January 2015 Birchbox Review 1

Birchbox January 2015 Womens Health Contents

Earlier this month I received my latest delivery from Birchbox. The January box is a collaboration with Women’s Health magazine and is the perfect box for those new years healthy living resolutions. For those new to Birchbox, it’s a monthly subscription beauty box and every delivery you receive a selection of high-end beauty treats to try as well as little bonus gifts. This box was the best I’ve received so far as the products are all fantastic and fit really well with the theme.

Birchbox January 2015 Stila Lip Glaze

First up in the box was a lovely Stila Lip Glaze. This is a lovely almost clear gloss with tiny glitter flecks for a perfect glowing pout. The colour is perfect for all skin tones. I loved the packaging and being able to see the product inside. The gloss applies really easily and looks lovely and natural. It’s perfect for every day wear as it’s very subtle. I’m going to be using this one a lot and will definitely be trying in over lipstick for a glossy look. These normally cost £15 each.

Birch box January 2015 Philip Kingsley Conditioner

Next was a Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner. I don’t normally go for volumising hair products as I already have really thick hair. I still really enjoyed the product which smalls lovely and really conditioned my hair. I’ve tried quite a few Philip Kingsley products through Birchbox and have always been really impressed. the full-sized product costs £19

Birchbox January 2015 Ren Glycolactic Mask

I then tried the Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I’m a big fan of acid based exfoliators and have tried quite a few. This one is designed for weekly use and not only does it smell really nice it also left my skin feeling clean refreshed and super smooth. I left it on for 10 minutes and removed with a muslin cloth. The full-sized product costs £30.

Birchbox January 2015 Healgel

The fourth product in the box was HealGel Intensive. A lovely lotion containing organic silicone and arnica. this feels absolutely lovely on the skin and leaves a smooth glossy feeling. It soaks in immediately and was really soothing. Perfect for a body that’s worked hard in the gym and needs a little tlc. The full priced product costs £37.50.

Birch box January 2015 Active Bob

The last cosmetic product in the box was activbod Cooling Finish Lotion. Another product that’s perfect for a hard-worked body, this cooling gel is perfect for soothing aching muscles. After application it begins to cool and tingle and it feels really invigorating. This will definitely be popped into the gym bag if I ever actually make it back to the gym! the full-sized product costs £12.

Birchbox January 2015 Embrace Matcha Green Tea

Birchbox January 2015 Green Tea

And if you’re caring for the outside, don’t forget to look after the inside. The next product in the box was Embrace Matcha Green Tea. If you can get past the way this one looks then I’m sure it’s worth drinking. It actually has very little taste considering it’s similarity to algae infested water. This does have 10 times the antioxidants of normal green tea so if you’re looking for inner well-being then this might just be for you. A full priced pack costs £24.99.

Birchbox January 2015 Womens Health Pilates Band

Lastly I received a Birchbox Pilates band, to increase strength and improve muscle insurance. I have to be honest here and confess that I’ve not actually used it yet. but I am planning on looking up some workouts to try it with as I’m intrigued.

Birchbox January 2015 Womens Health Review

What did you think of the contents of this months box? If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox yourself I have a refer a friend link which will give you 50 points (£5) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you sign up. You can find out more or sign up for Birchbox here.

Tradition Bakewell tart Recipe 2

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I’ve been baking a lot more recently especially vintage recipes. I have also built up my collection of vintage magazines and recipe books over the last few weeks so I have loads of new ones to try. I already have a few recipes ready to share on here, that I’ve converted into modern measurements, ingredients and temperatures. First up is one of the most delicious bakes I ever made, a traditional bakewell tart recipe with is adapted from a 1950s Elizabeth Craig recipe.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 3

This is a really simple, quick and easy recipe and all the ingredients can be picked up on the baking aisle at the supermarket. I used a 28cm pie dish to make this.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 1


300g shortcrust pastry. (Can be made from scratch or bought pre rolled)

5 table spoons of jam (any flavour although I used strawberry)

150g Butter

150g caster sugar

4 large egg yolks

1 large egg white

4 drops almond essence

75g ground almonds

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 4


1. Pre heat oven to 220 degrees. Roll out pastry and line your pie dish.

2. Spread your jam all over the pastry.

3. Beat the butter and sugar until creamy.

4. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time.

5. Beat the egg white and almond essence together and add to the mixture along with the ground almonds.

6. Carefully spread the mixture evening over the jam and pastry base.

7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 150 degrees and bake for a further 10-15 minutes.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 5

I was so happy with how this one came out and everyone really enjoyed it. You can also try adding some flaked almonds over the top before baking if you prefer but I did’t on this occasion.

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 7

Traditional Bakewell Tart Recipe 6

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and please let me know if you try it. If you have any vintage recipe requests please let me know and I’ll see if I can find and recreate them.

