There are certain beauty brands that everyone knows, loves and champions, ourselves included, but there’s also a handful of labels and standalone products that are truly outstanding, yet somehow fly under the radar.
This month’s YOU Beauty Box shortlist is dedicated to this latter group of super-performance beauty products, the ones that take a targeted and highly effective approach to the wonderful world of beauty but don’t often get the recognition that they deserve.
In an industry that is so crowded with imitation, this month’s edit focuses on the brands doing the innovating. Making and breaking standards with every new product release, we think these featured items deserve their moment in the spotlight and, with summer just around the corner, what better time to discover some new and hard-working favourites?
To start with, the skincare picks were determined by our own weary looking complexions and include Rodial Stem Cell Cleanser – powerful, skin-loving food – for your face! And Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube – a super refreshing, toxin-draining treatment, packed with the good stuff – look out for your £15 Anne Semonin Gift Card, inside every YOU Beauty Box, this May only. Then there’s Verso’s Super Facial Treatment, which is one of this month’s fab free treats and promises to instantly nourish and gradually help reverse the signs of ageing by stimulating collagen production.
Make-up wise we opted for some spring pick-me-ups in the form of MUA’s Prime & Conceal Palette – consisting of 5 colour correcting cream shades, each formulated to target a particular complexion hang-up such as redness, under-eye shadows, acnes etc. for a flawless finish. Then you’ll find Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, which delivers a flattering slick of colour and a softening and hydrating treatment in one application. Finally, in the make-up category, we selected Revlon’s Ultra HD™ Lipstick – a new and weightless lipstick for endless summer-ready colour that actually lasts.
For an update on spring scents we are head over heels for L’Occitane en Provence fragrance; plus the refreshing L’Occitane Thé Vert & Bigarade Eau de Toilette is just so beautifully energising that it was a simple no-brainer to be included in The Cult Beauty Edit.
Pre-summer hair should be treated with urgency if you want to achieve healthy, shiny locks in time for your annual holiday and hair must-haves don’t come any more impressive than SHOW’s Pure Treatment Oil. This luxury hair oil is a leave-in boosting tonic that leaves hair deeply nourished and full of vitality and shine. The bottle is as gorgeous as the results too!
Sticking with haircare for a moment, your second free treat in May’s Beauty Box comes courtesy of Popband. Popbands are soft, stretchy ‘no dent’ hair ties that hold hair up tight and still leave it fresh and kink-free when you take it down. If you’re prone to pulling your hair back mid-morning but hate the dreaded tell-tale kink when you take it back out, these are the answer and now you get to try one for free!
The final product to make it into The Cult Beauty Edit is the one and only Huile Prodigieuse by Nuxe. Featuring a distinctive dry and sensual texture, this 3-in-1 wonder product contains a unique blend of precious Botanica Oils: Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage and Sweet Almond. As a multi-usage elixir, this indulgent oil nourishes, repairs and softens in a single step, beautifying the face, body and hair.
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