Reviews

Woman Seeking: Target Beauty Box 2015

A short time ago I saw a blogger/Instagrammer (I can’t remember!) post about the Target Beauty Box being available, so I jumped online and ordered myself one. For $5 and free shipping, I figured why not? Although these boxes are currently unavailable, I thought I would do a mini overview on what I received and my first thoughts. I haven’t tried all the products so I can’t do a full out review, though I’m sure as time goes on I will do one product reviews or have some of the products in empties videos. Here are my thoughts so far!

  
First, this isn’t a subscription. This is a one time beauty box offer. I ordered it directly of the Target website. It also arrived very quickly, in less than a week! This was a huge plus for me, as I dislike waiting for packages to arrive for weeks. As you can see, it comes in a sleek black cardboard box with “Target Beauty Box” on the outside. When you open it up there is a description card listing the products and how to use them. There were four sample/travel size products and one full size product. All the travel sizes were impressive, except for the Neutrogena. At 0.25 oz, it looks a little pathetic nestled among the other products, but I’m assuming you must not need to use much at once. And really, at $5 for the whole box, I’m not complaining the least bit! Also included were two coupons: one for 20% off and a complimentary gift at DermStore.com, and one for $3 off a beauty department purchase of $15 or more at Target. I’m not sure if I’ll use the DermStore coupon, but the Target coupon will come in handy. After removing the inserts, the products are loosely wrapped in red tissue paper, a nice touch that makes it feel quite special, in my opinion. 

  
The first product that caught my eye when I pulled back the tissue paper was the Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System w/Marula Oil & Biotin Shampoo. Oh man what a long name! The bottle is 3.2 fl oz worth of product, which for me means it will last for a while. Definitely more than one time use, and long enough for me to get a real feel for the product when I try it out. I did tear off the protective foil on the inside and it smells wooonderful! It reminds me of some kind of Bath and Body Works product, but I can’t put my finger on which at the moment. I don’t know much about this brand, but the bottle claims the product is cruelty free and includes organic and “ethically trades ingredients sustainably produced.” So there is that. It also has no sulfates, parabens, synthetic ingredients or synthetic colors, among other things. Honestly, it just smells so good and I can’t wait to use up my current shampoo so I can test this out!

  
Next is a sample of Neutrogena’s new(ish) HydroBoost Gel-Cream for Extra-Dry Skin. Again, at 0.25 oz it’s the smallest of the samples, but since I don’t have extra dry skin I’m not too upset. I usually save products like this to use around my nose when I have a cold, or as somewhat of an overnight moisture mask. This comes out a milky white color, and the name nails the consistency, gel-cream. When I mix my Clinique Dramatic ally Different Gel with the Lotion version during the winter, this is close to the consistency I get. I like that it’s very…water full. Not watery, mind you. It dried quickly on my hand and had just the slightest of scents. It includes Hyaluronic acid and is fragrance free, oil free, dye free, and non comedogenic. I’m hoping this will me a good product to use in the winter when my skin can get a bit dry, but the rich creams for dry skin are too rich for my acne prone skin. 

  
Next there is a travel size Extra Firm Control Hairspray from TRESemmé. I prefer lighter hold hairsprays but this is a good product to include for a general beauty box. I don’t have a lot to say about this, to be honest. I’ve used it before, and it works and is a nice product, it’s simply just more hold than I prefer. It will be nice to use for special events or to throw in a weekend bag if I don’t want to take my regular size hairspray. 

  
I showed this box to a friend, and she was most intrigued by the Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray from L’Oreal. This 3.4 fl oz sample is generous (the travel size from Urban Decay, for instance, is only 1 fl oz.). It’s sprayed evenly when we tested it, though it did have a “hairspray” smell to it, so much so I questioned if it w as actually for the face and not for hair. I haven’t tested it for real, simply spritzed it to see the force of the spray and if there was a scent. Makeup setting sprays are slowly making their way into drugstores, and I’m very interested in giving this a go. 

