September Boudoir Prive : Review

September Boudoir Prive : Review

Hi all, I’m sure by now you’ve seen a million other reviews on this month’s Boudoir Prive box but I still wanted to share my thoughts on the box so I hope you don’t mind another post on it!

I got mine a little later than most people, it turned out that it had been left with a neighbour. They hadn’t bought it round and the postman did his usual trick of not letting me know that it was there.

My box…

I’m sure by now that you are familiar with the concept of Boudoir Prive. You pay £10 a month and they send you six high end samples in a beautifully packaged box. They categorise their samples into six sections, of which you will receive a product within every month. The sections are Skincare, Lifestyle, Make-up, Bodycare, Fragrance and Haircare.

The theme for this month’s box is Les Indispensables, things that are absolutely necessary, essential.

The contents…

Skincare – Colbert MD Nourish Eye Cream

They say : Colbert MD, the skincare used daily by HRH Kate Middleton and Sienna Miller, brings you a new impressive Eye Cream which rehydrates the skin around your eyes and reduces puffiness and dark circles. Apply around and under your eyes morning or night.

I say : I haven’t gotten around to trying this yet but if its good enough for her royal highness I’m sure its good enough for common old me! It doesn’t really have any smell to it which is good, I personally don’t like scented products for use around the eye. No matter how good this is I can say for sure that at £90 a pot I won’t be re-purchasing! I’m pleased to have received this little pot of luxury as I would never normally be able to try something so expensive.

The price : £90 for 15ml (!)

Bodycare – Tropic Skin Body Smooth

They say : We love this 100% natural Body Smooth from Tropic Skincare, founded by the Apprentice’s Susan Ma. Enriched with nourishing Sea Minerals, Jojoba and Macadamia oil, it smoothes and hydrates skin wonderfully. Rub onto dry hands for 20 seconds, rinse with warm water and pat dry.

I say : The first thing I noticed with this is the scent, it is very overpowering. I’m not really sure I like the idea of using this on my hands because they will probably stink for the rest of the day! Its not an unpleasant smell, its very nice and fruity, but its just so strong that I think it will linger and start to become annoying!

The price : £19.95 for 200ml

Haircare – Macadamia Hair Repair

They say : This oil treatment, suitable for all hair types, will make your hair visibly smooth, frizz-free and shiny. An amazing product to repair your hair after the damage caused over the summer. Apply to either dry or wet hair, focusing on the ends. Use as an overnight treatment for best results.

I say : I was really pleased to receive this as I have heard some rave reviews about it. The smell is nice and subtle and I like the promises that it makes. Its also a full size 10ml bottle which is always good 🙂

The price : £5.75 for 10ml / £29.95 for 125ml.

Fragrance – Agent Provocateur L’Agent

They say : This seductive scent will turn you into the centre of attention and will make you feel sexy, mysterious and captivating. A new, classic scent for ladies by Agent Provocateur. Apply the perfume to bare skin, focusing on your pressure points.

I say : I really do wish that these perfume samples were a little bigger and in nice miniature bottles, but we can’t have it all! This perfume is very strong! When smelling it from the bottle it is too strong for my liking, however a tiny dab of this on the wrist is actually quite pleasant.

The price : £70 for 100ml / £50 for 50ml

Make-up – Cargo Cosmetics Boogie Nights Eye Pencil in shade 02 Blue

They say : Make your eyes pop with this stunningly wild eye pencil from Cargo Cosmetics. A perfect shimmery pencil for day and night wear. Draw across upper eyelids. For extra impact, apply to your lower lids.

I say : This is a lovely colour and I do like the glitter, I’m just not sure if its me. I haven’t worn blue eyeliner since I was about 14 and wearing blue eyeshadow, blue eyeliner and blue mascara. It just brings me back to my ‘chavy’ days!

