Hey guys, long time no blog. 🙂 Things became preeetty crazy after I posted my Thanksgiving OOTD with schools. This has definitely been the toughest end-of-semester so far! But the good news is that I survived, and I am now on Christmas break. Woohoo! My last final was yesterday, and I’m so excited that I don’t have to study anymore (well, at least until next semester anyways). Now that I am free, I can focus on writing a ton of new blog posts, as well as the Christmas-y things that I love (my sister is currently wrapping presents, and Christmas music is playing as I type this). I hope you are have had a great past couple of weeks.
So, on to the newest installment of the beauty box saga: the Walmart Beauty Box. I reviewed the Target Beauty Box a while ago, so I was excited to see where the Walmart version stood in comparison. Unlike the Target Beauty Box, the Walmart Beauty Box is a subscription service. So once you sign up, you will continually receive boxes until you decide to cancel. These boxes are delivered quarterly, so one is sent out for each new season. The price is very reasonable, in my opinion. Technically the box is free, you just have to pay for shipping, which Walmart claims is always going to be a flat-rate $5.00. Not bad for a bunch of drugstore products.
The box apparently comes with up to $20 worth of beauty products. I would say that that is pretty accurate. I did not do any specific calculations, but for $5, I believe I got my money’s worth.
I was a little bit underwhelmed by the foil packet samples. I know that some people are irritated by foil packet samples, but I usually don’t mind them as long as what’s inside is something of use. This box contained a paper card of Drew Barrymore’s brand Flower’s new perfumes. They all smell delightful, but this is something like you would find inserted in the magazine. You can’t really wear it or test it out on your skin to see how it works with your body. I think it would have been better if they gave a sample of one of them rather than just the card.
The other two samples are hair products. In the blue foil, it is the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner for color-treated hair. This is actually a pretty generous sample for a foil packet – I could probably get two or three uses out of it. However, I don’t have color-treated hair. I also have a fairly sensitive scalp and can only use sulfate-free shampoos. I’ll probably either pass this along to my mom or save it for when I travel.
The black and pink foil packets are the L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the Instant Shock Treatment. These are also for color-treated hair, so they will most likely meet the same fate as the John Frieda products. However, I am intrigued by the Instant Shock Treatment. It says that it provides healthy-looking, luminous hair in only 60 seconds. You apply it to damp hair after you have shampooed, and then you wash it out a minute later. It sounds like it could be a handy little product if it works the way it claims it will, especially in the Christmas season where I’ll be doing plenty of heat styling for my hair.
The next set of products are all body and skincare related. Not to mention, they are the perfect sizes for traveling. They’re so cute! The first is a 10-pack of Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract. I’ve never tried these before, and it’s perfect timing because I just ran out of my Skyn Iceland ones from an ipsy bag a couple of months ago. I love Burt’s Bees lip balms, so I’m hoping these will be nice. The white tea extract makes them smell super refreshing, almost minty.
The next little guy is an Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Sheer Hydration. I’ve used the standard version of this for a while now, and it’s pretty much a classic staple for anyone’s lotion collection. I HATE thick lotions that make your hands feel greasy, so this one is perfect for me. The sheer hydration version seems to absorb even faster, too, which I always appreciate. It’s got a light, clean scent that isn’t offensive or overpowering. Overall, it’s great to have a mini of a product I already love.
And for the last product – the Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash. This is also something that I have used before and already love! It’s got kind of a weird fruity/clean combo for a scent, but I really enjoy it. There’s not too much to say about this product other than it does its job. It also doesn’t dry skin out like a lot of body washes tend to do in my experience.
As a lip product junkie, this last product is definitely my fave of the box. This is the Covergirl Colorlicious Gloss in Juicy Fruit. This is a fairly standard pink gloss that I think will work for a lot of skin tones. It’s a medium pink that has a silver micro glitter/sheen throughout the gloss. It’s also a bit on the sheerer side, which I don’t mind all that much. You can build it up if you want a more opaque color, too. The gloss has a sweet, caramel-y scent to it, but you can’t smell it once it’s on the lips. It’s not sticky, but you can feel the glitter on the lips. Just beware of that if it’s something that you typically don’t like. I’m not sure if the other colors are also shimmery, but I would imagine they would feel the same if that’s the case. I can definitely see this becoming a gloss staple in my everyday makeup because it is neutral enough to go with everything.
As a whole, I think the box is a good value for the money. I would like to see some more variance in the types of foil packet samples that they send, if they even continue sending them. I do think ipsy is better for trying out a better range of products, and the Target Beauty Box had more full-size and deluxe-size samples.
Thank you guys for reading, as always! Coming up this week are some reviews from a recent Sephora order I placed.