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Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. They range in price from $5 to $10. Shipping is free. 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. Some 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.
The Renewal Beauty Box, includes 9 items for $7. Target advertises it with a $30 value. When I saw the sheet mask, the BB Cushion, the head band and the Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer, I knew I wanted this box. Other items were all bonuses. 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 it right away, because it was only $7. It is hard not to find $7 in value. This box 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. I ordered the Refresh Beauty Box with this.
The first thing you will always notice when you open a Target Beauty Box is a product card. It goes over all the items in the box and gives a brief description.
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 02/14/16. 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.
The back of the card goes over the general theme for the box. This one discusses 2016 beauty resolutions and Beauty Obsessions.
With 9 items in this $7 box, each item cost $0.78. I prefer to see everything live up to that value on its own, but there are always a few that exceed it to make up for the rare item that does not cover its weight.
The 1.8oz Caress Love Forever Body Wash is worth $0.53. I’ve used this brand of moisturizers before, but I’ve never tried any from the fine fragrance line. Charging $3.99 for 13.5oz of product and calling it a fine fragrance seems hard to believe, but I will try it anyway. It’s the first body wash to use fragrance-release pearls with touch-activated technology to release a burst of perfume every time you touch your skin. That could be good or bad depending on how much you like the scent.
The 1.0oz ATTITUDE 2-in-1 Shampoo & Body Wash is a large foil. While I appreciate the opportunity to test products (even in foils), I do not place value on foils. They are just bonuses to me. I did purchase this brand for my boys without ever trying it before, and am looking forward to trying an adult version. This product is vegetable based, biodegradable, carcinogen free, and hypoallergenic. Those are part of the reasons I purchased it in the past without sampling it first. Dual purpose products usually work better in one area over the other, so I will try this in both to see where I prefer it.
The 1.0oz ATTITUDE Volume & Shine Shampoo is also a foil, so I am not placing value on it. This volumizing shampoo is also vegetable based, biodegradable, carcinogen free, and hypoallergenic. While I was looking up the product, I noticed all the shampoos from this line are $1 cheaper online than they are in store. I discussed this in my last Target beauty coupon haul, but this product was purchased in a previous haul where I was unaware of the pricing discrepancy.
The Laneige BB Cushion pack includes 0.07oz shades in light, medium, and dark, so there is 0.21oz of total cream. There is also a mini cushion. I’ve received this sample in the past, but I have not tried it yet. As soon as some of the BB creams I have open that are near expiring are used up, this is next. BB cushions have intrigued me since their release, and I am really looking forward to trying one. This 5-in-1 cushion technology works to brighten, protect, cool, and cover your skin while fending off shine. Like my previous set, I will give the medium and dark versions away. Placing value on this is difficult, because it is a glorified foil. I usually do not value foils, but unlike the shampoos above, it would not be easy to place this type of product in a different container. The full-sized product is 1.05oz, but calculating the value on all three colors knowing someone can only use one seems odd. As such, I am only calculating value on the 0.07oz anyone can use and saying this is worth $2.27.
The Scunci No-Slip Grip Braided Headwrap retails for $5.99. It feels thick and durable. I like the design and think this will be another great item for my gym bag. If you followed any of my Fabletics purchases, you know I own a lot of black workout gear. This comfortable, stretchy band with the no-slip grip will fit right in.
The 3.8oz Degree Women Fresh Energy Dry Spray is full-sized. It retails for $4.99 and uses a 48-hour MOTIONSENSE formula that goes on instantly dry for a cleaner feel and better protection. If it works, this would make an excellent item for my gym bag.
The 2.0oz Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Nourishing Monoi Oil is worth $1.40. I’ve actually received a foil of this, but I am really happy to receive this bigger size. It will give me a chance to really test the product all over my body. This gives twice the moisturizing power in half the time, because you apply it while your skin is still wet.
The 0.28oz Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara is full-sized. Target does not sell this, but I noticed it retails for $8.99 at Ulta and Walgreens. It is a high-impact formula that delivers 5 benefits in 1 product: volume, length, definition, lift, and rich, intense color.
The Hada Labo Tokyo Anti-Aging Facial Mask is only sold in 4-packs. Each mask is worth $3.75. There is one in this box. It is a lightweight, deeply hydrating mask that drenches skin with serum to boost hydration, smooth fine lines and restore firmness and bounce to your skin. I love trying sheet masks, so this was the number one draw for this box.
As with all drugstore products, price variation is huge depending on where you shop. For this box, I used Target prices on all items, except the mascara not listed there. This box has a $27.92 value, which is lower than the $30 Target estimate. The difference in advertised value is probably in the foils and/or they are calculating value on all Laneige shades. There should be another box released sometime in the spring. Remember to check all offers before placing an online order.
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