Lucy Brown’s Beauty Box Swaps List

I am looking for all my Beauty Box favourites including:

Sachajuan Conditioner


I-Pout Lipsticks nb. I’ve already got my mitts on pink bliss, berrylicious & nudity

Plum by Mary Greenwell

& posh shower gels and facewashes

& open to offers

but remember I don’t do Body Lotions, Face Creams or Hand Creams ūüėČ

I have the following available for Beauty Box Swaps or purchase:

(assume products are unused unless stated otherwise)


A La Carte Brow Ink РTaupe  3 available

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner – Moray (lightly Swatched)

Hair Stuff:

Matrix Essentials Amplify Hairspray (400ml)

Matrix Essentials Amplify Thicklift Liquid Volumizer (125ml)

Alberto VO5 Weightless Volume Whipped Mousse (200ml)

Body Stuff:

Neom Real luxury Organic Body Lotion (50ml) 2 available

Molton Brown Enlivening Toko-yuzu Body Lotion (30ml) 2 available

Dead Sea Spa Magik Silky Smooth Body Lotion (50ml)

Face Stuff:

Lulu’s Time Bomb Flashback Nightcream (15ml) 3 available

Clarins Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream (15ml)

Korres Wild Rose 24hr Moisturizer SPF6 (10ml)

Cetum SCR Gold Illuminating Mask (5ml)

Cetum SCR Gold Creme De Lite (5ml)

Living Nature Sample Pack includes 3 x 2ml Samples: cleanser, toning gel and day cream

Hand Stuff:

Boots Time Delay Restoring Hand and Nail Cream SPF 8 (50ml)

FC5 Ultra-Hydrating Hand Creme (15ml)

Tanning Stuff:

Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Self-Tan (30ml)

December 13, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . adventures, beauty. 3 comments.

Beauty Box Swaps – FAQ

Where did the idea for the Beauty Box Swaps came from?

I am an avid subscriber to Beauty Boxes with a thrifty outlook. I personally wanted to access a community so I could swap the products I wouldn’t use for the products I have fallen head over heels for. I noticed the occasional person (including myself) was requesting swaps on the walls of the beauty boxes but realised a page dedicated to swapping could provide a more focussed service. As some monthly subscription Beauty Boxes are not yet tailored to individual subscribers Beauty Box Swaps has also proved invaluable to people who want to simply swap shades of nail polish, eye pencils, brow kits etc. If you would like to know more about the conception and birth of Beauty Box Swaps feel free to check out my earlier blog post Beauty Box Swaps.

So, let’s say I want to swap products. Can you tell me how it works and what I have to do?

Beauty Box Swaps believes in keeping things as simple as possible so there are no complicated rules to follow. All you need to do is like the page. Then post what you want to swap. You can do this just using text but if you include a picture that’s even better. People who are interested will comment on your post and you can then privately arrange the details by using facebook messages or email. Then when your swaps arrive it’s beneficial to members of the community to leave a comment on the wall with your feedback. I am thrilled to report that up to now the vast majority of feedback is proving to be very positive.

So have you ever actually used the page to swap? What did you end up receiving? 

Oh yes, that’s why I set up this page! I have made several swaps to date. I am stockpiling all my favourite beauty box discoveries BIOeffect, Plum by Mary Greenwell and Sachajuan conditioner. It is lovely when swappers surprise you with little extras including: handwritten notes & bonus samples. On one occasion I was fortunate enough to receive a thoughtful bonus sample of Plum on the same day that an organised swap of this sample arrived broken.

There are several different boxes out there at the moment. Is the community only for subscribers of a certain box?

This community is for everybody particularly people with an interest in Beauty and a desire not to let good products go to waste. Although the page was originally envisaged as a means of swapping products received in Beauty Boxes. Beauty Box Swaps has the view that people can swap any cosmetics regardless of how luxe or high end they are. We take the view that the recipient of the swap should be free to decide whether products are desirable to them. We are all individuals who value different things and the same goes for what we want in our bathroom cabinets, make-up bags and on our dressing tables.

Is the page used to promote or do anything else besides swapping box samples?

