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

Kahina - Lip & Face Balm

Here at The Amazing Blog, we often cart around a multitude of beauty products in our handbags, so that we’re ready to strike whenever a bout of dry skin or frizzy hair attacks. Unfortunately, the abundance of products can often become a little weighty, so we always appreciate travel sized and multi-purpose products. Kahina’s Lip & Face Balm falls into both those categories, so, naturally, it has become a staple in our bags this summer.

Packaged in Kahina’s signature sleek, black glass packaging, the pint-sized balm is perfect for an on-the-go beauty regime. Its soothing blend of natural, powerhouse ingredients, such as anti-inflammatory Calendula, Sea Buckthorn Extract and Olive Oil, help to soothe and repair dry skin and lips. On first glance, its honey hue doesn’t look like the type of product you’d like to smooth onto your skin. However, the oily concoction gives just the right amount of moisture when blended into the skin, leaving it feeling perfectly nourished and not at all greasy. It’s the perfect addition to any packing list.

Pick up this little jar of wonder elixir for £34 here. It’s certainly worth splashing the cash when it makes your skin feel this fantastic. 

Triumph & Disaster - No Dice Sunscreen

With the hot summer we’ve had so far, everyone should have a sunscreen they can wear every day, but all too often it seems that sunscreens are designed for a single day at the beach and are too harsh for day-to-day use. Triumph & Disaster created No Dice Sunscreen to combat this problem, and we at The Amazing Blog couldn’t be happier.

No Dice Sunscreen SPF 50 replaces the harsh chemicals found in most sunscreens with natural actives like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients are easy on the skin and less irritating than other chemicals used to repel UV rays. Not only does No Dice include ingredients that are less irritating, it also contains green tea and jojoba esters to actively moisturise and serve as antioxidants.

You can apply this sunscreen with confidence knowing that it meets all global SPF and broad spectrum testing standards. As an added bonus, No Dice is non-greasy and feels light on the skin. We were able to wear it without feeling weighed down all day, and unlike most sunscreens it has a mild and pleasant smell

If you are looking for a way to protect yourself from the harsh sun this summer, Triumph & Disaster No Dice Sunscreen SPF 50 can be bought at Selfridges for only £36. Simply apply every two hours and take on the day with confidence.