Afternoon tea: Aqua SpringsΒ 

So on Sunday we treated mum to a spa day and afternoon tea for her birthday! Her birthday was back in September but we thought half term was the perfect time to indulge. We went to Aqua Springs Spa in Colchester which is brilliant and a lot more reasonably priced than most spas, plus you can spend as long there as you like! 

If you’ve been around here before you’ll have noticed that I have reviewed a few afternoon teas (I love cake, ok!?) I mean are you even human if you don’t.

Here are the links to those if you want to check them out too…

Afternoon tea: Suffolk Food Hall

Afternoon tea: The Salthouse Harbour Hotel 

Afternoon tea: Patisserie Valerie 

So let’s get into why we’re really here, the food. I just love the mixture of things that afternoon tea brings together and it was perfect as a little treat alongside the relaxing spa. So let’s take a look.

We had a stand between two people and each stand had three tiers:

Tier one (bottom) was the savoury, a selection of sandwiches

  • Egg
  • Ham
  • Cucumber 
  • Cheese 
  • Tuna

The sandwiches were lovely, delicate finger sandwiches. The only thing I would say was that this tier could have done with something else savoury such as a little savoury tart or a sausage roll as there was alot more on both of the sweet layers.

Tier two (middle) was the scones with cream and strawberry jam. Each person got two full sized scones which was awesome. There was a really good amount of jam and cream too, you each got an individual mini jar of strawberry jam and a mini pot of cream between two. There was also some fresh strawberries on this tier which was nice. 

Tier three (top) was the cake tier.

  • Mini pieces of lemon drizzle cake
  • Mini macaroons (Pistachio, lemon, vanilla, coffee, strawberry & chocolate) 

You got three pieces of lemon drizzle each (nice and moist!) And three mini macaroons too, the variety of flavours was amazing and the meringues were chewy and crisps. 

Also served with the afternoon tea was a cup of either tea or coffee. You only got one hot drink with the afternoon tea which wasn’t quite enough, we weren’t sure if you could ask for a refill or not.

Of all the afternoon teas this one was the cheapest at Β£9 per person. Although I have said that there are several things that could have been added to this (because nothings perfect) for Β£9 it was absolutely brilliant. 

Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Real Techniques Sculpting set.

I have been admiring the Real Techniques Sculpting set for a little while now. Most of my brushes are Real Techniques as I got them for a bargain price last year, check that out here.

So this sculpting set is a collectors edition so the look of the brushes is a bit different, they are more shiny and metallic as apposed to the usual matte look that the handles have. The set includes some brushes that I have wanted to try for ages as well as ones that I’ve wanted better versions of. 

Let’s take a look at the set…

Accentuate favourite features, create defined contours for added depth, or simply enhance your natural bone structure with our collectors edition sculpting set. 

With the use of light and dark makeup shades, this set gives you the flexibility to transform your look:

-Look pixel perfect even in harsh light.

-Ultra plush synthetic bristles. 

  • Sculpting brush:  Features a wide, angled head specifically designed to help create defined contouts.
  • EXCLUSIVE Fan brush: Softly sweeps on powders & whisks away any excess make up for an even finish.
  • Setting brush: The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter.

(Pics below in order of list)

    This is perfect for contouring and really defines your cheek bones.

    This fan brush is so light and soft, it creates an amazing highlight with a small amount of product. 

    The setting brush is great for blending in concealer. This is what I’ve used it for so far and it works really well, especially for lighter concealor under and around the eyes.

    Here’s how my make up looked when I used these brushes: 

    You can tell that these brushes are really good quality and this set only cost me Β£8.99 on eBay. 

    Which make up brushes are your fave?

    Until next time, 

    Roseanne πŸ™‚

    The Autumn Tag πŸ

    I love Autumn, cool crisp mornings, foggy horizons, colourful crunchy leaves, candles and all things cosy. 

    I thought it would be fun to do another ‘tag’ post as I feel like thise are quite fun to write and read! & they reveal a bit more about the person writing them, Me!

    So without further ado, here is my Autumn tag πŸ‚

    8 questions, here we go!

    1. Favourite Autumnal lipstick:
    πŸ’„I have recently discovered my little collection of berry toned lip products ready for this season (see below)

    My favourite berry lip is the Bourjois Rouge Velvet liquid lipstick in the shade ” perfect for this season. 

    For a more ‘everyday look’ I picked up a lovely nude with a purple tinge to it from Ptimark, its a bit more understated but still really pretty. 

    Favourite Autumnal scent:  I really love candles at this time of the year, they are just so cosy and I have a couple at home that I’m really enjoying. One is a vanilla cupcake candle which has a strong scent of vanilla and gives off cosy baking vibes ✌ The other is all about the berries, sweet and warming, 

    I also picked up this beautiful candle holder/jar from TK Maxx last Autumn and I’ve got it out again. I love the Autumn leaf pattern, the colours look lovely when a candle is lit inside.

    3. Favourite Autumn clothing: It has to be cosy jumpers, without a doubt! The obsession is real and I have added a few new ones to my collection this year, because can you ever have too many aye, whose with me?!

