Sunset Boulevard, Mayflower Southampton

Beauty, fashion, Film, lifestyle, review, Theatre, Uncategorized

To paraphrase the most famous line in Sunset Boulevard, it’s not that the show has got smaller, it’s the performance that has got bigger.

I got the opportunity to accompany The Bright Eye blog to see the West End hit Sunset Boulevard at the Mayflower, Southampton.

As you know I am a theatre lover, so I literally jumped at the offer to join her to see this critically acclaimed musical!

The musical is based on the film, about a fallen silent movie start called Norma Desmond. Following the story a struggling writer stubbled into her lavish life and falls victim to the wonders of comfortable living. This is despite the twisted love that Norma develops for him and ultimately leads to his demise.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this musical, from never seeing the movie adaptation, only knowing the musical was one of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Just from that alone, I had quite high hopes!

Overall I really enjoyed the show, from the dance numbers to delving into a darker storyline. It was the first musical I have seen where there is a much more serious underling theme. The entire show was pretty much all sung, which is so impressive alone, but being able to convey the varying emotions through movement and song was on a another level.

The characters really held their own and really made the show for me! I found that Ria Jones, who played Norma Desmend, was extraordinary! Her voice was so powerful, but really portrayed the fallen star to complete breakdown story and gripped me from the word go!

I would really recommend seeing this show, if you are interested in something different with a captivating and twisted story. The show is running at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from 16th to 20th January 2018.

★★★★★ “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is a glorious, thrill a minute triumph” Daily Telegraph

★★★★★★★ “Musical theatre gold” Edinburgh Evening News




Tanstic Tesco!

Advice, Beauty, fashion, lifestyle, Personal, Uncategorized, women

I always forget what little hidden gems that Tesco comes up with in their clothing range! I popped in the other night and decided to have a look upstairs at their autumn range at F&F.

Well I can safely say they did not disappoint…

I basically fell in love with these three jackets!

They are so on trend, lush colors, and so affordable! I really think that Tesco is an underdog when it come to fashion, it has got so modern in the last few years and I can’t wait to go back and get some of their autumn pieces.

I am especially a fan of the denim jacket, it is right up my street and I feel the fur collar makes  it a more unique piece while still being up to date.

This was just a little post, but I would highly recommend having a look in your local Tesco as I think its a great place for a cheeky bargain!



Festival Fashion Picks

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I headed off to Vfestival a couple of weekends ago for the 6th year! I love this festival and it has become a tradition for me and my friends.

I thought this year I would do a little post on my outfits from the weekend at the Chelmsford festival. I really do love festival fashion, as its a real chance to experiment and flourish with colour! Even if the weather wasn’t the best, the one thing to reply on with British people at festivals is that we power through with the summer look come rain or shine!

I always try and plan outfits from the Friday, as even though you start the day travelling you want to show off your look from the get go for the evening!

Day 1 Outfit

Day 1:

Top- Topshop

Shorts- New Look

Jacket- River island

I wanted to make sure I was festival ready but still comfy for the car journey as I knew it was going to be a long one! The jacket I am obsessed with but never get the opportunity to wear.  It is light, cream and has fringing on the back and sides, which was so on point for a festival. The denim shorts are always a safe bet and I would have pack them either way. they go with pretty much anything at a festival and our a comfy, effortless look. I really like these distressed hot pant shorts that I grabbed last summer from New Look. I added the chocker that I actually borrowed off my mum, to just give the rather simple outfit a but more of a glam look. I think accessorising is a key element of festival wear to easily upgrade any outfit.


Day 2:

Top- Topshop

Denim Jacket- Topshop

Skirt- Urban Outfitters

Hoop earrings- Primark

Sunglasses- Primark

Shoes- Converse

Saturday is always my favourite day at a festival! It is where the fun really begins and the fashion comes out. This was my favourite outfit of the weekend, with the colour, dressed to impress nature but so easy and comfy to wear! I love this top from Topshop but the colour and shape means I can’t wear it all the time, but the sun was shining and what doesn’t go at a festival! I really like the bright yellow against the navy of the skirt. One thing I find really flattering is the wrap of the skirt and allows it to be dressed up or down. Now, denim jackets…you just can’t go wrong and they are definitely a statement piece for any girls wardrobe. They are the perfect look for s light jacket that you can put with the majority of outfits. (I’m even partial to a double denim look when done right). I honestly loved this look and was so comfy for the day, which is so key at festival considering all the walking and drinking!


