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Target releases seasonal beauty boxes. These are not subscription boxes and almost always sell out the day they release, usually in the first few hours. There is a limit of one box (of each type) per order. Two new boxes released today and both are 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 January Beauty Box and Best of Boots Box retail for $7 each.
All Beauty Boxes contain a coupon for $3 off any $15 Beauty purchase. The coupon usually expires about a month after the box arrives, so make sure you look at the expiration date. This coupon works online and in-store.
January 2018 Beauty Box- Hello, Staycay
There are 7 items in this $7 box making the cost for each item $1 each. I usually do not place value on single-use foils, but both foils are large. Thus, I will value them. The coupon in this box expires 02/04/18.
The theme of this box is Hello Staycay. Other than the liquid lipstick, which I would not apply on a staycation, I think the products fit the theme nicely.
A product card comes in each box with a brief explanation on each item.
The 1.5oz Nexxus Humectress Hair Mask is worth $3.99. I can probably get 4-5 uses out of this so I am not thrilled with the packing. This requires me to keep an open foil for about a month. Place open foils in Ziploc bags to keep air out. It uses pure elastin protein to intensely moisturize hair and target dry spots while glycerin binds hydration. While I have not tried the mask yet, I love the conditioner from this line.
The 1oz Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Polish is worth $0.25. It uses crushed macadamia nut & rice milk formula to softly exfoliate. Unless I am really liberal, I think I can get 2-3 uses out of this. I wish it came in better packaging.
The Pretty Animalz Tiger Sheet Mask retails for $3.99. It uses witch hazel to gently removes impurities while soybean and mushroom extracts hydrate skin. I purchased the reindeer version of this mask before Christmas (still have not tried it). After Christmas, I saw a bunch of the Reindeer masks in the distance on clearance. My son said he wanted one. By the time we got that section, we both forgot. When I saw the Tiger, I decided to purchase 2 boxes. Now, my son can take my Reindeer mask and my other son and I will have fun channeling tigers.
The 2oz Mrs. Meyer’s Body Wash is worth $1. I got lavender in my first box and honeysuckle in my second box, so there is an assortment throughout the boxes. These washes have blend of essential oils and aloe vera gel. Though I have not tried body washes from this brand, I’ve enjoyed hand and dish soaps from it.
The 0.17oz Vichy Mineral 89 Skin Fortifying Daily Booster is worth $3. Target mistakenly has this listed as a facial moisturizer. It is actually a serum designed to boost hydration. I actually pair products like this one (this one goes on first) with a more powerful serum to get the hydration effect from this one and whatever effect I want from the other. Younger people with dry skin could probably use this alone. With 12 minerals and hyaluronic acid, this will help the skin keep moisture in. If someone has really oily skin, this could serve as a moisturizer.
The full-size 0.27oz CoverGirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick in 110 Evan-gel-ical retails for $6.99. When I ordered a second box for the sheet mask, I hoped I’d get a different shade in the box. This means there either were no shade options (which is what I am leaning toward) or I just got unlucky. Either way, I will gift the second one to someone. It claims to have nourishing ingredients for high-definition creamy color.
This is a bright pink shade with a hint of lilac.
The 3oz OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo retails for $2.99. Target listed this sample as 0.3oz so it is 10x as big. That’s always good when it is bigger than expected. It claims to have a powerful thickening and texturizing formula to volumize any hair type. My hair is fine so I hope this works.
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 $22.21 value. My personal value is also $22.21, because I will try everything in here. When I order more than one of a specific box, I always calculate personal value on the first box. Of course, I will not keep the second liquid lipstick in the same shade, but I did not own the lipstick at all (in any color) before the boxes arrived. I definitely think it was worth the cost and am happy with this purchase.
Best of Boots Box- Hello, Jetsetter
There are 6 items in this $7 box making the cost for each item roughly $1.17.
The coupon in this box is for $5 off a $20 beauty purchase of Soap & Glory, No7, Boots, or Sleek. It expires 02/04/18.
The theme of this box is Hello Jetsetter. It only features products under the Boots umbrella. This is the first Target Beauty Box in a long time that only has samples. It is easier to travel with samples than full-sized items.
Once again, a product card comes in each box with a brief explanation on each item.
The 0.16oz No. 7 Restore and Renew Serum is worth $5.44. Target listed this as 0.17oz so it was close to reality. This is something I’ve tried in a foil packet before but could not get a feel for it. Hopefully, this is enough for a one-month trial. Anything less than that only tells me if my skin reacts to it, not if it works.
The 0.33oz No. 7 Airbrush Away Primer is worth $6. This translucent cream claims to help create an ideal base for flawless makeup application. That sounds great if it does what it says.
The 1.69oz Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Butter retails for $4. It claims the shea and aloe vera blend features a dynamic moisture trap matrix to help hold hydration longer. This is not the most hydrating formula I’ve ever used, but it does make my skin feel a lot better. I really love the scent, but it is definitely a strong fragrance that is not for everyone.
The 0.13oz Soap & Glory Pillow Plump Lip Gloss in Pinkwell is worth $6.78. It claims the flower oil and plumping complexes offer ultra shine and hydration. I do not find this overly shiny or hydrating.
The Soap and Glory Gloss has a definite plumping effect. It tingles as it plumps, but the feeling while very noticeable is not unpleasant. This has a light peachy-pink sheen.
It is a little sticky but not so sticky that my hair attaches to my lips like they’re glued together. My only complaint is it does not last a long time. Even without food, the tingling/plumping wore off in less than two hours and the actual gloss did not last too much longer.
The 1oz Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask is worth $4. Clay and Willow bark infusion help clear pores of dirt, pollution, and dead skin cells according to the claims.
The 0.08oz Sleek MakeUP Eyeshadow Palette in When The Sun Goes Down 429 is worth $3.35. Ulta sells palettes in this size for $3.99, but I am using Target prices (which does not sell palettes this size). Target lists this as 0.64oz. In full-size, this palette is only 0.31oz. I actually purchased a lot of Sleek palettes in 2017 (so no articles) and even the full-size palettes are small. This one is a micro mini. It is the smallest 12 pan palette I’ve ever seen, but it is super adorable. With the average pan in a palette around 0.04oz to 0.05oz, Sleek manages to squeeze 12 shades into the size of two in an average palette.
If I am still not clear on the size, I placed the palette in my palm to show just how small it was. The point of my pinky finger is almost the exact size of each pan. My larger fingers are too big to fully place inside the pans. I think it will be comical to see which brushes will fit inside the pans and which ones won’t. I watched a Youtube video with Kiki Chanel, Testing Out Weird Beauty Products. Those who want to laugh really hard should watch her work with different shades of the Sleek palette in this size.
These are mineral-based eyeshadows. From swatches alone, I am somewhat impressed with all but the two darkest brown shades. While the lighter colors are not photographing well, they are more pigmented in person. Once I try this, I will edit in pictures and a review.
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 $29.57 value. My personal value is $22.79, because I do not need another sample of the Pinkwell gloss. I definitely think it was worth the cost and am happy with this purchase.
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, but the regular $35 shipping minimum applies if you add anything to the order. Look for extra items 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. The second most common is the last Monday of the month. 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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