You Beauty // Beauty Subscription // December 2015 – Review and Unboxing

Word up homies (!)

This is the last of my December beauty box reviews… I’ve been a tardy blogger this month and for that I apologise!  As you may have seen in some of my other posts, December has been a bit of a tiring month for me and I haven’t had a lot of spare energy.


If you haven’t read my You Beauty reviews before, you can find the full subscription details in my post here.

Here’s what came in our pre-Christmas box:


Narciso Rodriguez – Narciso Eau De Toilette


This one is the first of two samples that all subscribers received (ie not chosen by me).  If you’re a regular reader, you might know I’m not too keen on receiving perfume samples.  I wouldn’t say I’m actually that fussy about scents, but always seem to be sent fragrances that are either really masculine or smell like old ladies (no offence meant..!)  So whenever I see a perfume sample in a beauty box, I think ‘please let me like this one’… but I don’t.  Damn!

It contains top notes of white peony and Bulgarian rose, with base notes of black and white cedars and vetiver.  It’s not awful and I wouldn’t mind it on someone else, but it doesn’t suit me at all.  It’s very strong and a bit overpowering.  Hopefully I will find it a new home with someone who likes it!


Studio 10 – Miracle Effect Priming Serum


Now for the second sample all subscribers received.  Although it’s only a little sachet, I was happy to get this as I use serums regularly.  This one claims to be anti-ageing, whilst also combating existing signs of ageing such as wrinkles, age spots, dark circles, puffiness and dehydration.  Although I don’t really have any wrinkles (yet!), I am 30 so I’ve been using anti-ageing products for a while now.  Prevention is better than cure!  Saying that, there is nothing wrong with natural signs of ageing, but it’s nice to take care of your skin and keep it in good condition if possible.  I definitely do have dark under eye circles so hopefully it will help with those.


Pixi by Petra – Glow Tonic (Exfoliating Toner)


Yay!  I was really excited when I saw that this was one of my options – it went straight in the basket!  If you haven’t heard of Pixi Glow Tonic, you clearly spend less time than me reading beauty blogs and watching YouTube!  This is one of those cult products that beauty lovers seem to rave about.

If you asked me a year ago what an exfoliating toner was, I wouldn’t have had a clue, but since I discovered them earlier this year, I have made them a daily part of my skincare routine.  These toners effectively use glycolic (or other) acids to remove dead skin, so instead of using a grainy scrub, you just sweep the liquid over your face on a cotton pad and it works against any dead skin cells.  You can still use a manual/regular exfoliator once a week or so as well.  Although they use ‘acids’, don’t worry, they are actually pretty gentle on the skin (although my skin is combination not sensitive, so use caution for sensitive skin).  Another thing to note is that they (or anything that contains retinol too) can make skin more sensitive to sun, so you should wear an SPF when going outdoors.

I use the Boots Botanics Exfoliating Toner on a daily basis, but I’m excited to give this cult version a go!


Candle De La Creme – Spa Massage Candle


This was the second product I chose myself, and how cool is it?  It’s not just any normal candle, the ‘wax’ can actually be used as a massage product and body moisturiser, plus three other uses!  You simply light the candle, blow it out after a few minutes of burning and then drip or scoop out some product with your fingers (be careful it isn’t too hot).  You can:

  • pour a small amount under hot running water to use as a bath oil;
  • use some as a massage oil or to moisturise dry areas of the body;
  • use some directly from the unlit candle as a lip balm;
  • rub your fingers straight in the unlit candle and dab on pulse points as a perfume oil; and
  • the most obvious one…. light it and enjoy it as a scented candle!

This soy wax candle contains Ylang Ylang, cedarwood, vanilla essence and orange peel and smells lovely – a bit like sweets!  I’m so impressed with how much this one candle can do, it’s really innovative.  I had a bit of a look at the website, to see what else they did and how much the products were.  It looks like a small candle (the size of mine above) is £6.95, with a huge ‘luxury’ version costing £29.95.


Yet another great box from You Beauty!  Although I’m disappointed with the fragrance, the candle and Pixi Glow more than make up for it.  I can’t wait to try the candle all 5 ways too.

What did you think of this month’s box?  Have you tried any of the products?  Let me know in the comments!

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