It’s beauty box review time! Today, we have products from the Target and Walmart boxes to test out. Both boxes are inexpensive and contain a variety of items.
Target Beauty Box
The Target Beauty Box is one you don’t subscribe to, really. You have to go order yours each month, before they are all gone. You can see what goes into the box, so that helps you decide whether you want it or not. I don’t always get these, because they often have many items that I don’t use, want, or need. However, this month, I scanned the picture very quickly and said “yep, looks good.” After ordering, I completely forgot if there was anything that I was excited about, because I decided to order it right after I woke up, because that’s responsible. Each box is $7 with no shipping costs, and you can order them every single month, if you want to. This box included 8 products, and a coupon to purchase one of the items in the box at a discounted price. You can get them here when they aren’t sold out. So, without further ado, let’s crack open this box!
Scunci Cashmere Blend Headwraps– 2 pieces
As someone who LOVES scrunchies, and wears them on her wrist on a daily basis and with any outfit, I obviously love comfort, functionality, and simplicity. I don’t purchase things like this very often, because I have a billion scrunchies, headbands, clips, etc., but I only have one headwrap similar to this. Let me tell you, these are much nicer. They are snug, probably due to the elastic and my large cranium, but they also need to be for them to stay on. I’m glad they sent black and gray, because they are simple colors and will match 98% of my clothing. This also came with a coupon for $0.50 off any Scunci Elastic at Target! So far, I like this product! You can get a six pack from Target for $5.99.
Acure Organics Day Cream Gotu Kola Stem Cell + Chlorella
I was super excited to get this product, because I have used other products by this brand and have loved them. This one is made for normal to dry skin, and I have more combination skin, but I decided to use it anyway. The only way I can describe this cream is luxurious. It is thick, soft, and left my skin feeling AH-mazing. Not to mention, it smells a little like tangerines, which is sure to wake you up! Y’all problem know by now that I prefer products that are more natural and are free of certain things, especially when they go on my hair, but also when they go on my face, if I can help it. This cream is free of gluten, phthalates, parbens, butylparabens, formaldehyde, nonylphenol ethoxylates, propylparabens, and sulfates. No fragrance has been added, and it contains acai and argan oil.
My sample is 1 oz, but you can get a full size of 1.7 oz for $16.99 from Target. That’s a bit pricey, but it is a pretty great product.
John Frieda® Frizz Ease® Secret Weapon Touch-up Crème
I’m not a huge fan of Frizz Ease products, in general, but I appreciate trying new products. It’s supposed to tame flyaways and frizz. I don’t know if I’ll try this one or not, because I have found a way to keep the frizz down in this crazy southern humidity, but I will probably give it to someone else to test out for me, ha.
My sample is 0.15 oz, but you can get 4 oz for $5.39 from Target.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
I LOVE THESE. I always grab these at Target, because they are often on sale for about the same as the store brand. They are gentle, but tough, and get every last bit of my makeup off. There is no alcohol in them, so they don’t dry out my skin as they remove the caked on paint I put on my face on a daily basis. I am a huge fan of makeup remover wipes in general, and I actually currently have Neutrogena’s hydrating makeup remover wipes.
There are many different kinds of wipes in difference sizes here, but you can even get my exact sample–the travel size pack— for only $1.47! I definitely think the bigger packs that will last you a month or so, are a better deal.
Que Bella Masks: A Replenishing Dead Sea Mud Mask & A Hydrating Pineapple Peel Off Mask
The packaging I received has two different full-size masks! I have bought this brand many times before from Target, because they’re inexpensive and fun. It’s hard to tell if masks have any long-term results, but if my skin feels good right after I take it off, I consider that a success. I have only tried the replenishing mud mask, because I love mud masks and it was super relaxing after a long, annoying day. I haven’t tried the peel-off mask yet, because I’m usually fairly iffy about them, because they usually leave my skin pink and irritated. I’m glad that I didn’t just receive the peel-off, because the mud mask absolutely makes up for it!
Each mask I received was 0.33oz, which is full size! I couldn’t find either of these specific masks at Target or on the product website, but you can look at all the different types that range from about $2.00 – $3.00 here.
e.l.f.® Mist & Set Illuminating
We have a full size sample!!
