I’m back with my fifth You Beauty subscription box. Like my previous reviews, I won’t go into too much detail about the subscription and how it all works, but everything can be found in my original March post. In case you don’t read it, this box is just £6.95 including postage!
Here’s what came this month:
Emma Bridgewater – Feels Like Home Hand Cream
This was the first of two items I chose for this box (you choose two items, the rest are chosen for you). I get through quite a bit of hand cream and always keep one on my bedside table, so I knew I would get use from this.
Emma Bridgewater is a brand I was aware of, for her really pretty homeware (mugs, dinner sets, tea towels etc). I was vaguely aware she did hand cream but have never tried any before. I was initially really attracted to the pretty packaging – everything about this brand is really pretty; very Cath Kidston style, with polka dots and pretty colours. Inside the polka dot box is a pretty cornflower blue tube with white flower patterns on it.
The cream contains camomile, lavender and orange blossom, together with highly moisturising sweet almond oil and beeswax. We received a really generous size at 75ml. Be aware that although this is not tested on animals, it contains beeswax so would not be suitable for vegans. The scent was a little bit disappointing – it just smells like any generic cream, no particular notes of lavender or orange blossom came through. I will still enjoy using it though, as it is thick and creamy, leaving hands nice and soft.
Find it here for £8.
Earth Kiss – Miracle Clay Facial Hydrate Bamboo Sheet Mask; and
Million Year Clay Revitalise Bamboo Sheet Mask
These were the second choice I made for this box. I have heard a lot about sheet face masks but have never tried one, so it was a good chance to give them a go without spending any money! These face masks are made of 100% natural bamboo, infused with clay. They are meant to provide a relaxing experience whilst deep cleansing and nourishing your face.
Both masks contain 85 micro nutrients (!) to purify your skin in just 15/20 minutes. The Hydrate Mask contains Argile Clay and Baobab, along with mandarin oil. The Revitalise Mask contains Rhassoul Clay and Juniper, together with Lavender. Both state to cleanse your face, apply and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, before removing and rinsing your face.
I hadn’t heard of the brand Earth Kiss before but their packaging states that they are vegetarian and animal welfare is central to their philosophy. They are also PETA approved. It’s nice to be provided with that information up front, without having to Google research it!
Find them here for £1.99 each.
The Body Shop – Oils of Life Revitalising Facial Oil
This was one of the randomly selected products. It is a little 7ml bottle of Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil which comes with a little pipette in the lid, so you can suck up the oil and just squeeze a few drops into your hand. This facial oil can be used daily and contains a blend of 99% natural oils which claim to visibly reduce the signs of ageing.
The oil has a pleasant herbal type smell and contains black cumin seed oil, Camellia seed oil and rosehip seed oil (lots of seed oil!) Although it doesn’t actually say how to use it, I assume I will use it the same as other facial oils I own – personally I usually cleanse, tone and use serum. I then mix a few drops of the oil into my nighttime moisturiser, although you could actually just use the oil as a moisturiser, depending how oily or dry your skin is.
Although the product claims to absorb quickly, leaving a non-sticky finish, I personally would only use this at night. It absorbs fairly well, but does leave a slight oily sheen and you can feel it to the touch. I would not personally want to use this under makeup, as I like a matte finish to my skin.
You can find the full sized 30ml bottle for £28 here. I think this is a little expensive, as I have used great oils at less than half the price, however if you do like this one, it should last a long time as you need so little per use.
Linwoods – Milled Chia Seed
This is a little 15g pouch of milled chia seed, which is gluten free and contains no added sugar. It is vegan, dairy free and GMO free, and is also a rich source of fibre.
The packaging suggests sprinkling the seed on cereal, yoghurt and fruit, salad or even a stirfry. I have tried a few of the Linwoods milled blends (usually flaxseed) and tend to use them on top of cereal or porridge, and blended into smoothies. They don’t really taste of much, but add a fairly pleasant little crunch. I personally find they are mainly eaten for their health benefits rather than the taste.
This pouch contains one serving, at 74 calories. Find a 200g pouch here for £5.50.
The final item is a little round makeup sponge, with a pink ribbon handle. You Beauty say they have included this so we can start afresh this September (I suppose for most, September is the start of the new school/college/university year). They don’t give any information about who made this sponge or what it would cost, so I’m afraid that’s all I can say about this one! I will definitely make use of this, to replace a used makeup sponge in the powder compact I carry in my bag.
Overall, I am really happy with this box. I never fail to be amazed at how much you get for less than £7! I still think this is a fabulous option for people who don’t have much to spend, but enjoy trying new products and brands. I will use every item in the box this month.
What do you think of this month’s treats? Have you tried any of the products? Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!