You Beauty September 2016 Review and Unboxing

You Beauty September 2016 // Unboxing!

Hola!  I’m back with more beauty box unboxing – this time it’s the You Beauty September 2016 box!  This month’s theme is The Editor’s Picks.  Everything in the You Beauty September 2016 box has been hand picked by Sue Peart, Editor of You Magazine.  Apparently all the products have proved themselves to the You Beauty team, and to fellow beauty insiders.

Let’s be honest, it’s got to be better than last month’s box…!

You Beauty September 2016 Review and Unboxing

You Beauty – September 2016

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You Beauty August 2016 Review and Unboxing

You Beauty August 2016: The Beauty Solutions Edit // Review!

Hi there!  I hope you’re having a good day.  It’s that time again – beauty box time!  This post is the You Beauty August 2016 ‘The Beauty Solutions Edit’ review and unboxing.  As I mentioned in this post, this month’s beauty boxes have been a bit disappointing!  Glossybox wasn’t too bad, but this box was so disappointing.  Read on to find out why!

You Beauty August 2016 Review and Unboxing

You Beauty Box – August 2016

The Beauty Solutions Edit claims to pull out all the stops to get us back to looking and feeling our best.  I’m not sure what’s with the ‘get you back to looking your best’.  Maybe they think we’ve been letting ourselves go?  Haha!

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You Beauty Subscription Box // November 2015 // Review and Unboxing!

Hey guys!

Sorry this post is a little late.  I got the box nearly two weeks ago but life got in the way!  Not only have I moved house, I’ve also been pretty bad with my ME and been stuck in bed a lot and unable to blog.  But better late than never, hey?

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This is now my seventh You Beauty subscription box.  Like always, I won’t go into too much detail about the subscription and how it all works in case you’ve read my other posts, 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 (the cheapest on the market)!

Here’s what came in this month’s box!


 

Dr Organic – Royal Jelly Eye Serum

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This was the first of the two items I chose myself this month.  I was really pleased when an eye serum came up as one of the options, as my current eye gel is about to run out.  I’ve really enjoyed using it as it’s a serum/gel texture instead of cream and it doesn’t make my eyes sore like most creams do.  If I had the money I would keep using the Estee Lauder one but it’s way too expensive, so this seemed like a great option.  This one does look like a cream but doesn’t make my eyes hurt.

This eye serum contains amino acids, plant hormones and royal jelly, to smooth and nourish the skin around the eyes.  It also claims to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  Obviously until I’ve used the product for much longer I won’t be able to tell if that is true, but on first impressions I like it.

Another great thing is that Dr Organic products are all suitable for vegetarians (but not vegans in this case), contain no parabens/SLS/chemicals and they do not test on animals.

Value: £9.49 – we received full size.  You can find this in Holland & Barrett and online.


 

The Library of Fragrance – Gin & Tonic Purse Spray

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This was the second item I chose myself this month.  As a fan of a good old G&T, this really appealed to me! The Library of Fragrance are known for their everyday scents, based on foods, drinks and everyday things such as baby powder or libraries!  If there’s a particular smell you love, chances are they’ve got it!

This is a generous sized purse spray based on the scent of gin and tonic.  It contains a blend of juniper (the thing that gives gin its signature scent) and energising citrus.  The scent is described as being unisex.  It smells absolutely gorgeous!  At first spray it does literally smell like a freshly poured G&T, but settles down on the skin into a really fresh, wearable scent.  I actually gave this to my mum, not because I don’t love it, but she’s a fan of unisex scents such as CKOne and this is quite similar.  I tend to wear more ‘girly’ scents.  I would definitely wear this, but I felt she’d enjoy it more.

Value: £10 for the purse spray we received.  You can find some of their fragrances in Boots, and all online here.


 

I Love… – Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Creme

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This 10ml sachet of bath and shower creme was part of this box’s ‘extra treats’ (as in not chosen by me, and everyone receives them in their boxes).  This product has teamed up with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!  As you can see, there is the charity’s logo on the front of the sachet.  When you turn it over, the entire back is dedicated to the cause.  There is a little message stating why they have teamed up with the charity.  Then there is a large box dedicated to learning the signs and symptoms to look for, such as lumps and puckering, change in skin texture and pain in your breast or armpit.  It ends with the message, ‘And if in doubt… get it checked out’!

I’m glad they have dedicated so much space on the packaging to useful information rather than just turning it pink and adding the charity logo.  Something like the signs to look for is so much more useful for prevention.  I haven’t opened the sachet as I’ll keep it until my next bath, but I’ve used their products before and they always smell lovely!

