You Beauty Box ~ September 2016

The Editor has selected the latest curation of the September You Beauty Box to celebrate the third anniversary, however, I’ll be honest in saying the selections were lacklustre for beauty aficionados, and I downgraded to the basic Bronze membership, even then struggling to find two items I wanted (Bronze ~ two items @ £6.95, Silver ~ three items @£8.95, and Gold ~ four items @£10.95). I was expecting more (well, I have high standards) and sadly I couldn’t make the photo of my box look any more exciting. Here is the current selection available (while stocks last):

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Top Coat ~13.3 ml

MALIN+GOETZ Vitamin E Face Moisturiser ~ 40 ml/ Currently out of stock.

EYEKO Black Magic Mascara ~ 4 ml

Sanctuary Ultimate Cleansing Oil ~ 50 ml

Weleda Skin Food ~ 30 ml

philosophy take a deep breath oil-free oxygenating gel cream ~ 5 ml

Weleda Sensitive Skin Almond Body Lotion ~ 20 ml

Argan+ Argan + Anti Age Hand Cream ~ 75 ml

Erno Laszlo ³Firmarine Hydrogel Mask² ~ 25 g, one mask

Revlon Ultra HD™ Lipstick in Hibiscus ~ 3 g

Lanolips Purse Size 101 Ointment ~ 9 g

Lipcote The Original Lipstick Sealer ~ 7 ml

The bonus items seem to be getting smaller, and very random in my opinion. Each box will include the following:

1 x 10 g Proper Corn either Lightly Sea Salted or Sweet and Salty

1 x sachet of The Hero Project Hyasoft® Instant Moisture Boost or Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oil + Vitamin C

1 x 2 ml sachet of indeed nanoblur (a primer)

It’s no surprise that the MALIN+GOETZ Vitamin E Face Moisturiser ran out first as the best value item. I managed to get one as I ordered on the first day the items were available, and chose the Erno Laszlo ³Firmarine Hydrogel Mask²  as my other item. I’ve used Erno Laszlo before, and the products are excellent, although I probably wouldn’t have invested in a sheet mask from them (retails at about £14 each mask).

I received the Hyasoft® Instant Moisture Boost as a sample (3 ml), and I am not a fan of sachets if you read my other reviews. People rarely buy facial products that are sampled via a sachet, and not only for aesthetic reasons (tubes look better and more expensive), but also from a hygiene perspective. Once opened, a product can dry out or bacteria can seep in and contaminate the sample, which isn’t good when people are testing a product. That can lead to reactions, which then leads to people having a bad view of a product or brand. I used the sample of the gel moisturizer and it failed to do much to my skin but made it feel dry and taut, and I applied it after a moisture mask. Sachets can also be messy to apply, and thus when people have a psychological response to sampling a product that also carries weight when people decide if they want to buy an item or not. The cosmetic companies I worked for rarely sampled via sachets, and the products that were sampled that way were hardly ever used (I used to ask my customers) and I too, if I have a sachet usually throw it into a drawer (and forget about it) unless I use it immediately. I’m always disappointed to receive sachets…

Rating 2/5: For a third anniversary box this selection of items is disappointing, and there had been high hopes given the hype .

You Beauty Box has released a limited edition box for Organic Beauty Week in conjunction with the Soil Association for £20, which offers better value. Read about it here, and offers free postage worth £4.95 for You Beauty Box subscribers.

©2016. Beauty Super Spy

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