Specsavers Australia Review

Specsavers Store, Service & Glasses Review

Here it is, the long-awaited review of my local Specsavers store! If you’re anything like me, going to see any sort of health professional gives you the heebie-jeebies, but I’m pleased to say that I walked away unscathed from my recent experience with Specsavers.

(Barely. No, I’m just kidding, they were great.)

Specsavers has welcoming one-on-one consultations

From the minute I stepped into the brightly-lit store, I was warmly welcomed by the staff who were only too happy to come to my assistance. The place has a sophisticated, modern decor and everything was thankfully very clean (which is really important to me when it comes to things regarding my health) and the staff are pleasant, well-trained and seemed to have answers to every curve ball I’d throw at them! (How new is the technology that’s being used here today? How does the prescription for my astigmatism work? Can you hold my bag while I take a million selfies? Or actually I think I asked Daniel that last question..)

Specsavers has modern equipment and a clean environment

In fact, the only bad part of the entire process was the dreaded eye-puff test. I had actually been putting off using the voucher for the free glasses that I received from Specsavers (in return for the review) because of the eye puffy thingy. It’s kind of stupid because as an avid wearer of glasses, I get this test done all the time when I eventually get my prescription checked, and it doesn’t ever hurt, but it’s still SCARY and I’m, like, four. This is when the staff’s infinite kindness and patience really won them brownie points as I descended into nervous-giggling hysterics resembling those of a 14-year-old girl seeing Justin Beiber for the first time. We tried about three times before we got it right.

POOF! It was done. That wasn’t so bad! And then I realised that I have two eyes and the machine must have seen the look of despair in my eyes and POOFed me before I had a chance to descend back into hysteria.

Specsavers was very sanitary and organized

The rest of the test was decidedly less scary, though. I had an awesome optometrist who was very friendly and even gave me a giggle or two.

The optometrist at Specsavers was very friendly, funny, and professional

This was my optometrist. He is a seriously lovely guy and sanitized all the equipment before I used it, including his hands, which was simply fantastic! He was even the first optometrist to tell me that my prescription had moved down in one eye instead of up, which was a huge bonus for me; what with my paranoia about going blind by the age of thirty with the rate my prescription has been changing over the last few years.

The best part? The entire session is bulk-billed, which means no out-of-pocket expense.

With all that stuff over and done with and my prescription on file, now came the part I was most looking forwards to–shopping!

Specsavers had so many glasses to choose from, and their own in-house brand

Specsavers has a huge range of in-house designs from $39, and I took many, many selfies of potential frames, despite odd looks from other customers wandering the floors with me. An awesome touch I have to mention–the Specsavers staff offered the use of their iPad for me to take the selfies and email to myself. I had brought my camera with me for this exact purpose but for people who aren’t so prepared, this is a fantastic service and one of which you should definitely take advantage!

Specsavers also has a designer range with labels such as Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan, Country Road, FCUK, Karen Millen, Red or Dead, Roxy, and Tommy Hilfiger

I spent an hour perusing the styles at Specsavers (much to the displeasure of the boy who accompanied me.. thanks, Danny!). There were so many to choose from! The designer section took up most of my time as usually I would never consider designer options for myself because of usually high price tags, but I found their designer options surprisingly affordable. I went home with the photos, reviewed them with family members, loved ones, and the dog, and even visited other stores just in case there were styles I was missing and I finally made a choice a few weeks later.

Specsavers sent me on my way with a whole bag of goodies!

I was so excited to take my pack home and toss out my old frames. (For those who are wondering, the voucher and pamplets were sent to me via mail from Specsavers’ lovely PR manager from the beginning, but I decided to include them in the photo anyways.) After booking my personalized fitting, where they adjusted the glasses to the dimensions of my face and ears, I was finally able to wear my new glasses home (One of the pairs, anyways. I didn’t actually wear two pairs of glasses home).

Included in my Specsavers glasses package were two cases and a bottle of lens cleaner

Anyways, both of my glasses came with their own glasses case and a lens cleaner (which does a much better job of cleaning my glasses than my breath and the corner of my t-shirt does).

