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Hey beauty box fans: How do you feel about the recent wave of drugstore-themed boxes popping up? Personally I love them, because the products are accessible and sometimes full-sized (especially in the case of lip products and mascaras.) But what do you think? In any case, I've got one of the latest Target Beauty Boxes to show you today, and I think it's an amazing one!
The Target Beauty Box is a non-subscription, non-mystery, semi-seasonal box released at various price points depending on the contents. You can read my reviews of past Target Beauty Boxes here. The most expensive one I've seen so far cost $10 shipped, and that's the one I'll be featuring today: The Target Beauty Box For Her (Winter 2014 edition). Target also released two $5 boxes this time—I didn't purchase either of them, but you can see the contents here if you're curious.
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara in 379 - Black (Full size/7.5ml, value $7.99):
A mascara that promises to stretch and lengthen lashes for "the perfect winged-out look." I got the original L'Oreal Butterfly mascara in the March Target Beauty Box and ended up loving it, so I have very high hopes for this. The formula of the other Butterfly mascara I tried wasn't waterproof, yet it didn't smear or turn into a flakefest with normal wear, which is AWESOME. I also love the design of the brush. Excited for this!
Cover Girl Eye Enhancers Quad in 280 - Natural Nudes (Full size/5.5g, value $4.49):
A quad of versatile, neutral shades. I own several CoverGirl eyeshadows and I think they're OK—not amazing, but reasonably good for the price. The kind of thing I'd recommend if you don't use tons of makeup and want something inexpensive to experiment with. I'm not sure if I'll keep this—nothing wrong with it, but I'm swimming in neutral shadows already. I think my mom might like it though! I think everybody who bought this box got Natural Nudes, but I'm not 100% sure—if you got something else let me know!
ChapStick 3-N-1 Total Hydration Lip Care in Sweet Peach (1 tube/3.5g, value $2.99):
Not gonna lie, I'm really digging ChapStick's new "fancy" lip balms and I ripped this open right when I got the box. This is "3-in-1" because it's supposed to moisturize, renew and transform—how dramatic. I haven't seen any signs of transformation yet, but I like the texture of this balm and enjoy the peachy scent, so I'm a fan.
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum (Sample packet/3ml, approximate value $2.29):
An anti-aging serum that contains silicone, salicylic acid, and a bunch of other stuff. I haven't really decided how I feel about this sample yet—I do use serums, but I'm not sure if the ingredients in this one excite me. I think this one might also be going to my mom, because she's far less picky than I am!
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black Noir (Full size/0.8g - I think? Value $12.19):
An eyeliner pencil that supposedly "delivers a liquid liner effect without all the fuss." So... a gel pencil then? I mainly use liquid liner because I appreciate the precision that comes with using fluid and a brush, but I'll give this a try of course. I mainly use pencils for tightlining, and the Target product description says this is waterproof so I'm hoping it works well for that!
Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in HD Rose Quartz (Full size/5.9ml, value $7.99):
A highly pigmented lip gloss/lacquer with a very shiny/glossy finish. I like the texture of these—they're kind of like liquid lipstick, but with the consistency of a gloss? Comfortable to wear. I don't care for the Rose Quartz shade though—it looks kind of frosty to me. If you bought this box, did you get Rose Quartz or a different shade? Let me know in the comments.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (Sample jar/20ml, approximate value $5.75):
I'll bet a lot of you are familiar with this cult fave. :) If not, the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is the American rebrand of the hugely popular Laneige Water Bank Sleeping Pack, which is an overnight facial moisturizing treatment. I bought this before and loved it, but never repurchased because my curiosity about other sleeping packs was too great—glad to have a little bit in my clutches again though! Maybe this would be a good excuse to do a more detailed review on it.
Clairol Hair Food Thickening Solution (Full size/3.2oz, value $11.99):
Customers received this or a Hair Food Moisturizing Mask at random. This is a kiwi and citrus-scented liquid that promises to make your hair look more energetic and "full of bounce". I'm a bit skeptical, but will that stop me from giving it a shot anyway? Nope! If nothing else, I'll bet this smells nice.
In addition to the products, there were also three coupons in the box: A unique $10 code for Dermstore.com, a 20% off Target women's apparel coupon (use code BEAUTY online), and a $3 off $15+ Target beauty coupon (use code TGTBEAUTY online). Both of the Target codes expire on 1 February 2015, FYI.
Total value: Approximately $55.68
Overall impressions:What a haul for $10. This is the most expensive Target Beauty Box to date, but in my opinion it's also the best one they've done so far, so well worth a mere tenner. I'm certain I'll use the crap out of the L'Oreal Mascara, Chapstick and Laneige sleeping pack, and those are worth the cost of the box right there, so the rest is just gravy. Deliciously beautiful gravy. I have no idea if the next beauty box Target releases will be this good, but I know I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next release in case it is!
The Winter 2014 Target Beauty Box For Her is sold out now, but I have a feeling they'll be doing more of them in the future. The Fall box was released in October of this year, so I'd start stalking their website or social media pages for the next box starting a couple months from now.
What do you think of this Target Beauty Box? If you purchased it or one of the others, which products did you like the most (or least)?
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