A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a two of the teas from the Whittard Gift box I received when I celebrated National Tea Day at their shop in Kingston. Today I thought I’d share some more of the goodies from my box. I’m really enjoying working my way through all the samples.

Part of the joy of tea to me is the preparation and serving of it. I love the ritual of brewing and serving it in a favourite cup or mug. I recently got this lovely initial mug from New Look and I love it!

The two teas I’m writing about today are twists on classic and popular teas. Both of them are very different, but have the addition of lovely cornflower petals.

First us was their famous Piccadilly Blend. This is a classic black tea with the additions of rose, strawberry and lotus, with cornflowers petals. I liked this one in the same way that I liked the rose tea, the subtle floral tones on top of the classic tea flavour are lovely. This is another one that is very well-balanced. I’ve photographed it here black, but having tried it a few more times, I think I prefer it with a little splash of milk. I’ve definitely developed a taste for teas with floral hints and will be looking for more.

Also in my box, was a selection of biscuits. These were all absolutely delicious, but my favourite would have to be the Earl Grey infused shortbread. These were so tasty that I will definitely be getting some more as a little treat for myself. They also come in a really pretty tin, which is definitely a bonus to me.

I really like the idea of tea infused biscuits, these really would make such a lovely gift. Not only do they come in individual tins, they also have gift sets. I’d love to try some of the other flavours.

Next up I tried Marrakech Mint. I absolutely adore mint tea and have tried so many different flavours and varieties over the years. This particular tea is a blend of Whittard’s gunpowder green and peppermint leaves with a light sprinkling of cornflower petals.

This is a really refreshing and very light tea. They recommend trying it with honey or sugar. I don’t usually sweeten my drinks, so I really enjoy this as it comes, but I’ll definitely give the honey a go.

One of my favourite things about this tea, is how the little compact tea leaves unfold in the hot water and reveal beautiful complete leaves. This is definitely one to brew in a glass teapot of tea maker so you can watch the magic happening.

Here’s the tea leaves after brewing. Gunpowder tea is fired and rolled and was one of the first teas the chin ease traded with the arabs.

Get the look: Initial mug £5.95 New Look – Cat Teapot £8 George – Butter Dish – Laura Ashley

What teas have you been enjoying recently? Any recommendations?

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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.