Find more about the CoppaFeel! charity here.

Value: £2.99 for a full sized bottle – find it at Boots or online here.


 

DHC – Alpha Arbutin White Mask

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This is another one that came in all boxes, not chosen by me.  It’s something I would have chosen though, as I love face masks!  DHC are apparently a cult Japanese brand.  This sheet mask contains brightening alpha-arbutin, mulberry, serine and peony.  It claims to fight dullness and discolouration, providing hydration and leaving the skin radiant!

I only tried my first sheet mask recently, but they’re quite fun – they literally lay over your face like a horror mask of someone’s skin haha. They’re great for scaring people who come into the bathroom!  I haven’t used this yet as I have a few older masks that need using up first, but I’m looking forward to trying it.

Value: £3.75 – find it online here.


This box has been yet another success!  It never fails to amaze me what value for money you get with this box subscription.  For just £6.95 we received around £25 worth of products!  I always love this box and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to try a beauty box service to see if they like it


What do you think of this month’s box?  Have you tried any of the products?  Do you like a nice, refreshing G&T?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!

You Beauty Subscription Box // October 2015 // Review and Unboxing!

Hi guys

I’m back with my sixth You Beauty subscription box (it feels like more, but I suppose that is six months of time!).  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!

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This month was a pretty good box!  Here’s what I got:


Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Nail Polish and Top Coat

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These were the first item this month that I chose (both polishes counted as just one option).  I received a Gel Envy colour polish in Checkmate (540) and the Diamond Top Coat.  Checkmate is a very natural, neutral colour as you can tell from the photos.  Ideal for people who like subtle, low maintenance nails – because of the colour, any chips won’t be too obvious!

The Revlon Gel Envy polishes are part of the current ‘gel-like’ polish trend.  They apply like normal nail varnishes and you can remove them with your nail polish remover as normal.  The idea is that the nail polish cures in natural daylight (or indoor light), making the polish last longer.  They look gel-like, with a strong, glossy finish.  They should in theory last longer than normal nail varnish before chipping.

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The colour polish applies so nicely!  The brush makes it easy to coat nails in two swipes and the polish has a really nice, even consistency.  The top coat is just as good.  I have only recently tried it so I don’t know how long the nails last before chipping yet… I will keep you updated!

Find the range here for £6.99 each.


Vichy DermaBlend 16hr Corrective Foundation

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I was really pleased to receive these!  Even though they’re only one-use sachets and I will probably only be able to use one of them (due to colour), I have been wanting to try DermaBlend for years!  It is always touted as being totally flawless on the skin, and will cover anything.  I received 15 Opal and 25 Nude.  As I’m very pale, the Opal shade will probably be fine for me.

I have not yet tried the foundation but I’m excited to – at least I will then know if it’s as good as I’ve heard.  If it is, it may be my next foundation!  It is £18, but that’s still a lot cheaper than my beloved Estee Lauder DoubleWear.  The foundation offers long-lasting high coverage without a mask-like effect.

Find it here for £18.


La Roche-Posay Redermic-R Anti-Ageing Moisturiser

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This was my second choice – another thing I was really excited to see on the list of options!  I have recently got into La Roche-Posay products.  They are very highly recommended by a lot of skincare experts, and beauty bloggers/vloggers with problem skin.  Melanie Murphy talks about their products a lot on her YouTube channel.

We received three little 5ml tubes of this anti-ageing moisturiser, which contains 0.1% pure retinol to help correct fine lines and wrinkles.  The formula is non-irritating, non-comedogenic, paraben free and hypoallergenic, so it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin.  I really like it so far – it is a nice formula as it rubs in easily and doesn’t leave a shiny finish to the skin, so lovely for using before makeup. Obviously I can’t tell this quickly whether I’ve had any positive changes in my skin but I do enjoy using it.

Find it here for £22.


The White Company – Day and Night Perfume Samples

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I really don’t like receiving perfume samples in beauty boxes, as about 80% of the time, I don’t like the smell of them!  I’m not fussy but we often seem to get sent things that smell really musky or ‘old ladyish’!  However I like one of these two, so I suppose that’s not too bad.

These Day and Night fragrances are meant to be complementary to each other, yet distinctive in their own right.  Day is a refreshing smell with notes of jasmine, apple, cedarwood and bergamot.  It’s really fresh, fruity and citrusy, and definitely something I would wear.