I chose Collette Dinnigan 02 and Alex Perry 34 for my glasses from Specsavers

..And here they are!

 

A close-up of my Alex Perry frames and the gold detailing on the corners

It’s hard to pick a favorite because I wear them both for different occasions and never really one more than the other. The Alex Perry frames are a matte black metal frame with gold detailing that remind me of little flecks of feathers or pebbles, and I often wear them to work and they always make me feel a million bucks. But they’re heavier than the plastic frames, so I wear the Collette Dinnigan ones if I’m going for comfort and a more gentle look.

A close-up of the ornate carving on my Collette Dinnigan frames

I actually had to go to a different store before I found these on the stands, and I’m so pleased that I did! The detailing on the corners and arms is a really lovely, subtle touch that gives me just enough frou frou to still feel fancy when I wear them out. Of course, these tortoiseshell frames are a bit less jarring against my pale skin as well, which is important to me since they’re thicker than the Alex Perrys. The only downside is that as someone who isn’t used to wearing plastic glasses which don’t have nose pads, the plastic bridge keeps getting greased up by my big ol’ nose and sliding down my face.

Does anyone have a solution to that, yet?

Anyways, that was my official review of my time spent at Specsavers–Although the products were provided to me in return for the reviews, I was not paid for my words and all opinions stated here are my own. I was very pleased with the quality and service of the products, and would definitely shop there again. I definitely consider them on the higher-end of budget eyewear, but their continual offers make them a worthwhile shop if you’re on a tight budget but need a new pair of glasses.

Spot On

Le Zinc Vintage dress, Target polkadot blouse, Lovisa Beetle Brooch

Hello frugalistas! This is the dress I wanted to show you–the one I bought from St Augustine’s Jumble Sale. I found it tucked onto a little rack on the upper level, where all the international designer brands were held and now it’s safely tucked in my own wardrobe.

From what I could find out, it was made by a French label in the 80’s (that would explain the shoulder pads). It’s well-structured, fully-lined and made from gorgeous, thick, crepe-de-chine fabric that resists wrinkling and keeps you warm in Winter (I am also wearing a thermal t-shirt bodysuit underneath the blouse, so that helps).

Le Zinc Vintage dress, Target polkadot blouse, Lovisa Beetle Brooch, Stud Collar Clips

This is also a good opportunity to show off the other glasses I chose from Specsavers (more pictures near the end of the post)! These frames are from designer Alex Perry, and I love the gold flecks around the edges of the glasses–they remind me of feathers, a little bit–and the tortoiseshell arms are endlessly stylish.

Le Zinc Vintage dress, Target polkadot blouse, Lovisa Beetle Brooch

You know I love my accessories.

Small Gold Mesh Lorus Watch RTA50AX9

This is another new thing I wanted to show off–my gold mesh Lorus watch is a graduation present of mine and I utterly adore it. It has a really slim profile which means it doesn’t feel too bulky on my wrist but, as you come to expect when you have wrists that disappear when viewed in profile, the band is abnormally long and adjusted to the tightest setting, which leaves an annoying excess of strap wrapped underneath. I’ve been trying to find a place that will cut mesh straps down to size, but I’m starting to feel this is an impossible ask.

Cheap or expensive, I always have this problem with mesh watch bands (this funnily enough gets even worse the more expensive the watch is, e.g. Skagen). Why are they so damn long? Who has wrists big enough to fit the loosest setting anyways? Jabba the Hut?? WHAT KIND OF MONSTERS ARE WE MAKING THESE WATCHES FOR??

Sheer Black Polka Dot Pantyhose, Mascotte Kidskin Heels

On another note, these tights are one of the varieties you can get from the Reject Shop for a couple of dollars. They last a fairly decent time and I only managed to destroy my last ones because I seemingly lose all coordination when I’m around sharp objects. Dammit.