Beauty Box Swaps is a page for swapping and sharing and as such we are happy for members of it’s community to also share links to relevant Ebay (& similar) listings, blog posts, relevant facebook pages & posts. Members of the¬†Beauty Box Swaps community understand the page is provided as a noticeboard and Beauty Box Swaps can not be held responsible for any problems that may occur in the swapping or buying process.Beauty Box Swaps gets upset when lovely products are left languishing unloved and unused. As such we take every opportunity to actively promote people passing these products onto someone who will use and love them including: friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and of course Beauty Box Swappers. For this reason we also promote and support the charity Give and Make-up¬†as this charity work tirelessly to provide essentials, that many of us take for granted, for survivors of domestic abuse.

Beauty Box Swaps is proud we are the No. 1 beauty swaps page on facebook and we are very excited to announce we will soon be getting our very own unique logo to further develop our innovative and exciting brand.

November 3, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, hair, make-up. 1 comment.

The Grand Opening of my October Glossy Box

My Glossy Box arrived Saturday 29th October. The reason for the delay was that I’d been informed I would have to cancel my subscription and re-subscribe due to the original credit card expiring. I wasn’t prepared to do this until I had confirmation from Glossy Box that they would transfer my glossy dots. They confirmed this by email and I read the email on my return from holiday. ¬†Here is my opinions of the products in their handy pink box this month:

As this is my fifth Glossy Box I won’t go into too much detail about the box itself. Except to mention it’s very similar to the Boudoir Prive¬†in colour and packaging but it has a shoe box style lift off lid.

I have found uses for all my empty glossy boxes. I have used them as gift boxes. They the best gift boxes in my opinion out of all the beauty boxes (Amarya, Boudoir Prive, Carmine and Feel Unique) due to the discreet branding and the romance of a pink gift box with a lift off lid. I have also used them to drawer organisers with the lids off. I keep a fascinator in another and craft bits in another. Glossy Box boxes are good.

Time for my impressions on the box contents:

Dermalogica Age Smart – MultiVitamin Thermafoliant (15ml)

Now I’ve realised this is a face wash I’m looking forward to trying it. Although I still love my Age Defiance Wipes. I have been a little converted to actually washing my face by the Murad Cleanser from the August Glossy Box.

Dermalogica Age Smart – Multivitamin Power Recover Masque (15ml)

Less than thrilled with this just because of the time and forward planning needed for a face mask. I am too lazy to invest time doing this when I have been sold on BIOeffect since it’s inclusion in the June Glossy Box.

Dermalogica Age Smart – Renewal Lip Complex (1ml) with beauty bag

Liking this low effort lip stuff and know I will use it because it’s easy to use. The beauty bag is alright, it’s a bit masculine looking to be enthused about though.

Leighton Denny Expert Nails – Colour & Care

I got the blue one ‘Sex Kitten’. I have tested this and I love the quality of the product. Whilst I would definitely have preferred the pink one ‘Babydoll’ and I am in the process of obtaining it through Beauty Box Swaps. I am keeping hold of Sex Kitten too because when I tested it I discovered it’s more silver than blue.

Stila – Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner (In Moray)

Was excited about this but the colour isn’t right for my colouring. So it’s consigned to Beauty Box Swaps I reckon. Had this been included in the box in a more universal colour I would have been thrilled with it.

Robert Piguet – Eau de Parfums

3 small sample bottles in an organza bag. The good news is I like two of the smells. My favourite is Visa which is similar to Thierry Muglar’s Angel but nicer in my opinion. I also like Calypso a more subtle and romantic fragrance. I am also pleased Glossy Box included the bag as I needed something to prettily accomodate all the many mini perfume samples beauty boxes keep sending us ūüėČ

How do I rate the October Box overall? Sadly this is my least favourite Glossy Box to date. This is because although it’s not by any means a hopeless box. In my opinion it’s not as good as the others I have received from them. I think 50% of the box being dominated by one brand was a mistake. ¬†I am also disappointed that the wow Stila product was not provided in a shade more suited to my colouring.

I am fortunately a loyal Glossy Box customer due to the many beauty gems they have introduced me to over the last 5 months. I am hoping this months ‘ok but not great box’ was a blip and normal service will be resumed next month. I think Glossy Box will need to up their game from this months box with¬†new beauty box on the block ¬†Carmine¬†to consider.

