You may remember I mentioned in this post that You Beauty Box were having a bit of a makeover… well this is the first ‘new look’ box! They have a new web address (www.you.co.uk) and a sleek new design – a matte black box with a hint of hot pink. I approve! The only thing that surprises me is that they still don’t have a separate social media account for their beauty service than You Magazine – I really think this would help establish their identity and get them better publicity. Anyway!
The best thing about this updated box is that the price still remains at the amazingly cheap £6.95 (INCLUDING postage)! It’s great that they didn’t take the makeover as a chance to sneakily up the price. They still remain the best value box on the market. If you want to know more about how the subscription works, all the details are here.
The theme for this month’s box was ‘Rested & Radiant’… as a chronic illness sufferer, I could always use more rest and radiance in my life!
Without further ado, here is what came this month:
I’ve heard of this product before – it’s one of those that YouTubers rave about – but I’d never tried it as I’m not that big into hair products. I’m not sure what the original smells like, but this is a limited edition fragrance which is geranium and neroli. It smells really nice, hard to describe but just fairly fresh and floral. So what does it do? It’s described as an intensive, conditioning pre-shampoo treatment which adds elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine. To use, you apply it to wet hair (in sections, although if you’re in a rush I can’t imagine it’s that important) and work it in with your fingers. It then says to cover with a plastic cap and leave for 10 – 20 minutes before washing. For a more intensive treatment, you can leave it overnight and wash in the morning.
I haven’t actually tested this yet as I haven’t had chance, so I can’t tell you how well it works… but to be honest it sounds like a lot of faff for me. I find showering/hair-washing difficult anyway due to my M.E, so to add in another step where I have to wet my hair and either get back out of the shower or stand in it for 10 – 20 minutes doing nothing is quite a big deal. If you don’t have those issues and are more into your haircare, I’m sure it’s not that bad but it’s a bit time consuming for me. I think I’ll just use it every so often whilst I’m in the bath, and then just shower my hair off at the end.
I nearly did a little cheer out loud when I saw this! I love the brand Real Techniques (owned by YouTubers and makeup artists Pixiwoo) and I am also badly in need of brush cleaner at the moment – two birds with one stone! I use quite a few different brushes when I do my makeup, and it’s important to keep them clean. Firstly for hygiene reasons, but secondly – especially with eye brushes – if you don’t, you get old product mixing in with new and leaving your eyeshadow muddy and messy. I have used various brush cleansers, and sometimes even natural shampoos, but am on the market for a new one I really like.
This gel is apparently uniquely formulated to remove nearly all residue, oils and impurities – even those you can’t see. It is also dermatologically tested to be gentle, meaning it’s less likely to damage your brushes with prolonged use. It doesn’t have much smell at all, and is a clear gel. I used it to clean some very dirty base brushes (contour etc) and it gave a great clean – at £6.99 I would definitely consider buying the full size of this.
How can I put this without sounding negative? Beauty boxes… please stop sending me fake tan!! Maybe I’m really in the minority, but I’m just not interested. I’m really pale, which I suppose makes me the ideal person to send it to except… I’m ok with being pasty! I used to use tanning stuff sporadically but not for years now – I just can’t be bothered, and I quite like the pale look, so it’d be a lot of effort for no reason. Having chronic fatigue, I just don’t have the energy for stuff like this!
But in case you DO like tanning products, here’s a bit more about it. This is an overnight mask which offers hydration, anti-ageing benefits and a subtle glow by morning. Simply smooth it onto cleansed skin and go to bed… easy really (ok, maybe my rant about not having the energy was a little over the top lol!) It contains sunflower seed and apple, and is fairly unique in being almost a combination of tan and actual skincare, which makes it more appealing to me. It smells fine, nothing strong. I will very likely be giving this to someone who will actually use it though.
This is the first of two products I chose myself this month. These bath salts contain a blend of 84 (yes, 84!) minerals and 13 oils, all chosen to bring a sense of wellbeing, clarity and calm. They also contain powdered rose quartz which helps powerful nutrients and minerals better absorb into the skin, to release toxins. They are designed to soothe aching bones and make you feel allllll chilled out!
I chose these because I have a lot of baths (it helps with my pain) but also because they’re really pretty – the pink will go perfectly in my pink and green bathroom! They smell gorgeous – quite a strong herbal scent but it really reminds me of spas and aromatherapy massages, mmmmmm… Nowhere in the leaflet or on the packaging does it say how much to use, so I’m not sure if you’re expected to use the whole packet in one go. I might use half together with some oil, for a really luxurious bath. The only reason I wouldn’t actually purchase these myself is they cost £39 for a tub, which is a lot to literally wash down the drain!
You know I said I nearly cheered out loud at the Real Techniques cleanser…? Yeah, well I actually did when I saw Kevin Aucoin on the choices list! Hardcore makeup fans will feel me here… KA is not really a brand you expect to see in beauty boxes, so good work You Beauty. For those who haven’t heard of Kevin Aucoin, it’s a very luxurious makeup brand founded in 2001 by the makeup artist Kevin Aucoin (bet you never guessed that one!) The products are pretty high-end, and some of them are hugely raved over by beauty gurus – one of the most loved ones being his Sculpting Powder, which is often touted as one of the only proper shades of contour powder. A lot of contour products tend to be very orangey (like the colour of bronzers), whereas a natural shadow (which a contour is trying to emulate) would actually be a greyish shade.
Although I rarely wear bronzer, I chose this as I was hoping it would run along the same lines as the contour powder and be less orange-toned. Unfortunately I was wrong, although that’s fair enough as it is intended to be an actual bronzer. This shade is for fair to medium skin, so it’s not crazy dark, although if you’re very fair like me you do need to use a light hand. I’ve tried it as contour and think I’d use it for this in the summer when my skin was less pale, but I will use it in the winter as a very light bronzer – just a touch on a large fluffy brush to warm up my complexion. The powder feels very finely milled and blends out nicely. It’s probably the only Kevin Aucoin product I’ll ever own (the full size being £38) so I’m happy to have the chance to try it!
This mascara was a little extra treat from You Beauty Box to all the old subscribers who had to re-enter their details during the makeover, for the inconvenience. It definitely sweetened the deal for me, and was a nice little bonus for them to offer. I have used Eyeko felt eyeliners before (which are great) but have never tried their mascara. This is billed as a travel-sized product but it’s 4ml, which is a decent size considering people rarely actually use up a whole mascara before the 3-month expiry point.
The formula is nice enough, and it’s a fairly large fluffy-ish brush wand. It is water-resistant, conditioning and paraben free; containing keratin and shea butter. I was a little disappointed in the final effect, only because it’s described as ‘drama and curl’ which it doesn’t really deliver. It’s absolutely fine as a daytime mascara or for those who prefer a more natural makeup look, but I like quite thick, defined, dramatic lashes so I would definitely use it as a first coat under a more bold mascara. I always use two different ones at the same time anyway, so that’s not an issue for me. I’ll definitely use it up, but I wouldn’t repurchase it.
Overall, I’m really happy with this box. Although there is one product I won’t use, the others are amazing value for £6.95 – especially given as they have a few really decent, mid to high-end brands in there too! I don’t know how they do it for the price, but kudos to them!
Sorry this was a bit of a long one… I felt like I had a lot to say this month! What do you think of this month’s box? Have you tried any of the products? Let me know in the comments!
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