March You Beauty Discovery Box First Impressions

Hello beauties! So this is actually my last You Beauty Discovery Box…and how good is it? Almost makes me want to re-register… But I really want to see what else is out there. I really want to give up Birchbox and Glossybox.. But their boxes are amazing sometimes and I can’t bring myself to unsubscribe!

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This box is a Best of British edit featuring home grown brands. The extra Treats in this box are just amazing too…and yummy! So lets get onto what i received…

Styl London Instant Gel Nail Wraps

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The latest patented technology in nail wraps, designed to achieve a salon effect gel manicure within minutes. Just peel and stick! No drying time and non toxic!

I love anything to do with nails so when I saw this I had to have it. I’ve had nail wraps before, but not gel wraps so I’m very interested in how they differ. This is a full priced item worth £6.99 which is pretty much the cost of the box, or not far off!

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask

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Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask brightens and refreshes with White Clay & Beeswax. Developed by award-winning beauty writer Alice Hart-Davis using her years of expertise in the beauty industry, this Manuka Honey Radiance Face Mask enhances the skin’s natural glow.

Face mask are something my skin needs! My skin tend to look dull on occasion so this face mask will be a great addition! These are available at Boots and Sainsbury at the moment. Sample size is 15ml. Full size is 100ml worth £5.99 which is great value! And awesome that they are in supermarkets and drugstores.

Extra Treats

Dove Advanced Hair Series Youthful Vitality Shampoo & Conditioner

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New Dove Youthful Vitality range helps replenish these; Infused with a powerful blend of Cysteine rich protein and Elasto-Lipids, it nourishes and redensifies for fuller, more youthful looking hair. Our lightweight conditioner nourishes hair and brings back softness, fullness and shine to your hair. Enjoy soft, shiny hair that is full of vitality with visible fullness.

These are awesome extras! I love trying out different shampoos and have actually never tried Dove shampoo before. It’s a pretty generous sample at 50ml for both the shampoo and conditioner. Full size is 250ml at £5.99 each.

Nakd Cocoa Orange Bar

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Nakd Cocoa Orange bar is one of our most popular bars – delicious, satisfying and refreshingly natural – its awesome chocolate-orange flavour is a favourite with the Nakd community. Imagine a sweet, zesty orange and a sprinkling of rich cocoa and you’ll have some idea of what we mean. The most surprising thing about this bar is that there are no sugars or sticky syrups added to enhance its taste – what you get instead is a yummy combination of fruit and nuts, gently smooshed together into a handy bar shaped snack.

I’ve actually just started to go to the gym and was looking for guilt free snacks I can get so i can’t wait to try this. I’m not usually a fan of orange flavoured chocolate but I’ll give it a go!

How good was that box? I’m really impressed. Don’t get me wrong… I’m not leaving you beauty because their boxes aren’t amazing.. I just want to see what else is out there too.

What other beauty boxes are you subscribed to? Any you recommend? Let me know!

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February You Beauty Discovery Box First Impressions

Hello beauties! With the hotly anticipated BAFTAs and Oscars both held this month, coinciding beautifully with valentines day, February’s red carpet theme is inspired by the glitz and glamour that accompanies awards season. As such, their shortlist has been carefully complied to ensure all products are extra indulgent and truly red carpet worthy.

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Each of the brands featured in their February red carpet edit are dedicated to upholding true beauty, inside and out. Their products are honest and hark working but truly luxurious. In short, these are the nominations for the beat performers within each category.

Age Defy + 24 Hour Brightening Moisturiser

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A revolutionary moisturiser with actives to deliver intense skin hydration and reduce age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Enriched with 33 beauty enhancing actives for a youthful you, this product has an organic aroma infused with Palmarosa, Rosalina, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Red Mandarin. Reduces hyperpigmentation, increases hydration and cell metabolism, stimulates collagen synthesis and reduces wrinkles.

