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Wal-Mart Beauty Box is a subscription box delivered once a quarter. The items are given to you free of charge, and you pay $5 for the shipping. Your first $5 charges when you subscribe, and a box from the current season will ship to you within a few weeks. Future boxes will incur the $5 charge as the box ships. My summer box arrived today.
This is the first Wal-Mart Box I’ve received without a lippie. There are two things I’ve made a no-buy commitment on. One is lipstick. The other is eyeliner. You can guess what replaced my lipstick in this box! My no buy is not because I do not like these items but rather because I own more unused than used. Thus, I welcome receiving both in kits or boxes until I start actively buying them again.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is I finally got a coupon. I was starting to think coupons were a myth, because everyone claimed to get them. My first two boxes did not have any. This box only had one coupon, but it is one I will actually use, so it is a score. Coupons do not factor into my box value though as I only count value when they’re redeemed. It will be nice when I purchase the item though. The coupon is for $2 off any Aveeno sun care product. My boys have sensitive skin, so Aveeno is a staple here. One son does very well with it even though my other does not.
The sample that accompanied the coupon, Aveeno Active Naturals protect + hydrate lotion sunscreen, is something I already know and love. I received a sample of this in the past and intended on purchasing it once I used up some of my lotion and sunscreen stash. On days where I know I will get more sun than usual but not enough to lather on a full sunscreen, I like this product. It goes on closer to a lotion than a sunscreen, so it is moisturizing. Rather than applying a moisturizer and a separate sunscreen after it sets, you apply this as a 2-in-1. It does go on a little greasy, so I limit it to body only. This 0.5oz sample is worth $1.23.
A repeat from the last box also jumped out at me. So far, I received a repeat from the first box to the second, and now a repeat from the second box to the third. Hopefully, I like the items once I try them to make the idea of getting more than one favorable. Of course, I can always gift the duplicates to someone they may suit better. This repeat is Neutrogena Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser white tea & vitamin e. At 0.5oz, this sample is worth $0.40. Items in the box should be new products introduced that season, so I want to think the repeats thus far are a coincidence rather than a pattern.
People joke about Wal-Mart giving old lady boxes or younger boxes, and it seems like the consensus is anyone over 30 gets the old lady box. Well, I’m 35 and have my real age on file. When I saw the You and I by One Direction fragrance, I thought this can’t be the old lady box. My knowledge of One Direction is somewhat limited. I love the song That’s What Makes You Beautiful, because my older son sings it constantly and points at me when he sings the hook. That would probably make anyone love the song though, because he is so stinking cute. Other than that, I know one member recently left the band. Please do not ask me who because only the name Harry rings a bell, and I cannot even tell you his last name.
Anyway, I tried the fragrance on when the box arrived a few hours ago. This is definitely a “young scent.” They know who their target audience is, and did a great job catering to them with this scent. It claims to have splashes offers fruit, and seasonal flowers infused with an undertone of musk. I usually love details, but I will use one word to describe this, teenager. Now, I am not saying I hate it, but I gravitate away from scents that smell too young or too old, so I would never buy this. If I do not give this away, I will use it when I want to feel younger. Scents for teenagers and Wal-Mart also seem to hand in hand, so whoever is doing their marketing is doing a phenomenal job. The 0.05oz sample is worth $1.45.
I’ve wanted to try the Clear line of shampoos since the brand was first introduced but never have. The Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Complete Care Nourishing Anti-Dandruff Shampoo in this box seems especially intriguing. My scalp is so dry that it tends to flake. Then, oil sets in to overcompensate for the dryness. It ends up as a flaky scalp, oily hair mess. Makes you hungry, right? Sorry, I had to. Anyway, I started using a scalp spray about two years ago to help with the dry, tight, itchy, flaking scalp. It certainly helps, but I can always use more products that could help. This bottle claims to feed the scalp. See, there was a reason I asked if you were hungry. Although, I do not have dandruff, the flakes from dry scalp are bothersome. I really look forward to trying this. This lovely sample is worth $0.66.
Wal-Mart Beauty boxes seem to have a theme that at least one full size item is in each box. Each of my first two boxes had a full-sized lip balm. The second box also had a full-sized mascara, so that was an added bonus. My full-sized item from this box is the NYC (New York Color) Be Bold & Precise Liquid Eyeliner. It was not that long ago that I barely wore eyeliner, but that never stopped me from collecting an obscene amount. One day, I realized I had too much. Not really a problem depending on how you look at it but I do have too much black. It is also my least favorite eyeliner color, because it is so bold on me.
I am actually going to use this one though for two reasons. Number one is I have never owned a single NYC item ever, so I want to try my first product from the line. The second is this is at least a liquid eyeliner, which mostly looks best in black. This retails for $3.57 making it the only full-sized item I’ve received so far to not cover the cost of the box alone. I guess that is why this box is more sample heavy than the others.
Who needs more mascara? Okay, all joking aside, I’ve never even seen drugstore mini mascaras, so this is my first ever, I believe. It is Neutrogena healthy volume mascara, which retails for $7.47 in its full 0.21oz size. At 0.14oz, this is actually 2/3 size and worth $4.98. When a sample is more valuable than the full size item in your box, you know it is a nice value.
The mascara is very natural. It does not add much volume or length, but it is not bumpy either. This is a great mascara for someone looking for nothing other than definition.
Sea Salt Spray has always intrigued me as someone with naturally wavy hair. I am searching for one that can accentuate the waves without over accentuating the frizz, a combo I have yet to find. Hopefully, this one will be up to the task. This 1.0oz John Frieda Beachblonde Sea Waves sample is worth $1.40.
Nivea is a brand I have limited experience with, but I like what I’ve tried. This 0.84oz Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme has an interesting claim. The idea of a cream for face, body and hands in one formula is not foreign. However, I doubt it can work well in all three places. For me, those three areas have completely different needs. I will try this in all three areas and stick to the area I prefer it on and not use in interchangeably. Products that claim to work across multiple areas always give me slight pause, because I would prefer to buy quality items designed for a specific thing than general items designed to work in multiple places.
Looking up the value of this item was quite intriguing. As you can see, one 6.8oz container retails for $3.74. I noticed the name on the single looks different the name on the multiples, but I never noticed a single with the same name as the multiples. The difference between the single and the multiples was just that it says Refreshingly Light instead of Refreshingly Soft. While the logos match my sample, my sample does not say Refreshing at all. It does say soft on the front, and light inside the tag, so I am unsure which I am sampling.
Refreshingly Light is $0.55 an ounce. Soft costs $1.47 an ounce when you buy two, $1.26 an ounce when you buy three, or $1.04 an ounce when you buy six. Why there is no pricing on soft in one container is unclear. Assuming I am sampling light, the sample is worth $0.46. If I am sampling soft, it is worth $1.26 (using the cheapest buy in). That $0.80 difference is huge considering soft is almost 3x the cost, so I will use the smaller one to value it.
Last but not least, I have some foils. These never calculate into my value, because foils are easy to come by. I look forward to trying the Ken Paves shampoo and conditioner. The Jergens Natural Glow in Medium to tan would probably look very odd on me, so I will never try that. Maybe, I can give this to one of my bronze friends, but those lucky girls probably do not need it. Luckily for me, I actually received a color of this in a shade that may suit me from another place. Thus, I will try this at some point.
My box value is $14.15. Unless I give the perfume away, that will also be my personal value. Considering the Nivea is likely worth more than I listed it at, I’d say I’m pleased with this amount. Have you subscribed yet? If not, you can still get a summer box here. Remember items vary, so your box may be completely different.
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