April 29, 2015

Target Beauty Box: Spring 2015 (a review!)...

Target Beauty Box: Spring 2015 | yourwishcake.com
After I posted my review of the Walmart Beauty Box earlier this year, the Target version was also recommended to me. Word on the street (well, internet) was that these boxes always sell out rather quickly, but if you can snag one they are more than worth the $5 price tag!

One morning, I was checking one of my favorite deal-finding blogs (thanks, Freebie Shark!) and they had a post about Target's Spring Beauty Box being available. I was lucky to stumble upon the post right after it went live, so I had time to scramble and buy one myself (saving a handy 5% using my beloved REDcard, which I totally recommend for any Target shoppers—especially because it always guarantees free shipping from Target.com).

The box arrived last week, and here's a look at what I received!

Target Beauty Box: Spring 2015 | yourwishcake.com
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set — I don't even know what I'd use this for, considering my makeup routine is about 5 minutes long and I don't even use foundation. I may pass this along to one of my sisters, who is much more of a makeup maven than I.

TRESemme TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray — This is actually my go-to hairspray. Hurrah!

SheaMoisture Renewal System Shampoo — I don't want to be a debbie downer, but this may actually be the worst shampoo. I'm still a little confused about it, because I'm pretty sure it should not be marketed as a shampoo based on how greasy it left my hair. I used it like any other shampoo, then conditioned normally and used my usual pre-blowdry product. Halfway through blowdrying my hair I kept wondering why my hair felt greasy, gross and like I hadn't rinsed out my conditioner (which I knew I had). After drying, my hair felt dreadful and I even rechecked the bottle to see if I had somehow missed important information on how to use this product. As someone who doesn't wash her hair more than a couple times a week, I'm scared to even try it again! I've literally never had an experience like this with shampoo, so I don't even know what the problem was. Bizarre, if you ask me.

Maybelline Color Elixer — I'm a little picky about lip color, but this pink works well with my skin tone, and I like the feel of the gloss! It isn't sticky or sparkly. I'll definitely get good use out of this one.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream — Because I'm waiting on some grown-up lady moisturizer to be delivered (it's been years since I've used moisturizer that is actually meant for your face, and I figured age 30 was the time to start being a bit more responsible!) this sample is definitely going to get me through the wait. It works great and feels perfect on my skin.

Target Beauty Box: Spring 2015 | yourwishcake.com
Overall, I wasn't blown away by the products included—especially because the beauty box was listed as being worth $38. I'm not sure who came up with that price, because there's no way on God's green earth this box is worth almost $40 when it is almost completely travel or sample sized products. (The only product listed as "full size" was the lip gloss.) I know I only paid $5 for the box, but goodness. I'm sure it wouldn't bother me as much if they hadn't put the $38 value on it. Maybe the previous boxes have featured larger products? Fill me in, if this is the case!

There was a coupon included in the box that offers $3 off a $15 beauty department purchase from Target, so at least I know I will get use out of that!

Target Beauty Box: Spring 2015 | yourwishcake.com
All things considered, I'm not sure I'd want to order one of these boxes again. For the buzz that seemed to surround it, it just didn't live up to the hype for me.

Did you receive this box, or have you in the past? I'm so curious about the previous versions, and whether or not they were as good as I've heard! Do share… 

Further reading: Walmart Beauty Box, Winter 2014

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17 comments :

  1. I picked up this box too and felt similar regarding the $38 value. I'm sure it's more than $5 of product but not anywhere near $38. I have picked up previous Target boxes, I think 2 others? One had a Venus Razor and the other had a full size mascara that I loved. I think for $5 it's not bad and often times they are travel products so I put them in my gym bag and use them on gym days.

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    1. Ooooh, a razor? That would have been so worth the price (razors are generally so ridiculously over priced). I don't think I would have even had a second thought about the price of the items inside, had it not been for that darn $38 mentioned on the product page. Things like that really bug me, so I think they should get rid of the "value" mention altogether for any future boxes. When you get a box for $5 people will always feel like they're getting a steal! But when they get a box that is not worth what they say it is (despite what you paid) then it takes away from the giddiness. At least for me! ;)

      Totally hear you on having samples on hand, too! I love using them when I am in-between shampoo bottles and such. I also love having things like lotion in any bag/purse I use. :)

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  2. I was underwhelmed with this box, too. Thanks for the warning about the shampoo - it sounds good for my dry hair but I don't want to take chances 17 days before my wedding! I've been using the gloss and it's nice and probably the only valuable item in this round.

