You Beauty Discovery Box – Unboxing & Review: May 2015!

Hey everyone,

This is my third You Beauty Discovery Box.  As I mentioned, I like this subscription as it’s just so cheap (and good value for money!)  I won’t repeat what I’ve said about how this subscription works, but if you want to know more, the full details are in my March post.


This has probably been my least favourite box so far, although it still has its good points (well, one!).

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Here’s what it contained:


Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

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This was one of the two products I actually chose this month.  I expected to receive a full-sized liner but in fact received a small sample size, which I suppose I can understand given that the box only costs £6.95.  This is basically a black gel eyeliner pen.  I have to say, it took me quite a while to figure out how to use it… and yes, I did read the instructions!  You have to squeeze the base of the tip (ooh err!) to “push up” the gel liner, hence the name.  I think I was squeezing it too low down.  When some product did eventually squeeze out it was too much and made a mess!

I gave it a second go today and used it on my eyes but I just couldn’t get a neat line and there was either too much or not enough gel squeezing out of the tip, I couldn’t get any consistency!  I kind of get the feeling here that Benefit liked the idea of the name “push-up liner” as it goes well with their existing “they’re real” range, but the idea doesn’t translate well into practise!  This was also particularly difficult for me to use as I get a lot of weakness in my hands (due to the ME/Fibro), so having to squeeze it whilst using it just made things rather difficult!  Maybe the full-sized liner is easier to use but I definitely wouldn’t buy it.  I rarely get rid of products but in this case I really don’t think I can use it up.

If you fancy seeing whether it works better for you, you can buy it here.


The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil For Body & Hair

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This is the second of the four products I chose, the other two being a surprise.  This is the star of the box, as it’s a really decent size and a nice product.  It is 50g but you only use a small amount so I can see it lasting a long time.  It is a metal tin of solid oil, with a really pleasant smell.  It says it is suitable for body and hair but I have tried it on my hair and definitely won’t be using it for that in the future.  It left my hair visibly oily-looking even after a very small amount through the ends.  I do have really fine, straight hair though – if you have thick, curly or dry hair and use oil products then I’m sure it would work nicely for you!

I also tested this on mine and hubby’s dry elbows and it sunk in well, leaving the skin feeling much softer.  I will definitely carry on using this for any areas of especially dry skin.

This oil is cruelty free but not suitable for vegans, as it contains beeswax.  If you want to try it, you can buy it on their website here.


Jimmy Choo Man Eau De Toilette

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This was a bit of a surprising product to receive given that the boxes are generally aimed at women… I would have thought they would send perfume rather than male fragrance out…!  Odd.  Anyway, this is a small spray vial of Jimmy Choo aftershave which I sprayed on my hubby to test.. I can confirm it smells very nice, and is now in his collection!  He will happily use this up, but I hope we don’t receive too many samples like this in the future, as not everyone has a man to pass things off to!

It can be bought online here.


Dr Organic Bioactive Skincare Organic Snail Gel

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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!

However, if you fancy putting snail goo on your face (lol!) you can buy it here.


So all in all, not the best box for me, given that I can’t/won’t use 3 of the 4 products…!  But that is just a mixture of bad luck, my personal preferences, and one product being for men!  The size of the solid oil and how long it will last makes the price of the box worthwhile anyway (the oil retails at £8).  I will continue to get the box as I loved the previous two, so fingers crossed for better contents next time!

If you want to subscribe to You Beauty Discovery Box, you can do so here.


Do you get this box?  If so, what did you think to the contents?  Would you use snail gel?  Let me know in the comments, or follow me on social media!

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0 thoughts on “You Beauty Discovery Box – Unboxing & Review: May 2015!

  1. zombiemuffin says:

    I have heard good things about the snail gel I’m actually interested. I am all for crulety free products but I don’t know how I feel about sails… I don’t know if I think is wrong or not. But definitely interested

  2. thoughtfulpigeon says:

    I’ve always wondered how they got the snail gel as it seems to be one of those miracle products that’s popped up the past year or two, don’t think I’ll be tempted to try it now if it’s not cruelty free, putting snail goo on my face didn’t bother me before that though, hehe. Doesn’t sound like a great box but that Body Shop solid oil sounds interesting.

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