Target Beauty Box April 2017

I bought a Target Beauty Box on target.com 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.

 

 

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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.

JERGENS® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer

I received JERGENS® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer for free through Crowdtap in exchange for my honest opinion.

jerg I love original JERGENS® with the cherry almond scent and the Ultra Healing variation so I was very excited for their “wet skin” version. I was so happy to see that they have a coconut oil type that is supposed to benefit my terrible eczema.

I’ve had eczema for the past 2 years and I can’t find any OTC moisturizers that work as well as my prescription. However, JERGENS® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer works very well on my arms and legs, I wish it was a bit more breathable for my sensitive chest that usually doesn’t respond as well to this oily base. I would say it differs from Nivea which was the original “shower” moisturizer that I tried. It differs in the way that it absorbs. JERGENS® Wet Skin™ Moisturizer is much oilier than Nivea which I don’t really like, but I bet it’s much better for my skin because my legs respond very well to it minimizing my worst eczema spots so I only have to spot treat with my prescription cream.

I feel much more confident in my skin with JERGENS and was able to finally sport gym shorts to the gym without worry that my legs would flake with dryness. I’d highly recommend it even if you have sensitive skin because it’s delicate enough to buff your entire human shell to luminous perfection!

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Jergens keeps me confident!

Aveeno® Ultra-Calming®

This post was sponsored by AVEENO® as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. I received both the Nourishing Night Cream and the Makeup Removing Wipes.

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My face is brighter & more hydrated in the morning!

The Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream was a complete dream! I haven’t had the best experience with Aveeno in the past and was nervous for this sample, but hey! They sent this for me to try and review. First, it’s wonderfully thick, I love a great consistency in my night creams so it feels like a restorative mask. It doesn’t have a scent to me or it’s very faint because it’s “gentle scent,” it smells like oats. I’m not a huge fan of that, but I get the concept is to make this for all skin types.The Feverfew formula has captivated me and made me believe in the product.

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It absolutely does what it says, I swear anything I had that irritated my skin in the day and produced redness is immediately soothed with this cream. It brightens my skin and evens my tone to my best shade. I didn’t realize it had tone-correcting, but the ability to sooth is like a built-in tone booster! I’ve been using for a week, it hasn’t caused any problems. It has actually helped my skin rejuvenate, hydrate, and stay moisturized (almost too much). Who am I kidding? Moisturizer is the best for this time and being over-moisturized is never a problem! This would be a perfect gift for anyone and it’s great if you want to start your skin regimen over. It’s helped to clear out my skin and make sure it’s pampered for whatever I do to my face! I love it and will continue to use it as a tried-and-true formula.

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I wasn’t as thrilled with the Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removal Wipes. These have a distinct scent, which isn’t unpleasant, but it’s piercing. These are somewhat slimy, I’m guessing from the oil to make it easier to remove make up; however, I didn’t find that they removed the makeup as well as I would have hoped. I still had to wash off my eye make up and my skin because I didn’t like the residue feeling it left.

I thought I would take these in my travel bag, but I would prefer to wash my face over using these wipes, if possible. I don’t feel as though it would be comfortable on my eyes after a while because as I tried to remove makeup from my eyes, it was difficult so I applied more pressure which cause irritation to my eyes.

av7 It takes off the makeup well, but I still feel as though my pores were needing a more thorough cleaning. The moisturizer in these didn’t seem bad, it seemed to overpower everything else. I’m okay with a harsher make up removal agents, so I figured these wipes aren’t for me. These are for people who wear lighter makeup like only BB creams and no powders.

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Overall, I think this line is amazing as I’ve said before. It’s superb for those with tough skin issues. I’m going to investigate their eczema line because I feel it might genuinely help my newly-found skin problem. I would suggest the night cream for everyone and the makeup wipes for those who want wipes and can’t find a wipe that’s gentle enough for them.

 

Garnier SkinActive Miracle Anti-Fatigue

This post was sponsored by Garnier SkinActive as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

Garnier’s SkinActive line continues to excite me! The Ultra-Lift Miracle Wake-Up Anti-Fatigue Day Cream is quite wordy, but it can be with how amazing it is! This is a very lightweight, translucent cream that smells INCREDIBLE (the wildberry extract cannot be beat). It feels like you’re applying water to your skin, it absorbs quickly and hydrates even the finest lines.

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Getting my day started!

I absolutely love it to wear alone or under makeup. I haven’t experienced any clogged pores from using it and I have combination skin with most of my oil concentrated on my forehead. I have used it for about a week straight and it’s already brightened my skin. The package indicates that you need to use it for 7 days to see how it “improves signs of fatigue and re-activates skin’s radiance for a healthy glow.” I have definitely seen a difference and I coat my face in makeup every single day, so that’s saying something. I highly recommend for those looking for a lightweight moisturizer, generally. The bonus comes in as you use it consistently!

The Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Night Cream [Ulta.com link because they have a Buy One, Get One 50% off sale on the line right now!] is light and refreshing as well; however, it is a slightly thicker cream. It feels like you’re applying water to your skin still like the other products from the line, but it’s a bit thicker, which I prefer in a night cream.

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Sleepily applying the the night cream & the eye cream!

The night cream acts as a light, recharging mask. It reduces signs of dull, dry, and tired looking skin by leaving a protective barrier on the skin after your nightly wash. My favorite part is that it’s infused with Lavender Essential Oil, Rare Plant Extracts & Adenosine because these are very light, but also induce a calming sensation. At night it helps to regenerate skin cells and leave skin looking firmer, younger, and rested! My skin feels softer, smoother, and looks more revitalized.

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Let me know if you’d like to try! I have copious samples with coupons!

Lastly, the Garnier Miracle Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel Cream was a cherry on top of the sundae! This one has a bit different of a feel for me compared to other creams, but I liked it. It was very gel-like and not water-like, it took a while to absorb for me, but I noticed that it went to work immediately. My eyes were cooled, refreshed, and it hydrated all the little cracks and crevices around my laugh lines (aka “Crow’s Feet”). It’s lightened the dark circles under my eyes and helps to eliminate the inflammatory puffing that happens when I coat my days in coffee. The main reason I liked this cream is because it didn’t bother my eyes whatsoever. I wear contacts and have a naturally dry eye, so most creams really agitate them, but this one felt like water and actually helped to relieve them.

I recommend the whole line and in the order I presented. I am very happy with the results as you can tell below, it’s worked out amazingly well for my 25.5-year-old skin!

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Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer

I received complimentary samples from Garnier through Crowdtap to share and review honestly.

I cannot say how much I love this lotion! It’s practically grease-less which is a big deal for an SPF daily moisturizer! It packs 15 SPF and I couldn’t enjoy the extra benefits of this lotion more. It’s amazing at protecting your skin. It doesn’t bother my eyes with the sunscreen used which is a big deal for me. I used Olay’s daily SPF moisturizer, but it killed my eyes with burning and made my contacts so dirty.

garn1 It came in these tiny sample bottles, but it was perfect to share and pack on-the-go.

The extra great benefits of this moisturizer are that it literally clears, smoothes, and brightens!

According to www.garnierusa.com, it is “Designed with our Antioxidant Complex of Vitamin C & E, Pine Bark Essence, and gentle exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA), this fast absorbing, non-greasy formula turns dull, rough skin into smooth, polished-looking skin with a more radiant, even tone.”

It dramatically brightened my skin in the 7 day challenge. I love using this because it keeps making my skin healthier and keeps me protected.

I have combination skin with a heavily oily T-zone. It works great and protects me on gloomy days very well. It’s even great under makeup, as you can see below!

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Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar

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Starting & ending my day with active charcoal ingredients! 

You know how I started this blog to write about my absolutely favorite new beauty buys…. well, I immediately have to update on this baby! I am not sure if you can tell in my selfies, but I have the biggest, oil-filled pores ever. I have tried Biore strips and other cleansers that were to pull the dirt out and not over-dry to no avail. I have been so upset with my pores recently that I looked in the beauty aisle for something that focused on removing oil or shrinking pores naturally and found this Biore bar on sale. HOLLA!  It’s amazing!

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Many things about this bar drew me in, the natural charcoal, its ability to draw out impurities, the jojoba beads, and the peppermint oil which makes it smell utterly amazing. I couldn’t wait to try it since I have problems with salicylic acid because it overly dries my sensitive skin. I looked at many reviews and couldn’t find any that deterred me from using it. Combination skin is ideal many wrote and I immediately grabbed it at $4.50 a bar as most goes for about $6.25. I know I cannot live without it now.

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It smells divine and I don’t even like peppermint.

 

I immediately noticed results on the first use. I have been using it once a day because I did notice slight dryness within my T-Zone, but I also noticed SHRUNKEN, clean pores! It removed my makeup with ease because it seems to have moderate amounts of glycerin in it to lather up and remove even my most stubborn eyeliner.

I want to travel with it, so I think I’ll invest in getting the cleanser, but I love the jojoba beads in the bar that have had a great exfoliating effect to remove blackheads and the peppermint shrinks my clean pores back to sizes I haven’t seen since before puberty!

I would highly recommend this bar for anyone with combination or oily skin, awful black/whiteheads, or acne even. It’s amazing at removing hardened oils and helping to clear up blemishes. It’s my go-to cleanser now over Neutrogena and my Garnier cleansers. 10/10 recommendation.

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Clear skin leads to better makup application & tone matching!