The advantage of getting my box at the end of the month? Not long to wait for November’s box… yay!

November 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, make-up. 2 comments.

The Grand Opening of my October Boudoir Prive Box

My Boudoir Prive box arrived at some stage between 17th and  24th October when I was on my holiday, fortunately my lovely neighbour took care of it for me. Here is my overview review of what I found inside their beautiful pink box this month:

As this is my third Boudoir Prive Box I won’t go into too much detail about the box itself. Suffice to say it’s very similar to the Glossy Box in colour and packaging but it has a hinge style lid with a magnetic close.

I have found the Boudoir Prive boxes the most useful for storing cosmetics in on my dressing table as they are easiest to open with one hand. I currently have a little stack of boxes on my dressing table. My make-up sponges, applicators and cotton wool balls are stored in the Feel Unique draw style box. I have face and cheek products in one Glossy Box and two Boudoir Prive boxes one for lip stuff and one for eye stuff. However I am going to swap the glossy box with a this Boudoir Prive Box after writing this review.

I will let you know what I am using Glossy Boxes for when I write my review of their October box in the next day or two.

Now for my thoughts on what I found inside the box this month:

Cetuem – Illuminating Mask (5ml) & Creme de lite (5ml)

Two dinky tubes of product relevant to my mature skin but I’m not sure if I will test these or not as I am happy with the results I’m achieving with BIOeffect. I may gauge what interest there is in these as a swap on Beauty Box Swaps¬†¬†If I find no takers swap wise I think I will test them out as they have a pleasant smell and I do have an age spot or two on my face, alternatively I may try these on my hands which are also showing some signs of aging: crepe-iness and freckle-iness.

Korres – Quince Body Butter (50ml)

I am far too lazy to be bothered with body lotion regardless of how lovely. I am impressed by the size of the sample and predict there will be takers for this on Beauty Box Swaps. My hands free solution to keeping my skin smooth and nourished is 10 drops of BioOil in my daily bath.

Leonor Greyl – Huile de Palme (25ml)

It has recently dawned on me that I can use some Beauty Box products on other family members. I do also plan on testing this out myself, but I am interested to test it on my 8 year olds hair too. I would be interested to see if it helps tame her growing locks which readily tangle/go into rats tails. For example it might be helpful to apply this to her hair pre-swimming lessons or overnight. It smells divine.

Memo Paris – Sundance Eau de Pafum Les Echappees

I am liking this perfume but I am not sure I’m loving it. I may use this sample, but I am open to swap it if the demand is there. I like it enough to wear but know won’t be on a quest to get my mitts on more as I was with Plum by Mary Greenwell from the September Glossy Box for example.

Rose & Co – Rose Petal Salve (20g)

I am always happy to receive a salve or a balm in my Beauty Box. This one is no exception. The scent/taste reminds me of cherry lips and it’s a full-sized product. I will certainly be using this product and I am keen to spend some more time researching this brand because I like the packaging, their website and of course this product.

Studio Make Up – Liner Styler Pen Black (1.1ml)

As someone who has never owned an eye-liner pen I was always going to be excited by this. It’s a black felt-tip pen for eyes. I’ve tested it and it’s fab. I am looking forward to experimenting with this some more. ¬†It’s my favourite product in this month’s box. What’s yours?

You may recall I felt underwhelmed by the September Boudoir Prive Box. So how do I rate the October Box? My gut feeling is I am considerably happier with it this month. I am confident I will use at least 50% of the products. The sample sizes are more impressive this month too. This of course does not help me achieve my goal of  giving up a beauty box or two.

So would I class Boudoir Prive as one of the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes¬†which appeal to my ”Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile as defined by new beauty box on the block ¬†Carmine? I am still undecided whether I can justify my Boudoir Prive subscription long term.

However this months Liner Pen has inspired me enough to continue my subscription until next month… I won’t have to wait long to see what’s in next months box…

October 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, hair, make-up. 4 comments.

