You Beauty Discovery Box | July 2015

I went through a phase last year where I was obsessed with receiving monthly beauty boxes in the post, however, spending £12.95 a month on a box filled with products didn't seem worthwhile when all I was receiving was copious amount of moisturiser and hand creams, so I unsubscribed.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the You Beauty Discovery Box and decided to start up a subscription. This box costs only £6.95 (including delivery) and the best thing about it is that you can choose what you receive! Long gone are the days of being constantly disappointed with the products received in other beauty boxes, this ones lets you choose 2 products each month out of a total of 6- you have to be quick though because the best items usually run out quite quickly! The other items in the box are sent to everyone and you can also see what these are, so you know exactly what you will receive- there's no surprise here unfortunately!

This months July box is Travel themed, which is great for me because i'm going on holiday next month. The first item that caught my eye was the St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower- which i'm sure you've heard lots about if you're a beauty fanatic like me! This product allows you to self-tan in the shower in just 3 minutes! The concept is great because one of the worst things about self-tanning is the biscuity smell and stained bedsheets and this product promises to eliminate both. I haven't tired the product yet so I can't properly review it, but i'm excited to give it a go and see what I think (Blog post coming soon!). The sample size I received was 50ml which, by my calculations, works out to be worth £3.63, so not too bad considering the price of the box in the first place!

The next items I received were the Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner, for medium textured or wavy hair. I picked these items because i've heard great things about other products in the Philip Kingsley range, especially the elasticizer, so I wanted to try some products from the brand. I tried the shampoo and conditioner for the first time the other day and I have to say.. I was disappointed. The shampoo was so liquidy that the product ran straight off my hand before I had the chance to put it on my hair, also, the product didn't lather which meant I had to use a lot of the product in order to make sure the product was distributed evenly. The conditioner was slightly better in consistency, however I didn't notice much difference considering the full size product is £17.00 for 200ml. The samples I received were both 20ml, which means they were worth £1.70 each.

The next product I chose was the Nip + Fab Body Slim Fix which is supposed to moisturise and tone your body. I normally hate receiving body moisturisers because I have so many already but this one is different because it contains unislim to help sculpt the body, caffeine to improve the texture and appearance of the skin and cocoa butter to help smooth and soften the skin. I have used this product a few times now and I really like it! It absorbs quickly into the skin and is very moisturising, yet lightweight at the same time which is perfect for the summer. I can't say whether I have noticed any difference in the appearance of my skin or whether I look more toned but I'm sure that will come if I continue to use the product. You are supposed to use the moisturiser twice daily and after exercise, in order to see any toning benefits. This product retails at £14.99 for 200ml (currently on offer in Boots for £7.49)therefore my 45ml sample is worth £3.47.

The penultimate product was the Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF 30, which aims to give you 8 hours of protection from the sun against UVA and UBV rays. This product works like a primer and should be worn under makeup to protect the skin from ageing, sun damage and environmental factors. The product contains Mongongo Oil, Oat Extract and Vitamin E, which protects the skin whilst the light diffusing formulation helps even out the complexion and smoothes over lines and pores. The full sized 50ml product is worth £45.00, therefore the 5ml sample I received is valued at £4.50. The only annoying thing about this sample is that it's in a sachet and 5ml is definitely too much to use all at once so I will have to try and decant the product!

Finally, I received a Nairns Museli Break which was a nice added extra and retails for 24p individually.

Overall I was very impressed with the contents of the box and feel that the overall value of the box (£15.25)was worth the £6.95 I paid. I'm looking forward to receiving next months box- however I'll be sure to set a reminder in time to choose the best products!

What did you receive in your box this month?


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