    I also LOVE cosy pjs! Something that will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me well. I picked up a super cute pair from Sainsbury’s with this lovely woodland animal/ Autumn theme, adorable. Is there anything cuter than an animal dressed in knitwear… (nope!) 🐿🌰

    …told you! (Adorable) 

    4. Favourite thing about Autumn: The refreshing, crisp air (especially in the morning!) and definatly the colours πŸ‚πŸ The trees just look beautiful and they always make me smile, stop  and look.    

    5.  Favourite seasonal beverage? I have been loooooving Options hot chocolate sachets recently, especially now that its much colder. My favourite flavours are the Strawberry and Chocolate Orange ones πŸ‘Œ 

    & they are great if you follow the Slimming World plan as I do πŸ‘πŸ» Sachets range from 1-2.5 syns.

    6. Favourite skincare products: I am loving my new moisturiser that I picked up a couple of weeks ago, its the Neutrogena Hydro boost gel cream. I have combination skin and this is so hydrating and perfect for using before bed. The colder weather isn’t great for dry skin so I hope this keeps my skin in tip top shape.

    I’m also super interested in The Body Shops new range ‘Vanilla Pumpkin ‘ it sounds AMAZING, really Autumnal and I’m hoping to pick up something soon. πŸŽƒ

    7. Favourite accessories: It has to be my Black watch scarf  (no idea what I’m talking about?!? Yeah, don’t worry I didn’t know the technial name for the green/navy tartan but there yaaa go!) 

    I’m also loving my Mustard coloured scarf that my Auntie got me.

    I LOVE bobble hats 😁 They are soooo cosy and look super cute & casu’ with any Autumnal outfit. The perfect Autumn accessory. 

    Zoella has brought out a bobble hat in her new Zoella Lifestyle range, It’s grey with a bottle green bobble (fave colour alert!) So I can’t wait to pick that up. 

    8. Favourite Autumnal nail varnish:  Some of my favourite nail varnish shades are dark bottle green, copper, red, burgundy and anything quite grungy and dark. A specific fave is a berry toned one by Barry M, the shade is ‘Raspberry’ and it’s my ultimate nail colour, and one of their classics.

    I hope you enjoyed that guys!
    See you again soon for something Halloween themed, let’s get spooky πŸŽƒ

    Until next time, 

    Roseanne πŸ™‚

    Blogiversary no2 πŸŽ‰

    So Sunday (the 8th October) marked two years since I started my blog, TWO!! Where has that time gone?!? 
    As most of you who have followed my blog from the beginning will know I started my blog to document our wedding planning, wahhhh it seems so long ago now!! (if your new, Hey! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ) 

    I never thought I would be someone who wrote a blog, I thought it was something other people did, ‘cool’ people (whatever cool is these days)

    My twin sister Sarah had her blog and she really enjoyed it, I was sceptical but I gave it a go and it turned out to be a hobby I would come to really enjoy. I love that I can look back at moments in my life, recipes I’ve made, shopping sprees I’ve been on and just the things that I’ve been loving over the years, many of which I might have forgotten if it wasnt for them being documented in my own little space.

    I’m especially pleased that I documented our wedding planning, as anyone who has got married will know, it all goes very quickly so I will always have that to look back on and remind me of that v.stressful, but fun process, the decisions we made that got us to that special day and just little things that I may not remember forever but will make me smile when I read them back.

    A blog has such potential, so if your thinking of doing it, do! Just go for it. Don’t be afraid of what others will think of your writing, it’s yours to make of it what you wish and you’ll never please everyone (Why would you want to anyway, some people are d**ks) + It’s good fun πŸ‘πŸ» 

    Here’s to many more years here at Roseanne’s s Blog!

    Facebook: Roseannes blog 

    Twitter: @Roseannesblog

    Inst: roseannesblog

    Until next time, 

    Roseanne πŸ™‚

    September/October Wishlist β˜„

    Here are some things that Ive been loving these last couple of months! From clothes, make up and shoes. I’m hoping to get my hands on a few of these items over the coming months. 

    I’ll include a list of the items and where you can get them from! 

    Enjoy β˜„

    Blush pink jacket, Boohoo Β£18
    Dusky pink pinafore, Primark Β£12

    Nike trainers, Sports Direct Β£33.99

    Slim coat in Texture, Asia Β£38.50

    Tanya Burr Cosmetics Make up, Selfie Lash Mascara in black, Selfie brow pencil in fair, Contour stick in light/medium & Illuminating powder in ‘Champagne Sorbet’ Superdrug, from Β£6.99

    Harry Potter Gryffindor Onesie, Primark from Β£8

    Gold hoop earrings, Primark Β£1.50

    6pk of rings, Primark Β£2.50 

    Bee pumps, Primark Β£8

    Cosy Mustard jumper with oversized sleeve, Primark Β£13

    Oversized distressed denimn jacket, Boohoo Β£24 

    Cath Kidson crescent rose foldaway overnight bag in the shade Tempting slate, Cath Kidson Β£45 

    Boucle cardigan, Primark Β£13 

    Short coat Dogtooth pattern, H&M Β£59.99

    Jacquard-weave coat, H&M Β£89.99

    Autumn/Winter decoration, Primark Β£3
    Until next time, 

    Roseanne πŸ™‚