Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall 2014 Target Beauty Box

In the past, Target offered a free seasonal beauty bag with some really nice samples. Recently, they began offering the Target Beauty Box as a one-time-purchase box. It looks like it will be available a few times a year for $7. I just received mine and wanted to tell you about it because it's still available and Target is offering free shipping on every order right now! (But be sure you go through Ebates- they offer 2.5% on Target purchases.)

Target Beauty Box
Price: $7 (one time purchase)
  • Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray (value for 2.2 oz- $6.70)
  • Fekkai Professional Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo (value for 1.7 oz- $8)
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil (value for .18 oz full-sized product- $4.50) 
  • L'Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick (value for .18 fl oz full-sized product- $8)
  • Laneige BB Cushion Sample (3 samples in 3 shades) (value for one .07 oz sample- $4.75)
close-up shot of three samples of Laneige BB Cushion sample
I came up with a value of about $32, and I'm super happy with this box. There was also a coupon for $3 off a $15 beauty purchase at Target, but they also printed that in this past Sunday's circular.
I have always wanted to try Elnett Hairspray, and can always use another dry shampoo. I will definitely use the eye pencil because I've been wanting to try highlight the inner corner of my eye, and this will be perfect for that. I am also excited to try the Laneige BB Cushion sample- I love that they included all three shades so I can try the shade that works best for me.
The only product I am a bit disappointed in is the L'Oreal lippie- the shade I received is Nude Ballet and I normally don't wear that shade of lip color. I did give it a try and I did like the formula though- it was really moisturizing, yet didn't run outside my lip line like most glosses do.
If you like sample boxes like me, this is a great one to try because there is no commitment since there is no subscription. It's also nice that you know what you are getting when you place your order!

Monday, October 20, 2014

September 2014 Glossybox

GLOSSYBOX is one of the more expensive beauty subscription services ($21 versus both Birchbox and Ipsy's $10), but the quality is so much better- these are high end brands! I also LOVE the beautiful, high quality boxes they send each month. They are great for drawer organizing or keeping craft products in.

Here's a run-down on what I received in my September 2014 box, along with the value of each product.

BVLGARI Eau Parfumee au the vert conditioner: (value of $16 determined by another blogger- I could not find how many ounces was in my bottle, but the full size price is $45 for 6.76 fl oz) I've never tried a condition this expensive, but that is one thing I love about high-end subscription boxes- getting to try something I wouldn't normally purchase. The scent is really nice.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Lip Tar Matte in Black Dahlia: (full size product value $18.00 for .33 oz)  OCC Lip Tars are pretty cool- just a tiny tiny tiny dot of the pigment applied with the included brush gives you a gorgeous lip with fabulous staying power. Black Dahlia is DARK so be prepared! I like a dark lip, and hell, it's Fall, so why not?

VICHY Liftactiv Night: (value: $15 for .51 fl oz) I used this in the evening where I typically use a night cream- on my cheeks where I battle hyperpigmentation, on my marionette lines, and on my forehead. It felt great on and had a nice light scent that faded quickly. My skin felt really nice the next morning.

BENEFIT They're Real! Mascara: (value: $7.67 for .1oz)  I am definitely a fan of Benefit mascaras, they are always great quality.

Essie She's Pampered: (full-sized product value: $8.50 for .46 oz)  Nail polish is my most favorite item to receive in subscription boxes, so and Essie is a favorite brand so this was totally a win. She's Pampered is from their Winter 2012 collection, but was a shade I did not already own. Application was fabulous, and 2 coats provided perfect coverage. Here's a swatch pic I took of the mani I did with it:

Essie She's Pampered (2 coats) 

VERDICT: My box had a value of approximately $65 so I'm super pleased. There are items I already know I like (nail polish, lip tar, and mascara) and the others I am excited to use.

GLOSSYBOX also has a great point program- if you answer their survey questions on each product after you receive it, you will receive 100 points. After you have collected 1000 points, your next box is free. So after 10 months, I will have a free box.

They also have a referral program and if you use my link to sign up, I'll receive 200 points, getting me closer to my free box! You can do the same with your friends after you sign up. During the month of October, if you sign up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription, you can use the promo code GBGLAM to receive a FREE deluxe sample-sized GlamGlow Youth Mud ($19 value) with any new subscription.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Walmart Beauty Box- Fall 2014

I was so excited to get my first Walmart Beauty Box in the mail yesterday! At just $5 (for shipping, the box itself is free) this just can't be beat! Beauty boxes are just plain fun.... especially if you are a product junkie like me. I am currently only subscribed to Glossybox and was glad to add this low-priced box to the mix.
My box contains:
  • Clear Damage & Color Repair shampoo and conditioner (sample packet)
  • CoverGirl Continuous Color Lipstick in 425 Vintage Wine (full-size; $4.94 at Walmart)
  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Completely Clean (full-size, 2.6 oz, $11.97 at Walmart)
  • Juicy Couture Couture Couture fragrance (sample vial)
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer (0.5 oz deluxe sample size)
  • L'Oreal Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer (0.5 oz deluxe sample size)
I understand that there were two different boxes for the Fall, but I am super happy with mine. I actually had Secret on my grocery list and was excited to be able to mark that off! The lippie is in a shade I will definitely use, and I love sample packs of shampoo and conditioner for travel. Although I'm not big on perfume samples, I love skincare from both Olay and L'Oreal, so I am looking forward to giving these deluxe samples a try. They are definitely large enough for me to get a feel for the product and whether it's a fit.
from the website:

How does it work?

Each new season brings different product needs and a reason to refresh your beauty cabinet. In your Walmart Beauty Box, you’ll find sample beauty products and tips on how to use those and other items sold at Walmart and on Receiving your Walmart Beauty Box will be another reason to welcome each new season.