16.8.11

August Boudoir Prive : Review

I received my eagerly anticipated Boudoir Prive box today, I'd seen a few reviews already so I knew what to expect but I thought I'd share my thoughts and opinions with you.

Packaging

Looks very similar doesn't it? I was quite surprised at just how similar the Boudoir Prive box is to the GlossyBox, even down to the websites being very similar. I'm wondering if they are the same company? The one noticeable difference with the box is that it has a flip down magnetic lid as oppose to the lift off lid that GlossyBox has. I prefer this box.
Boudoir Prive also enclose a little hand written note which is a very sweet touch!

The contents
Boudoir Prive is split into six sections, which I assume it will be every month. The sections are Lifestyle, Skincare, Fragrance, Bodycare, Make-up and Haircare. I think this is a really good idea as we should receive a good variety of products each month.

My thoughts on the individual products...

Bloom Green tea & White tea duo
They say : Keep your concentration levels high and your stress levels low throughout the day with these two delicious teas from Bloom's Tea Treatment collection.

I say : I know that there has been a lot of uproar about this, I've seen so many tweets along the lines of "tea, in a beauty box?". I must be one of the rare few people that was pleasantly surprised at the 'lifestyle' section of the box. I'm not a tea drinker at all, but I've not tried any herbal teas so I am looking forward to trying this (and to be honest probably spitting it straight back out!).
I'm a proper 'foodie' and love trying out new stuff so am hoping that this section will remain. I hope to see some luxurious chocolates in a box one day :)

The price - £4 for a pack of 10, making this sample worth £0.80.

Babor HSR Lifting Extra Firming Cream
They say : Soften your skin and prevent wrinkles with this cream by German skincare brand Babor. Active ingredients, efficiency and luxury, all packed into one product!

I say : I'm 26 now so this is a welcome addition to my skincare routine. I haven't yet bought any anti-ageing products but am at the age where I really should start using them. I'm looking forward to trying this out.

The price - £82 for 50ml.

Etat Libre D'Orange Archives 69 & Rien
They say : Rien and new fragrance Archives 69 are incredibly rich perfumes that will keep you smelling fantastic all throughout the day. Two must-haves from the Etat Libre d'Orange range.

I say : unfortunately I don't like either of these perfumes. They are indeed incredibly rich, too rich for my liking! I think these perfumes are more suited to an older lady, but, luckily we are all different and some people may love these fragrances.

The price - Rien £52.50 for 50ml, Archives 69 £74.00 for 50ml.

Olavie Antioxidant Body Butter
They say : Pamper yourself with this rich body butter by Wine Therapy specialists Olavie. Your skin will feel smooth, hydrated and refreshed.

I say : This product smells lovely and I'm really drawn to the idea of wine therapy! It rubs in easily and leaves the skin feeling super soft. This is a product I'll definitely be using up.

The price - £43.55 for 240ml

Jane Iredale PureLash Extender and Conditioner
They say : Mineral cosmetics wonder Jane Iredale will blow you away with this innovative product, which encourages the growth of eyelashes and facilitates the application of mascara.

I say : I was super excited to receive this in my box and can't wait to try it out, I just hope that this teeny sample is enough to see a difference.

The price - £13.00 for 89ml

Sachajuan Conditioner
They say : This conditioner's smart Ocean Silk Technology suits all hair types, and will do a great job at untangling your locks. A must-try product from Swedish brand Sachajuan!

I say : I've heard good things about this brand previously so was pleased to receive this. My hair is in okay-ish condition but we could all do with a little pick me up! This product smells lovely and isn't too overpowering.

The price - £10.00 for 100ml (the sample we received is 3.4 fl oz which I think works out at about 100ml, correct me if I'm wrong!)

Overall verdict

I am very pleased with my first Boudoir Prive box. I was planning on signing up just for the first box and then cancelling, but now I've received this one I want more! I love the idea of the lifestyle section and hope that the fact that this box seems more geared towards the more 'mature lady' means that there will be plenty more anti-ageing products for me to try.

I foresee a huge amount of unwanted perfume samples coming my way from both this box and my GlossyBox, I think I will save them all up in an empty box and give them to my mother along with her Christmas presents, she will probably appreciate that and I may have quite a few come Christmas!

