Glossybox: August 2014

I received my August Glossybox right as we were moving too.  I think I got it the day before we actually were moving all of our junk to our new flat.  It’s amazing that it didn’t get lost in the chaos of moving.  The August box marks the three year anniversary of Glossybox.  It is amazing to think that they’ve only been around three years but have already delivered 6 million Glossyboxes all around the world.  They have subscribers in the US, UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Korea, and Japan.  And what is maybe even more amazing is that the founder and CEO is a man.  You’d totally think that a woman came up with this idea, wouldn’t you?

The actual box also had a bit of an update in August.  It’s still pink, but a slightly lighter shade, and isn’t actually glossy anymore.  The dimensions are slightly different as well, giving it a more compact size overall.  But there’s still plenty of space inside for big products, though the August box only had three full sized products and two good sized samples, and of course a tiny perfume sample too.  And to be honest, the full sized products were teeny tiny, so it’s not like we’re talking a full sized hair product or something that can be quite sizeable.  Overall, this seemed like a good box to me because I like all of the products in it and will definitely use them all.

Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Hand Cream
Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Hand Cream

Figs & Rouge Mini Rose Berry Hand Cream, 20ml tube.  This isn’t full sized, but is the perfect size for travel, in your desk at work, or in your bag.  The scent is rose and berry and smells great with a fresh and slightly fruit scent.  If you don’t like the smell at all, you’ll be happy to know that it fades to nothingness after you’ve had it on about 30 minutes maybe.  What is really great about this hand cream is the unique light texture that absorbs pretty quickly into the skin.  Once it is absorbed fully, like 30 seconds probably but feels like maybe a minute, your skin feels silky smooth and soft.  And best of all, there’s no greasy residue or feeling left on your skin.  This hand cream is made with shea butter which is really great at hydrating and nourishing your skin, without greasiness and without using a large amount.  I like that it feels so nice and lasts really well too, not like some hand lotions that absorb and then totally vanish leaving your hands feeling just as dry.  The shea butter in this will also help keep your cuticles in good shape and looking pretty.  All of which is great for this time of year when the weather is transitioning and your skin is often left paying the price.

I really love L’Occitane’s shea butter hand cream, but this little tube is making me think about trying a big tube of this when I run out.  And I will definitely be buying the small tubes of Figs & Rouge hand cream to keep in my handbag, travel kit, and anywhere else I want a small sized tube of hand cream.  The 20ml sized tubes are just £3.95 at FeelUnique (they claim that is a FeelUnique exclusive), which is a rather good deal for something that works so well with just a little amount.  If you want the full sized 80ml tube instead, those are £6.95 at FeelUnique, unfortunately they don’t have the same Rose Berry in the big tube, but do have lots of other nice sounding scent options.

Yves Rocher Nail Polish
Yves Rocher Nail Polish

Yves Rocher Pink Mini Nail Polish in Rose, full sized 3 ml bottle.  To look at this little, itty bitty bottle you would not, even for a second, entertain the thought that this was a full sized product.  It is petite.  Minute, really.  But it is full sized.  I kind of like the small bottles because it lets you try lots of different colours without feeling like you’ll need to use it for the next three years before the bottle is even near finished.  The colour that I received was “Rose” and it is a nice neutral pink colour that would work for day or night or with any colour of clothing.  If you were justing wanting a quick polish, not something to last for several days, you could probably get by with just a single coat because it covers really well.  Plus, you can apply it quickly right before you go out because it dries super quick, like within a minute my single coat was dry enough that I could touch things without any fear of it smudging or getting ruined.  However, if you want it to be durable and look its best, you need two coats for sure.  The quick drying, single coat ability of this polish teamed with the baby bottle make it perfect for your bag.  The only problem I have with this little bottle of polish is that it is a bit more difficult to hold the brush because there’s just not that much handle on the applicator, also it is a really slippery plastic so can slip around a bit while you are trying to apply polish.

