How Do You Take Your Tea?

I normally take my tea black. However, if I was in Hong Kong or the UK then I’d take my tea black with milk. No sugar, though. However, it doesn’t seem like a popular thing to do in the States; and I’ve come accustomed to just drinking it black. If I’m not having black tea, then it’s either Genmai green tea or Oolong. I’m also a creature of habit – meaning, I rarely try different brands of tea, unless I’ve tried it before.

So, I branched out. A few weeks ago, I received FashionistaTea and their appeal was that they’re combining fashion with tea. It’s Tea with Style! The packaging is adorable, too. It comes in a high quality tin canister, which holds 18 tea sachets.

A little bit about the product and company:

The FashionistaTea uses tea from small tea growers around the world. Their collection consists of all organic, botanical, Fair Trade Tea. The tea sachets are crafted from biodegradable silk. The tea is not only used for consumption, but as a conversation piece due to its fashionable and unique packaging design.

The owner of FashionistaTea is Brenda Dillon Cavette, she is a member of The Speciality Tea Institute, a division of The Tea Association of the USA. She is also a former television product and Emmy Award nominee, who produced numerous fashion and design segments.

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I absolutely love the tea sachets with a leopard printed heel on the tags.

I actually requested a black tea, so they sent me the Organic Fashionista Blend ($13.49). It’s ingredients include Organic Black Teas, Organic Rose Petal, Organic Lavender, Organic Orange Peel, and natural flavor. I was a little hesitant to try it at first, because it had rose petals and lavender – ingredients that I’m not used to having. However, the tea is quite delicious! I can taste a little bit of both with a hint of the orange peel.

Directions include adding water temperature at 206F (very specific!); 1 tea sachet per 6-8oz, then steep time is 3-5 minutes. I have a heated water dispenser and the highest it goes to is 195F and that, I think, was fine. The tea tasted great, regardless.

The other flavors, other than Fashionista Blend, offered are:

  • Fair Trade Chocolate Rooibos – $11.49
  • Organic Basic Black – $11.49
  • Organic Creamy Earl Grey – $13.49
  • Organic Green Pomegranate – $12.99
  • Organic Masala Chai – $13.49
  • Organic Orange Chamomile – $9.49
  • Organic White Tip Jasmine – $12.99

Having tried and loving the Organic Fashionista Blend, I wouldn’t mind trying their Creamy Earl Grey, Masala Chai, and White Tip Jasmine. They all sound delicious. If you’re interested in trying out their teas, you can visit their website to order yours.

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How do you tea? Which tea from FashionistaTea would you love to try?
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* I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from FashionistaTea. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Swiss Botany Vitamin C Serum + GIVEAWAY!


I have been using Swiss Botany Vitamin C Serum for two weeks now and it’s definitely a good Vitamin C product. A little bit about this product is that it is Made in USA. This product is supposed to help brighten, soften, and boost collagen production. It’s also a concentrated anti-wrinkle serum to assist in reducing fine lines+wrinkles. It also comes in an airless container, with a pump, which helps keep oxygen out to keep the vitamin C from breaking down. That’s a good thing!

Ingredients include: Deionized water, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, witch hazel extract, glycerin, carbomer, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, L-Arginine, Sodium hyaluronate.

The directions are pretty simple. Apply to face and neck. I’ve been applying this after I cleanse my face. I’ll let it dry for a few minutes before adding my moisturizer. As it’s drying, I can actually feel the layer of the product – as if creating a barrier on my skin. I’ve also been applying this on my neck, since I’m starting to worry about aging around my neck area! YIKES!

The product texture itself is very thin and runny. It also has a yellow tint to it and it is sweet smelling. I actually like this Vitamin C serum and have enjoyed using it for the past two weeks! For me it really helps add an extra boost of hydration to my skin. It has made my skin feel softer and I feel as thought it has also helped my make my skin feel firmer.

The airless pump container only holds 1 fluid oz, while it may not sound like a lot, two pumps was enough to cover my entire face and neck. This product is currently available on Amazon for $35.99 & FREE Shipping. I think this product is totally worth the purchase! Swiss Botany IS having a giveaway for one of my readers, so one lucky winner will get to try this product for free!

Do you or have you thought about using a Vitamin C treatment for your skin? Don’t forget to enter Swiss Botany Vitamin C Serum giveaway!

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Now for the giveaway and the rules!

Sweepstake Rules: Not to fret, it’s pretty simple!

  • Must complete rafflecopter.
  • This is open to all residents living in the USA. Sorry, Canada, Mexico and other countries. It’s a shipping cost issue.
  • Sweepstake starts today(3/21/2015) and will end, tonight, March 24, 2015, 11:59PM Pacific.
  • Winner will be randomly picked, via Rafflecopter.
  • Winner will be emailed from vivienne[at]joliepagaille.com, in which he/she will have 24 hours to claim the prize; otherwise, it will be forfeited to the 2nd runner-up.
  • This prize is sponsored by Swiss Botany in which you will be sent the product from the company.

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* I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from Swiss Botany. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.