  
Last but not least is a full size lip product from Maybelline, the Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color in (090) Rose. I love that the packaging shows the true color of the product, making it easy to find or distinguish if you have multiple colors of the same product. It kind of smells like Trix cereal, but it does not taste that way! I don’t notice the smell once it’s applied, but do notice it if I kiss the back of my hand and then smell my hand. This is a thick gloss that doesn’t feel sticky to me in the least, and gives just a bit of color. I’m not sure if darker or brighter colors would show up more intensely, but I was happy the Rose color was included since that is probably the color I would have picked out myself. I’m a fan of the applicator, as well. It’s soft and moves easily, whether I want a broad swipe of color or a more precise application. 

I think this is well worth the $5 I spent, and am happy I was able to snag one this year. I have a soft spot in my heart for Target, as I’m sure many of you do as well, and they did not disappoint me. A great deal, great products I’m actually interested in trying out, and speedy service. If I did ratings, I’d give this a 10/10! 

XOXO, WSM

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Sephora Haul

Woman Seeking: A Sephora Haul (plus a couple of bonuses!)

I know what you’re thinking, “What? Another haul? I thought you said you weren’t Miss Moneybags..?” At least, that is what I would be thinking. Ahh, but I was a good girl and used a gift card that I had received for Christmas! Gift cards are a wonderful thing. The gift card I had received was actually to the mall, but let’s be real – with a Sephora inside JC Penny’s, I basically received a Sephora gift card. It’s been burning a hole in my pocket for nearly a month, and now you get to see how I chose to use it!

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Sephora Favorites Customized Skincare Set – Available only at Sephora inside JC Penny, this is what made decide to spend my gift card. For $29, you are able to select 5 items from 15 different options, plus you get a free bag. I typically dislike getting free bags, because bags seem to be included in every bonus or kit on the planet so I have a zillion of them, but I must say this black one is more my style, and I am pleased with it. Sephora kits in general tend to be a great value, and this one is no different. I’m not sure if you could double up on items, but it felt like cheating to me, so I grabbed 5 different products. I chose:

1) 2 oz Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser by Philosophy
2) 0.25 oz ExfoliKate Intense Exfoliating Treatment by Kate Sommerville
3) 0.16 oz Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 by Josie Maran
4) 0.5 oz Powermud Duocleanse Treatment by GlamGlow
5) 0.4 oz Retinol Fusion PM by Peter Thomas Roth

Seeing as a sample of Powermud by GlamGlow for the exact same size sells for $19 alone, this kit is a total steal. The Philosophy cleanser is a favorite of mine to use for washing my makeup brushes, and the ExfoliKate and Retinol Fusion are both expeeensive products, so having little samples to test out is great (although I hope I don’t fall in love with them!). Also, when tagged in my teaser Instagram photo, both Philosophy Kate Sommerville liked the picture. That may not be a big deal nor have anything to do with how well the product works, but fabulous job by their customer service/PR teams! The week I bought this, Sephora was also giving double points on Skincare purchases, which made this even sweeter.

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Ole Henriksen The Clean Truth Cleansing Duo – I’ve been wondering about these two products for a bit now, but couldn’t justify spending $8 for the travel size package of wipes containing only 10 wipes. When I saw this, however, I thought it was a much better deal. The packaging of the kit is super adorable and would make a very cute gift. I also love that the cleanser has a mini foam pump. So many travel sizes don’t have pumps, and this being a foam pump really impresses me. It also means I can reuse the bottle to keep some of my favorite soaps with me in my purse (ladies, we know that our bathrooms only have soap half of the time, and antibacterial gel can dry out your hands in these cold winter months).

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Clean Perfume in Skin – I must have been in an “all about skin” mood because even the perfume I picked up was called Skin! I had originally wanted to pick up a different perfume, but for some reason I really wasn’t feeling it when I tested it one more time, and since it was an expensive perfume, I didn’t want to spend the money for something I didn’t like. I almost picked up the Pink Sugar perfume, but for some reason went with this. Honestly, I don’t know why. I had never sampled it before and it is NOT a good idea to buy perfume without sampling it! Sometimes perfumes smell great in the bottle but don’t work with your body chemistry, or end up being too strong on the skin, or wear off after an hour. If at all possible, always get a sample of a perfume you are thinking of purchasing! Do as I say, not as I did! Thaaat beeeing saaaid…I got really lucky. I love this perfume. It is musky and warm and fresh all at the same time. It’s somewhat cozy, and will make a good winter or rainy day perfume. I did get the rollerball, as I usually do with new scents.

