The Birthday Philosophy.

Some would describe my husband as brave maybe even foolish. I would say he knows me well, when, for my birthday last month he presented me with a goody box of beauty products from Sephora, primarily philosophy, the main event being their anti-ageing ‘Time in a Bottle‘.

Since turning 30 last year I have definitely noticed the arrival of some fine-lines and so have been heavily researching anti-ageing products recently – something the husband obviously noticed! I’m quite glad he took the plunge for me for my 31st birthday, as I hadn’t yet been able to make a decision about what to go for!


Time in a bottle is the philosophy brands anti-ageing ‘daily age-defying serum’, which promises to transform your skin inside and out at any age by targeting the key signs of ageing and help improve radiance, pores, evenness, lines and wrinkles, smoothness and firmness. To ‘activate’ you add the high-potency vitamin c8 activator to the main bottle and shake for 20 seconds. It creates a light creamy serum that sinks into the skin beautifully.

After using this pretty much daily for over a month, I really think it has made my skin smoother and more even. My skin is clearer too with fewer breakouts. I think my developing ‘fine lines’ are starting to diminish slightly too. It recommends that you use it with a moisturiser which I have to confess I haven’t really been doing as it just feels too much on my skin. I definitely want to use the whole bottle before deciding whether to buy another or try some of the other anti-ageing serums on my list (namely Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II from Estée Lauder, Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate or Clarins Double Serum) but I have been really impressed with it so far as my first foray into anti-ageing products.

I am totally in love with the ‘Kiss me tonight’ lip balm. This bad boy is soooo beautiful, it is thick but not gooey or sticky and sinks into the lips leaving them feeling so moisturised and nourished. I have been applying this ‘intense lip therapy’ at night as well as under lipsticks and can honestly say it is one of the best lip balms I have ever tried. At 9ml it feels like you get a lot of product too.


I am a big fan of miniatures (perfect travel companions) and because of how much Dave spent in Sephora on philosophy, he received a bag of minis. I have been working my way through them but results from the things I have tried… I love the eye cream and the daily moisturiser, although it has no SPF which isnt ideal for me. I HATE the foaming cleanser, which leaves my skin feeling tight and slightly dry, but I’ve given it to the husband who seems to like it!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Also nestled in my birthday package was a Marc Jacobs lipstick, in the shade Kiss Pop. I have to confess, because its a very bright reddy/orange (and I have bought quite a few new MAC lipsticks recently), I haven’t worn it yet so can’t comment on wearability, but seriously how cute is that packaging?!

So that was my brave birthday present, which I loved but has set the bar pretty high for next year…!

Have you used any philosophy products? What would you recommend I try next?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow, what a sweet and thoughtful husband you have! Awesome birthday picks and very nicely put! 😄

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    1. He is indeed! Any guy that braves Sephora is a keeper!! X

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