You Beauty Discovery

You Beauty Discovery August 2014

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Each month with You Beauty Discovery they have a selection of products where you choose TWO items.  They will then add a few extra beauty treats and a magazine explaining all the products that were available that month, pop them all into a very cute and pretty beauty box and send them straight to your door.  You get all this for an amazing price of £6.95 and FREE P&P! This is by far the cheapest monthly beauty box I have found so far.

This month’s theme is Summer Essentials.  So there is different products to help you through the summer and we have been having some good weather recently as well so it is definitely feeling like summer.  There are products containing SPF, products to add colour, products to hydrate and products to nourish.  I wasn’t amazed by the products on offer this month, but I made sure I chose my options as soon as the selection opened.  It still took me about an hour to actually process my selection as the website doesn’t cope very well with the amount of traffic going through it.  If you don’t pick straight away though many things sell out very quickly.

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Gazelli – Triple Youth with White Oil Duo

There was only a limited amount of these available so they will have sold out quickly.  They are both 5ml size samples and together they are worth £19.50.  The White Oil Ultimate Firming Serum is £75 for the full size 30ml, the Intensive Age-Repair Cream is £70 for the full size 50ml.  I had to go for this as it is something I would not get the chance to try otherwise as I would not pay those prices!  The serum is designed to hydrate, plump, tone, firm and lift the skin.  You apply a few pearl sized drops at night and/or morning and smooth over face and neck.  Follow up with the repair cream.  This is suitable for all skin types.  The repair cream improves skin’s natural collagen production, plumps lines and wrinkles and protects and deeply nourishes the skin.  These look very luxurious products and I look forward to trying them.

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Marsk – Mineral Eyeshadow – Rich List

This is a full size product worth £14.49 size 1.2g.  These mineral eyeshadows are 100% natural and are a mineral based loose powder.  The powder seems easily blendable and quite pigmented.  I think if you were to use an eyeshadow base then this would be highly pigmented and would stand out really well.  Rich List is a very nice shimmery gold, which is definitely ideal for the summer.  I should be able to try out some really nice looks with this shadow, you can also use it wet or dry and it would look best blended with one or two other colours.

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Face D 3-Luronics – Instant Effect Cream Serum

This is one of the extra samples everyone gets in the box.  This is a 2ml sample worth £1.66.  Full size in 30ml for £24.99 but it is currently on offer until 31st August 2014 for £16.66.  This is a cream serum which can be used under your moisturiser, or can be used as a moisturiser alone depending on how dry your skin is.  It claims wrinkles are less visible immediately after application, which is a big claim, I don’t have many wrinkles just yet though so I won’t be able to tell how true this is.  It also claims skin is brighter, pores are tighter,  moisturisation increase of 9 % after 14 days and an elasticity increase of 9% after 14 days.  I am going to be trying this tonight just to see how good it is, if it turns out to be amazing I may just have to buy it whilst it is on offer.  You can buy it from here www.lloydspharmacy.com.

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Jimmy Choo – Eau de Parfum & Man

Another extra in the box was a sample of Jimmy Choo eau de parfum and Jimmy Choo Man eau de toilette.  Both 2ml in size, eau de parfum worth £1.95, and the mans one is worth £1.68.  I do really like Jimmy Choo perfume and I don’t own any yet, so this is a nice sample for me to now own. It is a fruity scent with a rich woody depth.  The mans sample is the very first male fragrance by Jimmy Choo.  This is now another month where You Beauty Discovery has supplied a male product, thankfully for me I can give this to my partner, but if I didn’t have anyone to give it to I would probably be a bit disappointed and this would be wasted on my dad as he never uses the stuff! ha.  I must say the man’s scent is very nice, this may have to be on my partner’s Christmas list now!

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Cheeky 4-way Nail Buffer

The last extra is a 4-way nail buffer, I haven’t used one of these for a while but I am due a new one as mine is looking a bit battered now.  I don’t know how much this is worth as I can’t find this exact one, but on average they are about £1.99.  I will definitely be using the product so it is handy for me to have a new one in stock.  If you don’t know how to use these they are very easy and as you can see they tell you what each side is for.  Step 1, file your nail like normal.  Step 2, Smooth, use it on the entire nail plate to smooth out any ridges.  Step 3, Buff the entire nail plate, which gives it a clean smooth finish.  Step 4, Polish, this give it that amazing shine.

