Monday, June 22, 2015

Walmart's Summer Beauty Box

It's that time of the year again; the Walmart Beauty Box has arrived! I find it funny that the Target Beauty Box is released about a week before the Walmart one, so it's fairly easy to know when they are both going to arrive. If you want more information about the Walmart Beauty Box check back later this week for a comparison between the Walmart and Target Boxes.

Nivea Soft Moisturizing Crème
          Trial Size (0.84 oz)

NYC Liquid Lipshine in Fashion Ave Fuchsia
          Full Size (0.24 fl oz)

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Complete Care Shampoo
Trial Size (1.7 fl oz)

Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion SPF 70
          Trial Size (0.5 fl oz) 

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
          Trial Size (1oz)

You & I by One Direction Perfume
          Trial Size (.05oz)

Dove Go Fresh Body Wash
          Trial Size (1.8 fl oz) 

Jergens Natural Glow
          Foil Packets (0.28 fl oz x3)

          $2 off any Real Techniques Makeup Brush
          $2 off any EcoTools Makeup Brush
          $2 off any Essential Tools Makeup Brush

Overall Opinion:
It’s an okay box, I’m not wowed by it. I think the total cost of the items without the coupons would equal the box. However, I wish that there was more than one full-size item and that it wasn’t from the most basic collection they have. I would have loved to have seen something from Hard Candy or Flower both of which are brands that only Walmart carries.

With that being said I do love that they gave coupons that you normally can’t find online or in a newspaper. The amount for the coupons equals the amount of the box. I’m not sure if I will keep the Walmart Beauty Box or not, I think I’ll see one more season before I make a complete decision.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

BoxyCharm vs Ipsy – The $11 difference.

Boxycharm and Ipsy are both beauty subscriptions that arrive around the middle of the month. Boxycharm is $21 and Ipsy is $10 per month.



Eslor Chlorophyll Lifting Mask

BellaPierre Cosmetics Kabuki Brush

Doucce Click Click Lipstick in Pink Spring (813)

The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream

ncLA Nail Lacquer
Total Worth - $123.99


SheaMoisture Shea Butter Lip Crayon in Sarah

TrèStique Mini Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner

Pure Brazilian Miracle Leave-In Conditioner

Total Worth - $46.90

So is it worth spending a little over twice the amount of Ipsy for BoxyCharm? It is a matter of preference and budget. If budget isn’t too big of a deal for you I would definitely suggest BoxyCharm. BoxyCharm gives you 4 to 5 full-size items; there is the occasional deluxe size product. The worth of the box is almost always $90+ and includes makeup, skincare, and haircare. I’ve found that I tend to use quite a few more products personally simply because I put travel or trial sized products in one room where I normally don’t do my makeup.

If you do have a budget and just can’t see yourself spending $21 a month on something you’re not sure if you’re going to love, then Ipsy is a good option. I’ve had my Ipsy subscription for nearly two years now, and when my budget was tight it was a great option to try new products. Plus you get a free makeup bag which can be used for much more than just makeup (I’ll be doing an update on what they can be used for).

Ipsy often has more drugstore products and often are travel or trial-sized with the occasional full-size product. There is a little bit more customization since there is a quiz that you take. However, I personally don’t think the quiz or the reviews do much for your bag it’s a matter of chance. (I mean how many times can I get skincare products when I constantly say I don’t like them?)

If I had to choose one over the other I would pick BoxyCharm every time. I personally use more of the products and the value is much higher. Once again it’s all a matter of preference. Check back in a couple days for a full review on both subscriptions.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Target Summer Beauty Box

Inside the Box:
Olay Regenerist Luminous
            $23.99 - Full Size
Fekkai Soleil Pre-Soleil Hair Mist
            $6.80 - Trial Size
 Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads
            $1.20 - Trial Size
 Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Supernova
            $1.99 - Full Size
 Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus
            $7.99 - Full Size

Overall Opinion:

First let me start off by saying that this box is no longer available for purchase, it normally appears randomly every few months. I will try to post as soon as the next one becomes available.

I get really bad dark circles so I’m interested to see how the Olay product works. I’m already a fan of Fekkai and I love that the product is one designed to keep hair safe from the sun, because we often forget about that when we do sun protection. Long hair just isn’t fully covered by a hat. I’m not a fan of a lot of Revlon lipsticks but if this is as good as their color balms then I might love it. It’s the perfect shade of red which might be a little too bright for my tastes. I love the shade I received of the Sinful Colors nail polish, however I find this brand to chip way too easily, but for less than $2 you can’t expect a whole lot. I do love that they sent nail polish remover with a nail polish. I’m excited to try these out, even if I will stick with regular nail polish afterwards.

I think this box was pretty good and it tends to impress me much more than the Walmart Beauty Box, which I should be receiving in about a week or two. This subscription normally costs $5-$7, this time was $7 but I think the value is great and I almost always get use out of all the products unlike other subscription boxes. Also it’s very rare to get a bunch of foil packets in the Target Box versus the Walmart Box which is mainly foil packets.

The worth of this box is $41.97 which is nearly 6x the amount I paid for it. I definitely think that this a good box choice for someone on a budget who likes getting drugstore items for much cheaper. Literally, this box costs more than what the lipstick alone would have cost me, so it was basically but the lipstick and get four items free.
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