I was very excited to received the list of products that you could choose from for May's You Beauty Discovery Box, when it dropped into my inbox at the end of the April. The main reason was that one of the choices was a full-sized jar of Dr Organic's Gel. As I've mentioned in a previous post, I was considering trying this, as I'd heard good things about it and there'd been quite a lot of positve press about it and celebrity endorsement.
Anyway, fast forward to the first day that you could choose two of the items to be included in your box and by 8.30 am the Snail Gel was 'out of stock'. What compounded my disappointment was that I had clicked to put it in my basket and whilst I was looking for a second choice, it was taken out of my basket and was out of stock when I tried to add it once again. I was pretty irritated, as this was the second month running that I haven't been able to order my first choices with this box.
Although some of the remaining products that were available this month were full sized products and some were quite expensive products i.e. a full size Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Solid Oil, a Benefit Better Than Sex Mascara and a Benefit eye liner, plus various other options, none of them appealed that much to me, especially now I'm sticking to natural and organic products. I ended up choosing a couple of skincare samples and a natural face cloth. With hindsight, I would perhaps have been better off ordering these full sized products and giving them to Little Bird as she would have loved them. (If only hindsight could be translated into foresight and action)
A week or so later, the box arrived. As expected, most of the contents were sample sized, and I didn't really feel that I'd got value for money this time around. The one full sized product was the Natural Vegetable Face Cloth from the Konjac Sponge Company which may or may not be useful, but which in any case lasts between 1 and 3 months only.
The sample skincare products I chose were these by La Roche-Posay. The factor 50+ sun protection sample will be particularly useful though, now we are coming into the summer months, even though it is small.
I did receive a sample of the Snail Gel in this box, so I will still get to try it out, which was one positive, but if I had received the £20 jar, I would probably feel like I had got a much better deal.
The other items in the box included a Jimmy Choo men's fragrance sample, which I'll have to pass on to OH, or even wear myself if it smells nice as he's not a great wearer or aftershave,
and a 20% off voucher for selected beauty and fragrance at M&S.
Frankly, this was a thoroughly disappointing box for me this month and I spat my dummy right out of the cot and decided to cancel my membership. After a second month (out of 3) of not being able to order the products that I wanted, due to them being out of stock so quickly, I decided that I was really not interested in a monthly race to get the best deal, which invariably seems to result in my feeling frustrated and disappointed and opting for products that I don't really want. I'd rather spend my money on things I definitely do want.