Overall I am happy with this month’s box, although I would have preferred a better selection to pick from as there didn’t seem to be as many and not that many things stood out to me this month.  The total value of my box (including all extras) is £41.27, again this is amazing consider you only pay £6.95 for the entire box!  The value of this box also compares to the more expensive subscription boxes, and this month even beats the total value of other more expensive subscription boxes.  I would definitely recommend You Beauty Discovery to someone wanting to try a beauty box, you just can’t beat the value of these boxes.

 

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You Beauty Discovery July 2014

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Each month with You Beauty Discovery they have a selection of products where you choose TWO items.  They will then add a few extra beauty treats and a magazine explaining all the products that were available that month, pop them all into a very cute and pretty beauty box and send them straight to your door.  You get all this for an amazing price of £6.95 and FREE P&P! This is by far the cheapest monthly beauty box I have found so far.

This months theme was You Travel.  So it was either smaller products for you to take on holiday, or products to get you ready for holiday, such as self tanning products.  I some how managed to miss out on the products I wanted this month, they must have sold out extremely quickly! There was TanOrganic, Oil Arganic Body Oil, and L’Occitane Shampoo & Conditioner Duo.  These were the products I originally wanted, but I guess everyone wanted the same and they must have sold out within hours of opening.  So I wasn’t too impressed, and decided to just pick two products anyway and see what I thought.

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Balm Balm – Rose Geranium Lip Balm

This was the first product I chose.  It is 7ml and worth £3.50.  I went for this as I do like lip balms and they do always come in handy.  This product is 100% natural and 100% organic.  This is in a little pot and is Rose Geranium scent, it reminds me of Turkish delight, I guess that is the rose scent.  I love Turkish delight so the scent it great, and it also kind of tastes like it as well! So I can’t complain there!  This balm, even though it does say lip balm, is not just for your lips.  You can use this balm where ever you feel you need it.  It is light weight and does feel slightly different to lip balm.  It feels more like a cleansing balm.  Being able to use this where  ever needs it is great for holiday, it is in a very light tub and it the right size to pop in your bag and not make any difference to the weight.  So a very versatile balm to add to your suitcase.  So even though I wouldn’t have originally picked this item I’m glad that I now have it.  This will definitely be coming with me on my holiday.

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L’Oreal – Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara

This is 8.5ml worth £8.99.  I went for the mascara as its is something I use everyday.  I usually  use Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara and no other type, but I’m always willing to try other types.  I have not yet tried this, but I will give it a go soon.  The wand is bendy as you can see the ridge in the picture, so it is flexible.  It is a big brushed wand, so will hopefully give good coverage.  It is formulated with collagen spheres and polymers for ultimate volume and hold.  The colour is black, which is what I use daily.  It is meant to give a cute Manga effect look, so I actually can’t wait to try this one out.  Have you tried it? What do you think of this mascara?

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Dove Men +Care – Shave Cream Hydrate+

So this was one of the extras you get in the box.  A bit strange that you get a male product, I guess they are trying to reach out to the men in our lives.  So this is one to give your partner or dad, or that special man in your life.  For me I will be giving this to my partner, who will be happy to try it.  This is a 50ml sample worth 87p.  Full size is 200ml for £3.49.  I guess if your partner likes this product then it gives you an idea of something to get them for like a stocking filler or something.  But for me personally I would have rather received something I could use! But will all the beauty products I currently have I suppose it doesn’t hurt to have something I can give to him.

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Egyptian Magic – All Purpose Skin Cream

This is a sachet sample 3ml worth around 62p. I do have a few other sachets of this, so I think I will empty them out into a small tub to make them easier to use.  This is an all natural product and contains Olive oil, Beeswax, Honey, Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly Extract.  This can be used as a moisturiser for face, hands and body.  It has a kind of Vaseline texture, but once warmed turns to more like an oil.  I will never complain about receiving samples of this as it such a useful product.

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Agent Provocateur – Fatale – Eau de Parfum

This is a 2ml sample worth £1.84.  Full size is 50ml for £46.  This can also be purchased in a 30ml and 100ml size.  I do find perfume samples like this quite handy, as it is easier to carry around than a full sized perfume bottle.  I like the little spray bottle samples.  The scent consists of spicy pink pepper and luscious fruits, with gardenia, royal iris and smoky touches of patchouli.  It also has base notes of musk, vanilla and chocolate.  I do actually really like this perfume, it is a nice evening scent and is quite strong and lasts on the skin well.  This is definitely the type of scents I go for, it is quite sweet and musky.  This is definitely a win for me.