The first thing I noticed when trying a little on my hand is the lovely aroma this moisturiser gives off. Secondly it’s quite thick which, but it soaks into your skin very quickly which i was glad to see. This is a 10ml sample which will get alot of use out of. Full size is 30ml, so considering the actual full size item is a very good sample size. Full size is worth £34.95

Proto-Col Moisturising Facial Gel

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A luxury, daily, moisturising get with a blend of the highest quality ingredients to hydrate your skin to leave if feeling soft, smooth and supple. Containing plant derived collagen to nourish skin and pump fine lines and wrinkles, fresh royal Jelly to help regenerate skin cells and keep skin looking glowing and healthy, and hydrolysed silk to improve moisture balance, suppleness and elasticity.

Yes I picked two skincare products.. But the other items didn’t really grab me so I chose this one too. This is a thinner gel based product which again skins into your skin very quickly. It’s hasn’t got as Potent of auroma then the previous moisturiser, but sometimes that’s a good thing. All these added scents can cause irritation. It’s not greasy at all which is what I always look for in a face product, but also not too drying. This is a 20ml sample, again very good sample size. This size is worth £9.50 which is more then the cost of the whole box which is excellent value. The larger 50ml sample is worth £21.95.

Extra Treats

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bareMinerals Bare Skin Brightening Serum Foundation

The first ever mineral foundation and skin serum in one from bareMinerals. This ultra thin, skin Perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin. Supercharged Lilac plant stem cell and vitamin c help to reveal brighter, more even looking skin tone.

Lindlt Milk Truffles

The original and most famous Lindor chocolate truffle. A perfectly round chocolate she’ll made if the finest Lindlt milk chocolate with an irresistibly smooth melting filing. For a guaranteed blissful moment to yourself everytime.

Unfortunately the shade of foundation looks a little too dark for me. But the chocolates are a welcomed addition! I actually ate them watching my new favourite TV show Scandal and they are certainly Heavenly!

So overall I’m happy this month’s box! There are some great sample sizes and great value for money. Unfortunately I may he swapping this box for another box. I feel like I need to see what else is out there, and I’m too attached to my Birchbox, and everytime I think about canceling my Glossybox they always say that the next box is gonna be good, and sometimes it is! I think also the sample sizes can be quite good in Glossybox so that’s one main reason I keep them around. If you know if any great beauty subscription boxes I should check out let me know!

January You Beauty Discovery Box First Impressions

Hello beauties! I hope you are all well. So I got this year’s first you beauty discovery box through the post the other day. I was really looking forward to receiving it because of one product in particular!

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This month’s box is committed to banished the January blues, through the power of hand picked nourishing and revitalising edit of beauty and skincare products. In the spirit of new year new you month, each product in their January box has been selected for its dedication to fixing rather then changing, all in the hopes of making you feel and look better.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm & Overnight Recharge Night Cream

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A powerful duo that has got everyone tweeting! Marumaya’s Cleansing Balm and Overnight Recharge Night Cream duo first takes the chore out of cleaning and then ensures your skin is thoroughly moisturised and restore whilst you sleep. That’s two exclusive and pioneering formulations, taking the skincare industry by storm.

I’ve always wanted to try some of their products so this was a perfect oppuritinty grab some samples! I see them around all the time when I’m having a shop and I’ve always been interested by their products. Can’t wait to try them out!

Boutique Nail Varnish – Away With The Fairies

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Set to transform the way women shop for their makeup bag essentials, boutique nail polishes have become must have additions. This easy to wear shade with the everyday woman in mind, is the ideal feminine shade to compliment your outfit, whatever the weather.

I always love trying out new nail varnishes. My nail varnish collection is quite big at the moment.. But I felt that from their shortlist I wouldn’t really use much else, or I already had! This is a lovely colour. The other colour was quite dark and I have too many dark nail varnishes so I thought I would go for this spring looking colour.

Extras

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I have so many samples of different teas I don’t know what to do with them! I think I might have to give then to one of the girls at work because I don’t really like tea. But I’m really interested in trying out the Dove youthful vitality hair cream. I’m always up for trying out new hair products. I’ve had a gift card from hello fresh before and never used it. They put new recipes on each week and you choose which one you want to try, they sent you the ingredients and a how to cook guide, and they send it to your door step! I’d love to try it because I want to eat healthier.

So that’s what I got in this month’s box! Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Let me know!

December You Beauty Discovery First Impressions

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Hello beauties! So on Friday morning I received my you beauty box. This month’s box is all about party prep. December is the party month with Christmas and new years, so let’s get onto what I have chosen this month!