You can buy your teeny bottles of nail polish on the Yves Rocher site.  Currently, the little 3ml bottles run from £1.95 to £3.60 because they are having some sales.  If you buy from the selection of polishes that are £3.60, you get a free one, so they really end up being £1.80 per bottle then.  They have a pretty wide selection of colours too with everything from clear to bright to neutral to dark choices.

Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere
Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere, 4.5 gram full sized pot.  I believe this is the same formulation as Kryolan’s Illusion highlighter, which has a similar looking colour called “Cashmere”.  It’s a bit hard to tell though because the Glossybox card says this is “Kryolan for Glossybox” but I think that is just because the little pot has the Glossybox logo on the lid.  In any case, the highlighter is terrific.  The creamy texture is light which means that you can put it on just where you want it.  The creaminess also makes it very effortless to blend in to your skin to give you a very subtle highlighting.  I’m used to either powder or liquid highlighters that can be tricky to blend or go on to heavily and then look too obvious.  I like the colour of this too which is a kind of a pinkish champagne colour with a subtle hint of shimmer.  All of that means that if you are really pale, like me, this blends and looks natural, giving you that lit from within appearance.  The little pot is really nicely compact too which makes it easy to take with you on a trip or on a night out.

The full sized 4.5 gram pot is £12.95 at the Kryolan website.  You might think that’s a bit dear but since you’re not using that much of this at a time, it will take you a while to work through even this small amount.  I find a little smidge of highlighter on my cheekbones and across my brow bone make for a fresh look that doesn’t look shiny, just healthy.  I also occasionally put a dab at the inner corner of my eye to brighten the whole area up a bit.  That’s a trick that works especially well if I haven’t slept so well or I’m feeling less than chipper.  I think you could probably also use this to add a bit of shimmer to a matt eye shadow since the colour of the highlighter is so light.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, 40ml tube.  Elasticizer makes me think of a styling product, though I can’t put my finger on exactly what I think it would be doing.  But in reality, Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment to make your hair more bouncy by improving its elasticity while leaving it shiny, all without weighing it down.  I didn’t know my hair was elastic, honestly.  Basically, this is a hair mask that you use before you shampoo to help your hair be stronger and look better, which of course is even more important if your hair is colour treated or damaged from styling or whatever.  I colour my hair so I try to use a few different products to keep my hair looking healthy and I’m certainly looking forward to trying this out.  However, the Elasticizer gets fabulous reviews everywhere I look, plus it is an InStyle Best Beauty Buys winner for 2013 for Best Deep Conditioning Mask.  Here’s what they say about it at FeelUnique, where incidentally it has a 5 star rating from 163 reviews:

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer was originally created by Philip Kingsley specifically for Audrey Hepburn, who wanted a super-moisturising treatment that would repair her hair and keep it in great condition throughout the frequent colouring and styling done to her hair on movie sets. This is a pre-shampoo intensive moisturising treatment that delivers elasticity, bounce and shine to hair. Also provides UV protection even after washing, helping prolong the life of colour treated hair.

To apply this you just dampen your hair and then get a bit of this and work it through your hair from roots to tips and then let it do its magic for about 20 minutes.  If you’ve got fine hair that is coloured, like I do, the suggestion is to only use this once per week and to go light on the middle and end sections of your hair.  If you’ve got a coarse texture or heavier hair, you can use it twice per week.  And you shouldn’t use this for a few days before or after chemical processing.

This isn’t a full sized product, however, the sample size is big enough that you’ll be able to use it a number of times probably (depending on how much hair you have) and get a feel for how well the product works for you.  There are a number of different sizes available at FeelUnique, a 75ml tube for £15.00, a 150ml tub for £27.50, and even a giant 1000ml bottle for £74.00.  I have generally had very good luck with the Philip Kingsley products that I’ve used, and have several of them in my bathroom right now, so I’m sure I will like this too.