Even though I was disappointed about not being able to get the products I wanted, I am still quite please with this box overall.  It has products which I will actually use, and one which I can give away (good job I have a partner!).  My box is worth £15.82.  So I have still got more than my monies worth with this box which I paid £6.95 for.  But I will definitely be making sure I pick my next box as soon as it goes live on the 1st of the month just after midnight.  I will make sure I stay up just to get my choices!   That is the only problem with this box, if you decide to make your choice in the morning, then the products you do want will pretty much be guaranteed to have sold out by then.

Did you get You Beauty Discovery this month? If so which products did you go for?

 

You Beauty Discovery May 2014

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This month YBD joined forces with CEW(UK) and had a great selection of products to choose from, I actually didn’t know which products to pick!

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Dr Organic – Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum

This was the first product I chose, and it is Full Size 100ml, which is worth £14.99.  You can buy this from Holland and Barrett.  It says it detangles hair, eliminates frizz, nourishes & protects and provides instant shine.  I picked this as I thought it would be one of the products I would use the most, as I like hair oils due to having frizzy hair!  Most hair oils I have come in small bottles, so it was nice to find such a large product! This will definitely last me a long time! I have yet to try this as I have only just got my box, but it smells nice and it isn’t too thick in consistency.  This product is also free from parabens and is against animal testing.

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GlamGlow – Supermud Clearing Treatment

I picked this product as the full size is expensive, and it has a lot of great reviews so I really wanted to try it without having to fork out for it.  Full size is £44.99 for 34g.  This sample size is 10g and worth £13.23.  It is a detoxifying mud mask which helps fight all skin concerns.

it helps with the brightening and evening of the complexion; creates a more youthful and smooth skin tone; improves elastin and collagen; de-clogs and minimises pore size and fights unwanted breakouts, by reducing redness and super-speeding the healing process.

It can be used as a full mask, or for spot treatments.  You apply to the skin and leave for 5, 10, 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the length of treatment you want.  Then remove with warm water and a cloth.  This product is loved many celebrities and was initially created for Hollywood behind the scenes.  I can’t wait to try this product and do a full review on it.  Lets hope it is magic in a tube!

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Lizi’s Granola – Treacle & pecan

This is one of the extras you receive in the box.  It is a 40g packet of granola in treacle & pecan flavour, and I believe is worth around 50p.  This is a nice little extra, and i’m interested in trying this flavour.  I’m happy it’s a nice healthy product included, and I look forward to having this for my breakfast.  I have never really eaten that much granola, but I do quite like it with yogurt, so I will give this a try.

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Charles Worthington – Moisture Seak Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner

This is my second extra I got, it is a 10ml sample worth 30p.  It also comes with a £2 off voucher.  This product also contains argan oil, and is meant to repair and recondition your hair.  It also says it is lightweight and deeply nourishing.  I tend to use spray leave-in conditioners, so it will be interesting using a gel-creme.  It may feel like I’m applying normal conditioner and just not rinsing, which I’m sure will feel strange at first.  I’m guessing I will only get one use out of this sample, as I do have quite thick long hair.  If I like this product I will probably put the £2 off voucher to good use and buy the full sized product as it is only £5.99 to start with.

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Caudalie – Divine Legs

This is the final extra I received in my box.  It is a 5ml sample worth £1.30.  Full size is £26 for 100ml.  This is a tinted body lotion to give you a sunkissed glow without self-tanning agents.  This is a great product to be able to try out before the summer, not pasty legs on display! You apply the lotion and allow it to dry before dressing, and it just washes off, so sounds great for the days you get your legs out! A nice healthy way to add some glow without causing any damage to your skin.  I have an olive tint to my skin anyway so I don’t know how much use this will be to me, but I will give it a try.  Even when I have bought self tanning products you could never tell I had actually used them, but if you have quite pale skin then this maybe great for you.

So yet another great box from You Beauty Discovery.  This box is worth £30.32!! Not bad considering I only paid £6.95.  You definitely get your moneys worth with this box! Out of all the beauty boxes I get this is the cheapest and the products are actually worth more! This is definitely my favourite box!

What do you think?

