Tyna and I have been anglophiles for almost as long as we’ve been friends. From the first viewing of Hungry like the Wolf, it was a force that could not be stopped. One look at Simon le Bon and it was all over. We’ve been obsessed with the Brits ever since.
When I came across a blurb about Anatomicals in my recent issue of PRINT (it’s like a porno mag for graphic designers) I knew I needed to get my hands on some. The British line developed by 2 brothers, former ad execs Paul and Gary Marshall, takes my anglophilic tendencies to a whole new level. Because not only do I love all things English, I love smart marketing, great packaging and most of all, products that deliver.
Take one look at their website. Watch and listen to their flash intro and tell me you don’t love them already! (Warning: there’s disco involved, so tread carefully if you’re sneaking a peak while at work.) Funny, edgy, super cheeky; the website mimics the line. And check out their genius unisex products; for example bender mender (their hangover helper) puffy the eye bag slayer or shower to the people. If there’s one thing Anatomicals is, it’s bloody clever. Luckily, they’re way more than just one thing.
When I finally managed to track down Paul, he asked “how on earth did you come across us?!” You see this English import is bit hard to find here in the states. But don’t worry, they’re so affordable that the overseas shipping from the online store still makes them a bargain. And I don’t know about you, but I love tracking down an off the radar brand (plus, they won’t be hard to find in the states for long, trust me).
We got 2 of the most amazingly generous boxes of products from them, packed with 4 of their best selling products. The review team will be weighing in on the following:
stop cracking up lip balm – in a nod to the ridiculous trend, they say “Not everyone wants their lips inflated like a hot air balloon. But everyone wants their lips to be smooth, moisturised and kissable.” This balm includes beeswax, olive oil and zingiber to make your pout just that.
help the paw hand cream – light yet mighty, this cream has sweet almond oil and vitamin E oil. The description is just such a perfect glimpse into the humor of the line, I have to list it in it’s entirety. “Do you never have to lift a finger to do anything? Have your hands never been in a washing up bowl? Do you never shake hands with anyone unless you’re wearing white gloves? In short, are you the queen of England? if you are, we’d just like to remind you that the corgis need a walk and to say that you have no need for this ultra soothing cream. If, however, your blood’s more red than blue, buy tubes of the stuff. After all, look at all those dirty plates in the sink.”
no old bags allowed eye gel – a cool and refreshing gel with arnica and orange flower water that helps sooth eyes and sends the bags packing! “Eyes are the windows to the soul. Don’t allow yours to look like they belong in a derelict building that’s just been vandalized again.”
snog me senseless mints – tiny, powerful mints packaged in a tin that allows them to be dispensed one at a time. And even though they’re super cheap, Anatomicals recognize that “it’s nice to be kissed by the seriously minted.”
So testers, let us know. Did Anatomicals have you at ‘ello?
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skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products