Night however… oh wow.  I’m really not keen on this one!  It is described as containing pomegranate, cassis and vanilla, which sounds nice in theory.  Then the patchouli comes into it, making it REALLY strong!  It initially smells like a super overwhelming mens aftershave, then dries down to that, mixed with a horrible. overly strong perfume.  Just no!  To me, it smells way too masculine to be a women’s perfume and just slightly too perfumey to be a mens aftershave.  I totally accept that everyone likes different smells though, so I’m sure someone out there will like this.  Just not me.  Definitely not me!  Haha.

Find the Day scent here and if you’re feeling brave, the Night one here.


Despite the one fragrance sample I didn’t like, I was really pleased with everything else.  The value of just one of the nail varnishes alone covers the price of the box, so once again we’ve had a lot for our money (which I always find is the case with this box).


What do you think to this month’s box?  Have you tried any of the products?  How about the two fragrances?  Let me know in the comments or follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

You Beauty Subscription Box – September 2015: Review and Unboxing!

Hi guys

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!

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Here’s what came this month:


Emma Bridgewater – Feels Like Home Hand Cream

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Makeup Sponge

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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!

You Beauty Subscription Box – August 2015: Review and Unboxing!

Hi guys

This month’s box is now my fourth 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 March post.

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I didn’t enjoy this month’s box as much as I normally do, only because I won’t use one of the items and I’m not sure if I can use the book.  But at just £6.95 including postage, I really don’t mind.  Even the two items I will definitely use are worth more than that anyway, and I will happily give the other things away to friends.

Here’s what I got this month:


TREsemme – Platinum Strength 60 Second Treatment Shots (x3)

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This is the first of the two items I chose to receive this month.  These intensive hair treatments strengthen and fortify your hair for intensive nourishment.  It claims to leave your hair looking smooth, healthy and stronger.  They are formulated with a renewing complex, deep conditioning your hair to provide strength and moisture.

To use them, you shampoo as normal, massage the treatment into your hair from middle to the tips (avoiding the roots) and then rinse after 60 seconds.  The treatments can be used once a week or whenever your hair needs repair.

I haven’t had chance to try these out yet, but I always enjoy using hair treatments as they seem to make a real difference.

Value: £4.47 (£1.49 each)


Ole Henriksen – Truth Serum Collagen Booster

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This is the second item I chose to receive.  It is a face serum to be used as part of your morning skincare routine.  Formulated with a high-powered vitamin C complex to help smooth out lines and wrinkles, whilst preventing further damage, this serum also contains anti-oxidants to fight off environmental factors.  The serum also contains orange and green tea extracts.

The serum smells really good…. like an orange ice lolly!!  It has an almost gel-like texture and feels a little oily at first, but absorbs into the skin really nicely, leaving no shine or residue. This makes it a perfect daytime serum, as I hate the ones that leave an oily sheen under your makeup!

Obviously I can’t comment on how well it works until I’ve used it for at least a month or so, but my initial impression is really positive.  I would definitely consider buying this, but want to see how long this 15ml lasts first, as this size is a reasonable £15, whereas the 50ml size is around £50!

Value: £15 for 15ml


SiennaX – Gradual Glowing Self Tan

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This was one of the ‘extra treats’, which I did not choose myself.  It is a 15ml sachet of gradual self tan, which develops within 6-8 hours.  It is described as an ‘anti-cellulite formulation’ and contains Aloe Vera, almond oil and cocoa butter.  It is also paraben and cruelty free!  I assume this sachet is enough to do your body once (or perhaps just arms and legs).

I am really not a self-tanner… I have embraced my paleness!  So I won’t be using it, but passing it onto a friend who will.

Value: £12.95 for 200ml (we received 15ml)


The Mortal Instruments 1: City of Bones – Sample Book

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This was the second ‘extra treat’.  It is the first 60-odd pages of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series.  The book is about vampires and werewolves in New York.  The female lead character encounters the dark side of New York City, and the dangers of forbidden love.

I have vaguely heard of this series but have never read any of it.  I will probably give this a try if I can comfortably read it.  I struggle with hand pain from my ME/Fibro and this is a very small book, so I will see what I think and then buy it on the Kindle if I like it enough.  It’s an interesting concept having a book excerpt in a subscription box, but I don’t think I would want to receive these too often.

Value: from £3.80


This box has been hit and miss for me, but that will always be the case in a box where you don’t choose everything.  They could never please everyone, every month, and I appreciate that a lot of people would be pleased to receive self tan.  As I always say, it’s still a good deal for the two items I chose – costing around £19.50!!  Considering I paid under £7, I am still really pleased.