You Beauty Discovery April 2014

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This is my second You Beauty Discovery box, and I love it!  It is great for only £6.95 a month, and no P&P! It would be rude not to give this fabulous box a try.  I explained how this box works in my last post, which you can find HEREBasically you get to choose two products yourself, and they you get an extra two little items as well.  The 1st of each month £6.95 will come out of your bank, you then have the option to select what products you want to receive.  I strongly suggest making your selection as soon as you can, as a lot of products sell out very fast! The products I chose have already sold out, so I’m glad I made my selection on the 1st April.

The theme for this months box is ‘Organic and Natural’.  So all products have natural ingredients, which is fantastic.  The products I picked are also animal friendly, so I am very happy with that. This theme was inspired by the arrival of a new season, and hopefully some sunshine, so there are a lot of products which help brighten your skin and get it ready in time for the summer.

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The first product I chose was STEAMCREAM Moisturiser.  The product is FULL SIZE at 75ml and is worth £12.95.  So this product on its own makes this box more than worth it!  I have already made my money back and more.  It is a Handmade moisturiser, using natural ingredients that have been fused together with steam, hence the name.  This makes the cream very light weight, and easily absorbed into the skin.  You can use this cream all over the body, and you can even use it on your face.  Also if you visit their website you can find out exactly what ingredients have been used in their product, which is fantastic, and great for people who like to know exactly what they are applying to their skin.  It has lovely floral ingredients, you can smell the lavender in it, which makes it great to use just before bed and is very relaxing.  It also contains Orange Flower Water, Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter and Chamomile.  I have never heard of this product before, but I already love it.  The funky tin designs are great, and you can pick a different one each time you purchase one.  I love this bright shell design! Also the cream smells amazing, and is nice and light so can make a nice face cream.  If I change to use this as my face cream I will save a lot of money, the one I use at the moment is about £37 for 50ml! And I would love getting different tin designs! I am made up with this product, and so glad I chose it.

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The second product I chose was Clayspray Glow Red Clay With CacaoThis is 30ml, on the Clayspray website the full size is 125ml for £44.50.  You can also purchase this product from Feelunique,com where you can get a 30ml for £15, so again this is amazing considering the cost of the box! And you get decent sized products, they really don’t scrimp on sizes.  There were two different Clayspray masks to choose from, and if you wanted you could choose both.  I went for the Glow one rather than the Brightening one, which was available.  It has red clay with cacao, which makes the mask smell of chocolate! Yum.  It exfoliates, rejuvenates and nourishes.  It comes in a very handy spray can, so the product stays fresh and doesn’t dry out.  All you need to do it wet your face (they say use mineral water, but I just used normal), squirt a small amount into your hand, being careful as a lot comes out.  Then apply to your face and leave until it dries.  Once dried, add some water to soften it again and wipe off.  Be careful what cloth you use, as this does stain instantly as I found out!  My skin felt great after using this, and it doesn’t dry your skin out either, which i find a lot of masks usually do.  I love the fact it comes in a spray, masks usually come in a one use packet and I always seem to get it everywhere! There is no mess what so ever with this product, and you can use as much or as little as you want each time.  It glides onto the skin very easily and dries fairly quickly, so you don’t have to keep it on for too long.  Also the smell is divine, it smells good enough to eat! But I would strongly recommend not eating it!!  Here’s a little bit of blurb from the side of the box some of you may like to read:

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One of the extra treats I received was a sample for The Organic Pharmacy – Antioxidant Face Cream.  The sample size 3ml and is worth £2.40.  The full size is 50ml for £39.95.  This again is a new product to me, I have never heard of them before.  It says it is packed with wrinkle fighting herbs and vitamins including vitamins C and E.  I have not yet tried this product, but I definitely will be.  They also state they have no animal testing, which is definitely a bonus for me.  It is a nice little extra and I look forward to trying it.  You would either receive a sample of the face cream, face gel or face serum.  I would have been happy receiving any of them.

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The second extra treat was a 9bar Fruity.  If you were to buy a single bar I believe its about 99p.  The first thing I noticed if that they are gluten and wheat free, which is fantastic for me.  It is vegan friendly and consists of a blend of seeds and dried fruit, topped with carob.  It didn’t take me long to try this product, and I must say it was rather tasty.  It was packed with delicious seeds, such as sunflower, pumpkin and sesame.  You can tell instantly that it’s all natural and looks homemade.  I also found out that it is made pretty local to me in North Wales, which makes a nice change.  I would definitely buy this product again, it’s a great little healthy snack!