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    1. Yes, definitely wait on the shampoo! My hair had recovered when I washed it a couple days later, but I felt like a total grease ball for both of those days. Not a good feeling. (Probably not a good look, either, but I wasn't about to go through the whole blowdrying process two days in a row. Ha!) ;) And hurrah for wedding time! So excited for you!

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  3. For $5, it feels like you can't go wrong.... even if they're all travel sizes. I did buy that Shea Moisture shampoo last week (it sounded so good for my fine hair!), but now I am worried, because fine hair gets greasy easily as it is... I don't need any product to add to that problem. Oh well. I'll report back. Will probably try it on the weekend. What conditioner did you use?

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    1. If you do try it, let me know! I think you may have the same experience as I did, especially with fine hair. Kind of a bummer. :( I'm still surprised they don't mention anything on the label about it being so intensely moisturizing. I've used all kinds of moisturizing shampoo from many different brands, and never had this experience, so it wasn't even on my radar. I still feel it should be marketed as something other than a shampoo, because it really did feel like a treatment or something similar. (Oh, and the conditioner I used with it was good ol' Dove.)

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  4. Target's been closed for less than a month in Canada and man, do I miss it! I'm seriously considering begging my husband to go on a road trip to Montana ...

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    1. It still blows my mind that they didn't do well in Canada. Someone told me that their store (before it closed) seemed really unorganized and not at all like the ones in the states. So bizarre to me, because Target is so huge here and they have such a standard of quality and service! It's like they can do no wrong. It's too bad that they didn't last in Canada. :(

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  5. So SheaMoisture, I believe, it typically targeted to women (like me) who have (black) natural hair. This type of hair tends to be dry, so women who need extra moisture use stuff like this to help us out. Your hair is pretty much the exact opposite of mine, so that MIGHT be why it didn't work on you. If you've got a black friend with a drier texture, see if she'd like the bottle instead. Lol. :)

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    1. Thanks so much for the feedback! If that's the case with this shampoo, then that makes total sense. I am just surprised that they would include a product that is targeted to a very specific hair type in such a general box! (To me, it would be like including an anti-aging product, or a serum for people with curly hair. Seems odd!). Now I have to figure out how to offer it to someone without seeming like I'm calling them out on their dry hair. Ha! ;)

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  6. She moisture is usually targeted for women of color, or women with ethnic hair. So its meant to keep our scalp moisturized! Reason why your hair felt greasy! I agree, if you have a friend that's woc or with ethnic hair, it will work heavenly for her! I use it and my curls are so nourished!

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    1. Thank you so much for helping clarify this for me, Darianne! So odd that they would include an item with such a specific consumer in mind for a general box like this. There was nothing at all mentioned on the product label, either. That's why I swore I was going crazy! Ah, well…at least now I know. ;) Thanks again!

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  7. I was about to comment to say how much I love the Shea Moisture products, but then I read your review & YIKES. I haven't actually used their hair products, but I think, as Akirah said, they may be targeted toward women with very thick hair, be in black or just very curly (a lot of my Jewish friends have hair that needs a ton of moisture; I am not one of them). I will say that I LOVE their hand lotion, but I guess I won't be trying their shampoo!

    I'm so interested in this box, if only because $5 is incredibly tempting. I'm bummed to hear that it's so difficult to obtain. Gotta keep an eye out~!

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    1. So glad some others piped in to give me feedback on the shampoo! I would have had no idea and thought that I just had a fluke experience. :) I've never tried any other Shea Moisture products, but they seem to be very popular!

      I'm still surprised I was able to get one of these boxes before they sold out—I never have luck with things like this. If I come across the next one when it is released, I'll be sure to sound the alarm! :)

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  8. I skipped this particular box because I didn't think any of the products were for me, but I've loved (LOVED) their boxes in the past. Hopefully the next one is a winner!!

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  9. She moisture products are for ethnic hair that's why your hair feels greasy, it works wonders for ethnic hair though

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  10. Shea Moisture line is for ethnic hair that's why your hair felt greasy, it works absolute wonders for ethnic hair though

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