The main flaw for me is that the majority of the samples don't state the size, I'm sure that I'm not the only one who likes to work out how much each individual sample is worth! I would love it if Boudoir Prive could add this information to the little information card provided.

I have three codes which enable three lucky people to receive their first box half price! These expire on 31 August 2011. If you haven't yet signed up and are interested simply leave a comment below, I will email the first three people with the voucher codes.

Did you sign up to Boudoir Prive? What are your impressions?



28 comments:

  1. I wouldn't mind giving it a go for half price and I've Judy signed up for my first glossybox also so don't think I could afford a full price boudoir prive.
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  2. that looks awesome! i really wanted to try glossybox but couldnt due to a lack of money :(
    i may get in on this when my loan comes through in september! :D
    Rosie xo

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  3. I just hope that they start customising it, I know GlossyBox isn't entirely customised but I like the fact that we do get different things, fingers crossed they'll start that soon! X

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  4. I'm still undecided which I prefer, I think for now the GlossyBox is winning, because it is nice to have those brands that I dream about but can't afford, but then I do like that Boduoir Prive is opening up brands that I've never heard of to me. xx

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  5. Boudoir Prive replied to this post stating that they picked their box design months ago, who knows who copied who!
    xx

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  6. I have that you have received yours now! Xx

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  7. Thanks for reading my post and thanks for your comment :)
    xx

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  8. I haven't tried any of them yet but can't wait to give them a go!
    I'm sure my partner will go crazy when he realises that I'm paying for two, I don't think he has clicked on yet! X

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  9. Thank you for your lovely comment! X

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  10. I was of the same opinion at first, but then I'm also the type that doesn't want to miss out so I had to have them, couldn't bear the thought of seeing everyone opening their goodies! x

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  11. The perfumes really weren't suited to me, but hey, we're all different! X

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  12. both boxes were lovely this month. If you want a code just let me know x

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  13. If you do let me know and you can have a code x

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  14. i'd love a code if you still have any spare please! carsonsarah@hotmail.com :)

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  15. Would love a code if you could email one to gemma1445@gmail.com please :D :) xx

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  16. It has lovely packaging like glossy box, but i think i prefer what you get with glossybox. It's a bit too too up market that I'd never rebuy.

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    Lucy xx

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  17. Very interesting to see what you get in the boudoir prive box. I'm shocked at how similar it looks to glossybox - I think they must be the same company. I reckon the boxes are trying to target different audiences, but I don't think their marketing makes it very clear! I think this one is the more mature lady's box whereas the glossybox is for a slightly younger market. Glad you like the stuff - some of it's a bit unusual and unknown for me. I just cancelled my glossybox and I don't think I'm going to bother subscribing to boudoir prive or any of the other many companies that are now popping up. As someone just said to me on twitter, the novelty's worn off! Great post though xx

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  18. Hi great review, please could you send me the codes my email is lilelad@aol.com thank you u x

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  19. Hi Leanne, thank you for such a detailed and insightful review! We are glad you enjoy your box. Our boxes are not meant just for more mature ladies, we offer a mix of products to hopefully suit everyone. Might I also just point out that the packaging for our boxes was decided in November last year!

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  20. I didnt sign up but only because I'd already signed to glossybox and couldn't justify two haha! A lot of people have complained about this but I love the look of it all! I LOVE herbal teas, so would have welcomed some new ones to taste! Also the moisturizers and haircare all look great! xx

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  21. Leanne, congratulations for your blog! Your pictures are just great and your review is so precise and wise.

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  22. I've sort of subconsciously boycotted all of these sample boxes. I am curious and obvz I was gutted I missed out on the nars (as i'm sure a few were) but I'm not a live-on-the-edge person and I don't want to part with a whole ten pounds unless I know what it's for! Ha such a scrooge xx

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  23. I was pleased with the box too, I haven't sniffed the perfumes yet, so I shall reserve judgement.

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  24. I haven't tried this or the Glossybox yet, purely because I can't afford them, but it does looks lovely :)
    xxx

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  25. Id love a code hun i havent tryed any of the beauty boxes yet so i might give it a whirl for half price xx

    Jo x

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  26. It looks so good! I'm seriously thinking of signing up to next months box! xx

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  27. I can't wait for my box to arrive - this all looks great! The handwritten note is a lovely touch!

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