Monday, 4 April 2016

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

One of my guilty pleasures is snooping around stately homes (which in itself is quite a 'normal' thing) and make myself up a story about living there...normally involving a Mr Darcy look-alike, some elaborate curly up-dos and a ballroom dance...am I alone in this? As a result, I'm a member of the National Trust and decided to put my membership to good use and visit Tatton Park's Mansion. 

"It'll be good to blog," she said. Before taking NOT ONE SINGLE PHOTO of anything remotely historical. So here is my revised post...based on the photos of cake - a celebration of afternoon tea in The Gardener's Cottage at Tatton Park. 

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

The Garden

First things first, we booked our afternoon tea and I'd definitely recommend. This was a cold and rainy Friday (admittedly during the school holidays) and there was a queue when we arrived. Fortunately, as we'd booked, we were able to skip the queue and head straight to our table. In Summer, I can imagine it gets even busier, even with the outside tables in use. I can imagine that this is because of the setting...

If you're a fan of English country garden style, this is the afternoon tea setting for you. To get into the cottage, you walk through a gorgeous gorgeous garden setting with tables and flowers galore. It's just getting into blossom season here so all the Spring flowers are out. Heavenly. I took a gorgeous photo of my bestie, god-daughter and sister in the entrance way which you're going to have to imagine ;-)

I did a little panorama shot of the garden from opposite the main entrance. And this is in Spring where the flowers are still coming through! There were daffodils galore and the magnolia tree was in blossom. 


Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park


Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park


Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

The Food

Now on to the good stuff...the cakes!! We chose the prosecco afternoon tea which was £19.95. This came with four finger sandwiches each, four mini cakes and two small scones as well as an enormous pot of tea (or coffee, your choice!) I had breakfast tea cos I'm boring but my sister had black peppermint tea which was VERY strong and powerful - so refreshing! 


The sandwiches were made using the freshest bread - so squashy and light that you could tell it was freshly baked. There was salmon and cream cheese; cucumber; ham and another variety which escapes me, probably because I swapped it for my sisters salmon!
Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park
The four cakes
Then the cakes - two chocolate pots one cherry and one passion fruit. The flavours really came through, especially the passion fruit. It was so zingy and very refreshing! Then there was a cranberry and orange tart which reminded me of a chocolate orange and finally a walnut chocolate brownie. They were all delicious and pleasantly cream free - this is always my problem with afternoon teas. I don't like cream and often can't eat many of the cakes!

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park


After that, there were still two small scones, plain and fruit to get through. I gave the enormous pot of clotted cream a miss but loved the mini Tiptree Strawberry Jam pots. The scones themselves were still warm and crumbly as a good scone should be! 

Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park
Obviously, we started with the prosecco before the food which was fizzy fabulousness. 
Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park

I loved the crockery too - I've always had a thing for vintage tea cups, even collecting and giving them away as favours at my wedding so this was just up my street! The pot of tea that arrived was enormous. I had at least 4 cups of tea and there was still plenty left! 


Afternoon Tea at Tatton Park



A special mention must be made to the staff who were so friendly and cooed over the baby appropriately too!

Once I'd eaten all the cakes and sandwiches (in the name of blogging, you must understand!) I was SO full. We'd eaten at half two and I didn't eat another thing for the rest of the day. That's how I knew it was great value for money! Haha!

Are there any other afternoon teas you think I shouldn't miss? What are your favourites?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

P.S. Did you see my other afternoon tea review at Tea 42 in Manchester ?
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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

I took part in the Blogger's Snail Mail again, run by Gemma over at Lipsticks and Lashes. The idea is that you get matched up with a blogger and spend some time getting to now them before sending a small parcel through the mail. It's so exciting connecting with new bloggers and getting to know them, not to mention receiving the exciting parcel! This time, I was connected with Amy who writes a Brighton Lifestyle, Food and Culture Blog which is SERIOUSLY good! This girl has been published on BuzzFeed so seriously...go follow! 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Amy and I started emailing back and forth, as well as chatting on Twitter. We had such different interests (though both enjoy the Walking Dead!) and it was so interesting to chat to her. 