Nip + Fab Body Slim Fix

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Get body fit with body slim fix, a 2 in 1 fast acting fitness formula to hydrate and tone the skin. Brand new to the Nip + Fab range, this daily toning body moisturiser works to sculpt and refine your body contours for a firmer, slimmer and more toned appearance. Ideal for use post workout or after a hot shower, this is the ultimate fitness partner to use alongside exercise for unparalleled results.

I’ve never used any Nip + Fab products so I thought this was a good time to try some out. I’m trying to get my arms more toned, so this is the perfect product for me to use. Hopefully if I see some improvements, it will be one of my staples! We will see..

COLAB London & Rio Dry Shampoo Duo

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Introducing the new sensation in dry shampoo couture , where an instantly revitalised look comes to you straight from the can. Revive & refresh style anytime, anywhere. London, a classic yet contemporary fragrance of bergamot, musk and magnolia. Rio, a carnival of tropical notes with Papaya, Pineapple & a heart of cassis.

I purely got this because I actually need some dry shampoo at the moment, so perfect time to try our a new one! Love that you get a sample of each one, and they are good sample sizes too at 50ml a can.

Extra Treats

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Hikers Foot Healer

Contains tapioca powder to help prevent rubbing from shoes and borage oil, shea butter and grape seed oil to help nourish and repair the skin at the end of the day.

Yardley Hydrating & Enriching Body Lotion

A light and easily absorbed body lotion with a quick drying silicone based formula making it perfect for everyday use.

Pretty pleased with the size of each product to be honest! A pretty good choice of products too, these two will definitely get some use. Reviews will be up when I have had time to use them!

November You Beauty Discovery

Hello  beauties! So I was only thinking the other day about my you beauty box, and then it arrives!

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This year’s boxes is tailored to the theme of gift worthy goodies worth the wait. They promise to impress and they’re confident that you will discover at least two new beauty products to add to your Christmas wish list. So lets get into what I picked this month!

Therapie Roques Oneil Himalayan Detox Salt

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A Blissful cocktail of therapeutic Himalayan mineral salts to fortify the spirit. Like a natural valium, these bath salts calm stress based palpitations, balance energy flow and help combat insomnia.

I decided to add these to my box this month because to be honest, I have so much make up to get through, I wanted something I would use straight away. I love bath products so it seemed perfect for me.

Skin & Tonic Steam Clean

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This simple, organic Cleansing balm is made with British thistle, aromatic eucalyptus and refreshing spearmint oils to lift dort &  rejuvenate dull, tired skin. All Skin &Tonic products are suitable and crafted by hand in London.

I love a good skin care product and I love ones that are organic. This is a 15ml tub which I will get a lot of use our of. It smells amazing too, so minty! I look forward to slapping it on my face!

Extra Treats

Baobab Superfruit Powder

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Aduna Baobab is a rich source of vitamin C, nearly 50% fibre and high in antioxidants. Sweet and citrussy, it can be blended into smoothies or sprinkled on cereal, porridge or yoghurt.

I’m not really sure what to think of this to be honest. I’m still not 100% sure what it is, but I’m always open to try new things!

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm &  Tonic Youth Serum

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Introducing the Merumaya dynamic duo that delivers results like you’ve never known. Iconic youth serum and melting Cleansing balm. Meet the dream team that has everyone talking and tweeting.

You all know what I think about tiny samples like these, I don’t see much point in then to be honest. You can’t see a difference in your skin with just one application, so this will probably go into my samples draw.

So that was my picks this month! I’m really looking forward to trying the cleanser and the bath salts, reviews of each item will be our when I’ve had chance to use them! what did you pick for your box?

October You Beauty Discovery Box First Impressions

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Hello my beauties! Well I’m back! I haven’t had alot of time lately to actually blog. It was my friends wedding the weekend just past and I was a bridesmaid so my attention was going onto that (remind me never to get married!). But now that’s all over I can focus more on what I love to do, blog! I received this a week or so ago so I’m sorry it’s late! But better late then never right? So let’s crack on to what I received!

Items I picked:

Paul Mitchell Fast Form

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Get the plush conditioning of a cream with the hold of a gel. Paul Mitchell Fast Form is the fast and easy way to make that mane behave. Natural moisturising ingredients help to soothe every strand and add shine without leaving a product heavy feel.

