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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March BirchBox

I have a best friend who can afford BirchBox and actually loves it.

On the line to update the blog :)

On the line to update the blog 🙂

We get to update each other via Skype monthly on the wonderful goodies and we try to get my little sister on the line to compare. We’ll do a later edition of the Tay box.

The 5 Items, behold:

The 5 Items, behold:

Super pumped to open the box and the first item we pulled out was the Temple Spa “Peace Be Still” aromatherapy lotion. As you can see, it claims a lot to pack in an aromatherapy lotion/cream. We tried it on our hands and the scent is the real hit. The cream part is a big miss! It’s basically water and does nothing to moisturize. The scent is awesome, smelling citrus-y and lavender mixed together. I would bet this would be better as a bath bomb.



Long hairs, don't cares.

Long hairs, don’t cares.

Next, we tried the Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle spray. She colors her hair often and she said this product was amazing all around. The only problem was that she didn’t have more! It keeps hair moisturized all day without harming color-treated strands. It smells like a floral type of vanilla, really warm, and protecting, essentially. It also goes a long way in keeping it detangled without the greasy mess of most sprays that have this benefit.



For the face, they included Vasanti “BrightenUp”. She said she felt as though her face just walked out of its own shower. A little goes a long way as it’s an amazing exfoliate properties make you soft as baby butt. To get the effects of microderm abrasion without spending huge bucks, this is the go-to.  She said she would actually go ahead and buy this full product because it’s that amazing. The Amazon reviews speak for themselves as I haven’t come across a face wash this highly rated EVER.

After the face wash, makeup! We got the Jelly Pong Pong “Glow Getter” (keep your eyes out for it! It’s being made since it’s out of stock – that popular!) It’s basically a gel that highlights cheekbones, bridge of your nose, eyebrow bone, top lip (to make your lips fuller), all around highlighter that replaces the regular old powder. It blends much better with foundation and blush as powder usually covers these up. She said it’s her first gel highlight and she doesn’t think she’ll ever go back to powder again. It’s the item I really wanted. A bonus is that she has normal skin and it’s extremely lightweight, didn’t leave her oily or dry. It’s very similar to the Benefit High Beam highlighter, but less expensive for a full bottle.

Tiny bottle goes a long way!

Tiny bottle goes a long way!




Lastly, they included a new perfume! It’s Harvey Prince’s “Hello”. She couldn’t describe it, but it’s SMELLS AMAZING. Big bonus as Amazon describes: Made with eco-friendly ingredients, this scent has all-day staying power. A top note of Meyer lemon captures the scent of fresh-squeezed lemonade, while Satsuma mandarin adds a double fruity note. Next up, summer forsythia and pink plumeria-traditionally found in Hawaiian leis-give the scent its heady floral layer. I am pumped to try this out ASAP. She did say that it doesn’t last all day for her, she lives in AZ, so the hot weather may play a role, but it’s worth the spritz. She’d definitely buy the bottle  as it’s very original. It’s the same price as a Victoria Secret perfume, but far more original.

So cute!

So cute!

Overall, we’d give it a 7/10.

When you sign up for BirchBox, they give you a quiz to see your interests and who you are (colored hair, makeup or skin care, etc). She feels they really listened to this as you can see, I would have gotten a completely different set as I don’t color my hair and I LOVE makeup. I might sign up. She said she usually buys 2/5 items which is better than many boxes out there.

You can follow her on Twitter @katejdixon. BFF since 2007. Womb to tomb.

If any of you got a BirchBox, let us know what you thought or what was different! Looking forward to updating these monthly.