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Too Faced The Chocolate Bar Eye Palette – Last but not least, I bought the much raved about Chocolate Bar palette. Folks, I have been going back and forth on buying this palette for over a year. Seriously. It’s been long enough that Too Faced has even come out with a second edition to this palette (the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette, if you’re interested). Most people in the makeup world already have and love this palette, because not only are the colors gorgeous and pigmentation on point, but it SMELLS like chocolate. Only…I don’t like chocolate. Not huge into the taste, not huge into the smell. I mean, I do enjoy a piece of dark chocolate or some hazelnut spread from time to time, but a makeup that smells of chocolate is not a huge draw for me. I do have a mini size of their Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, which I do like, but it really does smell exactly like chocolate, too. So I have put off getting the eye palette for quite a long time and am buying this palette super late in the makeup lover’s game. No matter, I did get over it and purchased the eye palette because the colors are just so wearable and perfect. There is a healthy mix of matte and shimmer shades with a couple sparkle shades as well. It has a great range of neutrals as well as a pop of color in it’s matte pink and sparkle purple. I also like that it has a two super sized highlighting shades, again one matte and one shimmer. I’m so happy with my purchase and can definitely see myself reaching for this a lot. Too Faced is quickly becoming one of my favorite brands, because every product I’ve gotten over the years has been great quality.

BONUS

I found a couple of amazing deals, and I didn’t want to do yet another haul post, so I’ve decided to include them here!

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Eyes Lips Face (ELF) 144 Piece Eyeshadow Palette – I know, another eyeshadow palette. To be honest, I still have a bunch of points at Ulta and a gift card to Urban Decay that I’m planning on using for eye palettes as well, so you’ll just have to get used to it, haha, though there is a chance I will grab some lip products instead. We’ll have to see. Either way, the deal I got on this was unreal. Not only was it $15 to begin with, which is super cheap, but there was a stack of these in my Target’s clearance section that were mismarked for $5! It rang up for $12 and some change, but the lovely cashier gave me the sticker price after seeing the stack of other palettes with the same pricing advertised. Score! In reality, I probably wouldn’t have bought this for the $12, but at $5 I was willing to give it a go. ELF makes a lot of affordable beauty products, but they can be hit or miss. For example, their $3 makeup brushes are some of my favorites, but their $1 are awful. Some of the colors in this palette are incredible, while others are chalky or have little pigmentation. If you’d like a post dedicated to my favorite ELF finds, or even a post with more details on and swatches of just this palette, leave a comment and let me know!

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Pink Sugar Pink Deluxe Gift Set – Finally, I was over the moon to snap this up from my local Marshall’s. Remember earlier how I said I was contemplating this perfume, but ultimately decided against it? Well, good things come to those who wait! I initially didn’t purchase this because although it had a wonderful warm, sweet scent, to be I smelled a strong undercurrent of licorice. Now, licorice is one of the notes in it, but it was just a little overkill for me. No other person I asked to smell me (sorry and thanks again to my coworkers and my parents) noticed this however. I didn’t hate it, it was only as if someone was supposed to add 2 drops of that note and added 3 on accident. No big, but I wasn’t willing to spend $30-60 for the bottle to test it out (and yet I did end up purchasing a perfume I had never tested before…? I don’t know. I just don’t understand my logic at times). Well. The next day I was at Marshall’s and what do I see in their holiday clearance section but the Pink Sugar gift set for, get this, $15! It was wrapped in plastic, and none of the other gift sets on the table were, so I thought there had to be something wrong with it, a product missed or open, something, and actually asked the cashier before buying it, and she reassured me and actually took off the plastic wrap so I could look inside myself. This set not only included a 1.7 oz of the eau de toilette (which was $45 at Sephora, and even Marshall’s had in their regular perfume section for $19.99), but also has a shower gel, body lotion, and body mousse. You can’t beat a deal like that.

Everything I walked away with during my Sephora/Target/Marshall’s shopping spree made me really happy, and I’m even more pleased that I timed this when there were some really amazing deals. I can’t wait to use all of these goodies, and I’ll keep you informed on my favorites.

XOXO, WSM

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