I don’t really do alot with my hair to be honest. I’m more of a straight sleek kinda person. The hair products I usually buy are serums and hair masks. But i thought I would try and change it up and start doing something different. This is a 25ml sample which is pretty good. It’s got a pump action which I also like. I hate hair products that are in tubs except masks. I’m excited to see how I get on with this! Full size is 200ml which retails at £16.

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer

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This fast drying nail varnish glides on smooth for gorgeous, glossy colour. For long lasting wear, apply two coats using Crabtree & Evelyn clear lacquer as both a colour adhesive Base and a protective finish.

I’ve actually already tried this and I love the colour. I totally forgot to take a picture when I had it on but next time I apply it I’ll be sure to take a picture. Always love trying out nail varnishes. This is a 15ml bottle that retails at £6

Extra treats:

Gold Collagen Forte

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A new anti ageing beauty supplement that contains hydrolysed Collagen enriched with a unique blend of antioxidants (Q10, acai berry, pomegranate, lycopene, L-Carnosine and resveratrol) to protect against the oxidative stress. Gold Collagen Forte supplies the body with all the anti ageing ingredients it needs to didn’t the appearance of advanced signs of ageing.

Reading the description of this product.. You would of though that you had to put it on your skin… Turns out you drink it.. You can get 10 bottles of 50ml for £40 in boots. The directions for use on the bottle say

Recommended dose: drink 1 bottle per day, 3 weeks to stimulate skin hydration, 6 weeks for skin smoothness, 9 weeks for skin firmness or longer for greater benefits.

This sounds really expensive… If 10 bottle are £40.. Then 3 weeks worth is over £80.. I’m just gonna stop there. I’m interested in seeing what it tastes like… But I most likely won’t be buying these looking at the price tag.

Cowshed Perfecting Night Serum

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The ultimate all in one anti ageing treatment for busy women with busy lives. The innovative serum in oil hybrid is bursting with natural active ingredients and essential oils that work wonders on your skin while you sleep, so that you can wake up to a firmer, brighter and smoother complexion.

I love Cowshed products. They are a little pricey for me but I always look forward to trying their products. At the same time I don’t see the point in sampling tiny skincare products like this. If it’s a 2 week worth sample that I can get use out of and see the benefits I’m more likely to buy it  if I like it. But little sachets will most likely go in the draws of all the other sachets.

So that was this month’s box! I am impressed with You Beauty Discovery every month. I don’t know any other beauty subscription that is under £7 that gives you quality products that you get to pick. If to want a beauty subscription that is cheap and you can pick what YOU want, this is your box!

What did you think of this month’s You Beauty Discovery Box? Did you get what you wanted out of the list? Or was it sold out? Have you tried any of these products? Let me know!

Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion Review

I recieved this in my September You Beauty Discovery Box. I love Sanctuary Spa products so I was happy to see this on the list of items to order.

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If you’re feeling a little tired after a long tough day, wrap your weary body in lashings of comforting floral moisture.

Infused with a blend of shea butter & rose extracts, slather over your limbs to help soothe your senses. Skin is left feeling beautifully soft, smooth & delicately scented.

Drift away to a field of florals for a perfectly nourishing escape.

Review
The one thing I like about this is that the scent isn’t too in your face. It’s beautifully floral. It’s quite suttle but noticeable. It soaked into your skin beautifully because it’s so light, which is what i need in the morning because I never leave myself enough time to get ready for work! Nothing worse then having to wait for your lotion to dry! It’s not greasy at all which I find alot with body lotions. My skin is left moderately soft, but I think other moisturisers have left my skin feeling softer.

Conclusion
To be honest, everything ticks the boxes for me. The scent, how well it soaks in, non greasy.. it’s just not as moisturising as other procure I’ve used since. Which is a shame because I love the smell! It’s an everyday scent. Would I buy this again? Probably not. I got the last one as a gift so that’s probably why I liked it then because I didn’t pay for it! But if it was going to be my own money I’d prefer something more moisturising.

Do you love Sanctuary Spa? What’s your favourite product by them? Any other body lotion you love? Let me know!