The price : £13 for a set of five

Lifestyle – Zoya Nail Polish in shade ZP575 Jem

They say : Add a beautiful touch of shimmer to your fingertips with this nail polish from Zoya’s new Smoke & Mirrors Collection for Autumn/Winter 2011. Apply a base coat and up to two layers of lacquer before finishing with a top cat.

I say : This nail varnish looks lovely and I like the fact they that provided the swatches of all the other colours in this collection, although I did wonder if Zoya were being very clever and using the knowledge that bloggers write about these boxes as a bit of free advertising…
The price : £9.98
Free gift – Mai Couture Blot & Bronze

This month’s boxes were sent out later than expected due to Hurricane Irene, as an apology they said they were going to give us a present, this was it, two blotting papers. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful as they didn’t have to send anything extra but it would of been nice to have more than two sheets of this!
Anyway, the blot & bronze sheets claim to eliminate excess oil without disturbing your makeup. The pigmeneted paper deposits a hint of golden colour to even out skin tone while the refined shimmer gives the skin a radiant glow. The result is an oil-free sun-kissed complexion. The photo of my hand was taken after rubbing the sheet across my hand, as you can see it does have a nice shimmery bronze to it. When dabbing this onto my face it did remove the oil but strangely didn’t deposit any of the bronzer. I’m not sure if this is because my skin is too oily? It certainly didn’t leave me with a sun-kissed complexion.

Overall Verdict

Anther thumbs up to Boudoir Prive. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be using most of these products.


  1. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment Veronica x

  2. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    The blotter bronzer is scary but it honestly didn't come out on my face, I expected to have bronze patches haah x

  3. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    I'm a great lover of eye creams so am looking forward to trying this one tonight 🙂 x

  4. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    Aren't they just! He never leaves a card then I feel awful when the neighbour brings them around, they probably think I'm too lazy to go collect them!
    Mine has been known to leave me cards without knocking too, I think he assumes because there isn't usually anyone in on a weekday morning there never will be, surely he should still attempt to knock though!
    Glad I'm not the only one who thought the blotting paper a little pointless, I thought I was being really harsh haha x

  5. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    I'm impressed with Boudoir Prive so far, I've seen people complaining about the size of the products, and they really are small but they are good quality xx

  6. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    I'm pleased with the colour nail varnish I got.
    I've put the eye cream on my vanity area ready to start using tonight 🙂 x

  7. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    I'm the same, I love reading loads of different beauty box posts as its lovely to see what everyone else thought compared to me!
    The beauty box club 🙂 xx

  8. 28th December 2011 / 11:27 pm

    I love the excitement of receiving these boxes, I can't really justify the price but hey, I'm crap with money haha x

  9. 28th December 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Hi Leanne! This is Veronica from Boudoir Prive. Thank you for your honest and detailed review of our September box!

  10. 28th December 2011 / 11:28 pm

    I really liked this box too! I'm a bit scared of the blotter bronzer.

  11. 28th December 2011 / 11:28 pm

    You can never have too many eye creams so I'd definitely love that if I received the box!

  12. 28th December 2011 / 11:28 pm

    lol aren't the postmen all such nice, efficient people? I like how I sometimes wait in all morning in my apartment, but when I decide that the postie won't be coming today, I trot downstairs to find a little red card to tell me I apparently, wasn't home…
    Similar opinions to yours. I found it really cheeky that they included the colour chart. Yes, it's fun to play with, but it's hardly a sample now, is it? So I can only conclude it's just a bit of advertising thrown in. I agree re the blotting paper. I'd rather they paid for 1st class post so as to avoid further delay of the boxes this month. Oh well, that's just me, though. Most people seem to love it.

  13. 28th December 2011 / 11:28 pm

    I really like reading these reviews, i put my 2 cents in with my glossybox review – i feel like we're part of a club or something! I like it! x

  14. 28th December 2011 / 11:28 pm

    Oooh looks like you got a good box! I'm not signed up to any beauty boxes as I can't run the risk of wasting 10quid I can't afford on a box full of things I don't like.

    I love the Zoya nail polish! 🙂 xx

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