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Winter is here! The winter edition of the Walmart Beauty Box is here! Funny how those things work.
Not familiar with the Walmart Beauty Box? It's a quarterly beauty subscription box created by—you guessed it—mega-retailer Walmart. For a mere five bucks per season, you get a box filled with drugstore beauty samples (and occasional full-sized goodies too). This is the second Walmart Beauty Box so far as I'm aware—you can check out my review of the previous box here. This box only ships within the USA, FYI.
There haven't been any cutesy themes with the Walmart Beauty Box so far, just... stuff. So far I've seen at least three different versions of the box pop up this season: My shipping e-mail said I ordered the "WMTrendsetrBeautyWinter#1Label" box, if that means anything. Maybe all of the e-mails said that. Shrug. Let's see what was in it!
Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder (Card sample, value $0):
A facial powder that supposedly feels like "powderless powder". Um... what? I've tried a couple other things from the Dream Wonder line and liked them, so I'm reasonably optimistic that I won't hate this powder. Of course it's hard to tell what it's really like from this teensy card sample, but at least there's a $1 off coupon on the back!
Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion (4ml sample, value $0.04):
There isn't a lot in this sample, but I suppose it is enough for one determine whether or not they like the scent and/or if it gives them an allergic reaction. This also comes with a $1 coupon on the back. I tried a bit out and it has a pleasant, inoffensive cocoa butter scent. Shocking, I know. The texture is creamy without being super sticky or greasy. Not bad! Wish I had more to try though.
Olay Fresh Effects Everything Off Makeup Removal Wet Cloths (7ct, approx. value $1.39):
Makeup remover wipes are always handy to have around. If not for removing your face makeup, then for wiping off arm swatches or cleaning up the hot rice you spilled all over your couch. Which totally didn't happen to me yesterday. Ahem. I've never tried these wipes before so I'm glad to sample them!
L'Oreal OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo & Conditioner (2oz each, approx. value $2.81):
A sulfate-free, oil-infused shampoo and conditioner duo for dry and damaged hair. The first oil to appear on the shampoo ingredients list is castor oil, in case anyone's curious, with argan and coconut oil further down the list. In the case of the conditioner, it's sunflower seed oil first, followed by mineral oil, with argan and coconut further down the list. Interesting. I will definitely give these a try... my hair is fine (and thinning, sobcrysob) but also pretty dry and damaged, so finding an everyday shampoo and conditioner set that meets all of those needs can be tricky. Will this be the one? Stay tuned.
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream - Light (1fl oz, approx. value $1.60):
Oh lord, this shit again? I swear I got samples of this stuff in at least four different beauty boxes over the spring and summer, and never used a single one of them. "BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream" is a deceptive name—this stuff is basically just a form a self-tanner. If you use self-tanner, great! Let me know in the comments if you like it. But I never do, so I will build a mighty fortress with my unused Jergens BB Body tubes.
Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in 925 - Maple Kiss (Full size/4.2g, value $4.97):
Hooray, a full-sized lipstick! Oh wait, I can't really pull off most lip colors with a brown undertone. Swatch:
It looks a bit more subtle on the lips—more "nude" than it appears on my hand—but still too brown for the likes of pale, cool-toned me. Bummer! For the ladies (or gents) out there who got this color and think they can rock it, congratulations! The formula's not bad.
Total box value: Approximately $10.81
Not gonna lie, I wasn't as happy with this box as I was with the Fall box. Part of that has to do with my bias against self-tanner and brown lipstick, but the overall value of the box was much lower this time around as well. Can't argue with the facts, Jack.
I do still appreciate the basic premise of this box: It would obviously be much more expensive for me to run out and grab a full size of those L'Oreal shampoos or Jergens tanner stuff than to sample it in an inexpensive beauty box such as this one. I think Walmart needs to step up their beauty box game a bit though, especially with competitor Target releasing boxes that are 1000% better at $5 and $10 price points. (Check out my review of the $10 Winter Target Beauty Box here.) It also seems like Walmart is still working out their shipping logistics—I remember when I signed up their website said that I wouldn't be billed until my box shipped, but this month I was billed on December 5th and didn't get a shipping notice until December 18th. Not cool, dudes!
That said, I'll be sticking with the Walmart Beauty Box for now. All beauty subscriptions have "off" boxes now and then, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see what shows up in my mailbox in the spring!
What do you think of my Winter Walmart Beauty Box? If you subscribe, did you get the same box?
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