Benefit Cosmetics – Roller Lash Mascara, Watts Up! Highlighter & They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

Although we often champion smaller brands here at The Amazing Blog, and love to discover hidden beauty gems, sometimes we feel it’s only right to rave about the well-known brands that are certainly worth the hype. Here in the office, we have a bit of a penchant for all things Benefit, so when they sent over some of their best loved beauty products, we were positively jumping for joy.

First in our bag of goodies was the Roller Lash Mascara. The brand’s latest release, it has been all the rage here in London, and for good reason. Designed to work as a hair roller would, the cute pink wand is equipped with tiny hooks, which lift and curl the lashes, negating the need for eyelash curlers. As well as looking more wide-eyed, we loved how fluttery and soft it made our lashes look. It’s the perfect addition to a girly make-up look.

As much as we loved the mascara, our favourite product was Benefit’s classic highlighter, Watts Up! We adore a glowing complexion, and find this to be perfect for giving a soft focus shimmer to our visage. Nothing says old Hollywood glamour like a screen siren glow. As strobing is the latest craze, what better product is there to invest in than this. 

Last but not least, Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Liner takes a bit of getting used to, but with a bit of practice, it’s a great tool for creating a feline flick. The thing that impressed us most was just how black it is. There’s nothing worse than ‘black’ eyeliners that are actually slightly grey, or have a bit of a translucent pay off. This liner is jet black as can be, and a perfect consistency for staying put all day long.

You’ll surely benefit from one of these fabulous products. Treat yourself to the Roller Lash Mascara here for £19.50, the Watts Up! Highlighter for £24.50 or the They’re Real! Push-Up Liner for £18.50.

The Coconut Collaborative – Coconut Milk Yoghurts and Frozen Yoghurts

Here at The Amazing Blog, we love the occasional tempting treat. However, although we crave the instant gratification a sugary snack can give, we’re not too fond of the guilty feeling and the effect that they have on our waistline. It’s always something of a revelation when we unearth a delicious snack that tastes naughty, but has none of the drawbacks. Lately we can’t get enough of the delectable offerings from The Coconut Collaborative.

Established by the founder of those tasty Gu Puds we all love, James Averdieck, and leading nutritionist, Steve Bessant, The Coconut Collaborative have a range of wonderful coconut milk based products which aim to give all of the sweetness, with none of the guilt. Free from dairy, gluten, sugar and soya, as well as being vegan, we expected it to have that ‘healthy’ taste that doesn’t quite satisfy a sweet tooth. However we were seriously impressed with these delicious desserts. Our favourite was the Mango & Passion Fruit Yoghurt. Just creamy enough to feel indulgent, but light enough to be a fresh summer treat, it’s all we’ve been snacking on lately. Their Raspberry Snowconut is also difficult to resist, and perfect for cooling you down on those particularly sunny days.

Grab a spoon and dig in to these wonderful pots of goodness. These delicious yoghurt treats are available to buy here for £1.69. The equally delicious tubs of Snowconut are available for £4.99.

Afternoon Tea Week 10th - 16th August 2015

Here at The Amazing Blog we love a good cuppa and a slice of cake, and therefore can’t wait for all the festivities of Afternoon Tea Week 2015 to begin.

From the 10th - 16th August the biggest celebration of tea time treats in the world is happening all over the country, although many of the biggest and best events are right here in London.

Among the events is a Historical Afternoon Tea at Dennis Severs’ House with Kerstin Rodgers aka Ms Marmite Lover, one of the country’s most successful bloggers. On Friday 14th August Kerstin will be creating a historical, Georgian themed Afternoon Tea and baking from historic recipes. The event begins at 3pm and you can’t buy your tickets here.

If you’re more into the baking side of creating a great afternoon tea, definitely check out The Bakewell Baking Festival, which takes place from 14-16th August at the Bakewell Showground. The festival boasts an amazing line-up of culinary talent including Stacie Stewart, Edd Kimber, TV’s Fabulous Baker brother Tom Herbert, baked-Alaska-gate Bake off star Iain Watters andBake-off star Howard Middleton. Tickets start from £7 and can be purchased here.

For a truly immersive afternoon tea experience the InterContinental London Park Lane are offering the opportunity to enjoy the limited edition Scents of Summer Afternoon Tea in the company of Executive Chef Ashley Wells and Bespoke Perfumer Nicola Pozzani of Floris London. Here you'll experience how the evocative notes from Floris fragrances; such as freshly cut grass, jasmine, bergamot, citrus, and rose, are skilfully crafted into the sandwiches, scones and cakes, including bite-sized Jasmine tea cakes garnished with edible flowers, bergamot and blackcurrant flower macaroons, Peach Melba mousse, and a grapefruit and almond tart with violet cream. This limited edition afternoon tea costs £45 per person and available until the 27th September 2015. Book your table here.

If chocolate is more of your thing renowned artisan chocolatier paul.a.young fine chocolates has created an Afternoon Tea Week Collection.  The delicious afternoon tea favourites that we all love have been reimagined into truffles including scone, jam and clotted cream, treacle tart and Pimms! To get your hands on some of these moreish treats head on down to your nearest paul.a.young shop.

This is just a selection of all the events being held. For more information and exclusive offers please visit Afternoon Tea Week’s website.

CoolHerbals - CoolSlim Body Wrap

Although we always have the best intention of toning up our bikini bodies, summer often comes and goes without a jot of difference to our physiques. Obviously, here at The Amazing Blog, we feel that it’s important to be comfortable in your own skin, whatever your size, but we do often wish we looked a little less wobbly in a swimming costume! So when CoolHerbals sent the CoolSlim Body Wrap to the office, we were all keen to see if it had the toning effect we so long for.

Promising a firm, slimmer look, the Body Wrap kit contains Wrap Paste, Skin Firming Lotion, as well as Arm, Thigh and Stomach Belts. Packed with Gophichand Clay, which helps to draw out toxins, as well as mineral enriched Marine Extracts, ideal for stimulating circulation, the kit was surprisingly easy to use. Applying the paste to our wobbly areas, we then wrapped ourselves in the fabric belts, and waited for a mere 30 minutes. After feeling the heating effect, and washing off the excess paste, we applied the Skin Firming Lotion, and were pleasantly surprised by how much firmer our skin looked. Although we’re not too sure this would work as a long-term solution, the kit was perfect for those one off days where you wanted to look your best.

Tone up and feel great with the CoolHerbals Body Wrap Kit. You can buy it here for £44.95.

Renouve - Anti-Aging Every Day Defense Hand Sanitizing Serum

Living in London and using public transit, it is no surprise that we here at The Amazing Blog find ourselves in need of a good hand sanitiser to carry with us through the day. All too often, however, we find our hands cracked and dried by the time the day is up. We, therefor, couldn’t have been happier to receive Renouve Anti – Aging Every Day Defense Hand Sanitizing Serum. This revolutionary product is the world’s first anti – ageing hand sanitising lotion made with collagen stimulating peptides, and our hands couldn’t be more thankful.

Renouve is exactly what you look for in a hand sanitiser, killing 99.99% of bacteria while remaining alcohol free. Even more than that however, Renouve is clinically proven to firm skin and diminish wrinkles. After using this serum just a few times each day, the skin on our hands felt tighter and younger.  Renouve does this using palmitoyl tripeptide – 5 which stimulates collagen production in your hands.  Needless to say, after using a sanitiser that cleans, moisturises and gives us skin that feels and looks younger, we’ll never use generic again.

Renouve Hand Sanitizing Serum comes in six unique colours to match your mood and can be purchased here for £22.00