The Grand Opening of my October Feel Unique Box

My Feel Unique box arrived on 7th October. Here is my belated appraisal of what I got:

First a note about the box itself. ¬†It’s different from it’s competitors Amarya,¬†Boudoir Prive, Carmine¬†and Glossy Box. ¬†Although it is black in common with Carmine’s box, the style of the box is totally (Feel) Unique. This could possibly my favourite ‘box’ out of all the beauty boxes. It’s a drawer! It’s a sturdy black drawer which opens easily by pulling the pleasing fushia pink ribbon tag.

I read somewhere, somebody had the excellent idea of using the boxes to make a dinky chest of drawers (if this was you let me know and I will credit you and link to your blog/page/website). The box is lined in fushia pink and uses the same, by now very familiar, packaging material as Boudoir Prive and Glossy Box.

Now for my impressions of those all important contents:

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

Very generous 60ml bottle. Has a pleasant and delicate scent. I’ve heard good things about Bliss and I am looking forward to testing it out. Yes I know I am a lazy face wipe kinda girl but the Murad cleanser from the August Glossy Box may have slightly converted me to a bit of face washing using *shock horror* water. I’ve realised it’s not so much of an effort if done while bathing.

Orly Nail Lacquer (5ml)

I got this in the terracotta. Bright orange more like. Not my usual choice of colour but I’m kind of liking it. My initial thoughts before testing this were beauty box swap it for another shade or pass onto my friend who wears bright polishes. ¬†But now I’m looking at my ‘pinky’ nail, which is covered with two coats, I’m slightly smitten with it. It’s perfect for Halloween! I also think it will also look lovely with a tan on holidays. It was easy to apply and looks good. Against all my expectations this has the makings of a keeper.

Tigi Catwalk Sleek Mystique Straight Collection Blow Out Balm (90ml)

Almost everything about this excites me: the brand, the packaging, the size of the product, the fragrance, the serumy look and feel of the product. The only concern I have is that I am generally, 9 times out of 10 (or more), am just too lazy to blow dry. However if I am successful at my Benefit store approval tomorrow I will have to take more care with my grooming and if the results are good this could be a keeper too.

Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Fluid SPF10 (10ml)

As you may already be aware I am not really all that interested in lotions and creams for face and body as I love the products I already use. However I think I will be keeping this too. ¬†This is because it boasts an SPF so is very useful for lazy Lucy Brown. I’ve just tested it on my hands and the scent is subtle and zesty. It soaks easily into the skin and appears to leave a matt finish with a beautifully subtle and satisfying sparkle.

Crabtree and Evelyn India Hicks Island Living Spider Lily Ultra Moisturising Hand Therapy (25g)

My regular readers will know I am not a big fan of hand creams. I have lightly tested, just now, this for the purposes of the review. It’s pleasant enough and only leaves a light residue and subtle fragrance. But unfortunately due to my lotiony hands aversion this is one to beauty box swap.

*Another plus point for the Feel Unique box is they offer a straightforward uniform discount of 10% of all the brands featured in the box, but you have to make your mind up quick because the code expires at the end of the month!*

Burberry Eau De Parfum (2ml)

Like it enough to use but not enough to buy. The sample bottle is a spray which is more satisfying than the teeny sample bottles you sometimes find in beauty boxes.

So what’s my overall verdict on my first Feel Unique box? I am really pleased 5 out of 6 of the products. This presents me with a conundrum as I really need to give up a beauty box or two. But they are all so good this month. I really rate both the packaging and the contents of the Feel Unique box so it’s a keeper. Well done Feel Unique, I highly recommend you as one of the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes¬†which appeal to my ”Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile as defined by new beauty box on the block ¬†Carmine.

October 27, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, hair, Lucy Brown & Benefit, make-up. 1 comment.

The Grand Opening of my October Carmine Box

My Carmine box arrived earlier this month. This is what I got:

First a note about the box itself. ¬†It’s very different from it’s competitors Amarya,¬†Boudoir Prive, Feel Unique and Glossy Box. ¬†Although it is black in common with Feel Unique’s box, the style of the box is unique to Carmine. The box is very sturdy indeed. It has a lift off lid, the full depth of the box. I find this lid really difficult to prise off, I’m not sure if other subscribers have also found this?

