So this one is a little different. With Amazon Prime, you have the option of ordering a beauty box (when available.) There are several boxes available at any given time, and prices range from $11 to $25 for regular to luxury products. This particular one is $11.99. They also offer a few men’s boxes. The way it works is: you buy the box, full of sample size products, and a few days after the box arrives, you get a credit in the amount you spent on the box, in your account to spend on any full size item that was in the box. Its a great concept, if a little hard to understand at first. It took me a few read-throughs to grasp… but I’m a sleep deprived mom, so I might have been a little dense.
The beauty boxes from Target are such an awesome value, and this one gets extra points because you get to see what’s in it before you purchase! We have skipped a couple in the past because we were not interested in what was in them. The ONLY drawback from this box is that you have to follow the Target Style Facebook page, and keep an eye out for when the boxes are released. They are sporadic about it, and sell out very quickly.
This box also has some of the best packaging for the value. At $7 per box, you get several full size items and a couple trial sized. It comes beautifully arranged in a sturdy black box, and red or pink tissue paper. It also comes with a coupon for $3 off a purchase from the beauty dept. at Target.
The Super Sizer- By Lash Blast Covergirl
Paige– I was really excited about this mascara. I use their Lash Blast Fusion on a regular basis, and it works like a charm. I was planning on making the Super Sizer one of my next purchases in store, so I was stoked to see that it would be included in this seasons box. Sadly, it does not hold up to the standards of the other Lash Blast products in the line. It could be because I usually wear brown, and this was Very Black, but it felt like the formula smeared a little too easily. It also clumped on my lashes, but that could be because the brush was hard for me to get used to. (You have to twirl it as you apply). I really think that this was user error and not the mascara it self. Because this line from Covergirl has such awesome products, I am willing to take the blame on this one, I don’t do well with change. (of mascara brush, that is)
Megs: I’m on the fence. I really like the applicator but don’t care all that much for the mascara. It goes on a little clumpy and is horrendous to get off. I feel like I have to peel it off with my finger nails (and take precious lashes with it) before it is truly gone. None of my wipes/foams/cleansers/removers are up to the task…
Clairol Hair Food
Paige– This has a very distinct weird (almost cat urine) smell, so it was hard to get into the idea of rubbing it all over my hair.. However, I am nothing if not adventurous, and I love hair masks and use them religiously, so this WILL get used. (Also, the smell goes away as soon as its rinsed out, so that’s good) As with most masks, the formula is thick and super moisturizing, and hard to wash out with the super low water pressure at my house… so that’s fun. However, that is not the products fault, and once it was all rinsed out, my hair was softer, and a bit easier than it usually is to manage, so this will keep getting used. It was also a full size, so the value is there.
Megs- First, I LOVE that there is actually enough here is use on my hair more than once. With most hair masks I have to use two or three to get full coverage. Feels nice, smells fine, didn’t make much of a difference.
Crest 3D White Express Whitestrips
Paige– I am a little nervous to try these, because the last time I used anything like this, (albeit, this was for my wedding 7 years ago) it made my teeth really sensitive. However, I do love my morning coffee, and the idea of getting the whitening results of several uses in a one hour time span is tempting, and I will try before bed one night soon. I started out a little miffed about the size of this sample, but upon researching it a bit more, the whole kit comes with only four strips, and they are super-powered, so this size seems like a good portion at a quarter of the regular size.
Megs– I’m interested to try these. I haven’t yet because I haven’t had an hour at home that I didn’t either need to eat something and then sleep or just go straight to sleep…but I’m looking forward to the day when it is possible to sit with something in my mouth for an uninterrupted hour (and I remember that I have these when that hour presents itself).
Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Mist
Paige– This is a dry oil mist that I have received in this beauty box before. The smell is strong, but not unpleasant, and works well as a friz fixer. It is supposed to work as a sun protectant, but I have yet to experience sun burnt hair, (hats, people) so I’m not sure how much to expect here. It does work well as a shine enhancer, so I’m happy and will continue to use it.
Megs– Well, I avoid the sun like the plague so this isn’t exactly something that I look for. It smells nice, but that’s about all I have to say.
Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Toner
Paige– This smells really good (have you noticed I enjoy things that smell good?) It is moisturizing as toners go, when I remember to use them. I did not notice anything spectacular about this. It tones. And it smells good. Not a bad product, but it is a toner, so it probably wont get re-purchased.
Megs– I know that it calls out that it is moisturizing and non-drying but my skin hates toners. This was no exception (which is sad because I like Olay products normally)
Olay Active Botanicals Moisturizing Day Lotion
Paige– This lotion is SUPER moisturizing! It was a very pleasant surprise, although you’d never know it by the initial texture. It is more watery than creamy (as was proven by the waterfall of lotion when I upended the bottle accidentally) It went on really smoothly. I was not expecting it to have all that much staying power, but was happy to find that a few hours later, my skin was still soft and supple. If this had any SPF (Hear me OLAY!) it would make a perfect day lotion.
Megs– As I said, I like Olay products. I like this one. It goes on very nicely. A little goes a long way. Absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave film behind. I use it at night though because it is a little too heavy for day use in my opinion.
All in all, a fun box to receive and you can’ beat the price. Oh, and the $3 off coupon. Thanks, Target! We know we’ll use it!
Just received word that the Summer Target Beauty Box is now available HERE
These sell out really quickly, so get it while you can!
Details taken from Target Website:
Say hello to a beautiful summer with Target’s Summer Beauty Box. We’ve put together 5 of our beauty can’t-live-withouts—all in one convenient box for you to try for yourself. Valued at up to $50, this handpicked set of must-have beauty products has everything you need to hit the beach looking your best. Test them out and tell us what you think. If you love them as much as we do, find the full-size versions at Target.com/beautybox.
1. Olay Regenerist Luminous HydraSwirl Eye Cream
Dual-swirl formula instantly brightens the eye area and reduces the appearance of dark circles.
2. Revlon HD Lipstick
High-definition lipstick delivers instant color in a wax-free gel.
3. SinfulColors Professional Nail Color
Vibrant nail color with a longwearing, chip-resistant formula and a professional finish.
4. Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads
Strengthens and nourishes while quickly removing nail polish.
5. Fekkai Professional Hair Care
Salon-quality, professional products designed for an indulgent experience.
We just received a sneak peak from Glossy Box, and it looks like all subscribers will receive a sample of Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara