Target Beauty Box April 2017

I bought a Target Beauty Box on with my Target Red (Debit) card, free shipping, 5% discount with the card, for just about $7.50 packed with wonderful samples and full products. These used to be so difficult to nab every few months, but they seem to realize the demand and started stocking heavily and monthly!

April’s box included:

  1. $3 off $15 coupon that expires at the end of the month (I missed my deadline as I bought it later in the month and went on vacation… ugh).
  2. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser (0.5 oz)

Daily cleanser with ceramide-3 and prebiotic Thermal Water gently cleanses without leaving pore-clogging residue. Smelled like prebiotics, left my face so oily the next day and was generally unappealing for me to use regularly if at all.

3. Sally Hansen Double-Duty Base & Top Coat

2-in-1 strengthening formula preps and protects with nylon & pro-vitamin B5 for long-lasting, chip-resistant nails. This didn’t disappoint! It held up for a good 3 days and protected my nails well.

4. HASK Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner (1.57 oz packet)

Hydrating argan oil works to restore and soften dry, damaged, chemically treated or over-processed hair. It does everything it says. I left it on for 10 minutes and could feel how it went to work on my dry, brittle hair. It brought it back to life from my AZ trip. It didn’t kill my scalp either, which is a real issue for me since I have high sensitivity. It moisturized and softened my hair along with giving it a radiance I haven’t seen in a while. I’d highly suggest for anyone looking for a mask to repair their hair, especially dry split ends, it’s going in my regular routine for once every two weeks or so.

5. Dr. Teals Lavender Foaming Bath (3 oz sample)

Unwind with essential oils that help soothe the senses, relax tense muscles and provide relief from stress. I haven’t been able to use it as my bathtub is a nightmare, but it smells heavenly and I cannot wait to borrow a tub soon!

6. eb5 Facial Cleanser (0.35 oz)

Soap-free, non-foaming formula exfoliates with lactic acid and nourishes with oat protein and vitamins E & B5. I couldn’t believe I liked this. It wasn’t soap, but it cleansed my skin amazingly well with heavy makeup. My skin felt nourished, moisturized, cleansed, and complete after using this one time. I would highly suggest it.

7. Rimmel Colour Precise White Eyeliner

White-colored liquid liner with a super-precise applicator for flawless, highly pigmented lines—bold or fine. I haven’t used this one as I have been utilizing less makeup for the summer months. I am not sure I’ll like it as I typically use the white under my eye in the corner.

8. Banana Boat Dry Balance SPF 30 (1 oz)

Soak up the vitamin D with this matte finish sunscreen that’s pleasant to use. SPF 30 with a dry finish that makes for smart sun care without shine and oily residue! I took this on vacation to Arizona and was so surprised at how well it protected me and how I couldn’t feel it whatsoever. It was easy to tote and apply when needed without having to wash my hands or feel gross. It maybe my favorite sunscreen I’ve ever used because of the dry feel.




Walmart Beauty Box Spring 2017

I received this Walmart Beauty Box for free, I only paid for shipping $5. My review is honest.

Spring brought more fun items to incorporate into my routine. I was happy it was less hair care this time around.

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This Trendsetter box included:

  • Sinful Colors – RADiant by Kandee Johnson – I received a pinkish polish that claimed to have a Demi Matte finish. I haven’t had a good experience with Kandee Johnson Sinful Colors yet. They chip so easily and never look like what they are in the bottle. This looked like a bright, “radiant” pink, but it came out like a pastel infused magenta. The brush is thick and gloppy, which would be nice if this polish had a bit more solidity to it, but it’s so goopy that it makes a mess. walmartsinfulAfter applying one coat, it was horribly light and proceeded to chip the same day I put it on. You will most definitely need to apply at least 2-3 coats of this polish to show and then apply a great top coat (eliminating the demi matte supposed finish) and hope for the best.
  • Bioré® Baking Soda Acne Scrub – I can’t sing the praises of Bioré® products high enough. I love them. I have been anticipating trying this scrub for a while, but was hesitant because of the salicylic acid. I usually dry up incredibly and find no benefit from them; however, I gave this a go because it was free and I haven’t been disappointed by them yet.
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    Clean small pores for once!

    It specifically stated it was “great for combination skin.” I used after my regular wash to get my make up and start with a cleaner face. I applied about a dime size to my hand and went to lathering. At first, you notice the smell is intoxicatingly good, it’s a citrus blend that isn’t overpowering. Next, you see that it’s unlike any other salicylic scrub because it lathers so well! I felt it go to work and I enjoyed using it. It claims to clear up, control, and prevent acne blemishes by penetrating the pores. When I got out of the shower, I immediately checked my nose to see if it did anything and was shocked to see that my pores actually shrank on the first use. My skin didn’t try out, it actually felt softened and my oil was controlled. I enjoyed this scrub and wouldn’t suggest for anyone battling acne or blemishes associated.

  • Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair Ultra Moisture Conditioner – I was nervous to try this conditioner because it contains liquid keratin. I’m so happy I did! It is a liquidy conditioner that applies easily through the hair and goes to work softening and restoring. I used after my regular clarifying shampoo and LOVED the fragrance first and foremost. I then enjoyed using it as it didn’t make me shed profusely like most repair shampoos do. Lastly, it rinsed easily and thoroughly. I let it air dry, I first noticed that it didn’t weigh my hair down whatsoever. I had less frizz and it didn’t bother my scalp, which is the most prominent win for this conditioner. My hair stayed clean, manageable, and beautiful all day.  I would highly suggest for anyone looking for a reparative conditioner.
  • Colgate Optic White Beauty Radiant – Super foamy for a whitening paste! It surprised me that I would only need a tiny pea sized amount to cover my teeth. I had been using Arm & Hammer’s Truly Radiant, but the baking soda or something in it dried my lips and I had to keep switching pastes to alleviate the dryness. I didn’t experience any drying with this paste, I was comfortable and I think I want to switch to this product overall because it whitens incredibly without any sensitivity for me. It combatted my tough coffee stains in only 3 days!
  • Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial – I thought it would yield greater results, but maybe it needs more than one use? I really enjoyed that this one had small exfoliants in it as I massaged and it actually clung to my face unlike many in-shower masks I’ve used. It stayed on for the whole 60 seconds until I rinsed it manually, which was purposeful. I think it could use more of an herb to make it tingle and scrub away at dead skin, but this was an extremely basic facial mask. It helped to remove the dry spots I had on my nose gently. I also noticed that my skin did soften somewhat, but that happens with any mask I’ve used in the shower.

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  • Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial – It’s worth the hype! When opened, it’s luminous and shiny, then applied it’s smooth and as if you’re applying a drop of water across your entire face. No oil whatsoever and felt like a lightweight filmy facial. I woke up and it was absorbed without any residue or my natural oils pulling through *AWESOME*. It helped to brighten my face and the red spots I had disappeared. My skin was soft and supple with all the benefits of the radiance. I want this in my skin care repertoire ASAP. 
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    Day after using both Aveeno facials.

    • Side note: make sure you apply this right before bed, I applied it one night about an hour or two before and didn’t get the same productive results.
  •  Rimmel Stay Matte Lightweight Foundation – This sample came with a $1 off any Rimmel facial makeup coupon. I am pumped because I’ve wanted to try their primer for a while now! They had sent me a Soft Beige tone which isn’t for me, so I wasn’t able to try this one out. From the reviews, it sounded decent, but didn’t address pore minimization which is critical for me in a foundation now. If you’ve tried it out and had a different experience, let me know!
  • Dove Advanced Care Cool Essentials – Fresh is the only word I have for this deodorant. It feels like I’m applying lotion that acts as an antiperspirant when I put this on. It has a bright cucumber-y scent that lasts throughout the day. I believe it could easily last for 48 hours, but I felt it didn’t factor in heavy workouts. I did Zumba and spinning and this seemed to mask my odor rather than prevent it. It’s truly invisible and didn’t get on my clothing at all, which was an unexpected bonus.

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Walmart Winter Beauty Box

I received this Walmart Beauty Box for free.

I absolutely love this program. The samples are small, but it’s free*! It’s a decent grab bag of mostly hair and skin care, but this time came a little makeup from one of my most beloved brands.

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* You only need to pay $5 for shipping each season.

The following products were included:

  • Garnier Whole Blends – Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts Refreshing Shampoo and Conditioner which is focused on reviving hair and leaving a healthy shine. I received these samples before through Crowdtap and wasn’t that impressed. The ingredients are not fully natural to me, however it is paraben-free. I really love the scent of it and it does leave a good shine, but I have to use it sparingly as I have a sensitive scalp that really doesn’t agree with this shampoo daily.
  • Dove Deep Moisture – I love this body wash. It’s gentle and moisturizing. I always have one constant for summer and winter if my skin needs to balance out. It truly does help to smooth and soften skin, especially when shaving; it’s my favorite sudzer.
  • Curél® Hydra Therapy – One of my very favorite moisturizers. It eliminates my toughest eczema spots and makes my skin feel youthful and revived. It’s the best at absorbing quickly out of the wet moisturizers I’ve tried. It’s not greasy whatsoever either, which is a major win for this type of product that predicates itself on mineral oils. As a bonus, I was given a $4 off coupon, which could average out to be around 50% off near me.
  • L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straightening System – that’s a mouthful and it tries to capture exactly what it’s supposed to do. I never have luck with L’Oreal products, so I was hesitant to try this. I tried a very small amount out of the packets and was INCREDIBLY pleased with the results. It’s not an every-day-use shampoo, but it made my date night a success. I used the treatment as described and blew it dry. The keratin and tourmaline combination worked wonders with my thick, naturally wavy, hair. It was straight for 2 days, which is a feat considering I can barely hold any style for longer than 8-12 hours. I wouldn’t use more than a little amount, though, because it’s somewhat heavy and could easily go wrong and weigh your hair down immensely.
  • CoverGirl LashBlast Volume – This is an oldie, but goodie! It’s the first mascara I can remember that came out with a wand like this. Instead of a brush, it’s little bristles that help separate and coat lashes effectively. I love keeping the brush as a separator after the tube is empty, it’s that great. As for the formula, it’s a drugstore gem. It volumizes easily from root to tip and doesn’t flake. It’s one of my beloved undercoats and claims 10x the volume in which I can vouch for at least 6x the volume, personally.
  • Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream – THE FAVORITE. I am always blown away by Pond’s, I don’t know why I never reach for their items to try on my own. I’m happy they often participate in these sponsored samples so I can discover their diamonds in the affordable rough! I have put this on my list to buy the next time I’m out because it is actually working and feels wonderful on my skin. I’ve received compliments on my even skin tone and the light fragrance it has. It smooths my skin and reduces the appearance of my fine lines on my forehead, crow’s feet, and neck! It’s comparable to Olay’s Luminous line to me. I use it right after I shower and every other morning now in place of my usual moisturizer because it makes me feel youthful and confident. It does warn for some consumers that they may experience a tingling sensation if they apply it to quickly to freshly cleansed skin, but I haven’t had a problem and I’m pretty sensitive to many products.
If you aren’t subscribed to Walmart’s Beauty Box, I’d highly suggest you get on it. $20 a year for 4 boxes full of these types of products.

L’OREAL EverPure Volume

I received complimentary EverPure Volume products through Influenster to facilitate my review. My review is honest.


I don’t normally use L’Oreal products, so I was intrigued to be chosen to try this line. It boasts that it doesn’t have harsh sulfates; however, I immediately noticed that it contains many alcohols. I washed my hair as usual and found that it was much lighter feeling than many volumizing shampoos.

The lotus flower fragrance was the real winner for me. It bloomed immediately as I lathered up and stayed with me after I rinsed and blow-dried (I also used the conditioner). It didn’t seem to volumize my hair at all in the way I thought it would and it aggravated my scalp, which it stated it took into consideration. I felt like a residue was left on my hair and since I don’t color it, I felt this product was completely wrong for me. I think those who color their hair would have a better experience than I did.


Not too impressed.

I knew something wasn’t right with the conditioner the moment I put it in after the shampoo. I was hesitant because it was very slick. I looked at the ingredients and saw why: alcohols abound again. It did have some positive notes, it softened my hair immediately and I began to question if it would really add light-weight volume as it felt very heavy. I rinsed as best as I could and still couldn’t get the feel of it off my hair. I decided to blow dry it.  I made sure to blow dry it correctly and found that these two left a weird feel on my hair like it was dry! It wouldn’t let me style at all (and came out as shown), my hair usually blows out straight and this combination made it blow out as if I let it towel dry!
No volume was added, my natural curl shined which was the extent of the good in this bottle. The fragrance wasn’t as bold and lasting as the shampoo either. I was very disappointed in this product overall and would not recommend it.