SkinPep Super C15 Serum
SkinPep Super C15 Serum

SkinPep Cosmeceuticals Super C15 Serum, full sized 7ml bottle.  This is a Vitamin C based serum, along with a few other things, that will work to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. So, it sounds like a bit of magic in a little tiny bottle.  This is a really hard working serum though because it has a lot of science behind it and isn’t just sitting there doing nothing much.  The serum is made up of (15%) L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid (0.5%), Alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E) (1%), and Matrixyl (Palmitoyl-Pentapepde-3); you’ll need a chemistry degree to get through some of those words.  But all of these have a proven benefit to your skin and can help to improve how it looks.  To get the full story on what all this serum can do for you, you’ll have to check out the SkinPep website.  This has a lot of good stuff in it and doesn’t have any of the stuff we all try to avoid: alcohol, artificial dyes, paraben, and perfume.

I haven’t had a chance to give this a big try, just tried it enough to know that it has a nice lightweight texture that feels nice on and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy or like I’ve got something heavy on.  You only need about 3 drops of this to cover your face and neck, which means even a seemingly small 7ml bottle will last a while.  Also, once absorbed, Super C15 can’t be washed or rubbed off and will remain effective for a minimum of 72 hours.  At the SkinPep website you can get two different sizes of the Super C15 serum, either the 7ml bottle for £13.99 or a big 30ml bottle for £49.99.  That big size seems like it would last you a long time since you don’t need to use very much of it.  After reading about this, I’m really looking forward to giving it a good try because who wouldn’t want their skin to look this improved.

Lalique L'Amour Perfume
Lalique L’Amour Perfume

Lalique L’Amour Perfume, 2ml vial.  This perfume has a big floral scent with a bit of a musky note too.  I definitely cannot put it into words as fancily as the description the Boots website:

The fragrance offers an olfactory declaration of love. It targets a woman with a radiant personality, eager to discover the world and enchanting people around her.The citrus freshness of bergamot, the elegant tenderness of a rosebud and the softness of neroli deliciously burst forth at the top. The heart, crucial in a love story, enriches the fragrance with a bouquet of sumptuous white flowers: tuberose, gardenia and jasmine petals. The base highlights dry, warm cedar. The creamy softness of luscious sandalwood rests on a bed of addictive musks.

It’s not my kind of fragrance.  It’s got a lot of floral that makes it have a kind of overwhelming scent that I don’t really enjoy.  I like a very light scent and this is definitely not fitting into that at all.  I do like the little sample vial that the perfume came in though.  Instead of it just having a spray or being open on the end, there’s a little series of holes that allows you to dab it on quite precisely.  I think that’s great for any perfume, but especially with something so potent.  You can buy the 50ml size of this for £67.00 at Boots, but clearly, I won’t be rushing out to buy it.

August Glossybox Value:

  • Figs & Rouge Mini Rose Berry Hand Cream, 20ml tube: £3.95 value.
  • Yves Rocher Pink Mini Nail Polish in Rose, full sized 3 ml bottle: £1.95 value.
  • Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere, 4.5 gram full sized pot: £12.95 value.
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, 40ml tube: £7.33 value.
  • SkinPep Cosmeceuticals Super C15 Serum, full sized 7ml bottle: £13.99 value.
  • Lalique L’Amour Perfume, 2ml vial: £2.68 value.
  • Total Value: £42.85

That is a whole lot of value in one little box and definitely is way more than the monthly subscription fee.  I feel like I got a lot of great products this month that I’m really going to enjoy using, aside from the perfume which is going in the bin.  I would definitely say that Glossybox sent out a great box to celebrate their third birthday.  So, happy birthday, Glossybox and thanks for all the goodies!

Glossybox: April 2014

The theme for the April Glossybox is “Sweet Treats”.  The box is supposed to be filled with items to get your ready for Summer.  I don’t know about how successful they were in getting products that matched the theme, but there are some decent items at least.  This is the first time I used my Glossydots to pay for my monthly box.  You can get Glossydots by filling out surveys on the products you get in your box each month.  You can also get dots for referring friends too.  For 1,000 Glossydots I got my box for free this month.  I think that’s not a bad deal really.  You get 50 dots for each survey, so I give quick and easy feedback on 20 products and I get a free box.  My box came earlier this month too, which might be due to paying with my Glossydots; whatever the reason it was a nice surprise.

