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Target Beauty Box – February

So you’ve seen my review of Walmart’s Beauty Box,  now here is a look at the Target Beauty Box!  Yes, I am aware it is March…but whatevs, I do what I want. 🙂  Target’s beauty boxes run between $5-$7 per month, while Walmart’s are $5 every season. But if you use your Target Red Card, you will save 5% and receive free shipping.  I will note that these boxes sell out quick!  Like first day quick!  Unlike Walmart’s beauty box, these are not set up like an automatic subscription.  You have to manually purchase each month, so set yourself a reminder to get yours each month!  So let’s take a looksee!

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  • Ecotools- Ecopouf Mini Sponge (100% recycled sponge) – This little sponge is pretty sweet.  It’s a little rough, but nice for exfoliation.  And even though it’s considered a “mini” sponge, I felt that it was big enough to get the job done on the daily. Although, I wondered what it’s recycled from? Hmmmm…..

 

  • L’Oreal – Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist – This is an awesome full-size product!  This is something you spray on your roots when your hair is damp to give it a little lift.  It definitely worked, but I have big hair already so I probably wouldn’t use this very much.

 

  • Soap Box – Coconut shampoo and conditioner – This shampoo/conditioner combo left my hair feeling clean and had a light coconut scent.  What’s interesting about this product is that this company has a global mission to make sure everyone receives clean water and soap.  So when you purchase one of their items, you also contribute to this pretty noble cause.  I like when companies give back, so I may purchase more of this brand in the future.

 

  • Skinfix – Repair balm – This is also a full-size product.  It is made from coconut oil and doesn’t have a flavor.  I thought it did a good job relieving chapped lips, but had kind of an oily feel.

 

  • Derma E – Hydrating night cream – This went on smooth and didn’t feel greasy.  It also had a pleasant, light scent.  It’s supposed to help fix fine lines and wrinkles, but I would need to use it more frequently to really see a difference.

 

  • Vera Wang – Embrace perfume – I’m not really a fan of the perfume samples where you have to rub scented paper all of you, so I was pleased to see an actual tiny spray bottle in the box.  It’s a nice, pleasant scent.  I didn’t hate it, but nothing really memorable.

 

  • Mayfair – Body crème in Sea Lily Jasmine – I really dig this lotion.  It’s a good consistency – not too thick, not too thin. It’s also paraben-free and this company doesn’t test on animals which is a sweet bonus!  I also really loved the scent.  It’s kind of on the sweeter side, which isn’t for everyone – but I absolutely loved it and will definitely be purchasing this product again.

 

  • Laneige BB cushion – This came with three different shades (light, medium, and medium dark) and an applicator sponge.  I went with the light and felt that it was the best shade for me.  I liked that it gave my skin an airbrushed appearance without feeling heavy or cake-like.  It does have a slight scent, but it wasn’t overwhelming.  The only downfall is that it retails for around $34 which is a bit much for me…but it’s that rad,  I might actually purchase this at some point.

 

  • Incoco – Nail polish applique – This item intrigued me the most, because it’s basically real nail polish that sticks right on to your nail and lasts for up to two weeks.

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You just peel off the paper and stick it to your nail.  Then you file off the excess.  It’s that easy!  I really was surprised at the ease of use!  The strips come in all different sizes so  every nail receives full coverage.  I’m really terrible at doing my own nails, so I was pretty stoked about this product!  My only complaint was this terrible color…ugh, so much glitter.  Maybe a 12-year-old would enjoy this color, but ugh…it was tough to look at.  I took it off after three days because my eyes were burning from the junior high glitter party that was occurring on my fingernails.  I’m still recovering.  On the upside, it did come off pretty easy with nail polish remover.  I suspect it would have come off even easier had there not been glitter involved (so. much. glitter.).  Ugh, I would purchase this product in the future, but never again with that color.

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Also included in the box was a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase.  This is a pretty good coupon.  I may use it on the Laneige BB Cushion. 🙂

Overall, I think this box was well worth the $7.  It included many full-size products and I can’t wait for next month’s box!  Let me know if you have tried any of these items!  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~SM

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Walmart Beauty Box (Winter 2015)

I was super excited to receive my newest Walmart beauty box this season!  If you recall, Walmart beauty boxes are a flat $5 and are shipped every season.  Again, I’ve heard that different people receive different samples in their boxes…so here is a review of what I got in mine!

