I'll try and publish every Thursday, (work schedule permitting) so here goes with the first review of 2014...
I was walking through Covent Garden recently when I came across some girls handing out little cardboard boxes containing cosmetic samples for a promotional event. I was lucky enough to be given two little boxes (it pays to be nice to people), one of which contained a sample of Yu-Be.
I'd never heard of Yu-Be but it turns out it's very popular in Japan. It's one of those multi purpose products, a bit like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream or Lucas' Papaw Ointment that can used on dry areas all over the body including the lips.
Image via http://www.beautybar.com
So is it any good?
Oh yes, it most certainly is! I actually prefer it to Eight Hour Cream or Lucas' Papaw Ointment because it's glycerin based whereas they're both petrolatum (petroleum) based. I find that petroleum products tend to dry out my skin because they seem just to sit on the surface and once they've rubbed off/been washed off, my skin's just as bad as before.
Yu-Be, however, is a different kettle of fish. It's got a really rich creamy texture which soaks in quickly and it's incredibly moisturising. I've got these dry spots on my knees and Yu-Be really is the only thing that works on them. It's also very good on the lips and any other dry patches that occur.
I love the faint camphory smell to it too. I know it's probably some placebo thing but it makes it seem medicinal.
I've been jealously eking out my little tube but it's going to run out soon. You can buy it from Boots & Space NK but I bet it's cheaper at Japanese stores. If anyone knows of a Japanese outlet where I could stock up, do let me know. x