You Beauty Box // January 2016 // Review and Unboxing!

Hey peeps!

How are you?  I hope you’re having a good day so far!  It feels like a while since I’ve reviewed a beauty box – the last one was my January Birchbox!  Well I’m back today with my You Beauty subscription box.

You Beauty emailed their subscribers saying they were having a bit of a makeover.  They were switching to a different website and their payment system was changing.  In order to stay subscribed, we had to re-submit our payment details.  Bit of a pain, you say?  Well they were very kindly offering every subscriber a complimentary Eyeko mascara for their efforts… that works for me!


You Beauty Box January 2016

If you’re not familiar with this beauty box, it’s the cheapest one on the market at just £6.95 a month.  You can find out the full details of how it all works on this post.

This month, as usual, I chose two items myself and two were the same for everyone.  Here’s what I got:

Bee Good Honey & Propolis Cream Cleanser

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser

I had never heard of this British brand until my You Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar, when I received this moisturiser.  It came with a £15 gift card to use on their website, which I used to buy these.  I was so impressed with their packaging and all the adorable little extras they added in to my order! They seem a lovely, British company who operate ethically.

What we received (my first chosen item) in this month’s box is a cream cleanser, with a little muslin cloth to wash it off with.  I’m a big fan of hot-cloth cleansing, which I do every night, so I’m really happy to have this.  It smells unusual, but really nice – sort of a fruity menthol scent! It works really nicely, and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth (and not overly dry, which is good).  I won’t swap my absolute favourite cleansing balm (White Rabbit Skincare Comfort Cleansing Balm) for this full-time, but I’ll certainly enjoy finishing off this tube.  Sadly this won’t be suitable for vegans as it contains honey.

L'Oreal Elnett Volume Excess Hairspray

L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Volume Excess Hairspray

I chose this product, as there wasn’t a lot of other options I wanted or would use this month.  L’Oreal Elnett is an absolute classic – if you’ve used hairspray in your life, you’ve probably used this one at some point… “Because you’re worth it”!  Advertised by the gorgeous Cheryl Cole, I was hoping I’d look like her after a few spritzes (what, a girl can dream right?)

With over 100 years experience, L’Oreal know what they’re doing with hair products, and this hairspray is one of their best.  This is the Satin Volume Express version, which texturises hair from the root to give volume to the hair.  As my hair is very straight and quite fine, I can use all the volume I can get!  The nice thing about this hairpsray is that it brushes out really easily – so it can hold an updo all day but brush out once you take it down, so you don’t get that horribly crispy hair feeling.  It smells different to how I remember (or maybe this one has a different scent to the classic one) – it’s not an amazing smell, but it’s pleasant enough if a little perfumey!

Ok, I’ll admit it…. the leoopard print strips on the packaging may have swayed me to choosing this too.  Leopard print for life, yo!

Dr Organic Snail Gel

Dr Organic Snail Gel

Next up, and the first of the bonus items everyone receives, is this snail gel.  I’ll keep this one short because I didn’t try it.  I’ve received this exact same sample before, in the May 2015 You Beauty Box which is a little disappointing.  It’s the first time I’ve received a duplicate though, so I’ll let them off.  To repeat what I said in that review:

“Yep – you read the title right.  Snail gel.  I’ve heard a bit about this extract in the beauty world over the last year, with other products using the same substance, called Helix Aspersa Muller.  The back of the sachet claims that “this gel is a moisturising, soothing, anti-ageing product, harnessing the remarkable benefits of Helix Aspersa Muller, a unique substance the snail produces to quickly regenerate its own shell and skin”.

This of course made me wonder how the substance is obtained – is it cruel to the snails?  I did quite a bit of online research and there is quite a veil over the actual method used, which makes it seem like there is something to hide.  Although Dr Organic themselves claim “it is harvested without any harm”, the fact that they have to be stressed to produce it doesn’t really add up to me.  The most I could find out (from Viva Woman) is that “the way of obtaining snail slime is not very thoroughly described and explained, except it is “mechanically stressed” to encourage slime secretion from the snails and then filtering the mucus multiple times to ensure purity before being packaged. Even though the description is very brief, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the ways that could be used to ensure maximum snail slime production so that there are always enough to be packaged and sold. So if you are against animal cruelty, snail slime products are definitely to be avoided”.

Although my initial reaction was not to use it anyway because… well, gross (!), that sealed it for me and I definitely won’t be using it.  I have passed it to my husband as he is less concerned (and isn’t veggie like me) so he may use it up.  I imagine quite a few subscribers will have had mixed feelings about this one, even just due to being squeamish!”

So another sachet for the husband… lucky him, haha!

Perfection Fashion Tape

Pefection Fashion Tape

The final bonus treat, received by everyone, is a Perfection product – you could either get gel cushions or fashion tape (received at random, not by choice).  I received the fashion tape, which is meant to be a convenient and effective sticky tape to help discreetly secure clothes in place.

As I really don’t wear very revealing clothes and don’t often even go out of the house (due to my chronic illnesses), I can’t see me getting much use out of this!  I can see that it’d be really handy if you were wearing a dress bra-less, to stop anything from flashing that shouldn’t be!  It does also say it can temporarily repair fallen hems, which is pretty cool.  I reckon I will probably end up giving this away to someone who would get more use out of it.

This is the first box since I started subscribing 11 months ago that I have been a little disappointed with.  I won’t get use out of two of the items, which is probably a first.  However!  Like I always say, at £6.95, it is still fantastic value.  I’m perfectly happy that I’ve got my value out of it with the cleanser, cloth and hairspray, so I’m not going to complain.  That’s why the fact that you can chose two items yourself each month is so great – you’re guaranteed to like at least half the contents.  Hopefully next month will be a bit better for me!

You can find You Beauty Box’s new website here.

Did you get this box?  Which products did you choose, and what did you think of everything?  Let me know in the comments!


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0 thoughts on “You Beauty Box // January 2016 // Review and Unboxing!

  1. thoughtfulpigeon says:

    I have the snail gel and really like it, seems an odd idea but I used to keep pet snails so the gel doesn’t bother me. Dr organics are cruelty free and get the gel off glass panes the snails move over. That was the main thing that put me off in the past, not knowing how they actually get it but I think this brand is safe.

    • Katie Cupcake - Life with ME says:

      Ahh interesting! When I first got it last March I spent aaaages Googling it and couldn’t find an answer so maybe there is more info out there now. Thanks for letting me know! I’ll edit my post tomorrow to add that as it’s helpful. Thanks hun 🙂 xx

      • thoughtfulpigeon says:

        No problem 🙂 I spent ages looking before as well, I can’t find it anywhere apart from the Holland and Barrett site still though. I got a set in the sale and it was in additional info on the product page for one or two of the snail products but today it’s on the main bit on each of the products so it’s since then. I don’t know about other brands though as Dr organics is cruelty free in general, I don’t think I trust most of the other snail gel companies I’ve seen. I think Tony moly are cruelty free too so maybe this is how they always do it.

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