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Walmart got a little coconut happy with this box…maybe they were trying to bring a tropical feeling to the winter blues…I dunno, but so. much. coconut.

Goody slideproof hairbands – I actually love these!  I have long, thick and wavy hair, so I am pretty picky when it comes to hairbands.  I took these on a three mile run and I was surprised that they didn’t budge!  Also no snags or pulling, so I will definitely be purchasing these in the future.

NSpa exotically creamy coconut rich body butter – This has an unnecessarily long name, but I really loved the texture and scent of this cream!  It goes on smooth and has a nice creamy feel.  The coconut smell was pleasant and not too overwhelming.

Aveeno skin relief body wash (nourishing coconut) – I really liked the feeling of this body wash, but wasn’t a huge fan of the scent.  It seemed fake and made me want to get off the island.

Aveeno skin relief lotion (nourishing coconut) – I felt like the lotion was okay, nothing fantastic and again, I wasn’t a fan of this particular coconut scent.  I do normally like Aveeno products because some of the products contain natural ingredients.  Sidenote: I say “natural” loosely as Aveeno is a division of Johnson & Johnson so a lot of their products aren’t as “natural” as they claim to be. You can research that and draw your own conclusions, that’s just my personal opinion.

Pantene Pro-V extra strong hold hairspray – I think this hairspray did a pretty good job keeping my hair tame throughout the day.  It does claim to be humidity resistant for 24 hours, but there isn’t a whole lot of humidity in Southern California so it was hard to really test that.  But I did like the smell, it reminded me of cotton candy! Yum!

That’s it for the regular size samples, now on to the one-time use packets…

Jergens wet skin moisturizer (refreshing coconut oil) – I found this lotion to be a bit thin and my skin felt a little irritated after using this right out of the shower.  I also wasn’t a fan of the coconut oil scent.

Jergens wet skin moisturizer (nourishing monoi oil – Same feelings as above, except the scent was much nicer.

L’Oreal total repair 5 restoring shampoo – I’m not exactly sure it restored my hair in one use, but my hair felt clean and smelled nice.

L’Oreal total repair 5 damage-erasing balm – This was obviously a thicker texture and meant to be left on for 3-5 minutes.  Again, not sure if it erased damage in one use…but I would probably give it another shot.

L’Oreal total repair 5 restoring conditioner – Okay, real talk.  I honestly wasn’t sure if I was supposed to use this along with the damage-erasing balm, or use it in a different session.  The instructions on both the balm and the conditioner said to use it after using the shampoo, but didn’t specify whether or not they weren’t meant to be used together.  Anywho, I used this right after rinsing out the balm because I always need conditioner.  My hair felt smooth and clean after and I would probably use this product in the future.

Olay tone perfecting cream – The cream felt nice, but using it once isn’t enough to determine if it was effective in perfecting tones.  It had a nice, lingering smell…it kind of reminded me of a grandma, but like a cool and fun grandma.

Olay regenerist wrinkle reducing cream – It claims that visible wrinkle results start after one use, but I couldn’t tell a difference.  Although to be fair, I don’t have many wrinkles to begin with.  Maybe I will try it again in a few years.

Jennifer Aniston fragrance – See previous blog post for thoughts on this.

L’Oreal skin shade swatch – This little guy was actually pretty handy.  How many times do you stand in the aisle staring at all of the foundations and guessing which one will best match your skintone?  It’s usually hit or miss, so this little guide takes the guesswork out of all that.  There are three levels: warm, neutral and cool.  And each level ranges from 1-10.  You basically just peel one of the nine swatches off and stick it on your face.  Whichever one looks closest to your skintone is the winner!  That’s it!  Easy as pie!  And in case you were wondering, I’m a Cool-1.

Add a few coupons into the mix and that’s a wrap!  Another awesome beauty box from WalMart!  Get yours here.

What did you get in yours?  I would love to know!

~SM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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