So, I’ve never used setting spray, but I have almost bought this exact product just to try it out. My makeup usually stays pretty well, so I think it will be difficult for me to tell if it’s working well or not, but I’m excited to try it! I also really love e.l.f. products, because they are inexpensive and work well. You can use it to set your makeup, illuminate your skin, and intensify an eyeshadow color/add a little shimmer. It’s also great, because it is phthalate-free, paraben-free, Sulfate-free, and even contains green tea (whattt?). It’s not often that my makeup or the things I put on my face are free of the things I require my hair products be free of.
So, this is a full size product, and you can buy it at Target for only $3.00!
Secret Fresh Cool Waterlily Clear Gel Antiperspirant and Deodorant
I always used to wear the Secret gel deodorant, and then they got rid of my favorite scent. When I was looking up this product, I found that they brought it back! Sooo, I guess I’ll be making a trip to Target soon. I love this deodorant, and the scent isn’t too strong. I’ve tried more natural deodorants, but they just don’t do the trick. I have to use strong deodorant/antiperspirant, and unfortunately, that means rubbing all kinds of chemicals under my arms. Luckily, this deodorant is paraben-free, Sulfate-free, and fluoride-free, so it could definitely be worse.
My sample size is 0.5 oz, but you can get this deodorant in a full 2.6 oz size from Target for $5.49.
Neutrogena® Hydro Boost Water Gel
More Neutrogena?? Target, you are doing an amazing job this month. I’ve never used this product before, but holy crap… it feels and smells amazing. I can’t pinpoint what the exact smell is, but it is subtle and lovely. My skin instantly feels softer after using this water gel. It is supposed to be for normal to dry skin, and although mine is more combination, it still works wonders. It contains hyaluronic acid, is noncomedogenic, ad is free of oil, sulfates, and parabens. I would definitely go buy this product. The wort thing about it, is that is a whopping $17.99 at Target for 1.7 oz in either a tube or a jar.
I am so happy I decided to get the Target box this month! It was full of goodies! Like I said, it had 8 samples for $7.00, and the estimated value is around $24.00! Oh my goodness, that is definitely worth it! And I believe there was only one small product that I was iffy about using. Good job, Target! Let’s see if the Walmart Box is able to beat this.
Walmart Beauty Box
Walmart Beauty Boxes are available each season (e.g. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), and they can include anything from shampoo to liquid eyeliner. You only pay $5.00 for each box, which they claim is to cover the cost of shipping. I have never known what is in the box before receiving it, and I believe everyone gets the same thing, or close to it.
This box included 8 products and a coupon code from Smile Direct Club, a company that provides invisible straightening aligners. You can get your own box right here!
EcoTools Mask Remover Sponges
I was skeptical when I first looked at these, because they look like sponges you use when you’re washing dishes. I’ve heard of EcoTools before, as I have almost purchased their makeup brushes, but I must have looked over these sponges. I put on one of my favorite masks, the Global Beauty Care Charcoal Wash-Off Mask (See my review of the mask and where to purchase it), and instead of using a wet washcloth to wipe it off, I used one of these sponges. It felt strange to use this product, because it is a different texture than I am used to, and you must rinse it off and re-moisten the sponge many times if you want to remove the mask from your entire face. Personally, I prefer using a washcloth, but I’m sure this is a great tool for people who don’t own or regularly use them.
As the packaging says, you can also use these sponges with your favorite cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. It contains natural cellulose, is fragrance-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty free.
I received a 2-pack, but you can purchase a 3-pack from the EcoTools website for just $3.99!
Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
I’ve received this lotion multiple times from the Walmart and Target Beauty Boxes, maybe even from the Amazon Beauty Box. I have multiples of this sample in the closet, but, if I’m going to get any lotion, I am perfectly fine with getting this one!
It is a great, non-greasy lotion, and it does help with dry skin. However, it is now summer, and my skin is no where near being dry. Walmart, the summer box probably isn’t the place to put items made for dry skin.
