Afternoon Tea: The Baby Shower Edition

Last month I attended a baby shower for my friend Leila who is due to have her baby in July. It was a surprise baby shower and had been organised for about a month by another friend called Laura and Leila’s lovely mum. The theme for the shower was Afternoon tea (my first ever afternoon tea) and was held at The Star Inn the City, York.

We all arrived around 1:45pm-2pm and the mother-to-be arrived about 2:15pm and was massively surprised by the whole affair and couldn’t believe how many of us had come and surprised her. Laura and Leila’s mum had decorated the area with balloons and lots of confetti baby feet as well as banners. Leila’s mum had made the most incredible cake and cake pops in blue and pink for us to all enjoy. There was a table for the cake and baby shower games and then a second table for all the presents for the mum-to-be and baby Pedro! (the sex of the baby is still unknown and nor will the baby actually be called Pedro, it’s the bump’s nickname, but I am still holding out for Pedro as the middle name if it’s a boy)

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If you have never been to the Star Inn the City York before, it’s an amazing little restaurant tucked in the Museum gardens in the city centre. It has an incredible interior and a fantastic outside area which was jam-packed the day we went as the weather was fantastic. We all sat down to tuck into an amazing afternoon tea spread which came on a wooden board and included 4 different sandwiches cut into little triangles, a super rich chocolate brownie, a scone with fresh cream and jam and a little chocolate tart that was mint chocolate and tasted like an aero. It was gorgeous.

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We then kicked off the baby games with guess the size of the bump, guess the weight/sex etc of the baby (winner still unknown as baby not born yet), match the celebs to their offspring and guess how many jelly babies in the jar. I won the jelly babies game and got to take home all of the jelly babies. It was immense taking 110 sweets home with me 🙂 After all of this we got to see Leila opening all of her amazing presents which she was thrilled with and then headed home with sweets and cake pops in hand.

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Needless to say I loved my cake pop and the whole day was so much fun. I would definitely recommend the Star Inn the City again for something like this or even just a meal as the service was fab on the day and the food; delicious!

Hope you enjoyed my review of Star Inn the City’s Afternoon tea.

Laura x

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Face D Instant Hydrating Anti-Ageing Mask*

The lovely people over at Lloyd’s Pharmacy contacted me last month to try out a range of sheet masks they stock by Face D. As well as the sheet masks, they sent me some fab eye masks, which I will be share with you in a couple of weeks. The masks are hydrating sheets which replenish the skin’s natural moisture. The official line from the company is

“The proven effectiveness of hyaluronic acid, enriched with a pool of biocompatible acids and a radiance complex, stimulates natural cutaneous renewal mechanisms: smoother, brighter and firmer complexion with a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles was reported in 80% of subjects tested after one month”

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I started using the masks a couple of weeks ago and generally used them when I was just laid down in bed etc as it’s far easier to keep the sheet on your face when you are lying down and not walking around the house etc. It says on the box to keep the mask on your face for around 20 minutes to get the full power of the mask itself.

I would say my skin definitely felt hydrated after using the mask each time. As it’s typically an anti-ageing mask, prevention is better than cure in my opinion and I am fully onboard with the anti-ageing products at the age of 24. I would rather prevent the wrinkles now than try to fix them later.

The mask when on, could be quite a scary sight so I would avoid opening the front door etc as someone may get quite the fright….

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I absolutely love these Face D Hydrating Anti-Ageing masks as there is no faff of removing the mask after i.e.peeling it off, washing it off etc. They are a steal at the moment on the Lloyd’s Pharmacy site reduced from £14.99 to £9.99. I would definitely recommend these masks to anyone as a refreshing solution to anti-ageing and will be writing my review of the eye masks in the next couple of weeks so keep a look out.

Thanks for reading

Laura x

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My Morning Face routine

A couple of weeks ago, I started 2 new skin care regimes; 1 I do in the morning, and 1 in the evening. I vowed to restart the Sebamed 28 day review as the first time I tried, I had an allergic reaction to something I was using. I use the Sebamed routine in the morning and my Kiehls skin care routine in the evening before bed with my Magnitone Lucid cleansing brush. I thought I would start by telling you about my morning routine and tell you about the evening routine in a week or so.

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I start by using the Sebamed Toner in the morning after washing my face with warm water. I use some cotton pads to apply the Toner all over my face and sometimes there is a slight sting if I have a blemish, which I see as working its magic on the spot.

I then use the Sebamed skin clearing gel on the problem areas where I have blemishes like the chin, nose or forehead. I only dab a small amount on the skin as I don’t want my skin to have a sticky texture to it when I try to apply my makeup.

Finally I have been using my L’Oreal Mattifying moisturiser which dulls any shiny look that my skin might have before applying my foundation/base. I love this moisturiser as it smells incredible and I can see a massive difference in my skin’s appearance after using it.

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I only have a simple routine in the morning as I don’t want my skin to be overloaded with product and makeup when I will spend the day running around at work and don’t want it messing with my pores. I tend to spend a bit more time on the routine on an evening when I cleanse my face with my Magnitone brush and use different products.

I hope you enjoyed my morning skin care routine.

Laura x

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