Pretty soon, a gorgeous parcel arrived for me which I was so excited to open after a stressful few months. 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience
Inside was a little pamper package so that I could destress and relax. 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience
The chocolate didn't last 5 minutes and hidden at the bottom is a packet of bubble gum which I am loving! I used to really enjoy blowing HUGE bubbles when I was a kid and was happy to know that I hadn't lost the knack! 

I was very late sending my package off to Amy - I really struggle to get to a post office during the week and had hoped to find something really special during my trip to Wales but couldn't :(
Better late than never though! 

In my parcel (which I'm REALLY hoping Amy has received by now!) I made a card for her - I haven't made a card in such a long time and this really got my creative side kicked back in! 

In the package, I included a range of beauty products that I've enjoyed plus a little manicure kit. I also included a bag of chocolates and a notepad for the times when writing inspiration strikes!! 

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Bloggers Snail Mail - My Second Experience

Now, head over to Amy's blog and check it out!! 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

PS If you want to read up on my first Blogger's Snail Mail experience with Kelsey, then check that out here

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Monday, 28 March 2016

Neutral Ombre Nails

I love nail art...but without an artistic bone in my body, I tend to stick to just painting my nails. So when I saw on Pinterest a nail "art" look that consisted of different tones of the same colour - an ombre effect so to speak, I was in! 
Neutral Ombre Nails

I collected five different neutral polishes and simply painted one nail on each hand in each shade before topping with a matte topcoat. Please do excuse my cuticles though, they're such a mess at the moment after sorting out my garden for Spring, booooo. If anyone has any genius ideas for making them prettier, please DO let me know!

If I did this look again, I'd switch out the pinky colour for a cooler toned neutral. 


Neutral Ombre Nails

The polishes I used for this look vary GREATLY in age. I've had some of these for years (OPI, Nails Inc and 17...but still as good as new!)

They go (clockwise direction):
Nails Inc Diet Coke freebie in London but from what I can see, Porchester Square seems to be their most equivalent colour
17 Fast Finish Nail Polish in Tiger's Eyes which has been discontinued.

Neutral Ombre Nails

What is your favourite neutral nail polish?

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori x

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Makeup Revolution Haul

One day recently, I woke up with the need to visit the Makeup Revolution website. I'd been watching YouTube hauls and reading blog posts and decided that the Ultra Strobe cream was going to be a necessity in my life, haha! 

Needless to say, a few more bits popped into my basket including two of the gorgeous rose gold lipsticks!! Read on to find out what else I bought...
Makeup Revolution Haul
One of my immediately loved purchases was the Ultra 32 Eyeshadow Palette Flawless 2. This is STUNNING. For the bargain price of £8 you get these 32 stunning neutral shadows with amazing pigmentation. It has a perfect mix of cool and warm tones. 

I'm particularly loving Sound to blend out the crease and Overcome and Unconditional to make a plummy/brown smokey eye. 


Makeup Revolution Haul

I also picked up this colour correcting palette to see if I can sort out my purple eye bags and the redness around my nose.  This was only £6 and I've reviewed it more in depth over at my "How to Colour Correct" post so go check it out!
Makeup Revolution Haul

Next up are the two beautiful rose gold lipsticks! Just look at the packaging of these!! (And please do excuse the sly shot of me photographing them in the reflection, blogger problems!!) 

Makeup Revolution Haul

Makeup Revolution Haul

I picked up the colours Chauffeur (which I've seen EVERYWHERE in the blogosphere!) and Member's Club. These are only £3 each! They apply with a slightly glossy finish and are SO comfortable to wear! 

The last two things I picked up were a lipliner and the Ultra Strobe Cream which for some reason only manage to find its way into the very corner of this one photo!! 

The lipliner itself is a fairly standard liner which I needed to go with my berry lipsticks. I love that it has a sharpener in the lid too! 

The strobe cream is so pretty! I bought the shade Euphoria which is a pink based cream highlight. I can anticipate using this a lot more in summer with dewy skin on my holidays. 