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Garnier Whole Blends

I was sent complimentary samples of Garnier Whole Blends through Crowdtap. In exchange, I was to share and provide an honest opinion.

We absolutely loved this idea and the recipes were sensationally good! We chose to make the Chewy Coconut Granola Bars. THEY WERE SO SIMPLE AND DELICIOUS!


It was an amazing idea to make a great-for-you “wholesome”recipe while we discussed the new Whole Blends products! Garnier Whole Blends are “wholesome loving care blended for naturally beautiful hair.” My sisters and I were excited to try them thinking they were made with whole ingredients of some sort. We were sorely mistaken. These are filled with many chemicals that I know aren’t good for your hair and just make it shelf-stable for a long time.

gwb13 We received three varieties:  Hydrating Hair Care Coconut Water & Vanilla Milk Extracts, Repairing Hair Care Honey Treasures, and Smoothing Hair Care Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter Extracts. I really wanted to try the Refreshing Hair Care Green Apple and Green Tea Extracts.

First night, I tried the Repairing Hair Care. I fell in love with the scent immediately. I reviewed the ingredients and squeezed half the packet into my hand, immediately, I honestly felt like it had honey in it. It was gelatinous-like and thick, I plopped it in my hair and began to lather. The fragrance is amazing. The actual shampoo is very thick, it was so thick for me that I had a hard time rinsing it to feel like I did it thoroughly.


Honey Treasures.

I reluctantly tried the conditioner and couldn’t bear putting it through my hair so I rinsed while I put it in. It’s not actually sticky, but the way it clings to my hair made me not like it whatsoever. It was hard to rinse and get the benefit of what it was repairing because my hair started to come out with all the working I was doing trying to rinse it gently and properly enough. However, in the end, I liked how it made my hair shimmer and it did look healthier, as if it helped weed out split-ends.

gwb2I heard very good things about it from my other friends, though. I shared the samples with them as well. We didn’t make a recipe, unfortunately, but we did discuss the shampoos extensively. Coling (pictured to the left) LOVES Garnier and swears by it, while our best friend CJ has been skeptical of Garnier for a while. Samantha said she used to love Garnier, but hasn’t seen anything new and this was perfect to try! So, we had three for each side. Colin: positive all around and loved the Hydrating one most. CJ liked the fragrance but agreed with me that they were gelatinous-like and unpleasant to use. Samantha loved them, she had said she diluted hers with her own concoction and we thought that was pretty clever.


Discussing the shampoos has been the most fun, it got us talking about other Garnier products we love, like the Sheer Set Hairspray! (It’s a staple in all our homes.)

Next, I tried the Smoothing Hair Care. This one gave me a much better experience. I first adored the fragrance much more. It’s comforting with the prominent cocoa butter. It was lighter in my hair focusing on, in a way, exfoliating my hair. I could feel it skim over the shafts of my hair to the tips and remove all the frizzy ones. I loved the conditioner because it was light. It moisturized and worked to keep the frizz out or help existing hair from the splashes of the hot shower. This one felt like a comforting hair masque. I thought these would be expensive for drug store prices, easily around a $12 conditioner; however, I was mistaken. These are super affordable and under $10, some even under $5! I’m sure coupons will be arriving soon and I’m planning on going for the Refreshing one after liking the Smoothing system.


Getting Ready with Garnier!

I am hoping the Refresh has some scalp benefits, but I think that’s what the whole line lacks and Garnier, generally, doesn’t have much to offer for those with scalp issues or want to help the foundation of the head.


I am not going to try the Hydrating Hair Care. My sister said she loved the scent, but her hair didn’t feel miraculously hydrated. The shampoo had a decent lather and it rinsed easily enough, but it didn’t feel exactly “hydrated.” It softened the ends, but lacked body to help her long strands. The conditioner helped a lot by removing quite a bit of hair, and it covered her whole head pretty well. She liked the vanilla undertones and could feel those really came through after she rinsed.

I think these were a bit lackluster. Wholesome entails that things are natural and really good for you to me. Garnier somewhat exploited the term to me, but the recipes were stellar. I liked how they tried to say that the fragrance is what the shampoo was actually made of, but that was simply misleading.