In search of a way to spend a cold and drizzly afternoon, a friend and I decided to check out a cute cafe/restaurant we’d been meaning to visit for a while.
As a student (or probably any human being ever) in Birmingham, going out on a Saturday afternoon can be tough, as the city is so busy and also can be pretty pricey too. Somehow, for less than £9 each, my friend and I both managed to get a delicious and healthy light lunch as well as a warming pot of earl grey and a break from the crowded city centre. 100% would recommend Boston Tea Party to anyone visiting or living in Birmingham.
We both decided on having a variation on pumpernickel bread; I chose the smoked salmon, cream cheese and watercress and Soraya went for avocado, hummus and poached egg. Both were presented beautifully and tasted fantastic. On top of this, the service was friendly and efficient and the atmosphere was great. I’ll insert some pictures of our food below.
I adore rye bread, as it really takes me back to when I used to live in Germany, where such sorts of bread are extremely popular. I love when food has a nostalgic feel to it, it’s almost the best kind of comfort food if you ask me. I know as well for all you avocado fans out there, although I am not one of you, my friend is, and she assured me that it was to die for!
The other thing I really wanted to mention was the decor! It was so rustic and quirky and the whole place had such a cool vibe. One thing which was really cool was the massive tea cups we were given with our earl grey; for me it makes the tea taste even better! As well as this, the cutlery was served up in retro-looking cans which had been done up to suit the edgy atmosphere they had going on. Please check this place out if there’s one near you or if you’re ever in Birmingham!
One thing I really wanted to get a grip on this year was my skincare. I feel like turning 21 is a new chapter in my life and I really want to take better care of my skin and keep it in the best condition possible.
I recently purchased one of the L’Oréal clay masks from the new range. They offer three different types (red, green and black I believe) but I opted for the detoxing charcoal one to try and cleanse my skin of dirt and impurities which are so easy to pick up when you live in a big city like I do.
My skin is very sensitive so I’m usually quite reluctant to try skin masks as they tend to bring me out in nasty blemishes and that defeats the whole object really!
The packaging is reassuring that the quality is high end and for the price it’s definitely worth it considering the amount of product you receive- enough for 10 applications or maybe more depending on how much you use at a time. I also liked how it comes in a jar which is so easy and straightforward compared to other similar products which need to be squeezed out of a packet or tube and can be messy and annoying.
I got this in Boots for £5.99 on special offer but I think it usually retails at around £7.99.
It basically instructs you to cleanse your face beforehand; removing all make up etc and then to apply a thin layer all over the face.
The mask itself is incredibly thick and viscous (being clay-based) but this means it’s very easy to apply evenly and to the target areas. It gets to work straight away and I really felt the tingling sensation, however it didn’t burn like a lot of other masks do for me so that was a huge relief! The photo below shows the colour and texture of the mask quite well (excuse the facial expression!)
The instructions state to leave for 5-10 minutes but I already started to feel the effects after 5 minutes and the mask was drying too so I decided to wash it off (just with warm water and a face cloth.) Because it’s quite a thick mask this was a slightly messy process but the product washes off easily and left my skin feeling so soft and clean afterwards!
I did notice that my pores already looked cleaner after the first use and that was great. It recommends using between 2-3 times a week to achieve the best results and I think it’s something I’ll carry on with twice weekly and incorporate into my skincare routine.
Please let me know if you guys have tried this product or the other two types of mask. Also I’d love to hear recommendations on other affordable skincare products for sensitive skin!