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Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. These are not subscription boxes and always sell out the day they are released, usually in the first few hours. A new box released today and is still available. Shipping is always free, and the box contents announce as soon as the box goes on sale. Most items are sample sized, but there is almost always a full-size item or two inside. Value is usually at least triple the cost. The only variation in box content is on color items. Unless the color is specifically stated in the description, colors will vary. Boxes usually range in price from $5 to $10. The Target April Beauty Box retails for $7.
The 8 piece beauty box is perfectly suited for spring with a beautiful lipstick, sunscreen and more. With 8 items in this $7 box, each item cost $0.88. 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 occasional item that does not cover its weight.
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 05/14/16. 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 must haves and Beauty Obsessions. I’ve noticed that hello SUNSHINE is a recurring theme.
The 0.085oz CeraVe Healing Ointment is worth $0.16. I also received this in the Spring 2016 Walmart Box, but I have not tried it yet. It encourages me that the price is so low, because it has a lot of product and would last a long time. Although I love Egyptian Magic, I will give this a fair shot.
My Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation in Ivory was missing. There was a coupon inside, but no foil was attached. I checked other box reviews online and noticed the people who did receive actual foundation only received a single use foil. Foils never receive value in my calculations, so this exclusion does not effect my box value. It is also not worth bringing up to Target. The only time I contacted them when an item inside spilled from a previous box, I got brushed off anyway. Unless the entire box is missing, I do not think Target does anything. This is the biggest drawback of buying limited edition boxes that sell out before they even start shipping. If something is missing or spills, replacements will not be given.
The Laneige Water Bank Soothing Mask is sold in a 5 pack at Target. Each sheet is worth $4.80. I love hydrating sheet masks, because my skin is so dry. It is always a bonus when masks have a cooling effect, too.
The 0.12oz CoverGirl Colorlicous Lipstick is full-size. It retails for $5.99. I received Kiss of Peach 277, which is a beautiful peachy-pink shade. Depending on the light, it can look more like a coral-peach.
The lipstick color was a lot of fun, even with the hint of glitter. I did not find the formula to be long-lasting or overly moisturizing, but it did not rub right off or feel uncomfortable either. This fails in appearance though. It highlights lip lines and accentuates day patches way too much. While I would be willing to try darker colors (which sometimes do a better job concealing imperfections), I would probably avoid light colors from the Colorlicious line.
The 1oz Marlowe. No 022 Body Butter is worth $1.25. I love trying as many body butters are possible, because my skin is so dry. An average lotion does not usually provide the moisture I need.
The Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes include 7 sheets. These are worth $1.26. They are designed to cleanse and remove makeup. Although I’ve purchased these and received them in past boxes, I have not tried them yet.
The 1oz Pantene AIRspray Hairspray Level 2 Flexible Hold is worth $0.71. I also received this in the Winter 2015/2016 Walmart Beauty Box. It is somewhat common to see Walmart and Target offer the same samples. Receiving this again was awesome, because my Giveaway winner was interested in trying hair spray that does not weigh hair down. If this performs as promised, we will both be happy with it.
The 2oz Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 Island Sport Lotion is worth $2. I cannot get enough sunscreen, so I am always happy to receive more. This is oil free and water resistant, so it will probably work on my face as well as my body.
As with all drugstore products, price variation is huge depending on where you shop. For this box, I used Target prices on all items. This box has a $16.17 value, which is a lot lower than the $26 Target estimate. The difference in advertised value is probably in the foil (which is missing anyway) and Target must include the coupons in the box value. I am happy with this box (even though I am missing $9.83 in advertised value) and feel I will easily get my money’s worth. Most of the Target boxes are worth it to me, but I love that they are not subscriptions. If a box does not seem worth it, I skip.
Remember to check all Target offers before placing an online order, but these boxes always sell out fast. You get free shipping when you order this, so it is perfect timing to add an extra item you may need. Look as quickly as possible. Boxes release almost every month and although the exact release dates vary, the first Monday of each month is the most common release. If you want to make sure you get the next 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.
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