Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel

 

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel menu Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel tea choices

It was my little sister’s 21st birthday in March, so to celebrate, I took her to Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel in London. We were both so excited to go, some friends of mine had been just before us and told us how amazing it was. Alice in Wonderland is such a unique story so we had high hopes that the afternoon tea would be just as special.

Upon arrival we were shown to our table under a canopy in a garden in the centre of the hotel. In the middle was a really pretty water feature and either side were tables filled up with families celebrating birthdays, and groups of friends on girly days out. The waitress brought over the menu which was in the middle of an old book and it detailed exactly what we could expect from the Mad Hatter’s experience. She then placed a silver tray with four glass vials filled with flavoured teas on our table and invited us to smell them and decide what we’d like to accompany our food. All of them smelled gorgeous, it was a tough choice between, strawberries and cream, apple pie, mint chocolate chip and rhubarb and custard. I went for the latter and it was amazing!

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel rhubarb and custard tea

 

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel sugar lumps

 

The details were very well thought out, from a riddle from the novel serving as a napkin ring, sugar lumps stashed away in a vintage jewellery box, and paper crowns worn by the teapot King of Hearts. These extra touches really helped to make it all feel extra special.

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel

 

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel cakes

 

When the beautiful cake stand arrived were both pretty much the heart eye emoji. They very top tier boasted a monochrome teacup on top with live pea shoots growing from it, Hiding in amongst the greenery were two carrot meringues and underneath were some strawberry and cream marshmallows. The middle tier was where the magic really happened. A clock shaped Victoria sponge, mango and white chocolate cheesecake and white chocolate and matcha green tea mousse in a chocolate tea cup. Everything was delicious, but very sweet!

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel sandwiches

 

Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel drink me

 

The bottom tier had some mini scones, one type traditional and the other a savoury spinach version, plus herb butter, strawberry jam and clotted cream. The tiny brown bottles had, in true Alice in Wonderland style, little labels saying “drink me”. The potion was delicious and made up of coconut cream and passion fruit puree – unfortunately it seemed to have no effect on us… The sandwiches and quiches were probably my favourite part. I am a lover of savoury flavours, and they were definitely needed to balance out the sweetness of the cakes.

Our experience at the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea was completely perfect, it was the attention to detail as well as the fantastic service and well thought out menu that really made it something special. London has plenty of places that offer afternoon tea, but if you are after one that stands out from the crowd, this is definitely the one for you.

My Olympia Beauty Haul!

I am currently interning at a beauty PR agency based in London which has a lot of perks, most recently I was very lucky to receive some tickets to go to Olympia Beauty. For those of you that might not know about it, Olympia Beauty is a trade beauty event at Kensington Olympia in London. Loads of beauty companies have stands there and are offering their products at great discounts and there are even some free samples to try on the day. There is also a range of seminars given from beauty professionals on a wide range of topics over the two days.

