Friday, 17 August 2012

Introducing / Philosophy

Few months ago, I placed an order on the Philosophy website; I had never tried anything from Philosophy before and I decided to order directly from them (instead of using points on Boots) as they were offering a nice sizable sample bag.

Purity Made Simple
Main reason to place the order as everybody's been raving about this cleanser - apparently, the best match for the Clarisonic.
To be perfectly honest, I was disappointed... I suppose I was expecting more.
3-in-1 cleanser for face and eye - although I have never used it on my eyes - removes make up, tones and hydrates the skin.
It's a perfectly fine remover but I wasn't blown away - consistency is good to use with the Clarisonic, I agree on that but I was, also, left disappointed by the fragrance-free formula (well, I would say borderline chemical for my fine sense of smell - my husband calls me 'bloodhound' for a reason ;)).
Glad I only bought the small bottle!

Hope in a Jar
ummm, I don't like this... it feels really weird! :(
The consistency is really odd: it's kinda of waxy (look at the picture below... the product takes that shape and then doesn't move!) but it's also buttery, at the same time.
It's a bit too heavy and I can feel it on my skin... I'll give it another go in the winter and hopefully it will perform better. Maybe, I should have gone with the oil-free version, but to be fair, the jar is indicated for 'all skin types' and I don't need to buy products for oily skin, normally.
Plus, I really dislike the smell - lavander... bleugh!

Warm and Toasty 3pc Gift Set
I wanted to take advantage of the free delivery so I, also, picked up this bath set from the clearance.
Love the circular and glittery box and the visual is beautiful; these are 3 bottles of shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath, all in one: Hazelnut Espresso, Double Rich Hot Cocoa, Hot Buttered Rum.
Again, this is becoming a theme but I was left disappointed: these smell delicious and with a strong resemblance to the actual hot drinks in the bottle... but then the scent disappears when poured in the bath! :(
Also, they don't foam up much which is a shame if you're looking forward to a warming winter bubble bath but it's definitely an advantage when used as shampoo.

Finally, in the goodie bag I got:
Purity Made Simple: as I say, I don't love it but I will use it; good size for travelling.
Eye Hope: lovely eye cream! It claims to reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines... unfortunately, the sample is too small to really see any difference but I enjoyed using it and I'll consider buy it in the future. Very hydrating and fast absorbing.
Miracle Worker: I liked this moisturizer - again, I can't vouch for the anti-aging benefits because the sample was too small but the formula agreed with my skin better.

The Microdelivery Peel: OMG - This stuff is amazing!
 It's a 2-step, at home peel that delivers its promise BIG TIME: my skin felt so smooth and brighter after use... I manage to squeeze 2 applications - Yay ;)
I will, definitely, purchase this kit!
The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash: Another beautiful product that I will buy, for sure!
Extremely fine face scrub that buff gently into the skin... yet effectively.
This will become my exfoliant of chose for now on.

So... apparently, I ordered the wrong items! 
I seriously loved the samples... and I'm glad I had the chance to try more products, otherwise I would have - completely - written off Philosophy from my shopping list... 

Have you used Philosophy before? What's your experience? 


  1. I've been tempted by the microdelivery peel a few times. Might have to place an order now ;)

    1. Honestly, you got to try it to believe how good it is. :) xx

  2. I've always wanted to try philosophy products, they look so great. sorry to hear you ordered the wrong bits :(

    1. Yeah, unfortunately some products really didn't suit my skin... But the others are great finds! :)

  3. I'm also disappointed with the shower gel - smells amazing in the bottle but no scent in the bath. Nice freebie though x

  4. I like Philosophy stuff! I've got like this pink shower gel I think it's lovely, sorry you were kind of disappointed though! xxx

    1. I think, all in all, I like philosophy too... not the shower gels, tho. xxx


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