The Grand Opening of my August Boudoir Prive Box

I love presents and I also love surprises, of the good variety, although this wasn’t always the case. I have also relatively late on in life discovered a love of make-up and beauty products. This interest has been building steadily since Christmas 2009 when I treated myself to Urban Decay‘s Book of Shadows Volume II.

So it will probably come as no surprise that I have totally failed to resist the new Beauty Box subscription services. I have been with Glossy Box since June, so sadly missed their much feted May Box. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake with Boudoir Prive though and I managed to get their limited edition August Box.

It arrived early today, but I have somehow resisted opening it because I wanted to share this adventure with you.

I am going to open it, take pictures and share my immediate reactions to and impressions of the contents. I will add more through product reviews at a later date after I have tried and tested the products more fully.

It is possible I may even choose to swap some items using my facebook page Beauty Box Swaps.

I do like the Boudoir Prive Box. It’s very similar in colour scheme to Glossy Box but they have opted for a flap-over lid with magnetic fastening. They have also gone for a pink ribbon, which is wider and more satiny than their competitor. The packaging material inside the tissue paper appears identical to that of their rival. I also love the super glossy looking glass sticker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OLAVIE – Antioxidant Body Butter

First impressions of the packaging are it’s a bit dull and not very glam, I would have preferred a mini version of the full-sized product. The product itself smells yummy. I tested a tiny bit on my hand and it was lovely and light and sank in without leaving any greasy residue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JANE IREDALE – PureLash Extender and Conditioner

Happier with the look of the packaging as it is a mini version of the product. However when I say mini I mean teeny tiny. The instructions say to apply before applying mascara. So I will try it out over the next few days. Trying to ignore the resemblence of the product to Tippex.

SACHAJUAN – Conditioner

Yay, this product is a full-sized 100 ml. The packaging looks a bit medicine bottley to me. It has a subtle fragrance. I will trial this and let you know if I have any dramatic results.

 

 

 

 

BLOOM – Green tea & White tea duo

I do like herbal tea or ‘freaky tea’ as my colleague used to refer to it so I am looking forward to trying these. I like the packaging too as it is very informative about both brewing process and benefits. I will let you know my verdict on these teas after tasting them.

BABOR – HSR Lifting Extra Firming Cream

The box excited me as it is shiny and similar to the full-sized box, the mini container inside is much plainer than the luxurious packaging of the original. It has a subtle fragrance and was absorbed easily into the back of my hand, however it does leave a slight residue on the skin.  Looking forward to testing this but it will mean giving up my BIOeffect routine for a week to fairly judge the results.

 

ETAT LIBRE D’ORANGE – Archives 69 & Rien

Buuuuuuuuuuuuuu! I got Archives 69 in my July Glossy Box so I can’t help being disappointed by the repeat. I will now have a sniff of Rien. Not keen… it smells of musky leather! The packaging is not worth a mention as it’s just bog standard perfume sample bottles with the company’s logo on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So casting a critical eye over my first Boudoir Prive box. My initial impressions are it’s lacking the wow factor as it misses the instant gratification that can be provided by a lippy or a nail varnish. However be mindful of the fact that my favourite Glossy Box product up to now is BIOeffect which did not provide instant gratification but thrilled me, with it’s results over the days and weeks since it’s delivery, as it has truly delivered.  Watch this space for my more considered reviews when I test out the products.

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August 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , . adventures, beauty.

10 Comments

  1. The Grand Opening of my September Boudoir Prive Box « The Adventures of Lucy Brown replied:

    […] However my hair is currently already in lovely condition from using the Sachajuan from the August Boudoir Prive Box. The oil smells lovely and I will keep hold of this product for possible future hair […]

  2. The Grand Opening of my September Glossy Box « The Adventures of Lucy Brown replied:

    […] a whirl. This is most excellent timing Glossy Box as my much loved Sachajuan Conditioner from the August Boudoir Prive Box is nearly all gone! 15% discount for Glossy Box […]

  3. Jennifer Michele Doring replied:

    wherecan I purchase CIATE nail products in the united States? I am super interested in your brand and different stuff C-:

    • lucybrownadventures replied:

      Hi this blog is a fan of Ciate but you will need to contact them directly for the answer to your question.

  4. emily replied:

    This is fantastic review, you really go into detail! i love the daniel sandler mascara, i got the Jumbo Jet one though. i also received the KMS Shine and SHeild (heat protection and shine) creme in my box instead of the Hairstay, but im desperate to try it! If you find you dont get on with it, or it doesnt suit your hair type, let me know as id love to do a swap! (mine is completely unused) 🙂 ive spent ages reading your reviews on here, keep it up 😀

    emily

    http://www.emilysnailfiles.blogspot.com

  5. Boudoir Prive (@boudoirprive) replied:

    Hi Lucy, thank you for your honest review. We hope you will love the effects of the products in this month’s box! Etat Libre d’Orange was actually one of the first brands we contacted and our parternship had been decided back in April…

  6. Pyari Beauty replied:

    I like the idea of putting a coin in the picture to show how big the samples are.

    Looking to forward to seeing your opinions about the products

  7. Briar Rose replied:

    There’s another one on the market as well now – I found out too late for the September box 😦

    Feel Unique = http://www.feelunique.com/beautybox/?gclid=CKCdn-rE0qoCFdFc4QodqhX60w

    • lucybrownadventures replied:

      Thanks so much for the tip, we will get our first boxes together in October and can compare notes ;-)… you are a bad influence on me Briar Rose 😉

  8. lucybrownadventures replied:

    hope you can bear with me, as a blogging newbie, as I get to grips with formatting issues

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