The YOU Beauty Discovery team are dedicated to bringing us a wide selection of premium brands, latest launches and popular favourites to give you the option to "try-before-you-buy". Preventing you from landing yourself with a bathroom full of half-used, abandoned lotions and potions!
This month YOU Beauty Discovery have teamed up with CEW(UK) to celebrate the upcoming CEW 2014 Beauty Awards by releasing this Limited Edition Beauty Box*. This extra special box will launch this weekend(Sunday 4th May) and contains some of the finalists and winning CEW(UK) beauty and skincare products! The products are worth almost £100 altogether - but you can get your hands on the box for just £16.95 (+£4.95 P&P for non-members) - What an absolute bargain?! I've very kindly been sent the box to share with you and offer my thoughts on the products in this box before you buy!
Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Treatment Serum
100ml full size provided - RRP £14.99 available at Holland & Barrett
I was super pleased to find this product in the box, although I've never tried anything from this brand before, I know my Nan swears by their products, in particular their Argan Oil range, so I know it will be great! The oil itself is produced with finest Moroccan Argan Oil which is a rich source of vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids which are absorbed instantly into the hair thanks to the lightweight formula to provide a silky smooth finish and offer brilliant shine! Not to mention its formulated with a range of natural ingredients, essential oils and fruit extracts. All this fruitiness means it has a beautiful fruity/spicy fragrance - we all love it when our hair smells good! Overall the product works to nourish and protect the hair, eliminates frizz and de-tangles, along with offering instant shine to make your hair look and feel beautiful and healthy!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
15ml sample provided / Full Size 50ml RRP £80 available at TimeToSpa
I know that Elemis as a brand is highly renowned in the beauty blogging world, so I was also excited to find this in the box. I've been looking for a new moisturiser/face cream for a while now and although I'm really happy with the results from this product so far as I instantly find my skin to feel more nourished, soft and supple and also more radiant! Unfortunately I really hope I don't fall in love with it too much because of the normal price tag. Although its categorised a powerful anti-ageing moisturiser for mature skin, it's never too early to start looking after your skin! The cream uses the Marine extract Padina Pavonica to work to transform your skins complexion in around just 2 weeks! The cream is clinically proven to reduce appearance of wrinkle depth by up to 78% and increase hydration/moisture levels by up to 45% as well as offer free-radical protection- amazing, no wonder its won awards for "best moisturiser"!
GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment Masque/Exfoliant
15g sample provided / Full Size 50g RRP £49.99 available at Glam Glow Mud
Who doesn't love a good face mask? How does a performance driven super mask sound? The GlamGlow Youthmud gives you great skin and a glowing complexion in just 10 minutes, not only taking care of your skin concerns, but offers everything you need for great skin, and is suitable for all skin types/ages! It contains ingredients of the highest quality with no artificial colours/fragrances, is paraben and cruelty-free too. You should apply the mask to clean skin, it will tingle a little as it tightens the skin (for me this tells you the mask is working) so don't worry about this. You should leave it on for 5-10 minutes until dry, before rinsing off with warm water using circular motions to get deeper exfoliation. You can really feel the little granules exfoliating your skin as you rinse away. The mask leaves your skin brighter, tighter and more radiant and leaves a noticeable glow for 3 days after use! Voted #BestFaceMask in the ELLE International Beauty Awards 2014.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Intensive Super Conditioning Pre-Shampoo Treatment
40ml sample provided / Full size available from 75ml RRP £15 at Philip Kingsley
I've never come across anything like this product before. Probably because it's the worlds first of its kind! How very intriguing. The science behind it is - healthy hair stretches when wet and then returns to its original length when dry, but hair in poor condition snaps and breaks when stretched. So this intensively moisturising Elasticizer delivers moisture to the cuticles of the hair, which instantly makes the hair more elastic and bouncy to help it stay strong without weighing it down. You should use the product on damp hair to mid length and ends and leave for 20 minutes covered with a plastic cap before rinsing and then using shampoo and conditioner as normal. I've just read so many great reviews on this product from the website, which prove that they have had visible results from just one use!
L'Occitane en Provence Almond Milk Concenrate Body Cream
50ml sample size provided / Full Size 200ml RRP £38 available at L'Occitane UK
First thing I must mention about this product is that it smells absolutely divine, mmmm! The concentrate is enriched with powerful almond extracts and literally melts into the skin and is absorbed within minutes, helping it to feel nourished, look firmer and smoother and providing up to 48 hours hydration. The new formula, including walnut seeds protects the skins elasticity and stimulating cell renewal, which in turn tightens and firms the skin. This would be why after just one month of use its been reported that body contours are better defined with firmer, smoother skin. It is recommended to apply the formula morning and night to your whole body to get the best results. It has been rated best cellulite treatment for 2014.
Manuka Doctor Mini Hero Kit;
ApiRefine Targeted Wrinkle Filler, ApiNourish Rejuvinating Face Mask, ApiClear Skin Treatment Serum
3 x 3ml sachets provided / Kit RRP £12.99 but available to pay just £2.50 P&P here
The Api Therapy range is inspired by nature and contains Manuka honey and other bee products which are known for their traditional and miraculous well-being benefits and active ingredients. Manuka Doctor works closely with their beekeepers and each batch is traceable back to the source! The ApiClear range offers balance for troubled skin, proven to help reduce redness and blemishes. The ApiNourish range protects and repairs the skin to leave it deeply nourished and looking and feeling younger. The ApiRefine range offers powerful anti-ageing properties to give you immediate and long term improvements for youthful skin!
Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Body Lotion
Sachet Provided / Full Size 100ml RRP £26 available at Caudalie UK
Finally this sachet was attached to an adorable postcard from Caudalie to get you in the holiday mood! We'd all love to have smooth, sun kissed, bronze goddess looking legs, like the adverts, right? Well this is the first tinted bodycare offering from Caudalie, and claims to be the perfect solution for a sun-free natural looking tan. The fluid has an ultra-lightweight formula which gives a sun-kissed glow to your legs, whilst also activating the natural tanning process. The formula dries really quickly after applying to clean, dry skin and will also rinse off with water. It is made from around 92% natural ingredients and free from parabens and animal ingredients.
Overall this is a brilliant beauty box, filled with a great range of haircare, skincare and body products... easily one of the best I've ever received! Although I was a little disappointed it didn't contain any make up products, but I'd still totally recommend you give some of these products a go for the great price! You can buy it on the You Beauty Discovery website - link.