It is fragrance-free, non-greasy, and non-comedogenic. My sample is 1 fl. oz., but you can purchase this product anywhere from 8 oz. to 18 oz. from $6.99 to $10.99. You can go on the Aveeno website, and they will show you different companies you can purchase this lotion from.
imPRESS Press-on Manicure
When I opened my box and saw press-on nails, I was so excited. This isn’t something I usually get, and I remember getting press-on nails from Dollar General when I was in high school and early on in college. They were always hit or miss, but they were fun and cheap to try. This brand is actually owned by Kiss, the brand of nails I used to buy! They went on easily, looked great, and stayed on…. boy did they stay on. However, they were so thick that they were hard to cut and file. I’ve never had press-ons that were this difficult. They are very difficult to take off, even if you follow their directions. I felt like I was going to pull off my own damn nail. I liked the color of the nail, and I would love them if they were just easier to manage and trim/file.
I couldn’t find the exact package online, but mine had 30 nails, including 6 accent nails. The sets I have found from imPRESS range from $5 to $8, and most on their website are $7.99. If you like longer nails and not spending much money, they are definitely worth it!
Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner
Getting hair products in my subscription boxes is either amazing or unnecessary. The problem is that I am so picky about the products I put in my hair, because my hair is colored, thick, and a hot mess. I don’t like using certain chemicals, and unfortunately, these products contain some of them. I’ve always heard a mix of reviews regarding Pantene products, so I’m not sure if I would want to try them anyway. However, I will keep them in the closet, just in case anyone needs replacement hair care until they can go to Target and get their normal products. I do think it is interesting that the conditioner has a loop on the top, as if you can put it on a hook or keychain, but the shampoo does not. For you Pantene lovers/haters out there, let me know what you think!
Each of these samples are 1.7 oz, but you can get the 25 oz size of the shampoo for $5.97, and the 23.7 oz size of the conditioner for $5.97.
Wally’s Natural Organic Body Oil
“Natural” and “Organic”? Wow, they really want you to know it came from mother nature! I don’t like the smell of this product, and the bottle/applicator is just awkward. You are supposed to apply to scars, stretchmarks, or dry skin, and according to the website, it is supposed to “improve the look” of these imperfections and nourish skin. The problem is this little bottle is awkward to use, and there is such a small amount of product, that I wouldn’t be able to use it very well or enough. There is a lot to know about this oil, though! It is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO, has no artificial fragrances/colors or mineral oil. The ingredients consist of Sesame Oil, Castor Oil, Calendula Extract, Chickweed Extract, Aloe Vera and Leaf Extract, Lavender Oil, Vitamin E, and Geranium Oil. It seems like a great product and company… But I really prefer my coconut oil products.
As a bonus, the packaging has a coupon for $0.50 off my purchase of this body oil.
My product was only 0.017 oz., but you can get 2 oz. of this body oil in a convenient roll-on from Wally’s or Walmart for a range of prices.
Schwarzkopf got2b Glued Styling Spiking Glue
And we have another hair product. Even the directions talk about how to “spike” your hair, and I only use gel-type styling products a few times a year anyway, so this really isn’t my style. I did get a good laugh, though, because I pulled this product out of the box, announced it, and my boyfriend said “Oh. I used that in high school!” Maybe I’ll try this on one of those off days when I use this kind of styling product, but I’m not sure this was the best thing to put in this women’s beauty box.
My sample size is 1.25 oz., but you can get a full 6 oz. from Walmart for only $4.22.
Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
I was so excited to get these, because I have used these! I will grab a pack of these when they are on sale at Target, and this will be a great small pack to take on a trip I have coming up! I love makeup remover wipes, because they are easy and convenient. The wipes have no artificial perfumes or colors, and no harsh chemicals, which is great for my sensitive skin. In addition, this product is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and free of parabens.
I received a small pack of only 7 wipes, but you can get a 25 count from Target for $4.49, or you can go on the Simple website to see where they are available.
This wasn’t a bad box, but I’ve definitely had better. The box was only $5, and the value would probably be between $11.50 and $14.50. Not too shabby! I think with this box only being delivered 4 times a year, they could put more effort into what they put into it.
All in all, Target definitely provided a better box. They picked items of high quality, that consumers want to use and would probably buy after finishing their sample. I wouldn’t purchase this beauty box every month, though, because it isn’t always this great. But hot damn, they blew me away this month.
Do y’all get either of these boxes? What did you think of the products?
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