YOU Beauty Box: The best of British product review

Our beauty insiders review this month’s YOU Beauty Box products to help you choose your perfect match…

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

Nude Skincare PROGENIUS Firming Youth Oil

Nude Skincare believe it’s important to feed the skin the right ingredients to keep it looking and feeling its best. Whilst it’s a seemingly obvious approach to skincare, you’d be surprised how many brands fill their products with less helpful ingredients. Nude Skincare are different and their products are dedicated to making a difference and targeting our skin’s needs through a blend of potent and highly effective vitamins, omegas, probiotics and antioxidants. I used this treatment oil morning and night for just one week and my skin felt younger and smoother than it has in years. Holly Wadsworth-Hill

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

Nanshy 4 in 1 Make-up Blending Sponge

I am a huge fan of make-up brushes from the Real Techniques range when applying make up, so was interested to try a different type of product; especially with the wide variety of blending sponges currently available in the market. I found the sponge very soft and lightweight and easy to use. I was also surprised at how even the coverage was, giving a luminous, glossy finish to my skin. Sarah Hamilton


YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

Amie Skincare Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash & Morning Dew Matte-Finish Moisturiser Duo

If you have combination skin (like me) then this duo is perfect to combat the oily and dry textures that can appear. The face wash is relatively mild, so doesn’t leave skin taut, while the matte-finish moisturiser eliminates oil and shine, again with a certain suppleness that you don’t often get with combination moisturisers. Juliana Kluts

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

Bee Good Lift and Brighten Eye Cream

I am a very lucky Mum to two boys but wow, do they make me work for it! I’m always on the look out for a powerful but honest eye cream and was more than happy to test this from one of my favourite skincare brands. With a highly concentrated blend of botanical extracts this eye cream made the thin skin around my eyes feel much less stressed and appear more firm and plumped up rather than puffy! I still have the shadows but they don’t look as dark or as irritated and overall my eyes appear softer and much more hydrated – another great discovery from this gorgeous brand. Holly Wadsworth-Hill

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

The Body Shop British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter

The tudor rose is such an intensely British icon and nothing says Best of British like a nod to our nation’s bud. This beauty from The Body Shop is so lush and creamy and packs extra punch with a touch of glow too. A whiff of this and I’m taken to an English garden paradise – even when it’s a dreary March afternoon! Juliana Kluts

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

LOLA Makeup by Perse Electric Purple Nail Polish

I really loved using this LOLA polish. The colour purple isn’t one I’d usually go for, as I tend to prefer red, pink and nude tones when choosing nail polish, however, it’s definitely a new favourite. As a brand, LOLA has a real focus on enhancing natural beauty and they have some really lovely new items for 2016. I’ll certainly be looking out for their other product ranges in future. Sarah Hamilton

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

Bloom & Blossom Bath & Shower Gel

I’m really fussy with shower gel and like to make sure it’s gentle on my skin, so Bloom and Blossom was perfect for me. It’s fragrance free and left my skin feeling really cleansed and refreshed without dryness. I would definitely recommend using this for people with sensitive skin. I’ve never heard of the brand before this, but I’ll definitely be exploring more of their range in the future. Dru Ryder

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

COLAB Sheer & Invisible Floral Fragrance Dry Shampoo

I’m a big believer in the wonders of dry shampoo but I’m also a loyal customer to the main dry shampoo brand on the market, having tried a lot of cheaper options. I think in the world of dry shampoo, quality is essential otherwise your hair is flat and greasy again after an hour or so. COLAB performed miracles, it gave me volume, instantly made my hair feel fresh and clean again and best of all didn’t leave any traces of white powder in my hair! I now have a new ‘go-to’ brand for dry shampoo. Dru Ryder

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-in Conditioner

The first thing to note about this product is that it smells amazing. I’m usually not one to lather my hair in multiple products and treatments because it can go flat very quickly, which I hate – volume is more my style – but this Leave-in Conditioner is enriched with Argan Oil and a lightweight, gel-crème that hasn’t yet had a greasy effect on my locks. The best time to apply is to towel dried hair, but one tip (and perhaps why I haven’t been left with greasy hair) is to avoid the roots. This treatment is better focused from the middle to the ends of your strands. As it says on the packet, it’s a leave-in product so no need to rinse off. Once you’ve dried your hair you should hopefully see what I did; smooth, silky and healthier looking locks. This product from one of the most prestigious British beauty brands is a must-have item and it just so happens all our members are lucky enough to receive this product to try this month. Charlotte Ashton

YOU Beauty Box: the best of British product review

OoHarr Deep Cleansing Face Mask; Rosie Glow and Dead Sea Cooler Duo

As a firm advocate for using face masks 2-3 times a week and someone who suffers with breakouts, I’ve tried almost every brand on the market. However, this is the first time I’ve come across Oohar. I absolutely loved the Dead Sea Cooler, which had a refreshing exfoliating element to it and helped my face feel super clean. The Rosie Glows was great too, bringing any hidden impurities to the surface with a clay-like texture – making this the ideal rescue remedy post work or weekend. Dru Ryder


We hope you enjoy your March YOU Beauty Box as much as we enjoyed selecting it and wish you a really gorgeous start to spring. Click here to choose your products.

Compiled by Charlotte Ashton, Sarah Hamilton, Dru Ryder, Holly Wadsworth-Hill and Juliana Kluts.