I was hoping for a cute floral box or something Easter-y perhaps, but it was just the regular pink box this month.  This month was all about “Sweet Treats” to get ready for Spring and Summer.  I don’t know about that, but at least everything in the box was interesting and something I’ll try.  In this box, I got two full sized products, two good sized samples, and one kind of small but adequate sample.  One of the full sized products is a makeup tool, a lip brush, so I guess that counts as full sized since there’s really no way to have a sample size of that.  I’m looking forward to trying everything, which is pretty nice and definitely far different from the lousy March box.

Emite Makeup Lip Brush L312
Emite Makeup Lip Brush L312

Emite Make up Lip Brush L312, full size tool.   The Emite lip brush has a long handle and is very soft but densely packed so it can make a nice straight line, for things like lip liner or just making sure you don’t get lipstick where you didn’t want it.  Plus, the head is slightly tapered which makes getting a nice edge much easier.  I have a nice lip brush already that is retractable and thus highly portable.  However, this one from Emite is nice for just keeping in my regular stash of brushes so that I can keep my other one either in my purse or travel makeup kit.  Or, I might just re-purpose this from a lip brush into something for eye shadow or liner or for use on my brows.  It is a nice quality brush though.  I love my Emite Makeup Eye Lash Curler that I received in one of my previous Glossyboxes, so I know that their tools are really nice.  I’m sure whatever purpose I put this brush to, I will like it just as much as the other items from Emite that I have tried.

Emite is a Swedish company started by makeup artists, so they’ve put together a full selection of cosmetics and tools that are up to professional standards but are still accessible to regular people as well; you can find out more about the brand through their website.  According to Glossybox, you can buy this lip brush for £17.00 at Emite Makeup’s website.  However, I couldn’t actually find it when I went to grab a link to it.  And I can’t find anything from Emite at Amazon or any other place online.  So, I don’t know where you can really get this lip brush, I guess you could just keep checking the Emite website.  Since they are a Swedish company, so all of the prices are in SEK/Swedish Krona, however, I do believe they will ship to the UK.

MeMeMe Beat The Blues Pearl Pink Highlighter
MeMeMe Beat The Blues Pearl Pink Highlighter

MeMeMe Beat the Blues Pearl Pink Highlighter, 12 ml full size bottle.  This is quite a bit like High Beam from Benefit, I think.  Beat the Blues is a pearly light pink liquid highlighter that comes in a bottle like nail polish, with that same kind of brush applicator too.  You can use this to brighten up and highlight your cheeks, right under the arch of your eyebrow, or on your cupid’s bow (by your lips).  You can also add a dab to your foundation, primer, or moisturizer to create an all over kind of glow and brighten your whole face.  I have found that this can be a little obvious if you put it on over makeup, but sometimes like for a party or something, that is the look you are going for.  However, if you want a more subtle effect, still the glow but not quite as bright, I have found that it is great to put it on and then put my blush over the top of it.  I get a nice subtle glow that is like fresh, young skin and not quite so in your face highlighter shiny.  I’ve also used a very teeny amount of this at the inside corner of my eye (closest to my nose), to just brighten up the area a bit.  It works great for any place you just want to lighten up a bit like that.  This is really almost exactly the same as Benefit’s High Beam, though, maybe a little more subtle overall.  I think the texture might be a tad more fluid (or watery) so it goes on a bit lighter.  I think it is best to always give the liquid highlighter a few good shakes before you use it though, to avoid any clumps or settling of anything.

You can buy MeMeMe’s Beat the Blues at their website for £5.50 for a 12 ml bottle (the same size I received in my Glossybox).  That price is really great and highlights (no pun intended) the other big difference with High Beam, in that the MeMeMe is way cheaper.  If you are looking for that same type of highlighter effect, MeMeMe is less than a third of the price of High Beam (£19.50 for 13 ml).  With that savings of £14.00 you can buy more makeup!

Tresemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo
Tresemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo

Tresemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, 100 ml travel size can.  My curly hair doesn’t always lend itself to using a dry shampoo for anything other than getting some volume.  Curly hair, at least mine, doesn’t really look so great the day after I wash it, no matter how much dry shampoo I use.  Of course, if I have a day where I’m not lazy and actually blow it out, then I can get a second day out of my style by breaking out a good dry shampoo.  More often though, I use my dry shampoo to give my rather fine hair a bit of oomph, especially when I blow it out.  If you use dry shampoo to get more volume, as opposed to hair spray, you can avoid that crunchy helmet head look and have a more natural style too.  The thing I found kind of interesting about the Tresemmeé dry shampoo is that they specifically say it is for normal and oily hair; I’ve not seen anything like that on other dry shampoos before.  I’m wondering why they point that out.  To use this, or any dry shampoo, shake the can and then section your hair and give the roots a quick spray.  Once you’ve sprayed all of your hair, let it sit for a minute and then massage into the roots and brush through and style as you normally would.   I think this seems really good at getting rid of the oily build up that can accumulate (as if by magic or curse) overnight.  This works as well as my current favourite dry shampoo from Inecto made with coconut oil that I received in my very first Glossybox in July.

I received a 100 ml travel sized can, but you can get the full sized 200 ml can at Boots for £5.25 or £4.99 at Ocado.  Of course, you can add this to any Amazon UK order over £10.00 for the low low price of just £2.35 for a 200 ml can, so if you’re going to order it clearly Amazon is the way to go.  I’m going to give this one a try a few more times before I decide which I like best though, but both this dry shampoo from Tresemmé and the one from Inecto (£4.73 for 150ml at Amazon UK) are way better than Batiste.

MONU Spa Warming Ginger Massage & Body Oil
MONU Spa Warming Ginger Massage & Body Oil

MONU Spa Warming Ginger Massage and Body Oil, 30 ml sample size bottle.  I had never heard of Monu before I received my October 2013 Glossybox that included the wonderful Monu Illuminating Primer.  I loved that primer sample so much that I bought the full sized product already.  So, despite the fact that I’m not really a bath oil kind of girl, I’m looking forward to trying this body oil.  This oil is supposed to leave skin smooth and lovely, and all in the time it takes you to bathe or shower.  The body oil is made from a mixture of ginger, lemongrass, and orange essential oils and active ingredients such as calendula, jojoba seed oil and vitamins A and E.  Unlike a lot of oils like this, they say that you can use it when you shower too.  To use it in the shower, you just need to massage the oil into your skin before you hop in a warm shower or you can put it on while in the shower just before you rinse off.  I always prefer a shower to a bath, so this is the method I’ll be using.  Of course, they also make it sound like you can just put it on and leave it on, no bath or shower necessary even.  The oil has that great ginger smell too, which even the smell seems refreshing so I’ve got high hopes for the oil.  The smell is reminiscint of a freshly cut slice of real ginger, and at least when you smell it direct in the bottle is really powerful.   I tried a bit on my hands, just to see what it would be like, and the smell is just as lovely on, of course, I guess you need to like the smell of ginger to feel like that.  The good thing is that it did leave my hands feeling silky soft after washing them.  I’ve been having some annoyance with dry skin on my legs lately, so I’m definitely going to try this on my legs the next time I shower.

You can buy the full sized 100 ml bottle of Warming Ginger Massage and Body Oil directly from Monu for £26.00.  It’s about the same price at Amazon UK, so you could get it from there too if you are ordering other stuff.  But Monu has so many other great products to try as well that you might just want to order directly from them.  I’m a total fan of Monu now because of the primer and can’t wait to see if this oil is as good a product.