Day 3:

Dress- Zara

Shirt- Topshop

Shoes- Converse

This was on the Sunday and the weather wasn’t quite so nice, warm but the sun was hiding from us. I really liked this look due to its pure simplicity but came together really well. Again for me it was making sure I felt comfortable and would last a whole day. This dress is so versatile, I wear it to work but dressed it down for the festival. It has a silk front and cotton back, so it just gives it a little extra. I really liked the shirt with the dress as I think it gave the look at little extra and made it more of an outfit, rather than just wearing the dress. Sometimes I think the most simple outfits at festivals look the best, that effortless with effort look! the converse I wore both days as I think they are the perfect add to festivals (as long as its dry!) that create that casual look and you’ll last from day to night in. As this outfit was more simple I went for more gems and a quirkier hairstyle, as thats what festivals are all about right!

I had such a good weekend and for once liked my outfits for the whole weekend! If anyone is thinking about a festival I would 100% recommend. You come back with the most amazing memories and see so many acts for your money! in terms of outfits I think less effort is more! Remember you are camping and spending the weekend on your feet, so dress comfortably and experiment! It’s what festivals are for!



Sudio Sweden Headphones

Advice, Beauty, lifestyle, Personal, review, tech, Uncategorized

I was lucky enough to be sent some of the fabulous Sudio Sweden headphones in the style ‘Regent’

I have always struggled with headphones, and getting a style I really like, but these were literally ideal. I have wanted some over the head headphones for ages but always found they were too big, or the quality wasn’t worth the price!

I was so excited to try out the Sudio Sweden headphones to see what they were like!

Firstly the style of these headphones is something I love! They are so stylish and sleek, and you can even change the design on the sides. you can get different panels that attach on the side to change your look for any mood or occasion. The great thing, and one of my favourite things about these headphones is the fact they are wireless, which means I can connect them to my phone and use them without being tangled or attached!


The company is based in Stockholm and is transforming peoples perception of earphones as a wearable accessory.  I especially love the way that these headphones are an accessory and can compliment ANY outfit! I love fashion and feel that these can add to any look.

The sound of these headphone is great and I was really pleasantly surprised with this excellent quality! The retail price of these are £119 for the over the head in black or white, whereas the ones that go in your ears are priced at £89. I would say that these prices are very reasonably priced due to the quality and sound they produce. If you are interested in these, they have a great deal at the moment to use beautybrownblog15 for 15% off!!

I am so happy with these and have literally been using them non stop! I can’t recommend these more, they would be a great investment!

Let me know what you thought about this post in the comments, and let me know if you have tried these headphones!

Grace x

Essjee Mircomeso Facial

Advice, Beauty, lifestyle, Personal, review, Uncategorized, women

On the 13.07.2017 I got to go along to an even in Salisbury to look at a great facial treatment called ‘Mircomeso Facial’.

We got to watch the treatment, which uses mirco needles to gently penetrate the surface of the skin to trigger the bodies process of wound healing. It essentially a way of helping your body create natural, healthy collagen, which we all love a bit of!

The treatment has loads of benefits too!

  • Helps improve skin tone and promote a ‘healthy glow’
  • Elasticity and firmness can be regained
  • Skin can appear lifted and rejuvenated
  • Open/ large pores can be reduced

Just to name a few!

Myself and Brighteyeblog were invited along to an evening to see the treatment and learn a little more about what its all about, with the added joy of a bit of prosecco and nibbles! Sarah, who conducted the treatment was fabulous with telling us all we needed to know, answer our questions and really welcomed us. It was a fab opportunity to see this new treatment that is so organic and natural, it just uses what you already have! With all these new beauty trends and expectations it was a really interesting evening to hear all about something that is really starting to take off.

I have never seen or heard of anything about this kind of treatment but seeing a couple of the girls who had it done, I can say I could really see a difference!

What happens in the facial:

It starts with an in depth consultation, which is so important when it comes to things a little medical just to be safe! From there the skin is cleansed and inspected to then be disinfected.  The microneedling then takes place, products are applied and then aftercare is advised.

Speaking to the model that had it done, all she could say was how clean and fresh her face felt after. That is one of my favorite feelings; when you take your make up off, cleanse and moisturize and that feeling of a clean face!

If you were ever thinking about a facial treatment this is certainly one I would recommend and a safe alternative to all these dermarollers on social media! It does take a few treatments to see a difference so if its for you then you’ll have to be committed!

If it sounds like you type of thing contact Sarah at Essjee on 07753226566 or email you can also check her work out on Instagram as she also does permanent make up! @sarahgibbpmu


Grace x

Rogues Cafe! <3

Beauty, Food, lifestyle, Personal, review, Uncategorized


The new Rogues Cafe has opened in Southampton, next to the Guildhall! It is a fab location and so lush inside!