Do you have any other recommendations of products to buy from Makeup Revolution? What are your favourites? 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx




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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

UK Staycation: Anglesey, Wales

I think Wales comes second only to the Lake District in my most relaxing places to visit. I absolutely adore the place and have visited frequently over the past couple of years. 

Earlier in March, I visited Anglesey for a weekend, staying Friday to Sunday and let me tell you, it was heavenly! 

Sunday, 20 March 2016

How to colour correct your face

I've always known the power of a green concealer over an angry red spot - remember those concealer sticks that looked like lipsticks? A green one was part and parcel of my first limited makeup kit. However, when I started seeing more and more colour correcting palettes going on the market, I was keen to find out more...and now I'm sharing it with you.


The product

My colour correcting palette is Makeup Revolution. It's creamy and soft enough to pat onto the skin without pulling at it and the colours themselves have a good range. Best of all, it only costs £6.

You can get it from the Makeup Revolution website here - Ultra Base Corrector Palette.

My love for Makeup Revolution is well documented, ever since one of my first orders - The Makeup Revolution Mega Haul.

In the palette, you get eight good sized pans of product. A purple, a green, a yellow, shades from pinks to browns and a white. 

Here's the official list of the shades and their job from Makeup Revolution. 

"The palette is made up of 8 shades, each of which have their own purpose:
Pink - Brightens
Lavender - neutralises yellow tones
Green - neutralises redness
Orange - neutralises blue tones 
Peach - helps to balance out slight discolouration 
White - adds natural highlight and brightens
Cream - neutralises purple & covers dark areas
Brown - balances ashiness in medium to dark skin tones"

How to colour correct your face

How to use the palette

I personally wouldn't wear the correctors alone. I apply them over the top of foundation, underneath a layer of normal concealer. I pat the corrector on using a ring finger, the desired colour on the desired area before patting a lightweight, liquid concealer over the top, not forgetting to set it all in place with powder!

To really understand the palette, you need to know the colour theory behind it. 
Opposite colours on the colour wheel cancel each other out. So green cancels out red, purple cancels out yellow, orange cancels out blue/purple...

And that's how manufacturers come up with the colours in their (admittedly beautiful!) palettes.

How to colour correct your face

From left to right, top to bottom, I'll describe each colour and say what I believe it to be best for. 
  1. A pink concealer best used as a brightener - I use this on the inner corners of my eyes to really lift them. I don't find it works on my bluer undereye circles, making them look purplier. 
  2. A lavender concealer that works best on my sallow complexion if I've had too much to drink the night before (!) It takes away the yellow tinge that my sallow skin can take on. I use this mainly on my cheeks.
  3. A green concealer that neutralises red. I like to use this on redness around my nose and the occasional red flush I get on my cheeks. It's also a good one to tone down skin that might have been in the sun for too long - the tip of my nose always seems to catch the sun. 
  4. A light orange tone that I like to mix with the peach and brown tones on the second row. Orange/peaches erase my dark circles. They neutralise purple/blue tones beautifully. They're warmer than a pink concealer so work better. I mix my perfect shade from the three peach/brown shades in the palette. Apparently, salmon pink works best on light skin tones, peach on olive skin tones and orange correctors on dark skin tones so mix your customised shade from these three! 
  5. A peach tone which I mix - see number 4 and number 8.
  6. A white concealer. This one contains shimmer as well and is a highlighting shade. I don't really use this shade but if a concealer is a little too dark, I lighten it up a bit with this. 
  7. The yellow shade is also not as used in my palette. My skin has a sallow tinge to it so this yellow shade would only highlight that! Yellow neutralises pink skins patches.
  8. Apparently this is a brown shade although I'd describe it as an orangey peach. Makeup Revolution says it balances ashiness in dark skin tones. I use it to deepen up my peach to make it more suitable for my almost olive skin.  
So that's how I use my colour corrector palette. More places to read up are found on my Colour Correcting Pinterest board:

Do you colour correct? 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

P.S. If you liked this how to, check out my "How to make thick, unruly hair sleek and manageable" post.

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