Vichy Liftactive Advanced Filler
Vichy Liftactive Advanced Filler

Vichy Liftactive Advanced Filler and Serum 10 for Eyes, 5 ml and 3 ml sample tubes.  This is a new product from Vichy to combat deep and/or vertical wrinkles.  Apparently, it is supposed to be so good that your wrinkles will appear so reduced it will be like you had cosmetic procedure done to fill your wrinkles.  That seems like an amazing claim, doesn’t it?  That dramatic effect is courtesy of pure retinol and LR2412.  They say that it is hypoallergenic, contains no parabens, and has been tested for use on sensitive skin.  And like all Vichy skincare products it also has been enriched with the Vichy thermal water too.  Here’s what they say about it on the Vichy website:

As we age our facial features become less defined and the face can look more sad and tired. This ‘sad look’  can be attributed to the appearance of deep & vertical wrinkles. Vertical wrinkles can be particularly resistant and hard to correct.
Following 10 years of research, Vichy combines for the first time two ingredients: pure Retinol, in very high concentration and LR2412 to:
-Visibly diminish the look of deep and vertical wrinkles as if corrected.
-Give you a happier look.
-Give you a complete moisturiser, suitable for sensitive skin.

The other sample from Vichy is for the Liftactive Serum 10 for Eyes and Lashes.  As you might have guessed from the name, this is a serum for that very delicate and wrinkle prone under eye area, but it is also a lash fortifying serum.  Pretty much everyone I know would like to have fewer under eye wrinkles and lines, and I am no exception.  This serum is supposed to illuminate and lift the look of the eye contours to give you a younger appearance, as well as make your lashes stronger.  The serum contains Rhamnose (whatever that is), ceramides, and instant light reflectors, plus it is hypoallergenic, paraben free, and able to be used with sensitive eyes and skin.  This serum is on the Good Housekeeping’s reader recommendation list for 2013.

I don’t really have deep or vertical wrinkles (yet), but I’m definitely going to try this on my so far very subtle lines I’m getting between my brows.  You can buy the Liftactive Advanced Filler from Boots for £31.00 for a 30 ml tube.  It gets pretty great reviews on the Boots website too. But what I am really looking forward to trying is the Serum 10 for Eyes.  I’ve been looking for a good eye cream again, especially something that actually works and is good for my apparently sensitive eyes.  Plus, it makes your eye lashes healthier and thicker; from reviews I read this does actually seem to happen too.   You can buy the Liftactive Serum 10 for Eyes at Boots for £24.50 for a 15 ml tube.  As with all Vichy products, you can also buy it in their Vichy Pharmacy stores; use their website to find one near you.

How do the numbers stack up for the box this month?  Here is the breakdown:

  • Emite Make up Lip Brush L312: £17.00 value
  • MeMeMe Beat the Blues Pearl Pink Highlighter, 12 ml full size bottle: £5.50 value.
  • Tresemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, 100 ml travel size can: £2.35 value.
  • MONU Spa Warming Ginger Massage and Body Oil, 30 ml sample size bottle: £7.80 value.
  • Vichy Liftactive Advanced Filler, 5 ml sample tubes: £5.17 value.
  • Vichy Liftactive Serum 10 for Eyes, 3 ml sample tubes: £4.90 value.
  • Total Value: £42.72

I can honestly say that I didn’t see that total coming at all!  I guess the brush is quite a bit of the value, plus it more than pays for the Glossybox monthly subscription price of £12.95 (with shipping) all on its own.  That small little bottle of Monu body oil is quite pricey too.  I guess it all adds up.  In any case, this box was a really good deal and has six products that I can and will actually use.  This box is way, way better than the lousy March 2014 box, so Glossybox has redeemed itself in my eyes a bit.  But we’ll have to see what May holds.  I’m just a few months away from having a full received the Glossybox for a year, so I will have to evaluate at the end of that period and see how good a deal it really is for me

Box of Goodies from L’Occitane

Goodies from L'Occitane
Goodies from L’Occitane

Last week I ordered a few things from L’Occitane (lox-e-tan, in case you were wondering how to pronounce it) and when it arrived it felt almost as exciting as getting my first Glossybox (well, my anticipated excitement anyway).  I knew what I had ordered obviously, but really only one of the items was truly familiar to me because the others were things I was trying for the first time.  Plus, L’Occitane gives you a bundle of samples when you place an order online.  So, I got six samples that I was able to choose, plus a special seven day sample pack of another product.  All of this new stuff that I can’t wait to try out.