I went along to a lovely evening that the owners had set up with Southampton Bloggers to try their menu and experience the quirky and cool new restaurant.  Firstly I need to express how friendly and purely passionate the owners are about this fab new opening! It really makes a world of different to a place like this when the owners love what they are doing!

The interior was really cool and a real mix mash vibe, which I love in independent places.

It felt really cosy inside and it made us all feel very relaxed, and they have a dog! Now I am a huge dog person so for me this was a game changer! He was so friendly and extremely well behaved, but it gave the cafe a lovely family feel and became really personal!

Dog menu

They are so reasonable priced with food, soft drinks and alcohol (and they have 2 for 1 on Fridays on ALL DRINKS!).


The food was amazing! One thing they pride themselves on is that all the food is locally sourced!

Everything they brought out was so thought out and simply delicious. It is a perfect place for a light brunch, lunch or dinner with such a varied menu to accommodate the customers.

The menu is even personal, let alone massive! They have made it so different and personal keeping all their notes and details from when they planned what they wanted.


If I can recommend one place to head to this summer it is 100% Roges Cafe! a lovely place with incredible food and atmosphere, I cannot wait to head back.


Grace x

What feminism is to me…

Beauty, feminism, lifestyle, Personal, Uncategorized, women

This is my first post of this kind so I hope it’s alright! I want to put it the best way I can, so even though my writing may not be too great I hope to get what I mean across well 🙂

I never knew what feminism was, never thought about it and never really understood it. I think this goes for a lot of people, as there are so many different views and takes on feminism so it can all get a bit confusing! I think this is another reason I don’t want to be called a feminist because there are so many variations and connotations of the word! The thing is, I do believe I am one purely because of the way I view feminism. I just think being called a feminist can become a bit blurred because of everyone’s different takes on the subject. I’m not saying anyone’s view on this is wrong, this is just mine.

I first really began to understand what my thoughts on feminism were when I had to look into it for a university project…

I was placed into a group to create our own theatre company, we had to have an aim and an area of interest. Two of the girls suggest that we become a feminist theatre company as the dynamic of the group would make it very interesting (5 girls and 1 boy) therefore we could make some hard hitting thoughtful theatre. I am all for hard hitting theatre with a purpose but at the time I found the idea quite off putting. My first response, which now I find to be such an ignorant statement was “as long as it’s not all man hating”. If I heard someone say that now I would be the one rolling my eyes.

Luckily the girls I worked with understood where I was coming from because it is a view that so many people have on feminism, I mean I was one of them and it’s because I didn’t understand it. The pieces we began to work on were based about equality for men and women, yes men and women. We looked into subjects which effect both sexes and in some cases yes there is a big difference.

I can see why some people think feminism is all for women but it only seems this way because women are fighting for some notable equalities, such as pay and sexual assault. This doesn’t mean men do not suffer the same discrimination. Like I said for me feminism is equality for both sexes.

Now I’m not the type of person to shove this down peoples throats as it what I think not what others have too (I hope this isn’t too heavy a read). I just think that men and women should have equality, even things simple as a woman not being called a slut for wearing the clothing she likes, or a man being called a wimp for enjoying more so called ‘feminine’ things.

I just think people should be allowed to do what they want, live the way they want to with out so much judgement. Is that so much to want?

I can’t see equality as a bad thing, and I find it so bizarre that the word ‘feminist’ almost seems dirty to some people. Like I said there are many differny types of feminism and people have their own beliefs within it, but overall it does come back to equality in my eyes.

It’s not a bad thing to be a feminist and people shouldn’t feel bad to be one. I think it is a good thing to strive for and eventually I want there to be equality.

I find if quite funny sometimes when people ask me how I can be a feminist.

Now, I think this comes back down to people’s differny views and takes on feminism. I love make up and fashion and I enjoy making myself look and ultimately feel good. Some people see this as a weakness I suppose, because  as a woman I should be empowered and love the way I look…well I do, I mean we all have insecurities but I’m not ashamed of myself. The reason I wear make up and slightly change my appearance is because I enjoy it. I like buying make up and clothes and I do it for no one else but myself. This has nothing to do with me not being empowered in my own skin in actual fact I just simply want to do something I take enjoyment in.

I just think overal there should be mutual respect for men and women because we are all equal and that’s the way it should be. I remember I was criticised once for asking a man to open something for me. Now most of the time I really strive to be independent and ultimately I think I am or at least getting there, but in this case I just needed help from someone and it turned out to be a man. I think this is read into much to much sometimes, we can all help one another and be polite and it does not have to be sexist. I am a feminist but if a man opens a door for me he is being polite not misogynistic.

I hope I haven’t offended anyone,but I just wanted this to be a little insight to myself. I hope it was an enjoyable read and not too heavy!

Keep doing things that make you happy 🙂