What do you think of this month’s box?  Have you tried any of the products?  Are you a tan-a-holic?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media – Twitter and Facebook.

You Beauty Box: July 2015 – Review and Unboxing!

Hola!

I recently received my July You Beauty box.  You Beauty Discovery Box is a monthly subscription beauty box.  You select two products yourself, from a shortlist.  They then add in a few more surprise products.  This may be accessories, hair/makeup/beauty products and a “healthy treat”.  The box is just £6.95 including postage, which I think is fantastic value for money.  It’s the cheapest box I’ve personally seen on the market, and the contents is always worth much more than the price of the box.

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Here’s what I received this month:


Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 Cleanser, and Idealia Life Serum

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These were one of my choices for the box (you got both products as one choice).  I have never tried Vichy skincare, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so was interested to try these products.

The Purete Thermale Cleanser is a one step cleanser for sensitive skin.  It is intended to cleanse skin, tone skin and remove eye makeup (which is why they call it 3-in-1).  It is a light milky lotion with a mild, gentle scent.  It is an effective product, but best used with a flannel or muslin cloth if you want to properly remove makeup.

I personally prefer to remove my makeup first, before properly cleansing.  However, this would be handy for travelling, to avoid taking extra bottles and products.  It is also good for people who prefer a quick, easy skincare routine.

The Idealia Life Serum is a face serum which is allergy tested and suitable for sensitive skin (although it is lightly fragranced).  We got a tiny 3ml sample.  This serum contains mica, which is meant to leave the skin with a subtle glow – this means it is best used during the day rather than at night.  I like this serum but it’s hard to give any solid opinion from such a small sample (which I am not unhappy with, as it’s unsurprising given how cheap the box is).


Emma Hardie Protect & Prime

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This little sachet contains 5ml of skin protecting cream with added primer, for a soft focus, luminous complexion.  Although this looks like a small sample, it actually contains more than the Vichy tube of serum we received!  Emma Hardie is an expensive skin brand, so this sample size is pretty good.  The full size (50ml) product costs £45.

This is meant to be a lightweight cream with a decent SPF 30.  I love that it has SPF, as I’ve realised recently that a lot of my favourite moisturisers don’t contain SPF, which isn’t good for the skin.  It also claims to even out the complexion, blurring the appearance of fine lines and pores.  Although it doesn’t really give clear instructions, I’m guessing this is to be used like a primer.  Find it here.


St Tropez Gradual Tan – In Shower

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You Beauty have done well to include this product – it is still really new, and it’s rare to get something that’s just been released in a beauty box.  This is St Tropez’s new product – an in-shower gradual tanning product.  You are meant to apply it in the shower (whilst your skin is still wet, but with the shower turned off).  You wait for 3 minutes and then rinse it off.  The idea is that it gradually builds up to a subtle tan, if you apply frequently.

I am not a self tanner, but I have seen reviews which say it’s ok but is a very subtle tan (not an obvious, deep tan).  It seems like an easy idea, but some people have said that standing in a cold, wet shower for 3 minutes is a bit off-putting!  As I said, I don’t self tan, so I haven’t used this product myself.  Buy it here.

We also received a £2 off voucher to buy this product in Boots, which is pretty useful if you like it.


Love Your Skin Collagen Moisturising Gel

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I’ve never heard of this brand before.  This gel claims to be a multi-use product, perfect for the summer months.  It is rich in collagen, aloe vera and evening primrose.  You can use it on the hands and body, as a cooling after-sun gel or as a hydrating, non-setting face mask.

The clear gel has a pleasant, citrus scent.  I really like using it as a hand moisturiser because it is so non-greasy.  I hate hand creams which leave your hands greasy for ages afterwards.  Overall, I like this and I’ll think I’ll use it during the summer.  Find it here.


Nairns Muesli Breaks Oatcakes

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The final item we received was this packet of oatcakes.  They contain wholegrains to keep you feeling fuller for longer.  They are also a natural source of sustainable energy.  I haven’t eaten these yet – I think I will pop them in my bag for if I get hungry on the way to a hospital appointment or something.  Hungry?  Find them here.


Overall, I really enjoyed this month’s box again.  I will use all of the products apart from the St Tropez and I’m sure I’ll find someone who wants it!  I am surprised every month at how much we receive for the price of the box.


Have you tried any of these products?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!