I’ve never tried L’Occitane really before, except for bath products at a few hotels, but on our recent flights back from Sydney to London the airline had given us a little hand cream from L’Occitane that I absolutely loved and think is perhaps the best one I’ve tried in years.  So naturally I had to get some once we returned to the UK.  That one thing was the whole reason I started looking at their website and browsing through the rest of the products to see if anything else caught my eye.  They were offering free shipping on orders over £40.00, so I was trying to get to that magic number with things that I might like.  As a result I took a gamble on four products that weren’t going to break the bank but seemed like they would be things that I would actually want too.  Here’s what I ordered:

  • Shea Butter Hand Cream,  £19.00
  • Shea Butter Date Bouquet Hand Cream, £4.80
  • Organic Certified Shea Butter Date Bouquet Lip Balm, £5.10
  • Beige Ballet Facecolour Cream Duo, £5.60
  • Envolée Lilas Duo Eyeshadow, £5.60
Date Bouquet Hand Cream & Lip Balm
Date Bouquet Hand Cream & Lip Balm

The hand cream and lip balm with the date scent/flavour is a limited edition item and it does smell as good as I had hoped.  The hand cream is basically the same as the big sized shea butter cream, just with a lovely sweet fruity smell.  The tube is just one ounce, so it is the perfect size to toss in even the smallest purse, or in your carry on luggage, so that you never have to suffer dry hands for a second.  The lip balm has turned out to be really great as well because it makes my lips feel super soft and hydrated but not sticky or oily, plus it too has that delicious sweet fruity smell and taste.  This is also perfect for in your purse or luggage because it is a reasonable 0.5 ounce size.  Both of the hand cream and lip balm are nice and creamy, without feeling heavy, so a little really does go a long way.  These items were on sale when I bought them, always the best time to purchase, so I saved  a bit on each one.  The hand cream was only £4.80 but is regularly £8.00 and the lip balm was only £5.10 but is regularly £8.50.

Beige Ballet Facecolour Cream Duo
Beige Ballet Facecolour Cream Duo

The other two new things that I tried were makeup and I didn’t even realize that L’Occitane did makeup of any kind, I thought they were just about the skin care.  However, the face colour, like a blush and highlighter, is lovely with a creamy feel that goes on smoothly and gives a really natural look to your cheeks.  I think you could use the darker colour for a nice soft bronzer or contouring.  And of course the pearly light colour is great for highlighting.  I used the darker shade as a blush and it looked lovely with my somewhat tan skin.  The lighter colour I used as a little bit of a highlighter on my cheeks but also on my brow bones.  They don’t mention it, however, I am sure you could use that darker shade for a lip colour as well, especially if you pair it with the lip balm to give it a bit of sheen.

Envolée Lilas Duo Eyeshadow
Envolée Lilas Duo Eyeshadow

I also like the eyeshadows, a lavender and a nude colour.  I have been wanting a light purple to try out and this was a great choice because it looks very soft and lovely on and helps to bring out the green tones in my hazel eyes.  I haven’t given either of these the full test yet by seeing how long they last, but so far so good.  I was just looking at the website and realized that I got these items on super sale price.  I paid £5.60 for each of them but now, post-sale pricing is back and they are £14.00 each.  I also love the little compacts that the makeup came in because they have a mirror and a magnetic closure that really does stay put, plus they have a very flat profile.  I can’t wait to give them a bit more of a try; I’ll be sure to let you know if I still like them as much after I’ve used them a while.

Shea Butter Hand Cream (it's awesome!)
Shea Butter Hand Cream (it’s awesome!)

