Tuesday, 11 April 2017

You Beauty Discovery Box- April 2017 Review

About the box
It's a bit different from most beauty subscriptions. You get a menu at the beginning of every month, and you choose from that what you want to receive that month. You usually get a couple of extra sachet type samples thrown in too.

There are three membership levels.
  • Pick two products a month for £6.95
  • Pick three products a month for £8.95
  • Pick four products a month for £10.95
What I got

This month I chose the four product membership option, or 'gold' membership.

My first choice was the Balm Balm Tea Tree Lip Balm, (£5.50, full size). It comes in a little blue tube with a flat plastic applicator. It's 100% organic, 100% natural and despite the name you can use it on your face and body as well as your lips. I was a bit apprehensive at it being tea tree, in case it tasted gross, but I have such dry lips so I took a chance. I'm glad I did- it's a fairly thick, soft formula that is really soothing on my lips. You can smell the tea tree but it doesn't leave a foul taste if you accidentally lick your lips.

Next I chose Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist, (15ml, sample size- worth approx £5*?). Again, I was nervous as I'm not keen on the scent of rosewater, but I have seen so many people saying they like this stuff so thought I'd try it. It contains rose essential oils and you can spritz it on your face whenever needed to refresh, hydrate and soften. I sprayed a bit on my hand but the rose smell is so, so strong that there's no way I'll be able to put this on my face. My mum loves rose scents so I'll pass this on to her. I did love the dinky glass bottle though, so I'll be checking out the rest of the Jurlique skincare range.

For my third item, I chose AA Skincare Green Tea & Aloe Vera Soothing Cleansing Wipes, (£3.30, full size). I jumped on these as I love wipes for when I'm feeling really down and tired and I don't have the energy to do a ten thousand step cleanse on my face. These wipes are pH balanced, free from alcohol, parabens and fragrance. The aloe vera and green tea is meant to soothe and nourish, which my acne prone skin always needs. They smell fairly unoffensive so I'm looking forward to using these later.

My final choice was the White Rabbit Comfort Cleansing Balm, (15ml, sample size, worth approx £2.75*). I was really pleased when I saw this as I love trying out different cleansing gels and balms with my Magnitone face brush. The instructions say to use it like a hot cloth cleanse- massage on, then wipe gently off with a hot cloth. But I think it would be fine to use this in the shower, which I will try. It contains Shea Butter so I'm hoping it won't aggravate my oily prone skin but it's worth a go!

Sorry for the rubbish photo- the packaging reflected so badly!
This month You Beauty chucked in a special extra gift for all Gold Members- this The Organic Pharmacy Marigold & Comfrey Hand Cream (£21.95, full size 50ml). I was pleasantly surprised by this- I don't normally like hand creams but it has a lovely lemony scent to it. If I knew what Comfrey was I could probably tell you if that was what smelled citrusy. It's quite thick and goes on like a dream. It's a whopper when it comes to price though, so this wouldn't be a purchase I'd make ordinarily.

Finally, there was the usual little extra, which this month was a Pip & Nut Coconut Almond Butter Squeeze Pack (sample size). I'm not really sure what I'm meant to do with it- I mean I know I'm meant to eat it but am I meant to just squeeze it into my mouth or spread it on something? According to the box leaflet you can swirl it into porridge but that's not really a me thing so I might pass this on to my mum or sister.

Final thoughts
I really liked my selection- my favourite are, surprisingly, the cheapest item- the wipes! I am definitely going to give You Beauty another go next month.

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* I am not great at maths so the prices I gave for the sample sizes may not be completely accurate! Take them with a small pinch of salt. They're more like a rough guide.

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