The ¬†textured black box is fully lined in a vibrant green with a carmine logo repeat. The pink Carmine logo is also featured on the top of the box marvellously metallic and textured and this logo is reinforced and underlined by embossed white text ‘Carmine’. It’s an impressive box Carmine but please make them easier to get in for us impatient Beauty Box openers ‘we just want too see what’s inside!!!’.

Somehow I have managed not to open the tissue or the ribbon yet so this review is a genuine first impressions review of the actual opening of my first Carmine box.¬†Do you want to know what’s inside? *realises the question would be more intriguing if many of you didn’t already know given my belated review*

Balance Me – Super Moisturising Hand Cream

Generous 30ml tube. Has a pleasant and familiar smell. I’m not a fan of hand cream personally but I am confident I can Beauty Box Swap this for something I will use.

A promo code for £5 off orders of £30 or more is included.

Daniel Sandler – Eye Delight

I got this in the peach. It’s a full-size 3g pot. Looks interesting. I’ve tested it and I think I like it, although it’s not a colour I would usually go for. It is actually a good high-lighter for the Frat Boy in my opinion.

A 10% promo code is included.

Trind – Nail Repair Natural

Very excited about this not only because my nails need TLC at the moment (a big thumbs up to Carmine for telepathically knowing this) ¬†but also because I love the bottle. It’s full-size 9ml too ūüôā This is definitely a keeper! Not been able to test this yet as I can’t find my nail varnish remover.

A mystery special offer code is included

The Balm – FratBoy All-in-one shadow/blush

I am so impressed by this. So very, very impressed! This 2 in 1 fills a 8.5g (full-size) gap in my make-up bag for a matt day-timey blusher. I love the packaging too! It’s retro looking and reminds me of Benefit packaging. I’ve tried this it’s 100% a keeper. Carmine you are spoiling us.

Cauderlie – Quenching Sorbet-Creme

10ml tube. My regular readers will know I am a pest where lotions and creams are concerned as they hold no interest for me as I am very satisfied with the products I already use. One to beauty box swap.

Carminees can also get their mitts on a FREE travel set worth £12.50 for purchases of £40 or more.

So what’s my overall verdict on Carmine’s very first box? I am wowed, thrilled and excited :-). The box does include a couple of products I won’t use and one I’m iffy about but having said that it represents amazingly good value and I am sold on the strength of the Frat Boy and Nail Repair. I highly recommend Carmine as one of the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes¬†which appeal to my ”Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile as defined by ¬†Carmine¬†themselves.

October 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . beauty, beauty box, make-up. 3 comments.

Lucy Brown & Benefit: Store Approval

I promised I would keep you in touch with my Benefit adventure. I apologise it’s been a long time since my previous Lucy Brown & Benefit Posts: Lucy Brown & Benefit, The Recruitment Event and The Interview. I have been very busy with my am dram actress adventure playing Vera in Willy Russell’s Breezeblock Park. The demanding rehearsal and performance schedule also delayed my progress to becoming a fully fledged Benebabe.

On Friday I am going for my third attempt at store approval at the Trafford Centre please keep your fingers crossed for me that I will be third time lucky. I don’t know much about this vacancy but I understand it is temporary for the Christmas period. I am hoping if I am successful it will lead to a permanent post in the future.

My previous two attempts at store approval sadly proved unsuccessful.

On 22nd August, just three days after my interview. I went to Boots at Middlebrook retail park. However unfortunately my prior commitment to playing Vera meant I was unable to work Thursdays or Sundays which were a requirement. I was surprised that I had been put forward for this vacancy as I had already explained about my rehearsal commitments. I also found out my favourite uncle died straight after this interview:-(

On 2nd September I went to House of Fraser in Manchester City Centre. I absolutely loved my stint ‘Traffic Stopping’ in this store. I also managed to sell four products in an hour which I felt was pretty impressive prior to training. However a few days later I finally discovered I’d unfortunately been unsuccessful as they preferred one of the other candidates as she would ‘blend better with the existing team members’. I wondered if my being older at 39 may have contributed to this perception. I also reflected that the fact that I was 100% focussed on my customers, and the resulting sales, meant that I neglected to socialise sufficiently with the rest of the team and this may have also put me at a disadvantage.