But really, the shea butter hand cream was the main item I couldn’t wait to get my hands on, my very dry hands.  There’s only so long that my little tiny travel size tube could last, but luckily I got the replacement before I was totally out.  The shea butter hand cream contains 20% shea butter and feels so good on your hands and keeps them feeling soft and looking nourished.  The hand cream is rather thick and comes in a tube, like toothpaste, because of that thickness a little bit goes a long way.  Which is good because at nearly £20.00 for the 5.2 ounce tube you wouldn’t want to buy it if you had to use a whole bunch all the time.  The only negative I see is that the tube is metal and I imagine that once it gets down quite low it will be hard to get any more out.  I wasn’t sure why they were selling the “Magic Key” before, so I didn’t bother getting one, but I see now that you really probably do need something to squeeze the tube with more even pressure than you will get with your hand.  Of course, the cream is so completely wonderful I can easily overlook this little packaging issue.  Reviews all over, not just on the L’Occitane website, rave about this cream and once you try it you’ll know why.  Truly, the best at keeping my hands moisturized throughout the day out of all the lotions and creams I’ve tried over the years.  I also have a little rash problem that I’ve been getting from some medication I’m taking, which also dries out my skin terribly, and this is one of the only creams that keeps my hands feeling good and doesn’t aggravate the rash.  This is so good that I’m thinking I might have to try their foot cream as well to see if it can work the same wonders on my dry feet as well.

Now, of course, those are the things that I bought, but I also got lots of great samples too.  I love samples because they are the perfect way to try new things or things that you are unsure of without needing to commit to paying for a big size that you’ll be stuck with if you don’t like the product.  I think beauty product companies are so smart for giving these out when you shop in their stores or buy things online.  Oftentimes when you buy things online they’ll let you pick your own samples, which just makes them even better.

Six wonderful samples included with my order
Six wonderful samples included with my order

So here are the samples that I received with my order:

  • Volumising Shampoo Sample
  • Repairing Shampoo Sample
  • Repairing Conditioner Sample
  • Repairing Shine Mask Sample
  • Angelica Hydratation Cream Sample
  • Immortelle Divine Extract Sample
  • Divine Cream 7-Day Trial

I haven’t tried any of these samples yet but am really looking forward to trying them all after the great results I’ve had with my other items.  Sometimes I like to keep things like shampoo and conditioner samples for when I travel so that I can have decent with me and not have to depend on whatever the hotel has for their bathroom amenities.   However, I think I’ll give these a try sooner rather than later.  I really can’t wait to try out the mask but that will have to wait for some time when I haven’t just gotten a cut and had my colour done.

Divine Cream 7-Day Trial
Divine Cream 7-Day Trial

The Divine Cream 7-day Trial required a special promotional code, DIV7D, to be entered with the order.  This stuff sounds like a miracle cream for anti-ageing and I’m curious to see how I feel after the seven day trial.  It has gotten kudos and awards from Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, and the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible.  Plus, lots of outstanding reviews on their website.  Here’s what they say on their website:

The Divine Cream features the combination of organic Immortelle and Myrtle essential oils:

  • Immortelle essential oil stimulates the production of collagens and improves skin microcirculation, and also helps to reduce damage caused by time and restore substance and vitality
  • Myrtle essential oil stimulates the action of the longevity protein to help increase cellular vitality and preserve the skin’s appearance.

The formula is enriched with plant oils that contain a high level of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, for a silky texture and supreme nourishment. Upon application, the sensation of well-being is immediate, while the skin feels wonderfully soothed.

So after reading that you can probably see why I’m eager to try this, right?  Clearly, it is a miracle product.  I especially looking forward to seeing how it comes through on promises to make my complexion more radiant and luminous while reducing any dark spots.  You can assure yourself that I will definitely be devoting a whole post to this trial.

As you can see, I got a lot of goodness from L’Occitane for my £40.00.  I was quite lucky and just happened to hit a time when they were having a very good sale on several items that appealed to me.  All in all, I ended up saving over £22.00 on the sale items, meaning that if I wouldn’t have bought when I did I would have had to part with 50% more of my precious beauty budget pounds.  Plus, I got free shipping for spending just £40.00 instead of the usual £59.00, saving me even more.  I really got lucky with the savings, and I feel even more fortunate that everything new that I tried, I actually like.