Le Zinc Vintage dress, Target polkadot blouse, Lovisa Beetle Brooch, Stud Collar Clips

What I Wore:

  • Alex Perry 34 Frames – c/o Specsavers
  • Stud Collar ClipseBay, $1 (Bought them ages ago, wear them all the time, yet never featured them..)
  • Black and Gold Bee Brooch – Lovisa, $3.30 (3 for $10)
  • White Flocked Polka Dot Blouse – Target, $10
  • Gold Nautical Knot Belt – Colette, $5
  • Le Zinc Umbrella Pleated Skirt – St Augustine’s Jumble Sale, $5
  • Gold Mesh Lorus Watch – Graduation gift (similar here)
  • Sheer Black Polka Dot Pantyhose – Reject Shop, $2
  • Black Kidskin Leather Heels – Mascotte, $40

Total: $66.30

What’s weird about this outfit is that the collar clips and belt are utter favorites–things I’ve worn a million times over–and yet they’ve scarcely made an appearance on this blog. That’s definitely about to change!

Anyways–watch out for my Specsavers review, coming up after this break.

Le Zinc Vintage dress, Target polkadot blouse, Lovisa Beetle Brooch, Stud Collar Clips

Warm Winter Wishes

Warm Winter Wishlist

I almost couldn’t find a suitable title for this one. Nothing appropriate rhymes with “July” or starts with “J”, so that’s the best I could come up with. Nevertheless, the title seems pretty appropriate as I sit here with my box of tissues, under seventeen layers of clothing wrapped up in a giraffe onesie and topped with fluoro yellow fingerless gloves my mother bought because they were 10c and not because they look good (I can assure you, they look appalling with this classy getup I’ve got on right now). It’s so bloody cold right now that I can’t muster the will to turn the heating on because I’ve just warmed up this patch of air and I feel like if I get up from my chair, the slightly warmer climate I’ve made around myself will dissipate. That, and I have blogging to do. Sick or not sick.

Anyways, here is my recent wishlist–Ever since getting my best friend a kitten tapestry backpack for her birthday, I’ve been longing for this fabric. It’s so naturally thick and heavy and warm, and lends itself perfectly to a cold Winter’s day, while you’re sporting thick opaque leggings and several layers underneath (or else risk freezing to death in this totally harsh Australian climate). I’ve really gotten into shopping for natural materials recently, so this wishlist is mostly comprised of pure wool, cotton, and leather.

  1. Pure Felted Wool BeretAliExpress, $4 (Also frequently on sale! Available in too many different colours to list)
  2. Teddy Bear Tapestry Dress w/ Faux Fur DetailsAliExpress, $20 (Also managed to find a $40 listing with dog and cat print fabric omg)
  3. Teddy Bear Tapestry BackpackAliExpress, $33 (Also available in the same fabric as the dress!!)
  4. Colourful Crystals Mickey Mesh WatcheBay, $18 (Also available in silver with differently-coloured faces)
  5. Full Gold Mirror Waist Belt w/ ChaineBay, from $7 (Depending on which of the 3 thicknesses you choose)
  6. Genuine Patent Leather Ankle Strap HeelsAliExpress, $40 (Available in black, nude, or white)
  7. Wool Cable-Knit Sweater w/ PeplumAliExpress, $15.50 (Available in other colours too)
  8. Tapestry Mini SkirtAliExpress, $15 (Available in cat or dog print!)

Can you just imagine–That teddy tapestry dress with a cream sweater layered underneath, topped with a black beret, gold belt, thick diamond-patterned tights and those shoes?! My idea of a perfect outfit right now.

By the by, frugalistas–I cheated a smidgeon with this wishlist. I just received the Mickey watch in the mail from eBay recently. It’s the most gorgeous thing ever and even though it’s cheaper than some of the other mesh watches in my collection, I reckon it’s just about my favorite one now. I’ll have to show you my little watch collection some day and have a good old rant about the exorbitant prices of watches and how you can avoid the big ticket price-tags.

In the meantime, stay stingy and keep your eyes peeled for my Specsavers review.