I subsequently suggested to the person who recruited me that we should wait until the play had finished before putting me forward to any further stores. This is because when they enquire when I’m available to work? I want to be able to reply with a willing ‘when do you need me?’. Wish me luck testing this theory out on Friday!

October 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . acting, adventures, beauty, Lucy Brown & Benefit, make-up. 4 comments.

The Grand Opening of my October Amarya Box

My Amarya box arrived on Thursday 6th October. This is what I got:

First a note about the box itself. The Amarya box is not about the box. This is a useful box but it is not pretty or glam in the way of it’s competitors Boudoir Prive, Carmine, Feel Unique and Glossy Box. I can best describe it as similar to a white shoebox. ¬†However the minimal packaging seems in keeping with the brand and you do also get a branded cotton bag. Personally I prefer the prettier boxes and I have not yet run out of uses for them, but I applaud Amarya for their focus on contents rather than fancy pants packaging. So what were those all important contents?

Terre d’Oc Powder Eye Shadow

My favourite product in the box. I got the¬†502 beige nacr√© Natara. This is a full-sized product, 0.028oz. It’s very pretty, sparkly, 99% natural and versatile too. Can also be used on face and body including lips and decollete. ¬†I love the fact that the sparkles are provided by mother of pearl. I also rate the unusual packaging which was apparently inspired by traditional Indian Bindis.

Madara Eco Face Travel Set

Impressive dinky kit which made me go ‘ooooooooohhh’ but then sigh ‘arrrrrrrhhhh’ because I know I won’t use it. The kit includes a tube of cleansing milk (25ml), 2 sachets of toner (5mlx2), a tube of deep moisture fluid (5ml), a tube of regenerating night cream (5ml) and a sachet of eye repair cream (3ml). It would make a lovely travel set or gift but I know I’m just too low maintenance to be faffed with all the little tubes and sachets when I am already happy with my lazy girl’s routine of wipe with Age Defiance Wipes followed by BIOeffect serum = simples and effective ūüôā

NEOM – Organic Body Lotion, Real Luxury

A generous 50ml bottle. Sorry Amarya I don’t do body lotion though. This is because I’m too lazy and have an aversion to getting my hands ‘lotioney’. I personally find a few drops of Bio Oil¬†in my daily bath to be a much easier way of keeping my skin nourished and smooth. Obviously it’s not Amarya’s fault body lotion doesn’t excite me. I am confident I will find somebody to Beauty Box Swap this with on my facebook page.

Lavera – Eye Gel

1ml sachet, BIOeffect already ticks this box for me. For those interested in eye gel I am not sure a 1ml sachet provides a meaningful sample to check if this product works for them before investing in the full-sized product.

Dr. Hauschka – Daily Revitalising Eye Cream

1.5ml sachet, BIOeffect already ticks this box for me. For those interested in eye cream I am not sure a 1.5ml sachet provides a meaningful sample to check if this product works for them before investing in the full-sized product.

So what’s my overall verdict on Amarya’s October box? It provides good overall good value for money, but personally just doesn’t thrill me. However if you are enthusiastic about organic beauty and are excited by trying lotions and potions for face and body you will love this box.¬†As finances are extremely limited in the Brown household I cancelled my subscription before opening the box. I recommend Amarya but realise my ‘Edgy with a touch of Glam’ beauty profile (as defined by new Beauty Box on the Block Carmine). Is better suited to the flashier, glossier, sparklier boxes.

October 25, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . beauty, make-up. 3 comments.

The Grand Opening of my September Boudoir Prive Box

My Boudoir Prive box arrived on Friday. This is what I got:

Colbert MD – Nourish: Eye Cream

I have become a tricky customer now for face creams, eye creams, serums etc. Because I am 100% sold on the benefits of BIOeffect ,¬†from the June Glossy Box,¬†which means I don’t really require any other products of this ilk. I will however endeavour to test this out over the next few days to see what effect it has…

Macadamia- Hair Repair

I’ve just applied some of this product to my hair and I can’t see or feel any difference. 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 emergencies.

