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Box cancelling – You Beauty

Yes this box is a bargain at £6.95, yes it’s nice to have some say over the contents, but honestly after a seriously of increasingly ‘meh’ months, I’m done with You Beauty’s box.

From June’s frankly underwhelming shortlist I picked a lip balm and some shampoo. Shampoo, like I can’t just go out and get some on the high street and another lip balm for my collection/addiction.

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The bonus items were pretty pathetic again, the world’s smallest sachet of suncream, which I almost missed, thinking it was just advertising, and another sample of bath oil, which we had only a few months ago. I don’t have a bath in my flat and a quick straw poll of friends reveals that a lot of them don’t either, so it’s a wasted product.

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Time to cancel this particular subscription in the hope that other boxes deserve my hard earned money just a wee bit more. 

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A sachet of suncream that might just cover my nose!?!
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You Beauty April – or stingy samples

What’s the smallest sized beauty sample you’ve ever found in a beauty box?

How about this small?

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How are you even supposed to sample these and decide whether it’s something you want to buy? They’re essential oil capsules designed to boost your mood.

After last month’s quite pleasing box, this month’s is a bit, well, meh.

The theme is Natural & Organic and the shortlist is made up of products that fit this brief – but it wasn’t the most inspiring.

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I picked Balance Me Radiance Face Mask – something I’ve had in many boxes before, and Sond Hydrating Face Spray.

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The other bonus item was a sachet of Hask Keratin Protein Deep Conditioner Hair Mask.

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All in all not the most exciting box, but everyone’s allowed an off month. Hopefully May’s is better.

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March You Beauty Box

If you’re thinking of subscribing to a beauty box, this is one of the cheaper options and you can pick two of the items in the box too.

March’s shortlist was quite varied and one of the items I wanted to try was sold out in record time.

The theme this month is ‘Best of British’ and all the items are from British beauty brands (try saying that ten times fast).

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From the shortlist I selected The Body Shop’s British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter and Amie Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash & Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturiser Duo.

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Also included in the box were Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-In Conditioner and two facemasks from Ooharr – Rosy Glow & Dead Sea Cooler.

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The booklet has a selection of discounts from the featured brands and the chance to win a goodie bag worth over £100.

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You Beauty February

The new look box from You Beauty (they’ve dropped ‘Discovery’ from the title) has arrived.

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The black and pink box is quite chic and packed to the brim. Along with the two selected items from the shortlist there’s several extra treats.

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From the shortlist (The Rested & Radiant Edit) I selected Benecos Sea Buckthorn and Orange Hand Cream which smells delicious. My other pick was Aurelia Refine and Polish Miracle Balm, designed to brighten tired skin.

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Also in my box were 4 bonus items.

Philip Kingsley Geranium and Neroli Elasticizer – this is a product I’ve used before, and this limited edition smells amazing. Use it before shampooing on damp hair to revive and strengthen hair.

Real Techniques Deep Cleaning Brush Gel – I’m always keen to see useful extras like this, while I do have other brush cleaners, I’ve heard good things about this particular one.

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Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask – not for me as my super pale skin doesn’t appreciate me trying to tan, a look I can create with make up anyway.

Eyeko Travel-sized Black Magic Mascara – bonus item for renewing my subscription following the new look and website.

I’m very impressed with the new You Beauty box. The old one had got a bit lacklustre so this is a brilliant return to form. I hope they keep it up.

Is this a box you receive? What did you pick from the shortlist?

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You Beauty Discovery Box

I have become increasingly disappointed by YBD, this month is no different and I think it might be my last box from them.

I like the idea of picking some of your samples but the selection is often quite poor and you get little bang for your buck.

Yes, it’s possibly the cheapest beauty box out there but does that mean it should be lacking?

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From the shortlist I picked;

Philosophy renewed hope in a jar eye cream – or rather a tiny tube. My under eye shadows are rather dark and tired looking at the moment, insomnia does that, and I thought I might road test an eye cream or two. I’ve heard good things about this one. Just a shame it’s such a teeny sample.

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Not the best swatching but hopefully you can see the golden shimmer

Kilo Long Lasting Stick 8 Hour No-Transfer Eye shadow in 05 – a gold shimmer eye shadow crayon, and you know I love an easy to apply make up item.

The extra samples they threw into the box are a tiny sachet of Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum and Narciso Rodriguez Narciso Eau de Toilette spritz sample bottle.

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I dont think there’s enough primer in the sachet for one human sized face, except if you were for some insane reason, making up a baby (they have little faces mostly) but not for an adult.

I have a problem with sending out perfume samples – scent is highly selective, what one person loves and smells amazing on their skin, may not work with anyone else. This mostly smells of alcohol to me. Not nice.

Overall a bit underwhelming. Time to bid adios to this box I think and move on.

Anyone else cancelling beauty boxes they’ve been disappointed by? 

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You Beauty Discovery Box – October

Every month I um and ah about whether to cancel this box. Then there’s a really good one (like September’s skin care special) and I stay. When it’s good, the £6.95 is totally worth it, a bargain in fact but then there’s month’s like this.

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I really struggled to pick my two samples, as I didn’t really like any of them. Nothing jumped out at me, waving and shouting. It was all a bit meh.

In the end I went with a product I will inevitably use and one I will try.

Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge body lotion and perfume samples – I slather body lotion on my dry legs every morning after a shower and I tend to be fairly indiscriminate about what I use. The scent is inspired by Zanzibar and has hints of ginger – though it smells very floral to me.

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The other item I picked was Kore’s Foaming Cleanser, Pearl Revitalising Toner and Pearl Gentle Exfoliator Trio. Kore is not a brand I’ve come across before – from Australia, free from animal testing and parabens.

Also in the box:  The White Company’s Day and Night perfume samples and Vichy Dermablend corrective foundation samples in shades 15 (opal) and 25 (nude).

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Not overwhelmed by this month’s box. If November’s is as naff, I think I’ll be speaking with my purse and saying sayonara to You Beauty. 

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You Beauty Discovery Box – July

As always the USP is a chance to select two of the items for your box.

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I picked Lola Ultra Shine Nail Polish in Stone Grey and Hairy Jayne Hair Perfume in Citrus.

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Also in my box was a sachet of Emma Hardie primer SPF 30, Nairns Muesli Break oatcake snack pack and St Tropez Gradual Tan in Shower – a current bestseller.

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As always there are discounts on the brands included and a competition to win a goodie bag of products.

I’m quite impressed with this box, for £6.95 they send a nice selection of things and the option to select some of the items is always good, although you have to be quick, as some items are limited and go fast.

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