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Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Unlike some beauty boxes, this is not a subscription. Box contents appear online once they become available, which decreases the likelihood of buyer’s remorse. Items inside a box only tend to vary in color meaning your only surprise will be in the color you get. Most items inside the box are full-sized, and it is not unusual that one item exceeds the cost of the entire box if you were to buy it separately. I like that they usually release more than one box at a time giving you a choice or the possibility to get multiples. Men are not left out either, because they sometimes get a box of their own.
When Target advertised the Back to College boxes, neither really struck me as must-buys. The limited edition boxes are first come, first served, which is the only drawback on the lack of subscription. You have to act quickly when the boxes come out, because it is not uncommon for them to sell out quickly. I ordered them right away, because they were only $5 each. It is hard not to find $5 in value even when the boxes do not immediately speak to you. Both boxes sold out before I even got my shipping notification. That means waiting to see what comes in everyone’s box is not an effective strategy on obtaining one. If you want to make sure you get a fall box, subscribe to Target emails and look at them when they hit your inbox. Of course, I will always alert you on the front page when they come back in stock as well.
My box smelled so wonderful when I opened it, which is never a good sign. Overly fragrant boxes usually mean something spilled. I’ve had two recent Birchboxes spill products, so it was familiar. Target uses sturdier boxes than Birchbox, so I did not feel the wet box ahead of time as I did with those. The open product in this box was Herbal Essences wild naturals Dry Oil Spray. Less than half spilled meaning I can still sample it. I will even value it for you as if it had not spilled, but I know I will not get that value from it. Some of the oil got on the Pumice Stone, so I hope the oil does not damage it. The Fashion Tape also got wet, so I doubt it will work.
Whenever I receive a damaged box, I email the retailer. Target informed me the boxes sold out. My options were to return it for a refund or keep it and get a credit for the damage. Of course, I selected the latter, because there are still usable items not damaged by the spill. Then, they responded that I needed to call to discuss an exchange. Contact stopped there. I love a deal as much as the next person, but if an email cannot solve this, I am not calling in. There is no way the call is worth my time or theirs. Getting a damaged box is rare, but I’ve never had to call into any of them before. If it was a $50 box, I’d call, but not for $5.
The first thing you will always notice when you open a Target Beauty Box is a product card that describes all items inside.
There is a $3 off a $15 beauty purchase coupon attached to the product card. These are unique coupons that work once online AND once in store, because the online promo code is different from the bar code. They usually expire within a month of receiving the box. This one expires 08/23/15. It works on all beauty purchases, even body lotions and hand creams. I do not factor coupons into box values, because they’re only valuable when you redeem them.
This particular box also has a social media campaign to share the box. I have to remember to do this.
I wiped the box down and allowed it to dry for 24 hours before taking the picture of all the contents.
I really like the Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss. Although I usually prefer lipstick, I do appreciate a nice gloss. The shade in my box is Give Me Guava, 630. This one has a great, subtle-pink, shimmery, light glitter, not too shiny appearance. It was not sticky, which I always appreciate. For a gloss, I found it lasted a decent amount of time. Through eating, I could still feel remnants. My lips are especially dry at the moment. While lipstick usually accentuates the dryness, gloss rarely does. This was no exception. At 0.12oz, this gloss is a little over 2/3 the full-sized one. That makes this worth $4.23.
If my Herbal Essences wild naturals Dry Oil Spray had not spilled, it would have been 2.8oz. This is actually the full size, and it retails for $5.99. This item alone gives you your investment back. My hair is exceptionally frizzy, so I use oil everyday on wet or dry hair. Hopefully, this is a nice one, because I love the price. As you can read in the aforementioned spill paragraph, it smells incredible. Good smelling hair products are especially important on dry shampoo days.
Unfortunately, The Hollywood Fashion Tape did not survive the spill. I can tell you after receiving many of these samples from Ulta that they do work well, unless it is a hot day and you’re outside sweating. The girls will still stay hidden on hot days, but the seal is not as strong. It does not hurt at the end of the night to remove these either. Removing a Bandaid is 10x worse. If the three in your package are not wet, they are worth $0.74.
The Bathery 2-in-1 Pumice Stone is harder on one side than it is on the other. It can get wet, so I am hoping the oil spilled on it comes right off with a little water. I love soft feet, so I look forward to trying this pumice stone. At $1.99, repurchasing will be easy if I love it.
Can a girl every have too many hair ties! I lose them, break them, and replace them so often. I have purchased The Goody Ouchless No Metal Hair Elastics in the past. My hair rarely gets stuck in them, and they take a while before they lose elasticity. They do a pretty good job for $0.13 hair ties. Do not use these if you are looking for hair that is crease free. These are best used when your hair is staying up the rest of the day. There are three here, so these are worth $0.39.
I like the items I’ve tried from the Yes to product line so far. Although I’ve purchased these Yes to Cucumbers Cucumber Soothing Facial Towelettes, I have not tried them yet. If I love them, I am happy to have more. Someone will get these if I do not like the ones I already bought. There are 10 travel towelettes in this package. Target sells them in this size for $2.99.
We all need more mascara, right! This 0.27oz full-sized wet n wild Max Volume Plus Mascara retails for $4.99. That is actually one of the more expensive mascaras from the brand, so I may need to try this at some point.
As with all drugstore products, price variation is huge depending on where you shop. For this box, I used Target prices on all items. The box has a $21.32 value, which is very close to the $20 Target estimate. That is a bit less than the Summer Box, but that one was $2 more expensive. My personal is $20.58, which takes out the $0.74 for the Hollywood Fashion Tape I cannot use. That figure does generously pretend like the Herbal Essences did not spill and hopes the Pumice Stone is not ruined. Although this is not my favorite box ever, I have no regrets ordering it. Spill and all, I would order it again. If you missed out on this Back to College Box, don’t fret. The Fall box will be out soon.
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