Zoya – Nail Polish

In Marina. I tested this immediately and found it to be an interesting colour, which I would best describe as a metallic bluey grey. However this full-size product has not swayed me from Ciate, which I first tried when I got Beach Melba in my July Glossy Box. I personally found the consistency of the Zoya Polish too thick, which made it difficult to apply. Also included in the box was a Zoya colour spoon plate . The idea is you can put the colour spoon onto your nail so you can see whether the colour suits you before you buy. This extra did intrigue and excite me a little however it is unlikely to entice me to try any of the colours as the consistency of the Marina has put me off. Is it just me? or did anyone else find the polish on the gloopy side?

Cargo Cosmetics – Boogie Nights Eye Pencil

In Aqua (a turquoise colour). I am going to try to swap this on Beauty Box Swaps for one in a different colour as I already have an Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Electric, a similar colour, from their most excellent 15 year anniversary collection.

Agent Provocateur – L’Agent

Intense but not unpleasant fragrance. I expect I will use the sample but probably won’t seek out any more of this fragrance. I personally prefer Plum by Mary Greenwell from my September Glossy Box.

Tropic Skincare – Body Smooth

From the company founded by the Apprentice’s Susan Ma. I am looking forward to trying this and I plan to test it on my feet as recommended by the Tropic website as my feet are certainly in need of some TLC.

also included was:

Mai Couture – Blot and Bronze

A two sheet sample, on a postcard. I will test these next time I am shiny.

So what’s my overall verdict on this months box? In all honesty I am feeling underwhelmed with it at the moment. I don’t know whether this is because I am generally feeling flat and low, obviously through no fault of Boudoir Prive, whether I am suffering from Beauty Box fatigue as the founder of Beauty Box Swaps or whether I personally am more suited to the Glossy Box offer.

As finances are extremely limited in the Brown household I am even reluctantly considering cancelling my subscription to Boudoir Prive, certainly not in a fit of pique as they haven’t done anything to upset me, I wasn’t overly concerned about the dispatch delay. I know I feel 100% bonded to Glossy Box as I feel distraught at the thought of losing it. But then I do also feel a certain loyalty Boudoir Prive as I am grateful they introduced me to Sachajuan last month which I would have never otherwise tried and my hair is very glad I did. ¬†So I’m going to test out the products from this months box and think about it… what do you think readers?

September 27, 2011. Tags: , , , , . beauty, hair, make-up. 3 comments.

Lucy Loves: Sachajuan Conditioner

As I wait patiently for my September Boudoir Prive box to arrive I thought you might like to hear more about my very favourite product from their August box.

I love Sachajuan conditioner because I get loads of compliments when I use it. People ask if I’ve had my hair done? or enquire what styling product I’ve used?

In reality I am a very lazy girl with my hair. I rarely use styling products and seldom blow dry or style it.

I love using Sachajuan conditioner because it makes me feel super pampered. I have even honed my very own Sachajuan ritual:

1. Squeeze a 10p piece size of conditioner into hand. I found this tricky and could only manage it by removing the lid, or standing the bottle on his head for a while before dispensing from the lid, as intended. Did anybody else have this problem?

2. Massage conditioner into hands and nails, I do this because, my Lucy Logic figures that what’s good for my hair will also benefit my nails.

3. Massage conditioner into hair and scalp.

4. Finally use conditioner on hands as shaving lotion for underarms. Did you know conditioner also provides excellent lubrication for shaving?

As my hair is short tangling isn’t really an issue for me. However as the conditioner fulfils it’s promise of leaving hair with ‘bounce and a silky shine’ I believe it would successfully de-tangle hair more prone to tangling. Can anybody verify this? Please comment on your view of this conditioner below.

In my first impressions review of the August Boudoir Prive Box. I observed that the packaging used for this conditioner is ‘medicine bottley’ Having used this conditioner on a daily basis, since it was gifted to me in my BP box, I feel the packaging is very appropriate because, in my opinion, this conditioner has proved to be a real tonic for my hair.

Could be my first full-sized beauty box inspired purchase? I am using Neal & Wolf harmony from my September Glossy Box at the moment… will it match the performance of my beloved Sachajuan? watch this space…

September 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , . beauty, hair, lucy loves.... 2 comments.

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