this collection of gorgeous summery colours are worth £11 each so for the small price of £16 you could have all four or just be lucky enough to find your favourite in store now. As I already have many other pinks, greys and far too many reds to even count the lovely minty green pastel was the perfect addition to my forever growing varnish collection.


On application I have to say I was disappointed as the consistency was watery and the brush was just not big enough (if you love Essie you know what I mean!). Also after giving the polish longer to dry than usually needed it lasted all of five minutes before smudging on two nails and chipping on all of the others a couple of hours later. Thankfully this little bottle of not so awesomeness was free – I think I will be heading to Boots very soon for a bottle of Essie’s famous Mint Candy Apple as the brand is yet to let me down and for £7.99 a bottle that’s not a bad deal.

As Nails Inc is a well known brand this was even more of a disappointment that the polish performed so poorly. Sadly this is not the case.


Like I said before, the colour is one that I have been meaning to get for some time and as it was a freebie I just couldn’t resist. In the bottle it looks slightly grey but when on your nails and after vigorous shaking the greeny blue hue really comes into its own. With regards to accessorising an outfit check out a couple of items that I have picked that I would wear with such a colour.

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I am finding it significantly difficult to pick a favourite out of this bunch of goodies as most of them can be interchanged throughout the day/week/month!

Can you pick a favourite?

GoT Finale

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Dany & Drogon, Arya & the many faced god, Cersei and her shame bell. These are but a few of the shockingly wonderful things that you come across whilst watching the GoT finale. For most of the episode we sat with our jaws almost touching the flaw with a quizzical look on our faces. Read More →

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