This Christmas my lovely Mum and Dad were kind enough to buy me and Rob a KitchenAid Mixer as our present. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever owned and has really got me back into baking. I’ve tried so many vintage recipes that have been on my to-do list forever. I have big plans to share a lot more recipes here on the blog and I’m busy experimenting and getting them to work with modern ingredients, temperatures and measurements, so watch this space!

All this baking left me wanted some new baking bits to present my creations in and so we popped to TK Maxx to see what we could find. I love how they have really quirky pieces as well as well known brands and the discounts are really good. I knew the sort of thing I needed so it was all about choosing the prettiest colours and I wasn’t disappointed. Here’s what I bought…

TK Maxx Vintage Enamel Cooking Pot

First up was this enamel cooking pot, I’ve seen lot’s of 1930s puddings that this would be perfect for. I absolutely love enamel kitchenware and this looks wonderfully vintage, and it looks great in my kitchen. I’ve already used this for a recipe I’ll be sharing here next week. This cost £6.99.

TK Maxx Le Creuset Pie Dish

Next up was a Le Creuset pie dish. I use these all the time but I didn’t have one this size so it was a great addition to my kitchen cupboard. I found it really hard to choose between the blue and the pink, but in the end I chose this colour as I think it’ll look good in photographs. This cost £12.99.

TK Maxx Tala Glass Jelly Mould

Then I got this Tala glass jelly mould. I’m experimenting with blancmange at the moment and this is absolutely perfect for making pretty set desserts. It also looks really nice displayed on my dresser with some of my vintage Tala items. This cost £4.99.

TK Maxx Vintage Porcelain Painted Muffin Tin

TK Maxx Vintage Muffin Tin

My favourite purchase was this beautiful muffin tray, I’ve never seen one like this before and I love all the pretty painted details. I can’t wait to use it! This cost £9.99.

TK Maxx Lily Cook Patterned Baking Paper

I couldn’t resist this pretty striped baking paper, there were several different designs in store. Although it’s not a very essential baking tool I know it will look really pretty and as I photograph a lot of my baking this will look really pretty in my pictures. This was £1.99 a roll.

TK Maxx Cooksmart Kids Princess Cookie Cutters

As my girls love to bake too I couldn’t leave them out so we picked up this lovely set of princess cookie cutters. I love the idea of creating a fairy tale scene from ginger bread with them. We also got them a pair of adorable piggie spatular to mix up their cakes with. These cost £3.99 and £1.99.

What do you think of my baking buys? Do you ever buy home bits at TK Maxx?

Just before Christmas we took a little trip to Hampton Court Palace. The girls absolutely love the mix of history and open space to run around and as well as exploring the vast palace we also had a good wander round the gardens, before exploring the tudor kitchens. As usual I took lots of pictures of our day.

I love taking pictures of all the little details round the palace which was home to Tudor, Stuart and Georgian monarchs, here are some of my favourites from the day…

Hampton Court Lion Statue

Hampton Court Jessica

Hampton Court GRII

Hampton Court Throne Crest

Hampton Court Tapestry Detail

Hampton Court Tapestry Detail 2

Hampton Court Painted Ceiling Detail

Hampton Court Mirror Detail

Hampton Court chandelier

Hampton Court Chandelier 2

Hampton Court Table Food

Hampton Court Orangery

Hampton Court Books

Hampton Court Doorway Statue

Hampton Court Flower Pot

Hampton Court Garden Statues

Hampton Court Garden

Hampton Court Garden Fleur de Lis

Hampton Court Padlock

Hampton Court Garden Statues

Hampton Court Statue 2

Hampton Court Window

Hampton Court ER

Hampton Court Carp

Hampton Court Fire

Hampton Court Kitchen Onions

Hampton Court Kitchen


I hope you enjoyed looking through our pictures. Hampton Court is the perfect day our for a family na both girls learnt a lot about the palace as well as getting plenty of fresh air and exercise. See what I wore in my outfit post from a few weeks ago.

Wallpaper inspired by Hampton Court Palace from Cole and Sons…

I love sharing offers and discount on the blog and today I have a fantastic discount code for Dorothy Perkins. I’ve also picked out a few pieces from the website that I think would look great in a vintage girl’s wardrobe. They have a great selection of pencil skirts and dresses and I’ve teamed them with pretty knitwear and a floaty blouse as well as some very 1950s appropriate shoes…

Dorothy Perkins Discount 15

Navy Heart Cardigan – £20 – Green and Navy Check Pencil Skirt – £22

Cream Windsor Blouse – £39 – Green Jacquard Midi Skirt – £19

Black Sleeveless Roll Neck Jumper – £20 – Check Print Velvet Pencil Skirt – £10

Red Keyhole Pencil Dress – £22 

Jade Green Lace Shoulder Dress – £33

Burgundy Off The Shoulder Dress – £30

Black Bow Shoes – £25

Snake Effect Shoes – £23

Shop online on the Dorothy Perkins Website and use code WOW15. Some brands are not included in the offer so please check at the checkout. Code expires at midnight 26th January.