So overall I am very impressed with this box again.  The contents of this box is worth a whopping £31.34!! Now for the £6.95 I paid for this that is just amazing, it also comes to more value than some of my more expensive boxes such as Birchbox and Love Me Beauty.  I am gobsmacked at how much my box is worth! I cannot wait for next months box, and I get excited about picking my products.  Next month’s box theme is ‘May the force be with you’ and is to do with the CEW(UK) Beauty Awards.  I can’t wait to see what we get to choose from.  Let me know what you think of the box, if you already subscribe or if you are interested in it.  I would highly recommend this box to anyone.

You Beauty Discovery March 2014

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I recently discovered this little gem while i was looking into other beauty boxes.  This one is You Beauty Discovery.  This is my first box from You Beauty.  Each month they have a selection of products where you choose TWO items. When selecting it states what sizes you will receive, which is great in helping you choose the most worthwhile products.  They will then add a few extra beauty treats and a magazine explaining all the products that were available that month, pop them all into a very cute and pretty beauty box and send them straight to your door.  You get all this for an amazing price of £6.95 and FREE P&P! This is by far the cheapest monthly beauty box I have found so far.  You may also receive some vouchers in your box to use if you wish to buy any of the products you have tried, there are also voucher codes in the magazine for several products which were available that month – even if you hadn’t picked them for your box.  This month’s box had a theme of “Best of British”, so all the products that were available were all made by some of the best British cosmetic companies.

The first item I chose was the Beauty Lab Glyco Face Wash.  This sample size is 100ml, which is half the size of the full sized item. So this item alone is worth £16, which is fantastic.  It is also a decent size, which means you can get enough use out of it to decide whether the product is right for you or not.

This is a high performance, multifunctional wash, which is a perfect cleansing solution as it removes impurities, unclogs pores and accelerates cell renewal cycle, resulting in fresh, radiant and youthful looking skin.

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I love the size of this item, and the bottle is great.  A very professional looking product which looks great in the bathroom.  It is also in a very handy pump action bottle, which makes using it a lot easier.  It smells great, and has a very fresh and clean smell, fantastic for a face wash.  You are meant to use it 2-3 times a week, so i haven’t used it for very long so far.  But I am very happy with it up to now, my skin feels very clean and soft after using the Glyco Wash, its a foaming gel, so a little goes a long way so this is going to last me a while! I am very happy that I chose this item!

My second item: Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum.  This sample size is 25ml, which is also half the size of the full sized product.  So this one is worth around £3.   This product works to eliminate frizz and repel humidity, which gives your hair a glossy, silky smooth finish.

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This is very handy for me as I use Frizz Ease products a lot, and i am going on holiday in May, so this little beauty will be going in my suitcase!  I already knew what this product was going to be like when I chose it, as i use this every time I wash my hair.  I couldn’t live without this stuff.  My hair gets very frizzy, especially when I blow dry it as well.  So this helps me tame my locks and not make me look like I have a birds nest for hair! So this item will definitely be a holiday essential for me and will be getting saved especially for my jollies, just to make sure I have some to take with me.  Otherwise I will end up like Monica off Friends when she goes on holiday!

 

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Then you get a couple of extra treats added into the box, for this month I got a pair of The Vintage Cosmetic Company Toe Separators.   You would have either received these or a pair of Tweezers, or Gracie Lashes.  I was hoping for the Tweezers as I know I would definitely have used them.  But unfortunately I got the Toe Separators which I know I wont get much use out of.  But as I am also a mobile beauty therapist I suppose I may get some use out of them for my clients.  The toe separators are worth £3.75.

The other extras were two samples of Dragonfly Tea.  One is Moroccan Mint organic green tea, and the other is Moonlight Jasmine organic green tea.  These are only worth about 20p but they are a nice little extra.  I have recently started drinking green tea as part of my new healthy diet, I have never really drank it before so it’s nice to be able to have some samples i can try out before I buy.  These are very handy and I think I will take these into work with me, so I am saving them for then.

So overall I am very impressed with this box, for the price you pay you definitely get more than your monies worth!  I paid £6.95 and the contents of the box I received is worth around £23.  I really like the way you get to choose the item which you want to receive, so you can make sure you get the best products and maybe the products that are larger in size.  But you have to make sure you choose quickly as some products will sell out quickly.  I can not wait for next months box, and I can’t wait to see what products I get to choose from.  Next months theme is Organic and Natural.  So if you are contemplating getting this box I would highly recommend it.  Let me know what you think, and if any of you are subscribers of You Beauty Discovery.  I would love to hear from you.