So on Sunday myself and Amy from The Calendar Girl, headed to Olympia to catch some beauty bargains. As there was so many great discounts I just HAD to have a little bit of a splurge and treat myself to a few goodies, which I would like to share with you all now.
One of the first stands I visited was NYX, I had never tried out their products before so seeing as there were fantastic discounts on their makeup I just had to try out a few of the products! I bought myself a NYX LSS Round Lipstick in ‘Black Cherry, which is a gorgeous deep berry shade and perfectly on trend for A/W13. . The formula is mineral based and I found it really hydrating and intensely pigmented. Because of the creamy texture, I felt that it applied almost too easily and I had to blot my lips as I think I looked like a little girl who had been playing with mummy’s make up! I would apply using a lip brush next time to make sure I had an even coating. I found I had to reapply after eating though. I would highly recommend this lipstick as a cheap alternative to MAC as I think that the product was great quality for the price. At Olympia, I paid just £3 for this gem! However you can still get hold of yours at a great budget price of £4 from the NYX website where there are 124 shades on offer. I will definitely be investing in more….
I have been desperately looking for a good mascara that really does lengthen my lashes. I decided to pick up the Pin-Up Tease mascara, which is part of the Boudoir Collection, as it has the curved wand which I really get on with as I find it so much easier to apply because it separates and lengthens the lashes in the right direction. The wand is also a plastic comb rather than bristles. I find that plastic combs really work to separate and lengthen my lashes, where bristles just push against them and make them clump together. I tried this mascara out over the last two days and I am already in love. My lashes looked amazingly long I had to go and show my sister! I really recommend this and I will definitely be repurchasing. I bought the Pin-Up Tease Mascara for £5, but you can purchase it too from the NYX website for just a little bit more, at £6.50, which I think is a real bargain.
Image of Sleep-In Rollers
I have had my eye on these babies for ages now after a friend of mine got some and raved non-stop about how wonderful they are! They had a great show discount and were selling the original set for just £10, so I decided to splash out and give them a go myself. I have read a lot of mixed reviews from bloggers, some who think these rollers are the best thing since sliced bread and others who despise them, but I like to try things our myself before I have an opinion on the product. The set comes with 20 rollers, a small velvet bag of long bobby pins and an instruction/promotional DVD. I have to say I thought that the DVD was a load of rubbish, I find Hollie Wakeham really quite irritating! But it was fairly informative so I had a good idea how to put these rollers in. I decided to part blow dry my hair so it was still damp to achieve more of a curl/bounce. I have to admit I struggled putting the rollers in at first, as they seemed to be very loose and I didn’t think they would stay in all night. After a few attempts I managed to get the rollers in a little better and secured the hair to the roller with a bobby pin. 
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl wearing Sleep-In Rollers
Now, while these rollers are marketed as rollers you can sleep in, that does not mean they are comfortable… I have never tried plastic rollers but I can assume the Sleep-in Rollers are comfier, but don’t expect it to be amazing! They are quite squishy and made of foam so that helped with comfort, but it was the velcro that irritated me more than anything. It was really scratchy on the delicate skin around my ears, neck and scalp (basically everywhere then!) so I found that a little bit uncomfortable. I did sleep the whole night and only woke up a couple of times, so I am really surprised I didn’t pull them out in the night in a fit of anger! I would use them again to sleep in, as I have heard they get squishier with more use. However if you want to avoid discomfort I would suggest putting them in first thing in the morning after washing your hair and letting them set throughout the day.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
Oh dear!
So when it comes to taking the rollers out, it is much easier than putting them in. You simple have to pull out the bobby pins and gently unroll the roller leaving you with big bouncy hair. When I had removed all the rollers, I was a little frightened with the results! My hair was VERY big and slightly too voluminous for my liking and hair cut. I carefully used my GHDs to style my hair how I wanted it, and it was a big improvement. I really liked how it turned out in the end and I think it was worth the slight discomfort so I will definitely be reusing the Sleep-In Rollers. You can get your hands on the Sleep-In Rollers from their website where they retail for £24.95 a set.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl after using Sleep-In Rollers
much better!
Image of Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System
While wondering around the show, I was beckoned over by a lady to sample an interesting hair removal product, the Melody Claire Elegant Depilation Hair Removal System. She asked me to hold out my arm and she buffed a small area with the tool for a few seconds in circular motions and then asked me to feel my skin. It was so smooth and completely hairless. So naturally she assured me that it could be used on ANY hair on the body. Of course I was very interested as shaving is annoying because regrowth is so fast and waxing and epilation is painful! They were running a special show deal where it was buy one kit get one free, so I split it with Amy, meaning we paid just £10 each for our kits. The system works as the pads contain micro-crystals that when rubbed against the skin in circular motions gently buffs away the hair. It does leave the skin quite dry, but not rough, so I would recommend using a body butter on the legs afterwards to re-hydrate the skin
I tried it out on my legs when I got home and it took a while for me to cover both legs, but it was lovely and smooth. However by the time I woke up, I could feel slight stubble coming through. I think that the kit is great for finer hairs such as on the arms where they tested it on us, but for coarser, fast growing hair, it might not be worth the money and effort. I was assured that a kit would last a year as it contains two size pads the larger for legs and underarms and the smaller for the face or smaller areas of hair, as well as 4 replacement pads for each size. I found the kit is great for fine slow growing hair but for leg hair it is no better than shaving. I don’t think that I would repurchase the kit, but I will definitely be giving it a go on fine hairs like the upper lip!! If you want to try the kit out for yourself you can get one from the Melody Claire website where they retail for £19.99 each.
Image of Laura from Must Have Girl at Olympia Beauty
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my post about Olympia Beauty! Did you go this year? Have you ever been to a beauty trade show? Have you tried any of these products before?

Laura

An Introduction

Hi, I’m Laura and I am a 22 year old recent graduate from the UK. I am a self-confessed cosmetic-aholic and you could leave me for hours in Boots and I would be content testing and sniffing everything.

I have recently been working for a Beauty PR agency in London and I have really developed a taste for blogging, so I thought I would give having my own blog a go.

I will be mainly reviewing beauty products, showing my hauls and occasionally giving the odd DIY tutorial – I like to think I am a bit creative!

So I hope you enjoy my blog, and please do bear with me while I get everything up and running!
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