In addition to their recent Limited Edition box, which I reviewed here, You Beauty Discovery also teamed up with the CEW Awards to bring us a stellar shortlist for the May subscriber box.
The CEW Awards celebrate outstanding product innovation and creativity in the beauty industry, and as you’d imagine this month’s selection was really fantastic with a great mix of make-up and skincare, and quite a lot of high-end products too including Too Faced, Benefit, and La Roche-Posay, all selected from the shortlisted and winning brands and products that were recognised at these glittering “Beauty Oscars”. So what did I pick?
My first choice was the Dr Organic Organic Snail Gel (50ml, £19.99) which as a full sized item is amazing value from what is a £6.95 box. This gel is made from snail filtrate (in other words snail slime that has been humanely collected and filtered!), which is famed for its healing and anti-aging properties, aloe vera juice, and a whole host of other skin-boosting ingredients including glycolic acid, collagen and elastin. If you’re worrying about what snail slime smells like there’s no need to fear, the gel is scented with refreshing lemongrass oil so has a delicious fragrance, reminiscent of lemon sherberts.
The lightweight gel is incredibly soothing and hydrating, plumping out the skin instantly, and it is also very cooling – perfect if you’ve had a little too much sun. The non-greasy texture makes it ideal even for the oiliest skins. With a formula that excludes parabens, synthetic colours, minerals oils, petrolatum and silicones (to name just a few) i’m already in love.
My second pick was The Body Shop Solid Argan Oil (50g, £8), a multi-use balm that harnesses argan oil amongst its ingredients. I was a little disappointed to see that despite the name argan oil comes way down the ingredient list, behind even vegetable oil, beeswax and shea butter, coconut oil is actually the top ingredient. Nevertheless it is still a lovely product, packed full of skin-friendly ingredients, and the tin is slim enough to slip into my handbag for use as a hand and cuticle balm.
The two bonus samples included for all subscribers this month are a sachet of the snail gel and a 2ml vial of Jimmy Choo Man, which I’ll be passing onto my husband.
Excluding the samples this box has a value of almost £30. Not at all bad considering my subscription costs just £6.95 including postage! I really liked the varied selection too, although I would recommend getting in quick as some choices sold out within a couple of hours. You can still pick from May’s line-up, which includes La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+] and Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid SPF50+ Duo (3ml each), The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Miracle Solid Oil (50g), The Konjac Sponge Company Angel Face Cloth (Full size), Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Push-Up Liner (0.10g), Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (4.8g), Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Lotion & Mini Mitt (20ml), Philip Kingsley Elasticizer (40ml), Dr.Organic Organic Snail Gel (50ml), and Josh Wood Blending Wand in Light Brown or Dark Brown (28ml), at www.youbeautydiscovery.co.uk