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Review: Burt’s Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

This is a highly recommended product by one of my favorite bloggers, Kandee Johnson. I trust her reviews and recommendations so I had very high hopes for this product. Like all things, everything is not for everyone. Something that works well for person may not for someone else. This was the case for me with the Burt’s Bees citrus facial scrub. The first time I used it, not only did it make me break out on my cheek but it also left my skin dry and irritated.
When you first put it on, it feels smooth and gentle. It does not feel like you are using a “scrub”. I think due to this, I used a little too much pressure when massaging it on my skin. If the texture were harsher, such as with the St. Ives apricot scrub, I would not have used as much pressure. So please keep this in mind. After you wash it off, your skin feels smooth because it has absorbed a lot of the natural oils that’s in the product. I think this was the cause of my skin breaking out. I washed my face again afterwards with my Cetaphil cleanser because I did not like the “oily” residue that it left. The next day, my face felt dry and irritated, I had some small dry patches on my skin and my cheek had two break outs. Overall, I would not recommend this product if you are like me, where you like your face to feel completely clean after using a cleanser with no product left behind, even if it is meant to be moisturizing. I would use caution with this product because it’s definitely not for everyone, especially if you have sensitive/oily skin.
Burt's Bees Citrus Facial ScrubBurt's Bees Citrus Facial Scrub

NYC equivalent of London’s Fortnum and Mason?

NYC Afternoon Tea

Lady Mendl’s: I had high hopes for Lady Mendl’s because of it’s great reviews. The tea salon is situated in a brownstone building just off of Union Square with beautiful décor. I had the “Lady Mendl’s” tea which was delicious. But towards the end of the pot, the tea got cold very quickly. The food was good but nothing to rave about. The sandwiches were average. The scones were warm and scrumptious with clotted cream. I wasn’t a fan of the signature cake, and the cookies tasted store bought. I did however enjoy the chocolate covered strawberry. I wouldn’t go back for the food, but I would for the tea and the overall atmosphere. The service was friendly and attentive and I never felt rushed. So overall, I had a nice, enjoyable afternoon tea in a beautiful atmosphere.

Lady Mendl's
Lady Mendl’s
56 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003
$40, plus tax and gratuity

The Palm Court: When you think of afternoon tea in NYC, the luxury hotels seem like the quintessential place, but The Palm Court inside the famed Plaza Hotel was a complete let down. Overall, the place felt very touristy, and the service reflected that. When we sat down, my friend did not have a plate, and even after the food was brought out, it was difficult to find our waiter to bring her a plate. There was no apology either for the inconvenience. The sandwiches were barely edible. They didn’t taste fresh. The scones were warm and good. I did not like the desserts, and only had a small taste of each. I did enjoy the tea. I won’t be returning here, not for the food or the atmosphere.
The Palm Court
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
 $50-$60, plus tax and gratuity